States Report Small Dips in Online Poker Revenue for June, But Record iGaming Numbers
Online poker revenue remained stable in legalized states for June alongside record-breaking iGaming numbers. The industry continues showing strong numbers higher than pre-pandemic levels.
PokerStars, BetMGM/partypokerUS, and WSOP.com continue to promote monthly tournaments alongside cash game promotions. In the US, online poker is currently live and legal in the following states:
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New Jersey online poker holds at $2 million
Garden State online poker sites have sustained over $2 million for the last few months. In total, the state brought in $2.1 million, just slightly down from the May report of $2.3 million. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) reports each month on the state’s results.
New Jersey currently has three online poker operators including:
- BetMGM (including the Borgata Poker and partypoker US skins)
WSOP.com held the top spot again in June for the second consecutive month. The operator saw a month-over-month increase and brought in $960,162. The site benefitted from online bracelet events throughout the summer. The site’s major online events attracted big fields.
BetMGM/partypoker US came in second for the month after reporting $639,327. The site recently announced its Summer Classic series. PokerStars came in third but was close to BetMGM, accounting for $594,302 in June.
In the New Jersey live poker scene, only three rooms are open in Atlantic City including:
- Borgata (offers weekly tournaments)
No casinos have announced plans for guaranteed multi-day live events yet.
BetMGM gaming hits $40 million mark
New Jersey online casinos reported $133.1 million in June revenue. This is a 24.4% increase year over year. The Borgata Casino/BetMGM Casino brand hit over $40 million for the month. The site has remained number one in the state for 15 straight months.
Golden Nugget took a small dip but remained in second with $35.7 million. Resorts held on to third again and posted $28 million.
According to the NJDGE, overall gaming revenue reported by casino, racetracks, and partners was $401 million for June. Year over year, that’s a 2.2% increase from $392.8 million in June 2021.
Gaming taxes represent 8% of taxable casino gross revenue and 15% of Internet gaming gross revenue.
Pennsylvania remains king in poker
The Keystone State continues to hold the top spot for online regulated poker in the US. Pennsylvania reported poker revenue of $2.6 million for June, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).
That total was down slightly from May. The commonwealth currently has three online poker choices:
- BetMGM/partypoker US and the Borgata Poker skin
PokerStars is the top site in the state and brought in $1.6 million for June. WSOP.com took a small hit for the third month in a row and reported $692,016. The platform isn’t part of the combined player pool in New Jersey and Nevada. BetMGM saw a small dip in revenue with $289,183 for the month.
iGaming hits record $5 billion
The PGCB also reported that online gaming scored a record year in Pennsylvania. The last fiscal year was the first time overall revenue topped $5 billion.
The board reported that Internet casino gaming generated gross revenue of $102.923 million during June 2022 compared to $88.9 million in June 2021. That’s an increase of 15.76%.
State combined total revenue generated from all forms of gaming along with fantasy contests during June was $389.8 million. This is an increase of .24% compared to revenue generated in June 2021.
PA live tournaments are back
Pennsylvania tournament players can find live action all summer long in the state. State casinos have offered some of the biggest guaranteed events in the northeast.
Here’s a look at open live brick-and-mortar Pennsylvania poker rooms that are currently open:
- 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
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Online poker and iGaming set records in Michigan
Michigan online poker continues to grow in an expanding iGaming market. According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), online casinos in the Wolverine State brought in $136.9 million in revenue for June, setting a new record monthly total.
Online poker revenue isn’t reported separately, but shows the game’s potential in the states. The report includes the combination of poker and online gaming. There are now three online poker operators in the state including:
Michigan poker scene
BetMGM dominates in the state and is also running the Summer Classic for poker players. The market remains separate from New Jersey and Nevada although sites can now launch as part of the interstate compact with those two states, but none have done so yet.
In June, many Michigan online grinders headed to the WSOP for a shot at winning a gold bracelet.
PokerStars just wrapped up its Summer Stack Series with more tournament series expected soon. WSOP.com offered bracelet events in the state and has launched a monthly Online Circuit Series as well.
BetMGM and FanDuel stayed unchanged in first and second place online gaming in the state. Michigan iGaming had BetMGM as the top dog with $47.2 million and FanDuel in second with $18.5 million.
Gaming operators in total produced $24.6 million in tax revenue and local share to the state including:
- Internet gaming taxes and payments – $22.5 million
- Internet sports betting taxes and payments – $328,954
Multiple Michigan brick and mortar live poker rooms are open including charity rooms:
- MGM Grand Detroit
- Motor City Casino
- Greektown Casino
- Odawa Casino Petoskey
- Firekeepers Casino
- Island Resort & Casino
Casinos such as FireKeepers are attracting players to the Michigan poker rooms via some big tournaments.
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— FireKeepers Casino (@FireKeepers) July 18, 2022
Delaware poker revenue and iGaming hold at $1 million
Online poker in Delaware had its best month in 2022. The state saw growth month over month and reported $43,121 in June, up from $$40,371 in May.
For the fourth month in a row, the state reported online gaming revenue of over $1 million. According to the Delaware Lottery, iGaming showed a net of over $1.1 million. New player registrations also hit a year high of 952.
In Delaware, 888poker operates three different skins in partnership with Delaware’s racetrack casinos including:
- Delaware Park
- Bally’s Dover
- Harrington Casino and Raceway
Delaware Park grabbed the top spot again and showed its second best month of 2022. The operator reported $25,966 in June and has held the top spot every month this year.
Delaware Park is the only live poker room open in the state and is currently offering player bonuses for hours clocked on the table. The casino is offering hiring bonuses for new employees as well.