The regulated states of New Jersey and Delaware both saw month-over-month increases in online poker revenue in December, with the Garden State posting a modest 1.4% gain and The First State topping that with a 7.4% boost.
NJ has now enjoyed three consecutive months of increases, while Delaware has improved the last two. The other regulated state, Nevada, doesn’t publicly release ipoker revenue information unless at least three sites are in operation.
The Numbers – Delaware
The three poker sites in Delaware took in a collective $31,124 in December, up from $28,985 the previous month. Delaware Park was responsible for $22,562 of that total, while Dover Downs took in $6,311 and Harrington Raceway only $2,250.
Year-over-year revenue saw an increase as well, and even better at 8.9%. In December 2014, the trio of sites recorded $28,589 in poker rake and fees.
Online gambling revenue that includes poker, casino games and the video lottery showed a mild decrease of 1.4% in December. Revenue totaled $180,109, falling from $182,664 in November. That drop occurred despite the best month ever for video lottery revenue at $129,985.
December revenue from online casino games was a paltry $18,999, the second-worst month since the state launched its igaming regime in November 2013. The decrease wasn’t from lack of action at the slots or blackjack tables, but more due to the fact that Delaware Park paid out $3,377,042 of the $3,377,452 wagered by online gamblers.
New player registrations were on the upswing last month. A total of 417 new accounts were created, besting the 381 signups a month earlier.
The Numbers – New Jersey
Garden State poker sites collected $1,984,137 in the final month of 2015, topping November’s total of $1,957,513. The bulk of the revenue was again earned at the Borgata Poker and Partypoker partnership with $1,109,798. WSOP.com and 888poker accounted for $874,339 despite having over 25% more cash game player traffic than their competition, according to PokerScout.com.
The totals were not as rosey year-over-year as revenue dropped 3.6%. NJ poker sites took in $2,059,213 in December 2014.
New Jersey iGaming
Another record was set for revenue at online casino games as the state’s gaming sites passed the $12 million mark for the first time at $12,060,163. That makes four months of increases in a row, with the last three months all setting new revenue records.
In November, online casino games revenue totaled $11,265,030, giving December a healthy 7.1% increase from month-to-month. Even more healthy is adding online poker revenue to the equation and getting a new record total of $14,044,300.
That record is without the arrival of PokerStars, as the site will make its triumphant return to the U.S. market within the next few months. Odds are that even more online gamblers in New Jersey will make deposits and play once the familiar red spade is back in action stateside.