The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has released the January totals for gaming in the state, including poker data. According to the figures, the live poker of Atlantic City and the online poker operations of the state have seen a combined total of $5.1 million earned for the month of January. Live poker rooms brought in the most money at $3.15 million while iPoker was able to contribute almost $2m at $1.95 million in earnings.
When comparing totals to January 2017, the online poker earnings have decreased drastically by just over 16%. Last year, online poker rooms brought in $2.34 million for the month. Revenue was also down for live card rooms but only by a small percentage. In January 2017, land-based poker operations earned $3.34 million.
Breaking down the totals by operator, the majority of live poker earnings came from the Borgata. The casino was able to see $2.385 million earned in January. Far behind in second place was Harrah’s which earned $304,000 for the month. Bally’s brought in $213,000 while Tropicana earned $163,000. Pulling up the rear was the Golden Nugget, which earned $90,000.
Moving on to online poker, Resorts Digital was the top earner with $817,000 in revenues. Borgata brought in $626,000 with online poker gaming while Caesars Interactive earned $507,000.
When reviewing the January totals of live and online poker play from this year and one year ago, only two land-based operators were able to see a small increase in earnings. Both Bally’s and the Golden Nugget were able to see an increase in earnings with their land-based poker operations.
Online poker operations have continued to struggle in New Jersey while online casinos thrive. Last year, the two combined brought in a total of $245 million in online earnings and seem to be on pace to earn even more this year. It will be interesting to see if online poker is able to see an increase in earnings or if casino gaming will continue to be the driving force behind online earnings.