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Pennsylvania Poker Players Pay $4.8 Million In Rake To Casinos Last Month

Revenue Up Slightly Year-Over-Year

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Pennsylvania will soon be home to regulated online poker rooms, but its 10 existing brick-and-mortar card rooms enjoyed a strong October in the meantime.

According to figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the rooms raked a combined $4.8 million last month. There were 230 tables in the state during October. The revenue and number of tables were both up from $4.7 million and 225 tables, respectively, in October 2016.

Parx Casino, located just outside Philadelphia, added four tables to its poker room in a year-over-year comparison. The room most recently had 49 poker tables. The casino accounted for $1.4 million of the statewide rake last month, or about 30 percent.

Last month, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a gambling expansion package that includes the legalization and regulation of real-money online poker sites licensed by the state. The move is expected to grow the state’s roughly $60 million-a-year poker market.

The legislation also cleared the way for more live poker with another casino in Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania’s neighbor to the east has regulated online poker, and those sites raked $1.93 million last month. New Jersey’s entire poker market was $3.9 million in October.

The Garden State poker market should get a boost when the state kicks off a internet poker liquidity sharing deal with Nevada and Delaware. Work to implement the player pool sharing began “immediately,” said Caesars Interactive Entertainment.

Pennsylvania could eventually join the equation. The state’s online poker rooms are expected to launch sometime in the second half of 2018.