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Pennsylvania’s gambling industry revenue reaches record high

July 18, 2019 GMT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Revenue from regulated gambling in Pennsylvania climbed to a new record high above $3.3 billion in the just-completed fiscal year.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Thursday that revenue rose by nearly $60 million, or almost 2%, over the 2018 fiscal year.

Slot machine play at the state’s 12 casinos grew by $26 million and newly legal sports betting and fantasy sports contests contributed another $43 million. Table games play shrank by $10 million.

Online casino gambling is just starting, as Pennsylvania mounts an aggressive gambling expansion to help shore up its treasury.

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American Gaming Association figures show that revenue at Pennsylvania’s commercial casinos was No. 2 in the nation last year, second to Nevada.

Pennsylvania is No. 1 in tax revenue from casino gambling, netting $1.5 billion last year.

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