Delaware – one of only three US states to allow interactive gaming – posted gaming wins of $260,539 (€229,075) across its three online casino operators in March this year, a record figure since the state agreed to permit online gaming in late 2013.
This represented a year-on-year increase of more than $100k (€88k) – or 78 percent – from March 2015’s gross win of $146,188 (€128,545). The second largest win for Delaware operators to date was in April 2014, when online casinos scooped a total of $240,762 (€211,705) from players.
According to the latest financial report from Delaware Lotteries, March 2016 was one of only four times that the three operators in Delaware have topped the $200,000 (€176,000) mark in the space of a month.
Out of the three so-called ‘Racinos’ – Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway – Delaware Park is by far the most mainstream, generating $149,346 (€131,356) in net online gaming revenue in March compared to $86,554 (€76,128) for Dover Downs and just $24,639 (€21,671) for Harrington Raceway.
Revenue from online poker activities, an area which has generally suffered in Delaware due to the low population, totalled $37,324 (€32,828) for the month, with Delaware Park accounting for more than half of the total with wins of $20,447 (€19,743).
According to Poker News Daily, Delaware is likely to pursue cross-border agreements with other states to create a more profitable and sustainable poker playing community, following the pattern of its previous player sharing pools which were set up last March with Nevada and led to a rise in traffic.
The Delaware Lottery also confirmed new record-high revenues for online video lottery, with this sector bringing in $154,794 (€136,148), although remote casino gaming suffered, with the $68,420 (€60,178) generated last month representing a 30 percent decrease from the $97,899 (€86,106) posted in February.