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Atlantic City Casinos Collect $54 Million From Poker Players In 2017

Live Poker Edges Out Online Poker Last Year

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The Atlantic City casino industry generated about $54 million in poker revenue last year, according to figures made public Friday by state gambling regulators.

The casinos collected just over $30 million in live poker revenue, plus roughly $24.2 million from online poker. As of last month, Atlantic City had 189 authorized poker tables spread between the five brick-and-mortar poker rooms. There are three unique web poker operators, with a handful of skins between them.

Nearby Maryland, which has four brick-and-mortar poker rooms and a combined 122 tables, saw its poker market reach $44.5 million last year. Pennsylvania’s official numbers aren’t out yet, but the Keystone State’s poker market will be about $60 million. Pennsylvania, which has about 230 live poker tables spread between 10 rooms, legalized online poker in October, a move expected to soon provide a big boost to the state’s poker industry.

New York’s three fledgling commercial casinos raked $6.7 million from poker last year. The figure doesn’t include revenue from the poker rooms in the state’s tribal casinos. New York, which is also considering online poker, has 42 tables spread between the commercial casinos.

Official numbers for the the Nevada poker industry, which includes 62 poker rooms and about 600 tables, plus a single online poker site, also aren’t available yet, but the 2017 revenue should be close to $120 million. Delaware, the third state with regulated online poker offerings last year, saw its three casinos generate about $210,000 from the games. The state doesn’t release data on its live poker market, which includes more than 60 tables.