The Nevada Gaming Control Board released the figures for 2017 when it comes to poker room cash game revenues. The state was able to see a slight increase from 2016 of 0.6% with earnings totally $118.4 million. The yearly total is not only up from the previous year but also 2015, so the industry seems to be on a slow but steady pace to doing better year after year.
In the state, there are over 60 poker rooms in operation, with close to 600 tables in operation. There is also an online poker room in operation via the WSOP brand. The online revenues come into play, but the state does not breakdown online and live totals, so its just added in to the overall earnings for the year.
Nevada holds the top spot when it comes to casino and poker gaming in the United States. When comparing the state’s poker market to others, they are dominating. Pennsylvania came in second in 2017 with poker revenue earnings, taking in $59 million. This is basically half of what Nevada was able to generate. Move over to New Jersey and the state brought in $54 million while Maryland comes in next at $44.5 million.
During 2017, Nevada was able to see eight consecutive months of growth in the poker industry, from May through December. The state ended the year with December earning 1.5% more year over year when compared to the same month in 2016. June was a good month for the state with just over $16 million earned. The World Series of Poker helped with that total as players descended upon Sin City to take part in the popular poker series.
Hopefully, the poker industry of Nevada will be able to continue seeing an increase once 2018 has come to an end. Its early on in the year with January totals yet to be revealed but if the industry continues to operate as it has over the past few years, the poker revenues should be equal to or perhaps even more than last year’s earnings.