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Delaware Posts Gain in Online Gambling Revenue

Online gambling revenue in Delaware for the month of April increased for the fifth straight month and has now improved each and every month since launching last November, the only state among the three regulated states that can make such a claim.

A total of $240,496 was posted by the Delaware Lottery as net revenue in April, bettering the $206,833 in March. Breaking down the numbers for each gaming site, Harrington Raceway took in $11,042, Dover Downs nabbed $48,553, and Delaware Park led the pack with $180,900.

In terms of revenue for online poker, $74,078 of the $240,496 was attributed to poker rake for all three sites combined. That’s a decrease from the $84,391 taken in during March. However, with an interstate Internet poker agreement with Nevada being readied for launch in coming months, poker revenue is expected to get a much needed boost.

Nevada could use such a boost after its online poker scheme generated only about $792,000 in April, nearly 15% less than March. The Silver State’s igaming regime operates as poker-only, with state officials showing no inclination toward expanding into the realm of online casino action.

Nevada and Delaware can be found near the bottom on the list of states in terms of population. The former punches in with roughly 2.7 million residents, while the latter is home to about 900,000. The third online gambling regulated state, New Jersey, is populated with approximately nine million.

As such, New Jersey is the state whose igaming numbers are most often studied, dissected and analyzed by officials from other states who may be contemplating an online gambling regime of their own. That analysis shows New Jersey with a decrease in igaming revenue in April, generating $11.4 million after March receipts tallied $11.8 million.

Online poker accounted for $2.6 million of that $11.4 million, but also was lower than the previous month by a whopping 20%. That has caused state officials to put pressure on the overseas unregulated poker sites that continue to target Americans. A number of them, the Equity Poker Network, Merge Gaming Network, Winning Poker Network, and now Bovada, have since pulled out of regulated states.

All told, regulated online gambling in the U.S. has thus far proved disappointing. While still in its infancy in all three states, the numbers have not prompted any other states to jump on the bandwagon just yet.

That may change in the future, however, with rumors emanating from California that approval of intrastate Internet poker legislation may be realized before the end of this year’s legislative session in August. Topping the entire country with a population of 38 million, such an occurrence would boost the spirits of pro-online gambling activists throughout the nation and may prompt other states to eventually follow suit.

 

 

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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.

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