Wind Creek Bethlehem and 15 other casinos in the state went through the fiscal year without closing due to the COVID pandemic.
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board figures annual reportreleased Thursday were mostly better than 2018-19, the last year before the COVID hit.
During the pandemic, Wind Creek, like other casinos, closed in March 2020 and reopened in June. It was also closed for three weeks from Christmas 2020 to early January 2021 due to a surge in cases.
Here are six things to know about the report:
Among slots, table games, sports betting and online gaming, Bethlehem Casino generated revenue of $530.2 million, up 1.2% from $523.7 million in 2018-19.
The big difference is the addition of sportsbooks and iGaming, which accounted for about $16 million of the total. These two categories were not available then.
Slots still trailed with a total of $278.5 million, compared to $295.7 million three years ago.
Table games, however, were up $235.3 million from $228 million. It helped busy july Wind Creek led the state with $23.6 million, up 42% year over year.
Wind Creek had 1,494 employees last fiscal year, 640 of whom were involved in table games.
As you might expect, these numbers have been steadily increasing since June 30, 2019, at the height of the pandemic. For two years, about 100 people worked in the casino.
By comparison, before the pandemic, 2,361 people were employed, of which 1,073 worked with board games.
In its 2020-21 report, Wind Creek reported a net loss of $1.1 million on its sports book. While retail revenue was $440,890, online revenue was $1.5 million.
It was profitable last year with revenue of $1.48 million. Retail profit was $1.54 million, while online only lost $54,647. The year-over-year total was up 37% to $22.8 million.
Unlike its competitors, Wind Creek has retained its iGaming. For example, Berks County-based Penn Entertainment, formerly Penn National Gaming, has five digital partners in the state, including Barstool, DraftKings and BetMGM.
This has likely kept Wind Creek at the lowest level in terms of revenue for casinos that offer digital gaming. However, there has been healthy growth over the year.
Total revenue from iGaming last year was $14.5 million, up from $8 million. Most of the money came from i-Slots, which accounted for $12.8 million.
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With two new Penn Entertainment casinos in York and Berks counties coming online last year and customers eager to spend, it was no surprise to see total revenue in the state surpass pre-pandemic numbers.
Overall, the 16 casinos brought in $4.96 billion in combined revenue, up from $3.27 billion three years ago.
Slots continue to be the most popular form of gaming with $2.4 billion in revenue, while iGaming comes in second with $1.23 billion in revenue. Board games broke the $1.01 billion ceiling.
Another Category 4 mini-casino is slated to open next year: Parx Casino Shippensburg in Cumberland County will occupy 73,000 square feet in a former Lowe’s store.
Additionally, work could begin on another Category 4 casino near State College in Central County. The facility will be operated by Bally’s and is pending state approval. It is also part of a shopping mall.
The PGCB also said it is awaiting approval for two more sports betting outlets and 10 more online gaming sites.
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