Nevada Poker Report Feb. 2018: The Upward Trend Continues

Steve Ruddock April 5, 2018 1391 Reads
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February was a good month for live poker in Nevada. The Nevada Gaming Control Board’s latest revenue report shows a 1.44 percent year-over-year increase in poker revenue for the month, despite the number of poker rooms and poker tables continuing to decline.

Poker revenue for the month was $8,960,000, with the NGCB counting 64 poker rooms and 587 poker tables in February. In February 2017, the state’s 67 poker rooms boasted 600 tables and tallied $8,833,000 in revenue.

This trend is pretty impressive, Revenue increased even though the number of rooms decreased by nearly five percent, and tables by two percent.

Because of this, on a per table basis, February 2018 saw revenue rise by more than $500 compared to February 2017:

  • February 2017 table average: $14,721
  • February 2018 table average: $15,264

2018 live poker revenue in Nevada

12 month poker room and table trend

March 2017: 66 poker rooms and 596 poker tables

April 2017: 64 poker rooms and 586 poker tables

May 2017: 62 poker rooms and 724 poker tables

June 2017: 62 poker rooms and 731 poker tables

July 2017: 63 poker rooms and 724 poker tables

August 2017: 63 poker rooms and 603 poker tables

September 2017: 62 poker rooms and 598 poker tables

October 2017: 61 poker rooms and 572 poker tables

November 2017: 62 poker rooms and 580 poker tables

December 2017: 61 poker rooms and 562 poker tables

January 2018:  63 poker rooms and 568 poker tables

February 2018:  64 poker rooms and 587 poker tables

Poker in Clark County

The NGCB counted 39 poker rooms and 471 poker tables in Clark County in February, which includes the heavily trafficked and larger poker rooms from Las Vegas.

That’s a decline from a year ago when there were 40 poker rooms and 476 poker tables. It’s an increase over last month’s numbers when Clark County had 38 poker rooms and 453 poker tables.

Clark County can lay claim to 90 percent of the total poker market share in Nevada. In February, Clark County poker rooms accounted for $8,119,000 of the $8,960,000 poker dollars collected by the state’s card rooms.

Poker on the Las Vegas Strip

Poker revenue from the Strip’s poker rooms was $5,626,000 in February, even though the Strip only accounts for a fraction of the poker rooms and tables in the state, 18 and 276 respectively.

Nevada poker rooms by the numbers

The largest poker rooms in Las Vegas are mainly found on the Las Vegas Strip:

Venetian (The Strip) – 37 poker tables

Bellagio (The Strip) – 37 poker tables

Orleans (Las Vegas off-strip)- 35 poker tables

Wynn (The Strip) – 28 poker tables

Aria (The Strip) – 24 poker tables

South Point Casino (Henderson) – 22 poker tables

Green Valley Ranch Casino (Henderson) – 22 poker tables

Red Rock Casino (Summerlin) – 20 tables

Historical data and trends of poker in Nevada

Here’s a look at several key poker metrics from the UNLV Center for Gaming Research, which has been tracking the number of poker rooms, tables and revenue since 1992:

Year # of Rooms # of Tables Total Revenue % Change YoY
1992 92 564 74,701,000 -2.57
1993 89 571 70,814,000 -5.20
1994 93 586 71,667,000 1.20
1995 92 574 66,520,000 -7.18
1996 82 539 64,485,000 -3.06
1997 77 490 61,509,000 -4.61
1998 76 526 58,873,000 -4.29
1999 70 546 63,244,000 7.41
2000 68 473 63,064,000 -0.28
2001 65 475 59,673,000 -5.38
2002 57 386 57,791,000 -3.15
2003 58 383 68,276,000 18.15
2004 79 484 98,862,000 44.80
2005 96 701 140,224,000 42.00
2006 106 886 160,929,000 14.77
2007 113 907 167,975,000 4.38
2008 113 913 155,724,000 -7.29
2009 114 905 145,580,000 -6.54
2010 109 920 135,200,000 -7.13
2011 104 872 131,877,000 -2.46
2012 99 809 123,253,000 -6.54
2013 88 774 123,891,000 0.56
2014 79 736 119,904,000 -3.18
2015 76 681 118,023,000 -1.57
2016 73 661 117,753,000 -0.18
2017 71 615 118,455,000 0.60