EDGING UPWARD: Pennsylvania Online Poker Sees 10% Growth in December

January 20, 2021
EDGING UPWARD: Pennsylvania Online Poker Sees 10% Growth in December

Pennsylvania online poker produced $2.7 million in revenue for December, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). That equated to a 10% increase from November’s total.

As seen in New Jersey, real money US online poker remains strong since the pandemic began in 2020. In Pennsylvania, PokerStars remains the only online poker site since launching in November 2019.

Since then, the site has reported more than $40 million in revenue. Partypoker and WSOP.com have also been approved in PA but have yet to go live.

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Casinos to reopen soon, closings may have boosted online revenue

The small rise in online poker revenue may be correlated to Gov. Tom Wolf’s  (D) orders to close casinos on Dec. 12. The governor ordered a three-week shutdown through the holiday season.

Casinos and poker rooms began to reopen in the beginning of January. Currently the following live poker rooms are opened in the state:

  • Parx Casino
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort
  • Rivers Casino Philadelphia 
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
  • Meadows Racetrack and Casino

Most poker rooms have seven-handed tables with Plexiglass dividers and masks required.

New Jersey online poker topped the $3 million mark for December and that market has done well in recent months as well.

Record month for all iGaming in PA

Overall, figures released Tuesday show a new monthly record for revenue generated by iGaming. Online casino gaming in PA brought in $71.6 million for December.

That represents a 700% increase year over year – showing the growing strength for the industry in PA.

PGCB also reported that tax revenue generated from December online gaming topped $29 million. Online gaming taxes include 14% for the state and a 2% local share assessment.

PokerStars Winter Series kicks off this week

PokerStars PA looks to keep offering quality tournament series each month and that includes January. Starting on Jan. 21, the site hosts the Winter Series with 45 events over 11 days. 

The site hopes to reach a wide range of player bankroll with buy-ins varying from $10 to $1,000. The series may boost the state’s January revenue numbers.

The $300 buy-in Main Event highlights the series on Jan. 31 with a $200,000 prize pool. Other highlight include:

  • $50 Eight-Max (Event 1, Jan.21) – $25,000 guaranteed
  • $200 PKO  (Event 2, Jan.21) – $40,000 guaranteed
  • $100 Sunday Special (Event 15, Jan.24) – $100,000 guaranteed
  • $75 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max (Event 16, Jan. 24) – $6,500 guaranteed

For more on the series including a complete schedule, click here.

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