Brick and mortar poker rooms are also reopening throughout the northeast. That could account for some decline in the monthly numbers.
NJ numbers slide in September
The NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement’s (NJDGE) revenue reports showed poker operators brought in $2.5 million in September. That’s down from the $3.1 million in August and continues a slide from a record-breaking peak of $5.1 million in April.
WSOP.com remained at the top of the charts in September. The operator reported slightly over $1 million for the month. This was down from $1.3 million in August.
The site is partnered with Caesars in NJ. It’s the only regulated site in the country sharing liquidity among NJ and Nevada, and with 888poker in Delaware.
Even though partypoker (along with the BorgataPoker.com and BetMGM skins) took second for the month, the company scored a victory. Partypoker slid up from third and showed a revenue increase month over month.
The site reported $781,912, up from $750,126 in August. In September, the operator joined forces with the World Poker Tour for the Online Borgata Series. The combined effort helped for an increase in monthly revenue.
PokerStars dropped to $767,272 in September, down from $971,811 in August and $1.1 million in July. Regularly finishing second in the market, the site looks to rebound in October.
Live poker returning to Garden State
In July, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) rescinded his executive order and allowed for the reopening of Atlantic City casinos. However, poker rooms remained closed.
The total represented a 113% year-over-year increase. This is the second-biggest month on record for online gaming in the Garden State.
According to the NJDGE, the state brought in total gaming taxes of $32 million for September. Gaming taxes represent 8% of taxable casino gross revenue and 15% of Internet gaming gross revenue.
Revenue dips in PA, WSOP.com moves to enter market
PokerStars’ monopoly in the state may be coming to a close soon. The PGCB recently approved 888 Holdings for a gaming license in Pennsylvania.
888poker is WSOP.com’s software partner and Caesars was already approved by the PGCB earlier this year. An official WSOP.com launch in PA hasn’t been announced yet.
However, WSOP.com has already launched pages outlining some of what is planned. USPoker will continue to update this when more is known.
Delaware online poker dips slightly
Delaware Park holds the trophy in the state by accounting for half of the poker revenue.
The state’s players benefit from being part of the WSOP.com shared liquidity pool with players in Nevada and NJ.
Delaware live rooms are still down because of Coronavirus pandemic closures.
— Dover Downs Casino (@DoverDowns) October 16, 2020
Gov. John Carney’s (D) reopening plan allows for casinos to open limited hours and occupancy. Under his order, live poker rooms remained closed however.