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Delaware Online Poker Revenue Up 24% in August

Online poker revenue in Delaware rose 24% in August to $38,654.69, marking the second month of solid increases for the tiny state.

On the heels of a 22% rise in July, Internet poker in Delaware is enjoying a bit of a resurgence after a three-month decline that saw it drop from $84,476.91 in March to $25,607.60 in June. While those revenue numbers may seem paltry to some, keep in mind that only 900,000 or so call Delaware home.

Huge gains the last two months over previous months can likely be partially attributed to a software enhancement undertaken by the Delaware Lottery that permitted online gambling to be compatible with players using Macintosh computers. That software upgrade was finalized in late June and ipoker revenue gained handsomely the next two months.

Online gambling up too!

A month-by-month increase was also posted by the Delaware Lottery in all its online gambling offerings including poker, video lottery and casino games. Harrington Raceway, Delaware Park and Dover Downs collectively took in $172,854.50, up a few hundred bucks from July’s total of 172,496.41.

The gaming sites of Delaware’s three racinos reported that 376 new players registered to gamble online in August. That’s down 8% from July. The best month to date for new signups was the launch month of November 2013 when 2,654 Delawareans registered. The lowest was May 2014 at only 342 new players.

Delaware Park leads the way

Delaware Park is the state’s igaming revenue leader, accounting for $122,136.49 of the 172,496.41 taken in during August. Dover Downs grabbed $34,920.57 in revenue for all online gaming during the month, while Harrington Raceway pulled in $15,797.44.

In terms of only online poker revenue, Delaware Park again has the bulk of market share with $23,499.73 of the $38,654.69 taken in by all three racinos. Dover Downs’ ipoker total came in at $8,885.80, while Harrington Raceway posted $6,269.17 in Internet poker rake.

The latter experienced a massive increase from month-to-month, however. After generating only $2,794.40 in July, Harrington Raceway’s Internet poker gain was 124% in August! Dover Downs decreased 8% month-to-month, while Delaware Park online poker revenue jumped 25%.

Delaware’s best month so far for online poker was its first full month in December 2013 when the three racinos posted rake of $106,922.76. The worst month was June with only $25,607.60 as a net gain.

Still waiting on combined player pool with Nevada

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the Multi State Internet Gaming Agreement in February and both states are hard at work at making that alliance become a reality. It was hoped that a launch that combines the online poker player pools of both states could take place this year, but both Nevada and Delaware officials have remained mum as of late regarding a possible launch date.

A number of Delaware online poker players are believed to be waiting in the wings until liquidity increases through that partnership and launch. It is highly likely that revenue numbers will boost significantly once that alliance is put into effect.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.