US Online Poker Markets Display Strength, Consistency With May Revenue Reports

June 17, 2022
US Online Poker Markets Display Strength, Consistency With May Revenue Reports

American legalized online poker states reported more than $6 million in revenue for May, continuing to show growth and consistency again.

Those numbers only account for states that break out revenue for online poker. Michigan and Nevada don’t detail those figures, so that total could even be considerably higher. In the US, online poker is currently live and legal in the following states: 

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Delaware

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New Jersey online poker hits $2 million mark again

Garden State online poker sites saw a small month over month win. Legal poker sites reported $2.3 million in May, up from the posted $2.2 million in April. 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:

After three months at the top, partypoker relinquished the No. 1 poker spot to WSOP.com. Party did see month over month growth however, reporting $828,108 in May, up from $805,128 in April.  

WSOP.com saw month-over-month growth as well. The online operator reported $864,031, up from the$788,798 in April. 

Expect another big month for WSOP.com in June, as the site launched its annual online bracelets. Players in New Jersey can win some hardware from their homes this summer. Online Circuit events are also running in the state as well.

Poker players looking to cash in with more bang for the buck and experience playing the WSOP on a budget can check out these events at Paris and Bally’s.

PokerStars posted $619,423 in May and is currently running the Summer Stacks series.

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

  • Borgata (offers weekly tournaments)
  • Harrahs 
  • Tropicana

No plans for guaranteed multi-day live events have been announced. 

NJ total overall gaming stays positive

New Jersey online casinos and their partners, reported $136 million in revenue. This is a 25.7% increase from the same period last year. 

The Borgata/BetMGM brand has been king for 14 straight months in a row. BetMGM continues to be the top operator in the state and showed $39.9 million for the month. Golden Nugget trailed closely behind with $38.1 million. Resorts held on to third again and posted $29.1 million.

According to the NJDGE, overall gaming revenue (live and online) reported by casino, racetracks, and partners was $430.6 million for May. Year-over-year, that’s a 15.1% increase from $374.2 million in May 2021.

Gaming taxes represent 8% of taxable casino gross revenue and 15% of Internet gaming gross revenue.

PA online poker reports steady results

For another month, Pennsylvania holds the title for top state in the US for online poker revenue The Keystone State reported poker revenue of $2.8 million for May, just slightly down from the $2.9 million in April.

The commonwealth currently has three online poker choices:

PokerStars reported $1.7 million from May and is the top online poker operator in the state. Stars partners with Mount Airy Casino.

In May WSOP.com, which partners with Harrah’s Philadelphia, took a small hit for the second month in a row and reported $738,578

The platform isn’t part of the combined player pool in New Jersey and Nevada. The operator should see an uptick in the next few months due to WSOP PA online bracelet events running this summer.

On a positive note, partypoker US Network (BetMGM/Borgata Poker) saw monthly growth. The company showed a win for the month with $338,420. Partypoker is a joint player pool through partners Rivers Casino and Penn National.

Overall gaming in the Keystone state is up year to date. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported that the combined total revenue generated from all forms of gaming along with fantasy contests during May 2022 was $447.8 million an increase of 8.38% compared to revenue generated in May 2021.

PA poker rooms shuffle some live tournaments in

Pennsylvania tournament players can appreciate some good opportunities in the live scene  through monthly guaranteed  tournaments. Here’s a look at open live brick-and-mortar Pennsylvania poker rooms:

  • 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 

Online gaming stays hot in Michigan

Michigan online poker helps contribute to the large iGaming industry in the state. According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), online casinos in the Wolverine State brought in $127.4 million in revenue, just shy of the previous record-breaking month of $132.4 million. 

Online poker revenue isn’t reported separately, the report includes the combination of poker and online gaming. There are now three online poker operators in the state including:

  • PokerStars
  • BetMGM (part of the partypoker US Network)
  • WSOP.com

BetMGM has been awarding championship seat in Michigan for the upcoming BetMGM Poker Championship in Las Vegas.

The state has developed a talented player pool with some like Dan “Dr. Dad” Schill standing out as the market continues to grow.

The state’s poker operators continue to push out monthly online series. PokerStars is currently running a Summer Stacks festival after completing the Bounty Builder Series in May.

WSOP.com is now offering bracelet events in the state and has launched a monthly Online Circuit Series. BetMGM also ran satellites for the BetMGM Poker Championship. 

BetMGm and FanDuel stayed relatively the same on the iGaming front. MGM is the front runner with $49.2 million and FanDuel in second with $20 million. 

Gaming operators in total produced $24.6 million in tax revenue and local share to the state including:

  • Internet gaming taxes and payments – $23.5 million
  • Internet sports betting taxes and payments – $1.1 million

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Live poker in Michigan

Multiple Michigan brick and mortar live poker rooms are open in the state’s casinos, including charity rooms:

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

Casinos such as Motor City are attracting players to the Michigan poker rooms.

* Delaware gaming reports weren’t available at press time and will be added when they are published.

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