Wire Act Changes Require 90 Day Compliance

Summary: After a change to the Wire Act by the Department of Justice was made public this week, a memo has been released giving businesses 90 days to make changes.

Sports BettingThis week, it was made known that the Department of Justice has decided to rule that the federal Wire Act applies to all forms of interstate gaming. In the past, the Act applied to only sports betting. With the change, online poker and lottery gaming will be affected and possibly the online casino industry as well. Now, a memo has been issued by the US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that states the new opinion will take effect in 90 days. In this time frame, the office will be making guidelines.

90-Day Time Frame

During the 90-day time frame in which the federal government will be making prosecutorial guidelines, there will be no safe harbor so to speak for those who are in violation of the law based on the new opinion. All types of legalized online gambling may be affected with this new change, as any online gambling is considered illegal if it takes place across state lines.

In several states, online casino gaming, lottery, sports betting, poker and daily fantasy sports takes place. Sometimes, the transactional data involved will travel across states lines. Yet the actual gaming will take place within a single state. However, there are some instances where gaming does take place across state lines and payment systems as well. Due to the new interpretation, even the payment methods may be an issue which could leave some online gambling operators in hot water.

In the memo, Rosenstein has designated the Organized Crime and Gang Section of the Criminal Division to review the Wire Act and approve any proposed charges. The Justice Manual will soon include the findings of the review and approval process for prosecutions to be made based on the Wire Act interpretation. Further guidance can be provided for department attorney’s who have any questions regarding the implementation of the Wire Act.

Confusion Remains

Since the new opinion has been provided, there has been much confusion as to what will happen. It is believed that action will be taken to take the matter to court. Experts feel that the issue will be in litigation within the 90 day time frame set for the guidelines to be created. States may decide to sue the federal government in the hopes of obtaining a judgement that the Wire Act still only applies to sports betting.

As of the release of the Wire Act change, there has yet to be any change in a state offering online lottery ticket sales or online gaming. It seems that states are pushing ahead with any new changes, such as Rhode Island, one of the latest states to put forth legislation that will legalize applications for sports betting within their borders.

In reality, there was great clarity as to what was allowed for online gambling with the Wire Act from the changes made in 2011. This new opinion simply creates more obscurity and a sense of unknowing that only causes confusion instead of actually helping.

For now, it seems that operators are going to continue as normal. As the guidelines are created by the federal government, we will have a clearer picture as to what is expected of operators. Hopefully, the online gambling industries will not be affected in such a way that will cause strain or the ceasing of operations.

New Wire Act Opinion by the DOJ Could Spell Trouble for iGaming Industry

Summary: The United States Department of Justice has changed their opinion on the Wire Act of 1961, ruling that all interstate online gambling is illegal.

In 2011, the Department of Justice, under the Obama Administration, ruled that the Wire Act of 1961 was to be changed. The new opinion was that the act only applied to sports betting. This paved the way for individual states to begin legalizing online gambling. New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada have been successful in offering online casino and/or poker gaming. Pennsylvania has legalized the option too, and should start sometime this year.

This week, the DOJ decided to rule that the Wire Act was not interpreted correctly in 2011 and have now applied it to all interstate online gambling. It is rare for the DOJ to issue a new opinion on a subject when it was recently changed, but this administration seems to be set on making changes to the overall landscape of US legislation.

The new opinion was dated the 2nd of November and states that the Wire Act applies to gaming beyond sports betting. It also states hat the 2007 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act does not change the Wire Act.

The UIGEA legislation created an exception for fantasy sports involving restrictions of online gaming. With the new opinion, it states that based on the Wire Act, there is no such exemption. With this decision, daily fantasy sports operators need to be worried.

Daily fantasy sports companies and lotteries in the states sell tickets for multi-state draw games. Examples of this would be the Mega Millions and the Powerball. These legal gambling activities would be in violation of the law now based on the change to the Wire Act. But, what action will the federal government take?

