For the second consecutive month, Delaware reached a new high in online poker and gambling revenue, collecting a total of $267,801 for the month of April.
That total surpassed the previous record of $260,539 set in March. It also marked the first time that the $200,000 plateau was reached in three straight months following February’s igaming revenue total of $229,789.
Delaware’s regulated gaming sites posted $200K revenue totals in only two other months since launching back in November 2013. Those occurred in March and April of 2014 when $207,038 and $240,762 were recorded, respectively. The $240,762 in April 2014 was the record high for 22 months until March of this year.
Revenue from online poker rake and fees totaled $34,751 in April, a 6.9% decrease from $37,324 the month before. Dover Downs was responsible for a bit more than half of April’s ipoker revenue, collecting $17,494.
Dover Downs’ revenue total was $2,618 more than the $14,876 netted by Delaware Park last month, and it also marked the first time that Dover Downs came out on top in online poker revenue since launch. It was Dover Downs’ highest total in almost two years. Harrington Raceway accounted for the remaining $2,380 of April’s ipoker revenue total of $34,751 .
Year-over-year, revenue from poker rake and fees showed a huge decline of 28.4%. Delaware poker sites took in $48,552 in April 2015, an amount that has not been reached since. In fact, none of the 12 subsequent months even hit $40,000 in ipoker revenue.
Revenue collected via the video lottery in April came to $142,735, a drop off of 7.8% from March’s total of $154,794, which was the highest ever recorded in Delaware’s igaming regime. April’s total is the second-highest ever, with Delaware Park accounting for roughly 52% of it with $74,336.
Comparing totals to one year ago, April’s $142,735 more than doubled the $68,038 collected from video lottery action in the same month last year. The video lottery was responsible for 53% of Delaware igaming revenue in April 2016, online poker accounted for 13%, and table game revenue the remaining 34%.
Delaware’s gambling sites took in a collective $90,313 in table games last month. That’s 32% more than the previous month’s total of $68,420. It was the second best month since December 2014, trailing only the $97,899 recorded two months ago.
Over $5.5 million was wagered on table games by Delaware online gamblers in April, the third straight month of reaching that total. That amount of $5.5 million was hit seven of the 30 months that Delaware has been operating regulated online poker and gambling.
New player signups totaled 268 in April, the third consecutive month of declining numbers. Since January’s total of 456, subsequent months saw new accounts register at the rate of 378 in February, 320 in March, and last month’s 268.
Since launching in late 2013, just shy of 15,000 new accounts have been registered at the three gaming sites in Delaware. That’s in a state with a population of less than 1 million.