December 2021 proved to be a great month for online poker in the US, with all regulated states posting revenue gains. The industry enjoyed record growth in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began and it was able to maintain the upward trend.
As of now, online poker is active and legal in five US states, namely, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Delaware. The major sites operating in these markets are WSOP.com/888poker, PokerStars, and the partypoker US Network which is comprised of BetMGM Poker, Borgata Poker, and partypoker.
New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware are part of an interstate poker pool under a pact known as the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA).
Let’s take a look at the figures posted by the regulated US states in December, starting with New Jersey.

New Jersey

The Garden State capped the year off with $2.3 million in revenue, according to the latest stats from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE). That figure represents a slight increase from November where online poker generated $2.2 million in revenue.
NJ is home to three online poker sites – WSOP.com/888poker, PokerStars, and partypoker US Network. Amongst the three, WSOP.com is the dominant operator, holding onto the top spot for two straight months with a December revenue of $848,882.
Likewise, both partypoker and PokerStars enjoyed month-over-month increases, reporting $803,388 and $685,575 respectively. partypoker is still in second place, with PokerStars coming in third but posting the biggest monthly gain.

Delaware

Delaware posted its biggest online poker growth of the year in December. The state posted $43,069 in revenue, a nearly 30% gain from November. The three online poker sites currently active in the state receive software support from 888poker. They operate in partnership with these three racetrack casinos: Delaware Park, Bally’s Dover, and Harrington Casino and Raceway.
Delaware Park was the dominant online poker room in the state throughout the year, and its live counterpart also remains as the only open room in the First State.

Pennsylvania

With a population of 12.8 million based on the 2019 Census, Pennsylvania is home to a booming online poker market. The state’s regulated online poker market has seen massive growth since its launch in 2019 and it continues to show strong potential. For December 2021, the Keystone State went beyond the $3 million mark, generating $3.1 million in online poker revenue, an increase from November’s $2.8 million.
PokerStars has been the leading online poker site in the state ever since and it remains undisputed despite competition from BetMGM/Borgata Poker, and more recently, WSOP.com. PokerStars reported $2 million in revenue for December, while WSOP.com and BetMGM/Borgata Poker posted $639,833 and $378,398 respectively.

Michigan

In Michigan, the December figures are encouraging as well. The Michigan Gaming Control Board combines poker and online gaming in its revenue report, and according to the latest stats, the Wolverine State has had another record month in December, posting $121.7 million in internet gaming revenue, an increase of 13.9% from the previous month.
Two online poker sites are operating in the state: PokerStars and BetMGM Poker, the former still dominating the market. While BetMGM has yet to come close to PokerStars in terms of market share, the operator continues to work hard, running poker tournaments each month.

Us Live Poker Recovering

The live poker scene across the US is also recovering, with several poker rooms now resuming their operations after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. In NJ, three live poker rooms have since reopened in Atlantic City – Borgata, Harrahs, and Tropicana.
In PA, it’s business as usual across the state’s casinos and live poker venues including Parx Casino, Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mohegan Sun Pocono, Rivers Casino, and Wind Creek Bethlehem. Multiple rooms have also reopened in Michigan, including MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown Casino Hotel, and Motor City Casino Hotel.

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