Online poker gaming will also be affected. In Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, online poker player pools are shared. Players in Delaware can access sites in New Jersey and vice versa. The online poker industry in the United States is already struggling so if the player pooling is taken away, revenue numbers will dwindle.

It is possible that the Department of Justice will not take action against states that offer interstate gaming. But why make the change then? The current administration is real chummy with anti-gambling activists like Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. It could be that the change was made to try and shake up the online gambling industry, in any way possible.

Possible Issues

Because we have no idea how the DOJ will move forward now that the new opinion has been made public, it’s anyone’s guess what could become an issue. Take for example banking. In the past, online operators had trouble getting banks and financial institutions to allow payment processing for online gaming sites. Over the years this issue has been resolved. However, now that interstate change is in play, banks might not be too willing to process payments for gaming in one state when they are based in another.

It could be that payment processing could become a big issue for operators. Banks want to avoid any federal issues. To avoid any risk of prosecution, the financial institutions may stop processing payments in specific states for that reason.

I imagine over the coming weeks we will learn more about what the new opinion of the DOJ on the Wire Act will entail. We will keep our readers updated on any changes and how it affects online gambling in the US.

New Jersey Online Gambling Industry Surpasses $1b in Revenues Milestone

Summary: After the December online gambling totals were tallied in New Jersey, the state was able to surpass the $1 billion mark in lifetime revenues.

New Jersey continues to be the top operating state when it comes to online gambling. Offering online casino, poker and now sports betting, the state continues to be the top producer when it comes to revenues earned as well as wagers placed. Top brands operate in the region and help to solidify large numbers month after month by way of revenues. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has now released the December 2018 totals, with the state having finally reached a new milestone, earning over $1 billion in lifetime revenues since starting in 2013.

December Totals:

New JerseyFor the month, the state was able to earn over $29 million via casino and poker online gaming. They surpassed their previous monthly record amount by over $2 million. The state continues to hit records when it comes to online gaming revenues. With the numbers being so large for the month, it allowed the state to finally surpass the $1 billion mark when it comes to overall lifetime earnings.

In total, the state has brought in $1,013,752,368 in revenues. Online gambling came in at just over $29 million, the highest monthly total ever since the industry launched in 2013. For online casino gaming, revenues came in at just over $27.2 million, which was also a record setting amount.

Add in the poker gaming numbers and the state was able to surpass the $25 million mark for the fourth month in a row. When compared to 2017, the state was up almost 40% with year-on-year revenues.

Individual Breakdown

Every month, there are operators who outdo the others in the online gaming industry. Time and time again, the Golden Nugget holds the number one position, easily outpacing the competition. For December, the Golden Nugget, was the first to earn an eight figure earning, bringing in just over $10.1 million. This is the most ever earned in a single month by an operator.

Not to fall too far behind, the number two operator usually is the Borgata and they were again in December. The brand was able to reach a new milestone for the month, finally surpassing the $5 million mark. The Borgata continues to do well, but remains millions behind the Golden Nugget regarding monthly earnings.

Caesars and Resorts were up to over $4 million for the month, while the Tropicana continued to struggle, sitting around the $3 million mark in earnings. Online poker remains a low earner for the state, but December did see the industry up for the first time in several months. Total online poker revenues came in at $1.7 million.

When reviewing the overall totals, the online gambling industry of the state was up 4.2% from November and a whopping 39.75% from December 2017. For online casino gaming, the state was up 3.9% from November and 44.8% from the previous December. Online poker saw the highest monthly jump, increasing by just over 9% but surprisingly, this was a decline from December 2017, by about 8.9%.

Overall, online gabling continues to be strong in New Jersey and is showing no signs of slowing down. It will be interesting to see how they fare in 2019 and if the industry continues to break their own records month after month.

Penn National to increase presence in Pennsylvania via video gaming terminals

Summary: Operator of the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Penn National has announced plans to further their presence in Pennsylvania by operating video gaming terminals.

