Rake and fees for the poker sites operating in Delaware decreased only 8.2% in July, as Delaware Park, Harrington Raceway and Dover Downs collectively earned $28,158 for the month.
That’s $2,517 less in revenue than June’s total of $30,675. It does, however, mark the third straight month of declining ipoker revenue totals, not entirely unexpected considering the slowdown typically felt in online poker worldwide during this time of year.
The last ipoker revenue increase in The First State was recorded back in April when a robust $48,552 was collected. Since that time, revenue has dropped 42%.
Year-over-year revenue totals are quite similar to month-over-month. The Delaware State Lottery reported ipoker revenue of $31,261 in July 2014. That equates to a drop of 9.9% from last year to now.
The number of new registrations was up considerably in July, as 378 Delawareans opened new igaming accounts at the three sites available. That’s the highest number of new signups in 10 months, a rather encouraging total for those of us rooting for regulated online poker and gambling to both thrive and spread.
Those 378 new players – 177 at Delaware Park, 120 at Dover Downs, and 81 at Harrington – was 25% more than the 301 new registrants that signed up in June. Perhaps the increase in new players is due to the Welcome Bonuses offered in the poker rooms of all three sites. Each site awards instant cash upon making a deposit, the bonus amount rising dependent upon the size of the deposit made.
iGaming Revenue Up Big
It may be more likely that those new registrants were more interested in the online casino games and video lottery offerings in The First State, as igaming revenue that includes those options as well as ipoker jumped a whopping 30%. Total igaming revenue for July came in at $142,083, besting the $108,692 collected in June.
That $142,083 was the highest total since March when the Delaware State Lottery reported igaming revenue of $146,188. Comparing July totals to one year ago, we find online gambling revenue down 17.6%, as $172,496 was taken in by the Delaware gaming sites in July 2014.
Video Lottery Boom
Most noteworthy among the revenue totals released for July in Delaware is the fact that video lottery games experienced their best month ever. The three sites collected an all-time high of $75,319, besting the previous record of $68,038 set in April.
The worst month ever for video lottery revenue was, ironically enough, the first full month of operation of Delaware’s online poker and gambling regime. In December 2013, revenue from video lottery totaled a measly $11,842. The increase from that month to July 2015 is a massive 536%!
Table game revenue also was on the upswing from month to month, as July’s total of $38,605 was a 17.7% improvement over June’s $32,811.