Delaware's Month Exemplifies the Challenges of Smaller Jurisdictions

Published November 24, 2019 by Lee R

Delaware's Month Exemplifies the Challenges of Smaller Jurisdictions

The small state of Delaware battles for consistency.

Delaware had an odd month.

Revenue Drop

After a strong September, online gambling revenue at one of the US states where gambling is legal fell 36% to $246,092 in October for the lowest showing of the year.

Dover Downs Leads Decline

A sharp month-on-month revenue decline at Dover Downs is the driver of Delaware's drop.

Surprising Since September

The swing was somewhat surprising when taking into account the fact that September's $384,830 was the highest monthly total so far for 2019.

Total Spend

As far as total spend, players in Delaware spent a total of $9.4m on iGaming in October, dropping from September's $11.8m.

Leading Verticals

The primary source of revenue in Delaware is video lottery, bringing in $184,224. Second highest contributor was table games at $40,428, down from September's $171,156. Poker rake and fee revenue stayed relatively stable month-on-month at $21,439.

Players won a total of $9.6m, including $6.4m from table games and $3.2m from video lottery.

Leading Venues

Delaware Park led individual venue takes with $126,126 in October revenue, down slightly from the previous month. The players spent much less, halving from $7.0m in September to $3.4m.

Harrington Raceway followed with revenue of $77,171 for the month from a total consumer spend of $1.1m. These totals were up from September's $60,043 in revenue and a handle of $957,009.

Dover Down Impact

The Dover Downs slip accentuated the pace of fluctuation, with individual revenue slipping from first place in September to last in October, driven primarily by a $6,726 loss in online table games, down from the previous month's revenue of $119,648.

Yearly Totals to Date

The year totals so far through October have brought in total iGaming revenue for Delaware of $2.93m, with consumers having spent $106.3m in the process.


The October results epitomize how a small state can be subject to fluctuations, but there is no reason to believe that pressing forward with a steady effort cannot show corrections for the remainder of the year.

See also

Delaware Sports Betting Revenue Takes a Heavy Hit in 2019

Delaware Launches Online Gambling

Release of Delaware's Online Gaming Regulations

Delaware Casinos Post Great Numbers For First 20 Days of Legal Sports Betting

Delaware's Disappointment with Online Gambling

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