Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released the 2017 revenue information regarding casinos in the state, including the poker room data. For 2017, the 10 poker rooms in operation earned just over $59 million, seeing a nice increase when compared to 2016 totals.
Within the 10 poker rooms, there are 230 poker tables in operation. For 2017, the total revenues earned was around $500,000 over what was earned the year previous. There are currently 12 casinos in the state but only 10 offer poker room gaming. The earnings report was certainly positive for poker in the state and should be even better in 2018 with online poker revenues in the mix.
Pennsylvania decided to legalize online gaming back in October 2017, with poker included. A date for online poker to get started has yet to be revealed so it is still unclear when the state would begin to reap the benefits from additional poker gaming. Land based gaming venues will have to apply for licensing and have online partners in place to get started.
PA’s table games earned $890 million and slots $2.3 billion
The overall gaming industry of the state is doing quite well as table games earned just over $890 million while slots were in at around $2.3 billion. The gaming win for 2017 came in at $3.23 billion, a record for the state. The amount is great but the state has not seen a huge jump in yearly win for the past few years now. With online gaming in operation, it will be interesting to see how much more is earned for the state in the first few months of operation as well as within the first year of the state providing iGaming on top of traditional land-based options.
2017 was a good year but 2018 could be even better for Pennsylvania as several gaming expansions are set to take place including satellite casinos, video gaming terminals in truck stops, online gaming and more.