Revenue from online poker rose 26% in Delaware last month, coming on the heels of a 25% gain in February and reaching its highest level in 10 months.
Harrington Raceway, Dover Downs and Delaware Park took in a combined $43,636 in March, bettering the February total of $34,526. The gain is likely due at least partially to the shared liquidity with Nevada that began on March 24.
The two states combined players pools for the majority of poker games under a Multi State Poker Network (MSPN) that allows Delaware players to compete against those located in Nevada at WSOP.com. Delaware poker sites averaged just over a full table of players before the alliance took effect, prompting many online poker players in the tiny state with a population of 930,000 or so to turn away from the tables.
But the MSPN has brought a number of those players back to the virtual felt. The interstate partnership between the two states is a key element to the future of regulated Internet poker in the U.S. under the current state-by-state format of legislation. Hopefully, other states will also approve online poker and gambling legislation and climb aboard in due course.
Delaware Park Most Popular
Online poker players in Delaware favor the site operated by Delaware Park. Seventy-two percent of the ipoker action in the state in terms of revenue ($31,555) came from Delaware Park in March. Dover Downs accounted for 18% of the online poker pie with $7,868 in revenue, while Harrington Raceway has 10% of the market at $4,212.
In the 17 months of regulated ipoker in The First State thus far, March 2015 revenue ranks as eighth highest. The seven months with larger revenue totals all came in the first seven months since launching, November 2013 – May 2014.
With the MSPN in operation only one week in March, chances are extremely good that April 2015 ipoker revenue will show an increase as well. And that rise in revenue may be quite substantial, as shared liquidity with WSOP.com in Nevada will enjoy its first entire month.
New Registrations Increase
Perhaps buoyed by the MSPN, 306 Delaware players established new accounts at Delaware igaming sites in March. Dover Downs saw 126 players sign up, Delaware Park 123, and Harrington Raceway welcomed 57 new players.
That’s an increase of 11.6% from the 274 players who created igaming accounts in February. It is not fully known how many signed up strictly for online poker, but we can safely assume that a majority did so due to the increased ipoker revenue totals.
Online gambling revenue in Delaware for the month of March that also factors in the action of video lottery and online casino games in addition to poker was up only 2% when compared to February. The Delaware State Lottery reported that all three gaming sites enjoyed a combined $146,188 in March revenue, bettering February’s total of $143,101.