Delaware Celebrates 5 Years of Online Poker
The littlest online poker market in the United States is celebrating its fifth year in operation. Delaware's contribution to U.S. online poker may be small but it is not inconsequential. While New Jersey and Nevada were expected entrants, Delaware showed that online poker can work for any state.
Delaware legalized online poker on November 8, 2013. In the years since the state has come to depend on revenues from its online gambling industry. Though the amount has never been enough to make or break the state, Delaware remains forward-thinking about online gambling through player pool sharing agreements.
Compared to the online poker markets in New Jersey and Nevada, Delaware kept it simple. Despite being among the first states to market, Delaware had an easy time at launch with only three online poker sites to manage. Additionally, all three sites are powered by the same gaming software – 888.
Online poker got off to a good start in New Jersey, reporting six-figure revenues in its second month. However, the following year poker revenues fell below $30,000 as the newness of the market began to wear off. In March 2015, Delaware decided to spice things up through a partnership with Nevada.
Player pool liquidity between the two states gave Delaware a temporary revenue boost, but it did not last. In 2018, the opportunity arose to extend the agreement, making room for New Jersey and additional states to join the online poker player pool.
Since sharing began with New Jersey, Delaware has enjoyed a minimal but steady revenue boost.