Since late 2017, Pennsylvania has seen a boom within their overall gambling industry as operators and partners begin to set up for various expansions within the industry. Online casino and poker gaming is set to begin this year, with operators setting up partnerships last year and gaining licensing in preparation. Penn National is a gaming operator in the state who is preparing to provide additional gaming options, including video gaming terminals. The company announced last week that they had partnered with Rutter’s convenience stores to get started.

VGT gaming

Penn National GamingAs an operator of the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Penn National had the ability to apply for video gaming terminal licensing, or VGTs for short. The company has announced a deal has been signed with Rutter’s, with the company set to provide five VGTs within 20 locations of Rutter’s convenience stores throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

VGTs were part of a gaming expansion package created in 2017 that was signed into law. Because so many new aspects of the gaming industry were approved, it has taken some time for gaming to get started. Now, it seems Penn National will be the first to get started and in a big way.

Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for Penn National, John Finamore, commented on the new deal, stating that the company is looking forward to working with Rutter’s to introduce VGT gaming to the state. Penn National is excited to be combining their expertise with the established success of Rutter’s convenience stores to offer the new gaming option via qualified locations.

VGTs were an issue when legislation was being considered back in 2017, as some casinos were opposed, afraid the machines would cut into their slot profits. However, in the end, the option was added to legislation and will begin this year.

Qualifying Properties

To be able to offer VGTs, locations have to meet a certain set of criteria. The VGTs must be added to locations that meet certain standards. The property must sell 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel on average per month. The property must also have 20 parking spots minimum that are dedicated to commercial vehicles. The property must also be located on three acres of land or more.

VGTs are similar to slot machines as players will be wagering and see the outcome based on a random number generator. Players can wager $5 max on the machines and the top payout cannot exceed $1,000.

Back in May, the Gaming Control Board began excepting applications. Since that time, a total of 60 locations have requested to house the machines. Each location can have as many as five machines. Over 20 locations have been given conditional approval.

Penn National was one such group that was given conditional licensing by the Board. Rutter’s still has to be approved before the gaming option can begin.

Hopefully, the new games will be up and running in the next few months. It will certainly be interesting to see if the games provide an additional source of revenues and just how much time and money players will spend on this new type of gaming in the state. We should see more interest from operators once the VGTs are up and running and they have an example to go by to see just how the machines will fare.

New Hampshire House of Representatives Introduce New Sports Betting Bill

Summary: A new sports betting bill has been introduced in New Hampshire that would create the first standalone retail shops for the industry in the US.

In the United States, sports betting continues to be the hot topic of discussion. State after state are introducing legislation as the New Year begins to get in on the action. Close to ten states already offer the activity and several have already introduced legislation this year to get the ball rolling to join in. This week, New Hampshire lawmakers decided to introduce a bill that will not only start offering services in their borders but they will also see retail shops added, which would be a first for the United States.

HB 480

New HampshireThe New Hampshire House of Representatives saw HB 480 introduced this week, a bill with a goal of establishing a system within the Lottery Commission to see sports betting legalized in several formats. Online, mobile and land-based are being considered. A Division of Sports Betting would be created inside the Commission, helping to regulate the new industry.

The legislation essentially puts the Commission in charge, allowing the group to decide if wagering will be offered directly via an authorized Sports Betting Agent or through the agent via mobile devices and physical retail facilities.

It is the physical retail facility portion of the bill that is getting headlines. The state currently does not have any land-based casino facilities. In other states, casinos are the platform for sports betting. Existing operators are able to apply for sports betting licensing and then use their existing facility to open a sports book. That luxury is not available in New Hampshire.

So, the state will have to do something similar as to what is found in the United Kingdom known as betting ships. This would be a first for the United States and certainly something that other states who do not offer casino gaming could consider.

According to the legislation, the cities and towns of the state would have to approve any betting shop installations with a ballot referendum before any sports betting would be authorized in a region. Any anti-gambling municipality will not be allowed to interfere with the digital wagering operation of the state.

Players who took part in sports betting would have to be at least 18 years of age and wagering would not be allowed for college events involving teams of the state or games that take place in the state in general.

