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Pennsylvania Poker Rooms Rake $59M In 2017

Revenue Inches Up Compared To 2016


Pennsylvania’s 10 brick-and-mortar poker rooms collected a combined $59.1 million last year, according to figures released Tuesday by state gaming regulators.

There are 230 poker tables statewide, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The 2017 revenue was about $500,000 more than what the rooms generated in 2016. Rake grew by about a percentage point in a year-to-year comparison.

Pennsylvania legalized online poker in October, a move that is expected to grow the state’s poker market. The Keystone State online betting industry could kick off later this year.

Two of the state’s 12 casinos don’t offer traditional poker. Overall, the casinos won $890.7 million from table games last year, regulators said. That figure was 4.4 percent more than the $853.2 million won from table games in 2016.

Combined with about $2.3 billion in slot machine revenue, the Pennsylvania casino industry generated a record $3.23 billion in gaming win last year. However, that’s only 2.2 percent more than the casino gambling market from 2012. It’s also virtually unchanged compared to 2016, thanks to slot machine revenue falling about one percent last year.

How did Pennsylvania’s poker market stack up to those in nearby states? Maryland’s four poker rooms took in $44.5 million last year, while New Jersey casinos, which have enjoyed the benefits of online poker since 2013, collected about $54.2 million from poker players.

Numbers aren’t out yet for Nevada, the nation’s top commercial poker room market. However, revenue from 2017 should be about $120 million. The Silver State has 62 poker rooms with about 600 tables between them.