In this fast-paced casino world of Pennsylvania, online gaming and sports gambling have started rolling out. With PA SPA being overturned by U.S Supreme Court, Pennsylvania has been one of the first to pass a law that legalized sports betting. This is a sensible move. As a matter of fact, online gaming has also been legalized. Sports betting was first introduced by Hollywood Casino that launched legalized Pennsylvania sports betting on 17th November. There was a small window when Hollywood had given permission for sports betting only a day before, but this had been a limited test signal to PGCB which was ready to go.
PGCB is the one who is in controls to when the casino will be able to introduce the new offerings. Laws which have been newly made provides the authority to give the authorization to license along with the starting dates. Hence, the casino is based on the speed PGCP will make the decision. For a move for increasing the speed of the process, the PGCB has offered the authority to Kevin O’Toole, the Executive Director to greenlight the new sportsbooks operation that keeps away the hold on with the decisions at the meeting of PGCB which are held on a monthly basis. With the conclusion of the PGCB activity, it is now possible to make a reasonably proper forecast of which the casino is going to launch what are the games and also when.
Features of Pennsylvania sports betting and online gaming
Take a quick look at the key features of the new online gaming and sports betting in Pennsylvania.
- Sports betting has been made legal and is subjected to authorization by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board with a payment of a license fee of $4 million.
- The tax might vary from one game to another, but it can be on the higher side. Online slots will make a payment 56% and online sports betting will make a payment 36%.
- Online slots, casino games, and poker have been authorized which includes mobile devices. Casinos paid $4 million for licenses for providing the games to the patrons or $10 million for these three games.
- The tax is paid by the operators but it doesn’t mean that the payout and odd rates might be worse than in New Jersey or Nevada.
- Casinos can keep different gaming skins but offer just one sports betting brand.
- Casinos to offer one account for funding all accounts of online gaming.
- Patrons can sign up for the online accounts over the internet. Registering in person is not required.
- The casinos that already have a license that has formed a partnership with online gaming companies have introduced the game products. The partnership implies that the largest brands of gaming will soon be accessible in Pennsylvania.
Here is a quick guide to new PA online gaming and sports betting
Hollywood Penn National Casino
The sports betting operation of Hollywood is being operated from simulcast theatre. The sportsbook is managed by William Hill US which has noteworthy experience of controlling betting games in places such as New Jersey and Nevada.
Penn National owns a casino and wants to secure online gaming license to offer the following:
- Casino games like roulette and poker
- Sports betting
The set of licenses has been made available under PGCB regulations. Hollywood all set to partner with special online providers but William Hill will keep on taking care of online sports betting. According to Penn National IGT will be the main online technology provider. IGT is well-known for his slot and casino games but is not that good with their poker product. However, they have launched an update to their poker product, but is going to face stiff competition from PokerStars, PartyPoker, and 888, the international brands.
Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino
PGCB gave approval on condition for the interactive license and sportsbook. 888 and Scientific Games is the technology partner for the online games. Caesars Entertainment owns Harrah. It has significant online and live sports betting time at Nevada.
With the new improvement on sports betting, Caesars started sportsbook at 2 casinos in Mississippi and 2 in New Jersey. Caesars offers sports betting and online casino in New Jersey, so it is to be seen what Pennsylvania should expect.
Mohegan Sun Pocono
This casino hasn’t yet filed an application for sports betting with PGCP and the $12 million interactive license application is awaiting approval. The details about the expansion plan are not yet known. The casino doesn’t work with PokerStars through the management of Resorts Casino of New Jersey but they have some other chances in PA.
Mount Airy Casino
Mount Airy Casino has formed a partnership with 888 and PokerStars so that is significant at online poker market. According to PA laws, the casinos are capable of launching many online casinos and online poker skins but just one online betting brand.
Mount Airy with approval that came with a condition for 3 interactive licenses for gaming. Thus, online gambling should be launched by the starting of 2019. However, the casino does not have a license application for sports betting in the works. In case it applies, it can work with 888 and BetStars.
Lady Luck Casino
It is going to become a part of the Eldorado Group. They have agreed to purchase Lady Luck along with Churchill Downs. However, the agreement fell apart. Nonetheless, Churchill Downs is going to take control of this casino under some other deal. Lady Luck hasn’t filed the application for a license for sports betting or interactive gaming. The window to file the license application is closed already. Hence, you cannot expect any changes in the Lady Luck casino. Churchill Downs applied for an interactive license for the casino, Presque Isle. The online ambition of the company can be seen through the license.
Stars Group, PokerStars parent has signed up a deal with Eldorado. It offers BetStars, the sports betting brand and PokerStars, the chance to open up an online gaming skin at the properties of Eldorado. As Lady Luck wasn’t careful about the deadline for the application of license, the casino might not be under the plan of Stars Group. However, no one is aware of the future so no one knows what is going to develop.
The casino steaming ahead with ideas. They are one of the first to secure their license and is also going to be the first one to introduce sports betting. The game will go live in December. The casino has partnered with Kambi and GAN.
