Mixed Picture for Gambling in Delaware

Gambling operators in the US state of Delaware have been poring over the latest data for the month of October, which shows a mixed picture.

The Delaware Lottery released figures for the month that showed a 161.6% year-on-year increase in online gaming revenue. Revenue for the month totalled $643,714, which was up from $246.092 in the same month last year. Yet the figures also showed a 23.4% month-over-month decline and represent the state’s lowest revenue totals since March, when revenue was $514,959.

Those disappointing month-over month figures will be a concern for the industry as the US continues to wrestle with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Slots games proved to be the most reliable source of revenue during the month, producing $450,428, while table games contributed $150,010 and online poker added $43,276.

In terms of total wagers placed with Delaware operators, the total for October was $17.8 million, which was a rise of 89.4% on the same figure for last year. In total, customers claimed winnings of $17.2 million through online gambling during October.

Consumers spent at total of $10.1 million on slots gaming, winning $9.7 million, while players also staked $7.7 million on table games, winning a total of $7.5 million during October.

Of the operators with licences to offer online betting, Dover Downs fared best, reclaiming top spot in Delaware’s online gambling market during October, thanks to a revenue figure of $234,983 from $7.0 million in wagers. Delaware Park, which topped the revenue lists in September, placed second with $224,489 in online betting revenue and $6.5 million in total player bets.

Harrington Raceway, the third licensed online operator in Delaware, came in third behind their main rivals, recording $184,242 in revenue from $4.4 million in customer spending.

October’s figures also mean that online gaming revenue for the 10 months to the end of October was $7.1 million, representing a rise of 144.8% from $2.9 million at the same point last year. And with player spending also rising by 66.4% during the same period, there are signs that the Delaware online betting sector may continue to recover over the next few weeks and months.

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