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Pennsylvania sports betting sees $32M in second full month

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 19, 2019 11:21 AM
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Gamblers place bets in the temporary sports betting area at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A year-old state law allows owners of Pennsylvania's 12 casinos to pay a $10 million fee to operate sports betting. The U.S. Supreme Court in May cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- The second full month of legal sports betting in Pennsylvania saw gamblers double the amount they wagered.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said gamblers bet $32 million in January at five casinos and one off-track betting parlor where it approved sports betting.

SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia led the way with $10.8 million in bets, trailed closely by Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh with $9.5 million in bets. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County took in $4.8 million. 

The casinos made $2.6 million, while $940,000 went to taxes. 

For comparison, New Jersey's casino and racetrack-based sports books took in $385 million worth of bets in January.

A 2017 state law allows owners of Pennsylvania's 12 casinos to pay a $10 million fee to operate sports betting. States are increasingly legalizing sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way last May.

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