The Nevada Gaming Control Board chooses not to release revenue totals unless there are at least three sites operating. With Ultimate Poker’s exit from the market in November, only WSOP.com and Real Gaming remain. December ipoker revenue figures will not be made available for public consumption.
What has been made available is Nevada Gaming Commission chairman Tony Alamo’s opinion on the current online poker marketplace in the Silver State. In a recent interview with Vegas, Inc., Alamo expressed regret about the intrastate ipoker model.
For online gaming to work, you need liquidity,” Alamo said. “Liquidity means volume, lots of people playing. We do not have the population base to do it just within our state, or one or two smaller states, to make it viable.”
Alamo went on to say that following UP’s departure, the “writing’s on the wall that it’s very pessimistic right now.” Previous industry rumors hinted that Treasure Island and the All American Poker Network were readying for a launch of new sites in the Nevada market, but those rumors have quieted down as of late.
WSOP.com in Nevada currently averages 140 cash players, while Real Gaming has a handful or so during peak hours, according to PokerScout.com. It has now been a year since Nevada and Delaware joined forces in the Multi State Internet Gaming Agreement last February, but that partnership has yet to be put into play.