Kambi is going to offer the platform for sports betting with GAN offering a bunch of another type of services that include managing the accounts of the customers. Greenwood Gaming, the owner of Parx, owns South Philadelphia Turf Club and it is here that Kambi is going to launch 2nd live sportsbook. Kambi-powered online game product by Par will be launched the following year.
Presque Isle Downs & Casino
It hasn’t applied for the license for sports betting. However, it is approved conditionally by the interactive gaming. The casino hasn’t applied for a friend-to-friend license, which will allow the casino to provide online poker to the patrons. Eldorado and Churchill Downs needs to finalize the takeover of this casino till the end of the year. Till then the plans are pretty vague.
Nonetheless, the presentation to PGCB, Presque Isle has said that it is going to introduce the online game in 2019 under BetAmerica. This online gaming brand is presently being used by Churchill Downs for the horse racing betting over the internet. The deal of Eldorado with Stars Group shouldn’t have an impact on the previous arrangements but might allow the launch of online casino of PokerStars at Presque Isle Downs.
Sugarhouse Casino and Rivers Casino
River Casino has made an application for a gaming license and then has also pulled out the application. It is also applied for an authorization of sports betting. Rivers Casino plans on offering iGaming to Commonwealth and Western Pennsylvania. However, they are taking extra time for exploring the different options to do so. Rivers is pursuing a sports wagering certificate in order to provide mobile, as well as sports betting. Rivers have associated with Rush Street Interactive that Rush Street Gaming tasked subsidiary with the online gaming of the company plans.
Rush Street is the owner of SugarHouse Casino. Kambi is the interactive sports of Rush Street betting technology partner. Thus, they will also be handling sports betting by default at this casino. SugarHouse, as well as Rivers is going to launch the SSportsbookslive in the month of December. SugarHouse has already been made live in New Jersey with casino games and sports betting on offer.
Sands Bethlehem Casino
In spite of the popular owner Sheldon Adelson, Sands have made an application for s license of interactive gaming. Poarch Band of Creek Indians, known to be purchasing with the help of Wind Creek Hospitality. Since the sale is yet to happen, Sands is capable of producing no plan for business for online gaming or sports betting.
However, Sands have made an application for 3 three types of interactive gaming license and to take an advantage of $2 million discount given as an offer. It hasn’t applied for any license for sports betting. When online gaming is going to be introduced and with whom Sands is going to partner is not yet known.
The Meadows Casino
Penn National owns Meadows along with Hollywood Casino. It hasn’t applied for a license. Thus, it is not going to take an advantage of the newly made laws. Meadows might advertise the online gaming by Penn National through Hollywood Casino.
Valley Forge Casino
With a conditional approval from Valley Forge for an online gaming and an application for a license of sports betting on 14th of November. The casino has formed a partnership with GAN and IGT and is going to launch the online gaming in the early part of 2019. Even though it hasn’t been confirmed publically, Valley Forge has formed a partnership with GVC. In case the partnership is successful and bears fruit, PartyPoker is going to introduce under the umbrella of Valley Forge. If this happens then PartyCasino is expected and playMGM might launch, too. MGM and GVC are working jointly that will find them introduce the online sports gaming and betting wherever it is legally allowed.
Valley Forge has partnered with FanDuel for the betting for sports betting both online and live. FanDuel is well-known to Pennsylvania for the business of daily fantasy sports. As Paddy Power Betfair have purchased FanDuel in the month of May, the company has turned out to be the leading band of PBB in establishing sports betting of US. FanDuel, in New Jersey, is securing second highest revenue with online sports betting. It is also known to power online sports betting that too live at a race in Meadowlands racetrack that has the maximum revenues from live sports betting. In case the experience of New Jersey serves as a guide, Valley Forge and FanDuel need to become prime players in the market of Pennsylvania.
A casino without the having the casino is Stadium Casino. This is a tad tricky to finding out when it plans on finding out in respect to online gaming and sports betting. Stadium maintains a site. In Philadelphia, the old Packer Avenue Holiday in gone now along with initial construction work has started on the new casino, but there is nothing like a casino regarding what is there yet. The casino will be a handled jointly in between Greenwood Gaming and Cordish Companies, owner of Parx. In an expected move, Greenwood has taken a step back from the deal only last week as it leaves the entire project to Cordish.
The introduction of the new casino is now going to be projected in 2021 in the month of December. The stadium has made an application for the license for interactive gaming, but nothing will happen in near future. Using a cost-effective move, the casino has asked PGCB have allowed it to give up on the application for a license for online poker. The PGCP have agreed upon allowing Stadium to secure $2 million back as license fees.
Extra interactive licenses
There are licensees for 10 interactive gaming available after no PA casinos have applied for this or in case Stadium Casino or Rivers Casino relinquished them. The applications for these have closed down on 31st October. PGCB will determine what applicants are going to get in a convoluted process. Any announcement regarding the license is going to be made soon.