After three straight months of declining online poker revenue totals, the state of Delaware bucked the trend in August with an 11% gain.
Rake and fees collected at The First State’s poker sites of Dover Downs, Delaware Park and Harrington Raceway totaled $31,248 in August. That’s a boost from the $28,158 raked in July.
Though the increase may be mild in terms of actual dollars, a population of less than one million in Delaware restricts the revenue total that can be achieved. Delaware has partnered its poker player pool with WSOP.com in Nevada in order to boost liquidity, but that pairing that kicked off in late March does not share revenue.
Year-over-year revenue totals are not as encouraging, as $38,654 was collected in August 2014. The percentage decrease when comparing online poker revenue to one year ago is 19%.
Both Delaware Park and Dover Downs saw online poker revenue increase in August, 12.8% to $21,793 for the former and 22% to $6,198 for the latter. Harrington Raceway went in the opposite direction, with revenue falling 13.4% to $3,256.
New Players Wanted
Also on the decline were new player signups. Only 316 players registered new igaming accounts at the three sites last month, down from 378 in July. Dover Downs was the only month-to-month gainer, with 128 new players in August eclipsing the 120 of the month before.
Online gambling revenue that includes table games and the video lottery as well as poker was up for the second month in a row. Revenue totaling $158,979 was collected in August, bettering the $142,083 in July. That’s an 11.9% boost from the month before and comes on the heels of a 30% increase in July.
Similar to online poker year-over-year revenue totals, igaming was down when compared to August 2014. Last month’s $158,979 in igaming revenue is 8% lower than the $172,853 of a year ago.
Video lottery revenue totals set a record for the best month ever – the second consecutive month of accomplishing that feat. The three Delaware sites took in $84,362 in August, besting by 12% the $75,319 collected in July.
Net profits on online casino table games were up for the fourth straight month, as Delaware Park ($18,641), Dover Downs ($15,171) and Harrington Raceway ($9,656) combined to net $43,469. That’s 12.6% more than July’s $38,605 in table game revenue.
Delaware and New Jersey Unite
Earlier this month, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement gave Caesars Interactive Entertainment the OK to host online gaming content emanating from its servers in Atlantic City for Delaware State Lottery players.
The online slot games are available only to players situated in Delaware and will go through a Scientific Games division known as SG Interactive. The collaboration is the first of its kind with regard to online gaming between regulated states. Delaware previously partnered with Nevada for online poker.