While Super Bowl viewership was up, PA says early returns on betting market are down

14 February 2024- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today reported that preliminary figures show $71,554,099 was wagered in the Commonwealth on this past weekend’s San Francisco 49’ers/Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl through retail and online sportsbooks. That was a 15% decrease over the wagers placed in Pennsylvania when the Philadelphia Eagles appeared in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs last year.

After payouts, revenue is expected to be $11,062,911 compared to $29,722,902 in 2023.

This was the sixth year in which legal sports wagering was available in Pennsylvania for the Super Bowl, and the fourth in which online wagering options were available. This year, patrons could choose to place Super Bowl wagers at 18 retail locations and through 12 online wagering sites. 

The Board also reports that there were more than 875,000 online betting accounts that were active in Pennsylvania during the Super Bowl weekend per data from geolocation technology service GeoComply. That is up from the 793,000 reported by GeoComply last year. Additionally, GeoComply reported that it conducted more than 13.6 million geolocation checks during the weekend to ensure that the wagering activity was being conducted by individuals who were within Pennsylvania and were authorized to conduct wagering on a site.

The activity reported by GeoComply does not include any wagering by patrons at retail sports wagering locations in the Commonwealth.