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Pennsylvania Poker Grows 5.4 Percent In March

Poker Rooms Rake $5.45M Last Month


March was a strong month for Pennsylvania’s cash games.

The 225 poker tables across the state of Pennsylvania raked a combined $5.45 million last month, according to figures released Tuesday by state officials.

In March 2016, the poker rooms took in $5.17 million. The year-over-year gain seen last month was 5.4 percent. The poker rooms have raked $15.33 million so far this year.

Through the first quarter of 2017, poker revenue is up 1.5 percent. February of this year did have one less day due to the leap year in 2016.

The poker rooms raked $58.6 million in calendar year 2016, about $1 million more than revenue generated in calendar year 2015. Since table games began in the Keystone State about a decade ago, the poker rooms have raked $387.7 million.

Here’s a look at how each poker room did last month:

Parx: $1,436,830 (45 tables)
Sands Bethlehem: $1,016,488 (30 tables)
SugarHouse: $798,076 (28 tables)
Rivers: $684,591 (30 tables)
Harrah’s Philadelphia: $470,328 (28 tables)
Penn National: $440,820 (16 tables)
Mohegan Sun: $236,357 (18 tables)
The Meadows: $180,085 (14 tables)
Mount Airy: $96,685 (9 tables)
Presque Isle: $91,520 (7 tables)

Two of the state’s casinos (Valleyforge and Nemacolin) don’t have poker rooms.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are still in the midst of a multi-year debate over whether or not to legalize and regulate online casino gaming, including peer-to-peer poker.

Elsewhere last month: New Jersey’s live poker market grew 2.5 percent to $2.5 million, but online contracted 8.5 percent to $2.25 million. The state of Maryland saw poker revenue increase by 20 percent to $3.88 million. In Illinois, poker revenue fell 7.5 percent to $1.1 million, while Indiana rake decreased three percent to $1.8 million.

March poker revenue isn’t out yet for Nevada.