Pennsylvania sets record for online poker in the US
By Bob Garcia
Previous predictions that Pennsylvania could outpace New Jersey could be coming true
Online poker is clearly booming in the US and generating record-breaking revenues for the few states in which its operations are legal. It has certainly been a decent source of income for states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware amid these coronavirus pandemic times. For Pennsylvania, online poker has set a new record of the most revenue generated in the US legal market in one month. During April, the card-slinging action brought in nearly $5.3 million.
The previous record set in PA was for $3,133,019 in March 2020. The month of April surpassed that amount for a total of $5,253,304, which not only broke a record in the state but also among all operators from other states. This includes New Jersey that, so far, has had the biggest online poker market; it collected slightly lesser revenue, reported at $5,148,373 during April.
This surge in the amount of online traffic is directly related to the fact that the coronavirus pandemic halted most live poker activity in most states. This fact can be observed in the online poker traffic statistics tracked by GameIntel where it can be seen how the seven-day moving average of cash game traffic in Pennsylvania has begun decreasing from its high point in late April. This makes sense as the coronavirus curve flattens, and the world is starting to resume activities with stay-at-home orders being lifted in some places.
To not lose the good streak legal online poker has been having, these sites will need to consider launching more tournament series in the following months. Just as PA did with Pennsyl-MANIA that has had huge success and surpassing all the guaranteed prizes.