Progressing Forward

If the option is approved, the Commission created could decide to launch their own wagering option. If they do, then they would be given the ability to hire vendors to manage the operations. If a betting agent were to be hired, the agent would have to give a percent of revenues back to the state. The amount is unknown at this time. 10% of that amount would be placed in a fund going to responsible gambling initiatives.

The timeline for the new industry would hopefully see the bill approved by July 1st. Then the process of selecting a betting agent could begin by the first of next year. Legal wagers would then be in operation possibly by the summer of 2020. It will certainly be interesting to see how the legislation progresses and if New Hampshire will be one of the next to launch sports betting services in the US.

West Virginia Representative Introduces Online Gambling Legislation

Summary: After legalizing sports betting last year, West Virginia is now going to consider online gambling as Representative Shawn Fluharty introduces a new bill.

In 2018, the state of West Virginia decided to legalize sports betting, following in the footsteps of several other individual states in the US. This year, the state is now going to consider online poker and casino gaming, as Representative Shawn Fluharty formally introduced a new bill this week. Fluharty was part of the sports betting push and seems to be using that momentum to see iGaming come to fruition in the state.

Understanding the New Bill

West Virginia CasinosThe new bill has information listed within that provides details for the new online gaming industry. A licensing fee would be set at $50,000 with gross gaming revenues taxes set at 14%. Any of the gaming facilities located in the state will be able to get started offering services. Currently, there are five gaming facilities in the state: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Wheeling Island Hotel, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, Mardi Gras Casino and Resort as well as The Casino Club at The Greenbrier.

Sports betting is currently overseen by the West Virginia Lottery Commission and the group would be put in charge of online gaming as well. For the state, this is the third time in three years that legislation has been introduced. Last year, similar legislation was unable to move forward, but now that sports betting has been legalized, the opportunity may be there for online gaming to be approved.

The state has launched online sports betting with the BetLucky app, so after seeing the success of this app, lawmakers may be more open to passing online gaming legislation for additional revenues in the state.

Joining a Small Club

If West Virginia was able to pass an online gambling bill, they would become the fifth state in the US to legalize online poker and/or casino gaming. New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada have offered services since 2013, with the first two states providing both online poker and casino games while Nevada has solely been focused on online poker games.

Pennsylvania passed legislation in 2017 and 2018 was basically a setting up phase. The state spent the year working on creating regulations and licensing operators. This year, the state should launch their online gaming sites, but no date has been provided for launch.

Other states may use 2019 as a way to bring online gaming within their borders. Michigan came so close to passing iGaming last year, with a bill gaining full support in the state. However, Governor Rick Snyder decided to veto the measure, which has caused lawmakers to start over with legislative efforts. Representative Brandt Iden already has plans to introduce new legislation so that players can access online gaming as soon as possible.

The changes made by the United States Supreme Court in May of last year regarding sports betting, when the Professional & Amateur Sports Protection Act was struck down, has paved the way for change across the nation. As states begin to look at sports betting legislation, they are also open to other additions within the gambling industry including online casino games, as well as poker. It will be interesting to watch and see how the bill moves forward in West Virginia and if any other states introduce legislation in the coming weeks, months.

Washington D.C. Decides to Halt Sports Gambling Legislation

Summary: While Washington D.C. quickly moved sports betting legislation through the system, it seems the region is now halting their efforts.

In the United States, efforts have shifted from online gambling legislation to sports betting. After the US Supreme Court ruled that individual states could legalize sports betting when the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was shut down, state after state began to pass bills to get started. Late last year, Washington D.C. was one region that proposed legislation and moved quickly to see the option become a reality. However, it seems that efforts have now stalled, with a decision by the city council being postponed.

Halting Efforts

Sports gambling legislation has come to a stand-still in Washington D.C. as the city council decided this week to postpone a decision involving the measure that will allow competition when it comes to the management of sports betting in the city. The council stated that they want to give the community additional time to provide their opinion before making a final ruling.

The concern regarding sports betting in the region is that the council will be choosing an entity to manage the industry instead of allowing companies to bid to be the provider. In the United States, it is typical for the bidding process to be open so that there are not any deals made that are considered shady or unfair to the industry.

