- The Delaware Lottery Commission officially released iGaming revenue numbers and online gambling is down in November.
- Delaware has seen a decrease in online gambling activity for six consecutive months.
- This could be attributed to the reopening of major casino locals.
DOVER, Del. – Online gambling activity in Delaware has continued to drop in 2020 after hitting a record high $29.5 million in May.
May saw the three major casinos, Dover Downs, Delaware Park, and Harrington close down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
As the casino operations reopen, fewer and fewer Delaware players are gambling online. This has led to a decrease in USA online gambling revenue in November.
iGaming Trends Downward
The Delaware online gambling sites have continued to see a steady decline all year after the record-setting numbers in May.
November saw $16.4 million gambled at online casinos which is a 1.9% decrease month over month. This is also the smallest amount gambled online since the $16.35 million in March.
While the numbers are lower than the last few months, online gambling is still up 32.3% from the $12.4 million wagered in November 2019.
Local players also won less at online casinos this November. A recorded $15.9 million was wagered which is down 7.6% month over month. Still, the numbers are 32.5% higher than in November 2019.
In terms of state tax revenue, the First State collected $568,000 in net gaming revenue. This is down 11.9% month over month but up 51% year over year.
Delaware Park was the primary local for online gambling in Delaware in November as $6.2 million was gambled at the online casino alone with a net gaming revenue of $234,800 collected. Delaware Park players won $6 million in November.
While online casinos saw a decrease in activity, Delaware still managed to make a profit off of the online gambling market.
Despite the reopening of physical locations, the 2020 online gambling revenue and betting handle is significantly higher than 2019, showing an overall growth in the online market.
While it's clear most Delaware players prefer physically going to a casino, the online market is still a viable option for many players. Delaware’s online gambling arena has continued to prove itself to be a major market for iGaming.