Online poker revenue in Delaware for the month of June descended to an all-time low, which will likely provide additional fodder for the anti-online gambling crowd.
As reported by the Delaware Lottery, only $25,607 was earned in Internet poker rake and fees collectively by the state’s three gaming sites in June. That’s quite a steep drop from the previous low posted in May of $57,468.
June marks the beginning of summer and typically means that players tend to spend more time enjoying outdoor activities rather than playing poker online. It must also be stressed that regular Delaware online poker players likely made a sojourn to Nevada during the month for the 45th running of the WSOP.
The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling is no doubt relishing June’s ipoker revenue totals from Delaware. But before Sheldon Adelson gets too excited, a look at the revenue collected in all online action that includes video lottery and casino games increased when compared to May totals.
The sum of $187,944 was gleaned from all online gambling action in June, outperforming the $175,410 from the month before. Delaware’s online gambling regime had been improving each month since its November launch until reporting a decrease in May. The fact that June numbers are up bodes well for the future.
Also boding well is the number of new player sign-ups. New online gaming accounts were created by 399 Delawareans in June, which bettered the 342 who registered in May. New player accounts had been on the decrease each month since November, so the first player account increase in The First State’s history can only be seen as a positive.
When searching for more positive news, one need look no further than the upcoming launch of the interstate online poker compact with Nevada. The increased liquidity of that alliance is bound to prompt more Delaware players to hit the virtual felt.
As it stands now, Delaware’s population is much too tiny for a viable online poker scheme on its own. State officials have been well aware of that from the start. But the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement that currently includes Nevada and will likely add newer states in the future will allow Delaware’s online poker revenue numbers to improve substantially as time marches on.