Summary: Caesars Entertainment is ready to get started with online gaming in Pennsylvania after recently being approved for licensing.
Caesars Interactive Entertainment is one of the latest operators in Pennsylvania that is preparing to launch online casino games. The brand’s Harrah’s Philadelphia was recently one of three casinos in the state that was approved for online gambling licensing. The state’s Gaming Control Board has been busy reviewing applications and then approving those who have made the cut.
Ready for Operation
Caesars Interactive Entertainment is now currently the only operator in the United States who has online gambling products in New Jersey and Nevada and soon to be Pennsylvania. Chris Albrecht, the General Manager and Senior Vice President of Harrah’s Philadelphia, commented on the approval, by giving thanks to the Gaming Control Board and stating the company looks forward to continuing to work together during the next steps of bringing online gaming to Harrah’s in Philadelphia.
The brand sees the ability to go online as a great opportunity to bring new customers to the Total Rewards network and for customers to be able to enjoy both land-based and online gaming options provided by the facility.
The company’s Vice President of Online Casino, Melanie Gross, commented in a press release on the matter, stating that the company is ready to offer online gaming in Pennsylvania, able to use the knowledge and experience gained over the past six years in Nevada and New Jersey to be able to ‘hit the ground running in Pennsylvania’.
What Will Harrah’s Offer?
It is not clear as to who Harrah’s will be working with when it comes to online gaming platforms. Reports have suggested that 888 will be used for online poker and Scientific Gamaes/NYX will be the provider for online casino options.
In the press release by the company, it was announced that Caesars Casino and World Series of Poker Brands should be among those that are offered in Pennsylvania. So, it makes sense for the casino to provide online poker gaming via 888 with a WSOP branding. This would be a smart move for Caesars, particularly if Pennsylvania decides to join in on multi-state online gaming. 888 plays an integral role in the shared player pools of Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey, so Harrah’s would be ready to join in, if the option became available.
Because the press release mentions Caesars Casino, it is likely that Harrah’s will be using a platform powered by Scientific Games/NYX. Pictures and links used in the press release by Caesars included images from the SG/NYX platform, which could be yet another indicator that they plan on using this brand.
The company also included information on what would be available via the online casino. The gaming list included blackjack, baccarat, roulette, video poker and video slots. However, the full scope of what will be on offer has yet to be seen and only time will tell what the provider will be set to offer.
The licensing process for online gaming in Pennsylvania has been slow going. The application time frame was open for several weeks before casinos began filing their paperwork to be considered. Many felt the
high tax rate of 54% on slot games and 16% on table games plus the licensing fees were a deterrent. Licensing started at $10 for all three options (slots, table games, poker), then was offered up at $4 million per option.
Now, at least 11 operators have applied for licensing and three have been approved. More approvals are expected in the coming months as the Gaming Control Board hosts more meetings.