According to council members, months may be lost in progress. The area may be delayed in offering sports betting, but the process would be more in line with what is currently going on the nation, instead of setting up a group without competition beforehand.

In December, the city council of D.C. approved sports betting. With the approval, they became the first jurisdiction to give approval in the Washington area for the wagering activity. There are no casinos in the region that would be able to offer sports betting, but D.C. is home to the lottery.

The lottery is operated by Intralot and the D.C. Lottery is the overseer. The group has pushed to see Intralot in charge of sports betting, with the organization stating that delays in this decision will cost the region millions of dollars. According to Beth Bresnahan, the Executive Director of the D.C. Lottery the process of bidding could take three years and cost tens of millions of dollars of lost revenues.

Bresnahan also pointed out that if nearby Maryland and Virginia begin to offer sports betting in the meantime, then the District would be behind when it comes to establishing customer relationships with residents in these regions as well as their own. Because of the location of the district, commuters from other states could easily begin taking part in the activity, if the lottery is able to have control now.

Council Members Stand Strong

Despite the argument by the Lottery, the members of the city council have remained firm in their decision to allow the public to have a say so. The council wants to see what the public has to say on the matter and ensure that the D.C. residents understand what will take place before moving forward.

The Chairman of the Council has agreed to withdraw an emergency measure involving sports betting and a bill will be introduced next week that will look to approve public bidding.

New York Senator Introduces iPoker Bill

Summary: Senator Joseph Addabbo has introduced a new online poker bill in New York State.

It seems like it has been forever since an online poker or casino bill has been introduced in the United States. For months now, all eyes have been focused on sports betting. State after state have been creating legislation that will be considered to get started in the new industry. Thankfully, this week, we have seen a senator in New York State decide to introduce legislation involving online poker gaming.

Senate Bill 18

New YorkSenator Joseph Addabbo formally introduced Senate Bill 18 this week, seeking to legalize online poker in New York. The bill sits within the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, a committee in which Addabbo is a member.

The bill is quite similar to legislation that was introduced in the past, seeking to authorize poker only and not focus on sports betting application or online casino gaming. The state is expected to consider sports betting in the future, possibly within discussions of the state budget.

The new bill would see operators of online poker gaming paying a one time fee of $10 million for licensing. A 15% tax rate would be set on gross gaming revenues with 11 licenses up for grabs. Once the law is passed and in effect, the state would have six months to establish regulations for the new industry.

Operators who are eligible to apply for licensing include those who have a license for video lottery gaming as well as a Class III license for gaming.

Will They Succeed in 2019?

Year after year, lawmakers in New York have continued to shoot down any possibility for online poker gaming in the state. Going back as far as 2013, the state saw online poker gaming included in the state budget only to see the idea fail to move forward. A bill was passed in 2016 in the Senate as well as one in 2017, only to be unable to move forward within the Assembly.

Surprisingly, not a single online poker bill has been able to make it to the Assembly floor for a vote. However, this year might be the exception. Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, a lawmaker who has been vocal on online gaming in the past, and is in support of online poker and reportedly is prioritizing his efforts to see it come to pass this year.

Even though he is in favor of online poker gaming, Pretlow is more in favor of sports betting. He even told Online Poker Report late last year that he would give up trying to see online poker come to pass if it meant that sports betting would move forward.

Now, it seems that it will all come down to what is wanted more, online poker or sports betting. It seems the state would be open to both options and lawmakers could create a omnibus package that would allow for both options and even more, like online casino games. However, the state has been unable to see any legislation move forward involving gambling expansions, so lawmakers may be iffy about creating legislation covering several aspects.

Only time will tell what will come of the Senator’s new online poker bill. Hopefully, the measure will be able to move out of committee and venture further within the legal system. All eyes will be on the state, as well as several others, as gambling efforts continue to emerge across the United States.

Parx Casino Set to Launch Sportsbook This Week

Summary: Sports betting continues to grow in Pennsylvania, as the Parx Casino prepares to launch their sportsbook this week.

