The Delaware casinos that host online poker action saw revenue rise 25% in February, reversing a two-month decline.
Revenue figures were released by the Delaware State Lottery that show poker rake and fees brought in a collective $34,526 in the short 28-day month, topping the $27,695 realized in January. Leading the way in market share with 64% was the site hosted by Delaware Park, grabbing $22,118.
The First State’s other two online poker rooms, Dover Downs (24%) and Harrington Raceway (11%), took in $8,300 and $4,108, respectively.
The numbers are encouraging considering that the interstate online poker compact with Nevada does not yet figure into play. As many will recall, the two states commenced a sharing of player pools for most ipoker games on March 24.
Players on any of the three Delaware sites compete against players in Nevada at WSOP.com. The shared liquidity is seen as key to the success of regulated online poker in the U.S. under the state-by-state format. Action is up on the poker tables due to the merger, so don’t be surprised if online poker revenue for March increases once again.
iGaming Up Too
Revenue numbers for all online gaming that includes poker, video lottery and casino games increased 8.3% month-over-month. Delaware gaming sites took in $143,101 in February, $132,074 the month before. The best month ever was April, 2014 when players in Delaware generated revenue of $240,762 at the trio of sites.
As with online poker, Delaware Park is the market leader in gambling revenue comprised of all offerings with $111,979. That’s a whopping 78% of the state market that draws from a population of only 900,000 or so. Dover Downs enjoys 19% of the action with an igaming revenue total of $26,785, while Harrington Raceway claims only 3% at $4,336.
Harrington Raceway’s numbers for the month were punctuated by a $2,821 loss in the video lottery category. That offset the gains in online casino table games ($3,050) and poker ($4,108).
New Registrations Down
A total of 274 players created new igaming accounts in February, a drop of 4.5% from the 287 who did so in January. It will be interesting to see if that total rises in March following the alliance with Nevada that combines player pools.
However, many online poker players came out in droves after the state’s igaming launch in November, 2013. The first month saw 2,654 new signups and 1,336 the next month. Chances are that the recent increase in player traffic at Delaware’s online poker tables is made up mostly of players who signed up back then, left when game choices were sparse, and returned following the merger with Nevada.
To date, 10,098 players have registered to gamble online in Delaware. That’s roughly 1.1% of the population – and a good number of those may have registered at more than one site.