Online poker revenue set records in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for March, with New Jersey nearly doubling February’s figures and those from March 2019.
The rise comes at a time when New Jersey online poker is in the midst of its big spring event and Pennsylvania online poker players are playing their spring online championships for the first time. With physical casinos shut down for the foreseeable future in the midst of coronavirus closures, it’s clear that more players are getting their poker enjoyment online.
New Jersey Online Poker Skyrockets
In New Jersey, the state’s three peer-to-peer online poker operators combined to take in $3,629,112 in March, an increase of 90.9 percent in a year-over-year comparison to March 2019 ($1,903,790), according to numbers reported by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. March saw more than double the amount of online poker revenue compared to February ($1,796,804).
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And those figures don’t take into account the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker. The fifth annual tournament is going on now, with the finale in April 27. This year’s tournament from PokerStars New Jersey is worth $1.2 million guaranteed.
New Jersey has drawn $7.2 million in 2020 revenue from online poker — a bit more than half of that came in March alone. According to figures from the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, Caesars Interactive Entertainment led the state with $1,643,153 in March. Resorts Digital Gaming drew $1,160,875 and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa raked in $825,084 for the month.
The March performance broke the record of $3,442,271, set in January 2014. Online poker in New Jersey hadn’t cleared $2 million since August 2017.
Pennsylvania Online Poker Players Hit Bonanza
The lone outlet for legal Pennsylvania online poker, Mount Airy, came on board with partner PokerStars in November. March saw Mount Airy draw $3,133,019 in revenue, easily breaking the record of $2,473,137 set in December 2019, according to figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
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The inaugural Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker is wrapping up today (April 20) with $2 million in guaranteed prizes.
The two big spring events in those two states — known as NJSCOOP and PASCOOP for short — should see the March records fall by the wayside when the April numbers arrive.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey are two of the four U.S. states with legal online poker or casino games, joining Delaware and Nevada. West Virginia and Michigan have also legalized online casino betting and have launches planned this year.