Delaware and New Jersey: Totally Different Gaming Industries

by Kyle Miller

Delaware & New JerseyDelaware has experienced a major downturn in online gaming revenues while New Jersey has continued to reign supreme.

In the United States, only three individual states offer some form of casino or poker gambling. While Nevada focuses solely on online poker gaming, New Jersey and Delaware offer online casino options plus poker. Since the two offer the same gaming types, they are often compared. When looking at March revenue earnings, it is clear to see that New Jersey has taken a giant step forward with their offerings while Delaware cannot seem to get their foot in the door.

From the Beginning

New Jersey started off with a bang, offering quality online poker and casino gaming via a variety of top operators. Today, there are five networks operating in the state with such names as PokerStars, 888, WSOP and more involved. The state has continued to see solid revenues each month with this past month setting new records.

Delaware was actually the first to offer online casino and poker gaming in the US and had trouble from the very start. The state is quite small so they do not have the player numbers that New Jersey has seen. With only five figure totals from the very beginning, Delaware would soon realize that this would be a long journey.

The state even tried to bring in more traffic by signing a multi-state compact with Nevada in regards to poker gaming. However, these efforts did not bring in the number of players that officials felt it would.

March Revenues

The month of March was a shocker for Delaware as online gaming revenues dropped 42% to just $151,811 when compared to March 2016. The loss was a huge difference from the $260,539 that was brought in by the three online gaming operators the same month last year.

In Delaware, the three racinos of the state offer the online casino and poker gaming options. Harrington Raceway, Dover Downs and Delaware Park. Dover Downs took a big hit in March, dropping down 76% yoy with just $20,714 for the month. Delaware Park was down as well with a 49% loss yoy. Always pulling up the rear, Harrington Raceway actually was in the positive for March, more than doubling their win percentage.

When looking at the monthly totals operators cannot figure out what went wrong. Perhaps the unseasonably warm weather took gamblers outdoors or players just weren’t spending as much at the gaming tables. When looking at individual gaming totals, the video lottery, which usually produces the bulk of earnings, was down 36%. Table games were down 48% while poker saw a loss of 53%. These are the worst revenue totals for the state ever, going back to when online gaming began in 2013.

New Jersey Remains at the Top

The state of New Jersey has figured out how to offer online gaming. The state continues to see good returns with March being an exceptional month for revenue earnings. The online gaming totals came in at just over $21 million which is the first time the state has surpassed the $20 million mark and set a new record for the largest revenue win for the state in the history of their operations.

The last time the state hit a record earning month was January of this year when $18.8 million was recorded. For March, gaming totals online were actually up over 40% when compared to the same month last year.

For now, New Jersey will remain in the top spot. However, there are other states showing interest in becoming involved with online gaming. It will be interesting to see who will be the next to join the fray and if they can give the state a little competition.