Sports betting continues to grow in the United States, as individual states continue to pass legislation to legalize the new industry. Several states approved the option last year either before the Supreme Court ruling involving the Professional & Amateur Sports Protection Act or after the Act was struck down, ready to offer sports wagering services. Pennsylvania was one such state that approved the industry, with the Parx Casino set to begin offering services this week.

Four Operating Sportsbooks

PennsylvaniaWith the launch of the Parx Casino sportsbook, the state will be home to a total of four operators offering land-based services. The Parx Casino is the market-leader, so all eyes are on the operator and how well they will fare with the new industry.

Last Friday, owner of the casino, Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, announced that they would begin the soft launch of their land-based sportsbook beginning Tuesday at 2pm. A soft launch is mandatory for a 48-hour time frame before full wagering is allowed. The sportsbook will be powered by Kambi and full wagering should be offered by the provider by 1pm on Thursday, as long as the soft launch runs smoothly.

When the sportsbook opens at the Parx, the facility will be a smaller version offering only temporary space until the permanent sportsbook is completed. The temporary option is located in the former 360 bar and lounge. The permanent location should be ready by summer to be able to prepare any changes before the next NFL season begins at the end of the year.

Greenwood Gaming also operates another facility in the state of Pennsylvania. Owner of the South Philadelphia Turf Club, the operator has yet to state if they will be offering sports betting at the venue. Online gaming is also in the mix. The Gaming Control Board has not approved any online betting product and Parx has plans to get started online as well. The casino has stated that they will be offering a mobile betting application soon, but details of the new option have not been revealed.

The first sports betting facility opened in the state back in November via the Hollywood Casino at the Penn National Racecourse. The SugarHouse Casino along with the Rivers Casino began offering services once month later, in December.

Focus on Sports Betting

For the past few years, any changes to the gambling landscape have involved discussions that include online casino and poker gaming. However, the SCOTUS decision involving the PASPA quickly saw all eyes focused on sports betting. The industry has huge potential and states are already earning millions as players place their sports wagers day after day.

The Hollywood Casino was able to see a betting handle of $1.4 million with revenues over $500,000 within just two weeks of operations in November. The industry is set to be big business and the total number of revenues and bets placed will only continue to increase as more states get in on the action.

This year, several states have already either started discussions or legislation is set to be considered beginning this week. Tennessee, Missouri and South Dakota are just a few examples of states that are looking at sports betting as a new way to bring in revenues to the state. We will continue to monitor any changes and report any new legislation or efforts in the US involving sports betting as well as other changes in the gambling industry as a whole.

Online Gaming Update for Pennsylvania

Summary: iGaming was approved in the state of Pennsylvania in late 2017, with 2018 used to get regulations and licensing in order. Will operations begin in 2019?

It seems like Pennsylvania lawmakers approved online gaming ages ago and residents of the state have been patiently waiting to see when gaming will get started. With the gaming package approving online gaming taking place in 2017, it was expected that 2018 would be the year for online options to get started. However, regulations and licensing took some time, so now we wait to see if 2019 will finally be the year.

Licensing Delay

PennsylvaniaIn early 2018, the application process for interactive gaming licensing opened up, yet operators seemed leery to apply. In the beginning, operators had to purchase each license, once for online poker, online table games and slot games at a price of $10 million. After a short time frame, operators were open to purchasing individual licenses but the price went up to $4 million each.

Operators finally began applying for online gaming licensing and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board got busy reviewing the applications. One would think that this process would be sped up in order to see the industry begin, but that is not the case. In general, the Board seemed to only approve around two applications per month.

The Board would take one monthly meeting to decide on which application would be reviewed and if approval was given. This meant that operators would slowly find out if they were approved. As of this month, all operators who have applied for online gaming have been approved, except for the Presque Isle Casino, as the venue is awaiting approval for sports betting.

The casinos of the state who have been approved for online poker, online slots and table games along with sports betting include:

  • Harrah’s Casino
  • Hollywood Casino
  • