2014, the year for the online gambling industry in the United States
February 10, 2014
The online gambling industry, recently regulated in some areas of the United States, seems to be taking off unhurriedly. H2 Gambling Capital has been analyzing the markets trends in the United States to provide us with the US online gambling market first data report that shows a 300 millions of dollars gross win for this year 2014.
H2 Gambling Capital has revealed that the market is still losing huge possibilities by not allowing online gambling on two of the most important areas of the country, like the east and west coasts, as the golden state of California, New York and Florida are still not interested on working on an online gambling regulation. Joel Keeble, special projects director at H2, has explained to us the first published data analysis by H2 where we can tell that the market is still fighting internal battles with other land-based operators and state governments. Joel Keeble clarified that "despite the slower than expected start in all three regulated state markets, H2 remains confident that 2014 will be much stronger with the total onshore egaming gross win across the three states now expected to be just short of US$300m growing to in the region of US$351m in 2015. This would bring the total number of states to 12 with the combined gross win expected to be circa US$4.8bn in gross win/net win (excluding bonuses) just under US$4bn. This compares to an optimal onshore market in the very unlikely case that all states legalize all forms of egaming of just over US$11.2bn in gross win / 9.1 billions of dollars for net win by 2018; it is essential that a number of key states, including the likes of California, New York and Florida, move to legalize the sector. In fact, we now believe that given the state-by-state model of regulation, 58% of the potential value of the onshore regulated US online gambling market is concentrated in just 10 states. Regulated online gambling would still only represent 4.9% of total onshore US gaming (the rate is expected to be 5.8% across all gambling), which would compare to an average of 8.4% globally and 17.7% across the EU".