Gambling and Sports Betting News Wire - August 19 2019

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Here are today's headlines in the world of gambling and sports betting as they happen - Monday August 19, 2019.

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FanDuel will Likely be a Power House in PA Too

Sportsbooks in Pennsylvania wrote more than $60 million in tickets last month, a new record for the state during the summer months.

And now we know why Illinois fought like Hell to keep FanDuel out.

From LegalSportsReport:

Newcomer FanDuel Sportsbook is going to be an online end-boss, too. It saw almost as much action through its first nine days of life ($3.3 million) as Parx Sportsbook did for the whole month. It also leads by a mile in New Jersey, responsible for more than half the total revenue among all operators.

PA Online Gambling Takes in $812,306 its First Month

Pennsylvania launched online casino games such as slot machines and table games last month and the results are good so far considering there are only three land-based casinos offering the platform.

SugarHouse Casino, Parx Casino and Holywood Casino at Penn National Race Course reported modest revenue hauls from their new online offerings.  The state has some of the highest taxes for operators. They collected $326,700 in taxes on the $812,306 in revenue.  You can do the math to see what we are talking about.

SugarHouse reported $422,796 in online gaming revenue; Parx Casino reported $26,124; and Hollywood Casino reported $129,386.

Online casino games amounted to less than 0.3 percent of the total monthly revenue for the state’s casino industry, which reported $281.5 million in total gaming revenue in July, up 1.1 percent over the previous year.

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South Florida Resident Hits Over $475K Jackpot With Just $10 Bet

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.   – A South Florida resident won big over the weekend at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, as the lucky guest hit a jackpot for $486,959.50 on the “Lucky Lions” slot machine. On Friday, Aug. 16, the Seminole Wild Card member was playing the 25-cent slot machine and wagered a $10 bet before the jackpot hit. The guest requested to remain anonymous.

From May 2019 to July 2019, Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood paid out an average of more than $50 million in jackpots each month.

Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood has introduced a new member promotion. All month long, new Seminole Wild Card members will receive up to $200 in Free Play. The Seminole Wild Card loyalty program allows players to earn rewards, offers and benefits across all Seminole Casinos throughout Florida. Please see Player’s Club for details.

Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood will debut its $1.5 billion expansion on Thursday, Oct. 24, which will include new gaming space. The expansion of the casino gaming floor will bring nearly 200 table games and more than 3,000 slot machines to Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. The new, 30,000-square-foot casino will include a new High Limit Slots room with denominations ranging from $1 to $1,000, and new non-smoking gaming rooms for both slots and high-limit slots. Additions also include a 45-table Poker Room with an eight-table semi-private area, and feature a tournament table with elevated stadium seating for guests of players to catch the action. Poker Room amenities include a deli with delicious grab-and-go selections and a private cage with three windows for accessibility, with convenient access from the resort’s promenade.

Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is accepting room reservations for its two new hotel towers. Upon opening, Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood will be home to a total of 1,271 luxury guestrooms and suites, including 638 rooms in the first-ever Guitar Hotel, 168 rooms and suites in the seven-story Oasis Tower at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and 465 newly renovated guestrooms in the existing Hard Rock Hotel.

Room rates will vary based on availability and seasonality. For latest rates, packages and reservations, guests can contact Customer Care at (866) 502-7529 or visit

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