Gaming revenue in the Commonwealth is up, and Mount Airy Casino Resort seems to be raking in the winnings with an almost 60% increase over last year’s totals.


According to a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board release dated Wednesday, Feb. 19, gaming and fantasy contest revenue amounted to $302,844,383 in January 2020, a 16.94% increase over January 2019 totals. According to the board, more than $124 million in tax revenue was generated collectively through all forms of gaming and fantasy contests over the month.


While just about every casino on the list – minus Wind Creek Bethlehem, previously the Sands, which was sold in May 2019 – saw total revenue increases over last year’s figures, Mount Airy reported $19,869,549 for January 2020, a whopping 58.52% increase over 2019’s $12,534,176.


Glenn Cademartori, vice president of marketing at Mount Airy, said that the success could be attributed to catering to customers across the board, and not just when it comes to gaming options.


"It was a combination of factors," Cademartori said. "We did a much better job year-over-year in getting the right offer, in front of the right guest, at the right time. We also benefited with higher hotel and food and beverage revenues with more strategic pricing decisions, and milder January weather as compared to last year."


The bulk of Mount Airy’s earnings were slot-based, with their 1,800-plus machines generating $11,649,678 for the casino last month, an 18.39% increase over last year’s totals.


In 2019, Mount Airy was awarded Best Slot Club in the Commonwealth in the Strictly Slots Magazine reader’s choice poll thanks to their wide variety of original and branded games, ranging from popular penny classics like Wheel of Fortune to more high-limit fare like Sex and the City.


Mount Airy also took top awards for Best Overall Casino and Best Comps for the same year.


But the Mount Pocono casino really made its mark in the realm of table games – including blackjack, craps, roulette and Baccarat – and internet casino-type games.


Mount Airy’s January table games revenue amounted to $3,367,058, just barely under a 25% increase over the 2019 figures. Only Mohegan Sun Pocono reported anything close to that with a 21% increase, while most businesses experienced a drop in revenue.


Under internet casino-type games, Mount Airy nearly stole the show from top earner Rivers Casino Philadelphia with $3,480,095 in total revenue, including more than $2.1 million from internet poker alone.


Sports wagering at Mount Airy raked in $1,372,718, situating the casino as the sixth most profitable in the category, with Valley Forge Casino Resort dominating the list with more than $8 million in January revenue.


Though the sizable increase in revenue certainly made a major impact for Mount Airy, it was still outpaced in total profits by eight other casinos. Parx Casino in Bensalem topped the list with more than $58 million in revenue, accounting for nearly 19% of the statewide total.


Cademartori said that the casino will continue to keep the momentum going on top of the recently completed $40 million expansion, and that further investments in capital improvements have been slated for 2020.


"This year, we plan to make experiential changes on the casino floor, in order to further elevate the gaming and entertainment experience for all of our guests," Cademartori said.