The number of people working from home, as well as those unemployed—temporarily or otherwise—has rocketed as a result of COVID-19.
Casinos have been closed across the United States in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, leading players to turn to the digital service as a temporary alternative.
The rise in people spending time at home has led to a surge in online poker players, and Jim Tomlin of Gambling.com reported those changes have started to tell for operators in some states.
Specifically, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement reported revenue of $3,629,112 last month between its three P2P online poker companies. Contrasted against the $1,903,790 revenue recorded in March 2019, that represents a year-on-year increase of 90.9 percent.
That rise of almost 100 percent was bigger than the increase from $1,796,804 recorded in February 2020. More than half the state’s total online poker revenue in 2020 to date ($7.2 million) came in March.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported its sole online poker provider, Mounty Air, yielded $3,133,019 in revenue during March 2020. That smashed the state’s existing monthly revenue record of $2,473,137, which was set in December 2019.