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Study Finds Pennsylvania Residents Spend More Online Than In Brick-And-Mortar Casinos

Ben Horlock

Pennsylvania online casino betting is on the rise according to a recent study funded by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

In 2023, participation in online casinos rose by a sizable 16 per cent. This is a 5 per cent increase compared to the two years previous.

The study’s results were also clear – Pennsylvanians spend much more time and money gambling online than in person at brick-and-mortar casinos.

Pennsylvania Online Casino Betting

According to data from the PGCB, online casinos generated approximately $2.1Billion last year. This was up around $800Million over 2022 and 2021.

The growth in online casino betting is due to a number of factors. Operators have put much more emphasis on attracting new players to their sites offering stronger welcome bonuses.

Earlier this month, BetMGM Casino introduced a number of new games by Play’n Go across Penn state. At the start of the year, Fanatics launched an online casino as well.



The study also found that those who gamble online spend around $708 per month. Bettors who prefer brick-and-mortar casinos spent around $103 on average.

“Those that gamble both online and offline (dual-mode) gambled most often, gambling about once a week. Online-exclusive gamblers gambled 2-3 times per month and offline-exclusive gamblers only gambled about once a month,” the study confirmed.

Young Males In Pennsylvania Gamble The Most

According to the study, the average age of an online casino gambler was 33 years-old. Furthermore, three out of every four of those gamblers are male.

Around 65% of those who were part of the study are currently single and have never been married. These results will suggest that Pennsylvania-based operators will continue to target young, single males.

The idea of attracting younger, millennial bettors is certainly paying off. They appear more than happy to embrace Pennsylvania online casino betting.

In contrast, the average age of a brick-and-mortar casino bettor is 52 years-old. Almost two decades older than online casino players.

Ben Horlock

Ben is an experienced news and features writer who specializes in providing expert guides on all aspects of online and in-person gambling. Ben has over ten years experience writing for web-based audiences and has strong expertise in casinos, online cryptocurrency gambling platforms as well as slots and table games. Ben has been published across a number of english international news outlets, including InstantCasinos and BitcoinCasino. As well, Ben has worked in social media for four years in the sports gambling industry.