The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement says state-licensed online gambling sites generated revenue of $14.7m in February, nearly 42% higher than the same month last year and $100k more than the sites earned in January, the previous record since the online market launched in late-2013.
As usual, the year-on-year gains were entirely driven by another stellar performance by the casino vertical, which improved 52.6% to $12.75m. In traditionally stark contrast, online poker continued its ugly stepsister role, falling 2.5% to just under $2m.
Also as usual, the Borgata/Bwin.party/Pala Interactive combo led the revenue charge with $4.24m ($3.18m from casino, $1.06m from poker). Caesars Interactive Entertainment continued its bridesmaid role with just over $3m in total revenue ($2.09m casino, $932k poker).
The Golden Nugget led the state’s three casino-only operators with $3.12m, narrowly edging out the Tropicana’s $3.05m. Resorts Digital Gaming reported $1.32m, down from January’s $1.43m, spoiling what had been an uninterrupted growth streak since the casino launched its digital offering last spring.
Resorts’ numbers will get a boost in next month’s report thanks to the launch of Amaya Gaming’s Pokerstarsnj.com site. The poker and casino site is set to soft-launch this Wednesday (16) ahead of a scheduled full launch on Monday (21).
Not to be outdone, Delaware’s three licensed online gambling sites reported February revenue of nearly $230k, just shy of the record $241k the state’s regulated market took in during April 2014. But here too, poker was in the red, falling 18% year-on-year to just over $28k. Online casino table games earned $98k (+15%) while slots and video poker brought in over $103k, more than quadrupling February 2015’s total, although this was down from the record $138k in January 2016.