Delaware Sees Highest iGaming Revenues Of 2015 In August

Delaware Sees Highest iGaming Revenues Of 2015 In August The Delaware Lottery has released its latest iGaming results for August, revealing a 12% increase in revenues to $158,980 compared to July’s tally of $142,083. While that figure marks the industry’s highest total of the year so far, it is still a full 8% lower than the $172,854 generated by its three online operators in August 2014.
In August, lottery games contributed $84,362 of all iGambling revenues, which represented its most lucrative month ever, while online casino games added a further $38,605, marking four straight months of growth for the vertical. At the bottom of the pile, however, was online poker which generated just $31,248 in revenues last month, 11% higher than the $28,158 collected in July, but 19% lower than the $38,654 reported in August 2014.
Leading Delaware’s iPoker market in terms of revenue is Delaware Park, which saw its business increase by 12.8% to $21,793 compared to the previous month, followed by Dover Downs up 22% to $6,198. Harrington Raceway, on the other hand, saw its business contract by 13.4% to $3,256.
While the numbers are disappointing, they are hardly unexpected as Delaware is one of the smallest states in the US with just 900,000 residents. Even enacting a liquidity sharing agreement with Nevada in March has so far failed to give Delaware’s poker market the much needed lift it so desperately needs, and the two states are currently showing a mere 150 cash game players, according to tracking site PokerScout.
In the absence of Washington passing a federal online poker bill, the best prospect for Delaware going forward would be if larger states such as California and New York were to adopt iPoker regulation of their own. Perhaps then Delaware and Nevada might be invited to join in their larger, much more viable player sharing pools. Nevertheless, California’s online poker plans are currently on hold after its 2015 legislative session came to a close without consensus, although analyst seem to believe that the state has an even chance of passing legislation in 2016.


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