Smooth Sailing: US Online Poker Posts Strong November Numbers, iGaming Also on the Rise

December 20, 2022
Smooth Sailing: US Online Poker Posts Strong November Numbers, iGaming Also on the Rise

Online poker revenue in the US remained steady overall in November with New Jersey reporting another $2 million month. BetMGM continues to make a push for top dog in the online space and a new state merger is also on the horizon for PokerStars in Michigan and New Jersey.

The American markets continue showing strength as iGaming continues rising as well. In the US, online poker is currently live and legal in the following states: 

New Jersey online poker hits $2 million mark again

Online poker continues to hold strong in the Garden State. The state’s online platforms have reached the $2 million mark for the last six months. In total, the state brought in $2.1 million in November, almost the same as the month prior according to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE). 

New Jersey currently hosts three legal online poker operators including:

After six months in a row as the top site, the WSOP.com brand was topped by BetMGM. The site scored a victory by posting $797,799 to WSOP.com’s $765,978. This was one of the biggest drops month over month for WSOP.com

BetMGM is preparing for The Return” series in January in conjunction with the Borgata in Atlantic City. Traffic may be increasing as players attempt to qualify for the event online.

PokerStars stayed in third place but saw month-over-month growth by showcasing $569,752. This was up from October’s report of  $536,757. In the New Jersey live poker scene, only three rooms are open in Atlantic City including:

  • Borgata (offers weekly tournaments)
  • Harrahs 
  • Tropicana

BetMGM, Golden Nugget, Resorts produce strong revenue

According to the NJDGE, New Jersey online casinos reported $146.2  million in November revenue, a 23.9% increase year over year. The Borgata/BetMGM brand hit over $40 million for the sixth month in a row.

The company reported $44.2 million in overall iGaming for the month. The site has remained No. 1 in the state for 20 straight months and counting. Golden Nugget overtook Resorts for second place. The Nugget posted $37.7 million, just enough to outdo Resorts’ $37.3 million. 

The NJDGE reported that overall gaming revenues by casino, racetracks, and partners reached $441.1 million for the month. Year over year, that’s a 0.3% increase from November 2021.

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

For the first time ever, WSOP.com offered eight bracelet events for players located in Pennsylvania and four events have already wrapped up.

Pennsylvania still No. 1 online poker state

The Keystone State stayed dead even in November. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) reported $2.5 million for online poker in the commonwealth in November. This was as seen in October.

Pennsylvania players currently have three online poker platforms to pick from:

PokerStars remains No. 1 in the state and saw a small increase month over month. The site posted $1.6 million in November, about $100,000 more than October.  WSOP.com came in second and saw a small decline by reporting $533,859. BetMGM finished the month in third with $398,035 in revenue. 

Pennsylvania players are currently grinding online qualifiers for a spot in the “Return” series happening across the Delaware River in January. 

PA online gaming sets back-to-back records

The Keystone State online gaming records continue to stack up month to month. For the fourth month in a row, the state reported records being beaten. In November the state saw $128.6 million, a 37% year-over-year increase.

State combined total revenue generated in November from all forms of gaming including fantasy contests reached $452 million. This is an increase of 4.5% compared to November 2021 revenue.

Michigan sets another iGaming record 

The Michigan market showed growth yet again. The Wolverine State set another record in iGaming this past month, according to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). Michigan online casinos showed total Internet gross receipts of $145.4 million in November. This broke the previous record of $141 million. Overall with sports betting included, operators brought in $190.2 million

Michigan online poker

Online poker revenue is combined with other iGaming in the state and is considered to be a growing part of online gaming. There are currently three online poker operators including:

  • PokerStars
  • BetMGM
  • WSOP.com

Players got an early Christmas surprise as PokerStars recently announced updated software for an upcoming merger plan with New Jersey.

Delaware poker shows signs of life

For the first time in three months, online poker in Delaware showed growth. In November, the First State chalked up $34,318. This was an improvement from the $28,495 reported in October. After eight months in a row, the state saw online gaming revenue fall just under $1 million.

According to the Delaware Lottery, iGaming showed a net of $987,423. New player registrations were up month over month to 997 from 891 in October. In Delaware, 888poker operates three different skins in partnership with racetrack casinos including:

  • Delaware Park
  • Bally’s Dover
  • Harrington Casino and Raceway

Delaware Park saw $19,352 in November, making the property the No. 1 site each month this year. However, for the second month in a row Harrington and Bally’s both saw month-over-month poker growth. 

Delaware Park is the only live poker room open in the state. The venue is adding an extra bonus every Friday in December. There will be nine $500 winners each week.

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