Delaware Online Poker Revenues Drop 19 Percent in May
Along with New Jersey and Nevada, the state of Delaware is one of three U.S. states offering some sort of legal online gambling. The critics of legalizing internet gambling were always quick to point out that it would result in many starting to gamble online due to the ease and convenience it offers. Judging by the numbers in all three U.S. states offering online gaming, the facts are that there has hardly been any online gaming rush to the tables.
Delaware poker revenues for the month of May were a poultry $39,245 from the poker sites operated by Dover Downs, Delaware Park and Harrington Raceway. This was down 19% from April where the total was $48,552.
The reasons for such a poor performance compared to the previous three months range front the hot weather to the fact that there was a Multi-State Poker Network that shared players with WSOP.com in Nevada. Speculation is that residents of Delaware were curious to test this competition out and are perhaps waiting for New Jersey to also join the interstate online poker party.
In terms of new players, there were 318 new signups on Delaware online sites which is the largest number in eight months and represents a 51 percent increase over April. The outlook for Delaware online market is not too optimistic as there the population is less than a million which makes a viable poker pool an unlikely possibility.