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Poker In New Jersey: Rooms Rake $4M In August

Live Poker Flat; Online Poker Down Last Month

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The market for poker in New Jersey was worth just over $4 million last month, according to state figures made public last week.

According to the New Jersey Division of Gaming, Atlantic City’s six live poker rooms raked $2.23 million in August, virtually unchanged from a year ago. The three internet poker operators generated $1.81 million last month, off 12.8 percent from $2.08 million the previous August.

Through August, the Garden State’s online poker market was $14.8 million, down 11.2 percent from $16.67 million during the same period in 2017.

Here’s a look at operator by poker revenue in August:

Borgata Hotel Casino: $1.33 million
Caesars Interactive Entertainment (WSOP): $725,000
Resorts Digital Gaming (PokerStars): $650,000
Borgata Hotel Casino (online): $440,000
Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City: $253,000
Bally’s Park Place: $250,000
Tropicana Casino & Resort: $210,000
Ocean Resort Casino AC (formerly Revel): $105,000
Golden Nugget: $83,000

Thanks in part to sports betting ($9.1 million in statewide winnings), Atlantic City’s gaming win of $303.9 million last month was up a whopping 24 percent compared to the $244.8 million the casinos won from gamblers the same month in 2017. Two Atlantic City casinos—formerly known as Revel and the Trump Taj Mahal—reopened under new brands earlier this summer.

Had it not been for sports betting and the reopenings, the Atlantic City gaming market would have been flat in August. The huge August moved year-to-date gambling winnings for the industry to $1.86 billion, up 3.5 percent compared to the same period last year.