Online Poker Revenue Sees Small Dip in November, But Stays Consistent

December 22, 2021
Online Poker Revenue Sees Small Dip in November, But Stays Consistent

US online poker revenue is still holding strong month over month in legal, regulated states. Overall, November had small decreases in regulated states, but in general real money online poker is still staying at historically high numbers.

Overall, online gaming continues to set new records and month over month growth is strengthening. Online poker operators, such as partypoker US Network, PokerStars, and WSOP.com continue to heavily promote major tournament series each month. 

The current legalized online poker states include:

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Delaware

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New Jersey online poker drops slightly

November saw the Garden State reach the $2 million mark yet again for online poker operators, according to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE). That’s a strong number, but a slight dip from $2.2 million in November.

This was down from the $2.4 million reported in October. There are currently three online poker operators in the state including:

After holding down the top poker spot in NJ for two months, partypoker relinquished the lead to WSOP.com in November. WSOP checked in with $854,361 and has been running the monthly Online Circuit ring series.

WSOP.com remains the only operator offering shared liquidity with Nevada and 888poker in Delaware.

Partypoker fell to second and reported $734,749 in revenue. This was down heavily from the $933,471 in October and $1 million in September.

The company just launched a new monthly series catering to low-limit grinders called the Cheap Stakes Series. PokerStars took about a 2.5% drop month over month with revenue of $607,415

In the New Jersey live scene only three live poker rooms are open in Atlantic City including:

New Jersey online gaming shows year-over-year growth

November brought big numbers again for the Garden State. Online gaming in general accounted for $118 million, a 28.5% increase over the $91.8 million a year ago.

The Borgata/BetMGM brand is showing dominance as the operator remains in the top spot for nine straight months.

After the record-setting month in October, BetMGM dropped to $33.7 million in November. Golden Nugget trailed in second with $31.7 million and Resorts in third with $27.8  million.

Total gaming taxes overall for the state of New Jersey were $46.5 million. Gaming taxes represent 8% of taxable casino gross revenue and 15% of Internet gaming gross revenue.

Pennsylvania online poker takes small dip, but remains No. 1 in nation

Online poker revenue in the Keystone State dropped slightly in November. Month-over-month reports showed $2.8 million in Pennsylvania compared to October’s $2.9 million. 

The commonwealth sees plenty of poker promotions and is the biggest regulated online poker state. Currently there are three online poker sites in Pennsylvania:

  • PokerStars 
  • partypoker US Network via the Borgata Poker and BetMGM skins
  • WSOP.com

PokerStars remains strong and led the pack with $1.8 million in November. The site is currently running their 25 Days of Christmas promotion to help boost numbers.

WSOP.com saw an uptick in revenue by reporting $648,623 in November. The company is currently running promotions to help players win a chance to get to the Super Bowl

BetMGM/Borgata Poker came in third and reported $317,877 in November. The two skins are part of partypoker US Network and run monthly Online Series. 

Online gaming is up 57% year over year in Pennsylvania. The state showed gross revenue of $93.8 million in November. 

As reported by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, total gaming revenue for November was $432.4 million. That represents another record in the state and an increase of 52% year over year. 

According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, November taxes from Internet gaming play reached $39,114 in November. 

Live poker rooms in PA

Pennsylvania’s brick-and-mortar poker players just received some good news. Pittsburgh Live! Casino just opened its poker room.

Here’s a look at the state’s live poker rooms that are now open include:

  • Parx Casino
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort
  • Rivers Casino Philadelphia 
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
  • Meadows Racetrack and Casino
  • Philadelphia Live Casino 
  • Wind Creek Bethlehem 
  • Pittsburgh Live Casino (Just Opened)

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Another month, another record in Michigan

The Wolverine State broke another online gaming record in November, according to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). The state showed a 20.7% month-over-month growth.

Michigan produced $161.7 million in combined online gaming revenue. This was up from the previous record of $109.7 million set last month.

Michigan combines poker and online gaming in the state’s revenue report. There are two real money online poker sites in Michigan including:

  • PokerStars
  • BetMGM (part of the partypoker US Network)

Both BetMGM and FanDuel saw small decreases on the casino end of things. BetMGM led the state in online gaming gross revenue with $40.1 million. FanDuel saw a small drop for the month when they posted $16.7 million in November.

Internet sports betting revenue almost doubled from last month and set a new record of $54.1 million. A record handle was also reached when Michigan produced $463.3 million. Handle was up 2.3% from October.

Online gaming operators delivered $21.4 million via tax revenue to the state including:

  • Internet gaming taxes and payments – $19.8 million
  • Internet sports betting taxes and payments – $1.6 million

At the moment six Michigan brick and mortar live poker rooms have reopened including:

  • MGM Grand Detroit
  • Motor City Casino Hotel 
  • Greektown Casino-Hotel
  • Odawa Casino Petoskey 
  • Firekeepers Casino Hotel
  • Island Resort & Casino

Michigan casinos are offering plenty of poker players promotions to get players back in the seats.

Delaware poker slowly growing, iGaming up

For the second month in a row, the First State saw an online poker increase. In November, the state reported total online poker revenue of $33,361.

According to the Delaware Lottery, iGaming saw its best month of the year at $996,639. Delaware reported 772 new player registrations in November.

In Delaware, 888poker operates three different skins in partnership with Delaware’s racetrack casinos including:

  • Delaware Park
  • Dover Downs
  • Harrington Casino and Raceway

Two out of three sites had small monthly growth. Delaware Park continued as the top online poker site in Delaware and has done so each month in 2021.

Delaware Park brought in $20,328 and is also the only live poker room open in the state. Casinos in the Northeast continue to see labor shortages. The tri-state region has been posting monthly job announcements.

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