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Pennsylvania sports betting sees $32 million in second full month

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    Sheila Kelly, center, looks over her wager as she joins in with the first group of patrons to Rivers Casino to bet on sports as the new, temporary sports betting area opens on Dec. 13, in Pittsburgh. In the second full month sports betting has been legal in Pennsylvania, the Rivers saw $9.5 million in betting, part of an overall take of more than $32 million statewide last month.

    KEITH SRAKOCIC / AP FILE

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — The second full month of legal sports betting in Pennsylvania saw gamblers double the amount they wagered.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said gamblers bet $32 million in January at five casinos and one off-track betting parlor where it approved sports betting.

SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia led the way with $10.8 million in bets, trailed closely by Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh with $9.5 million in bets. The casinos made $2.6 million, while $940,000 went to taxes.

For comparison, New Jersey's casino and racetrack-based sports books took in $385 million worth of bets in January.

A 2017 state law allows owners of Pennsylvania's 12 casinos to pay a $10 million fee to operate sports betting. States are increasingly legalizing sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way last May.



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