By Hannah Macron

Pennsylvania sports betting grew by 28% in July, from $46.3 million to $59.3 million, and for the first time online sports wagering accounted for a majority of the gambling activity, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Online and retail bets generated $5.1 million in revenue for casinos, up from $3.1 million in June. State and local governments collected $1 million in taxes, which is assessed against revenue, not total bets.

The numbers are expected to increase significantly in August with the start of football season.

SugarHouse Casino in Philly took in $26.5 million in bets, including $22.2 million online, which was more than half of the entire state’s online betting handle of $39 million.

SugarHouse was followed by its affiliate Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, $14.3 million; Parx Casino in Bensalem, $7.2 million; FanDuel at Valley Forge Casino Resort, $5 million; South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook, $1.9 million; Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, $1.8 million; Harrah’s Philadelphia, $1.7 million; Oaks Race & Sportsbook, $789,502; and Presque Isle Downs & Casino (which opened July 24), $162,781.

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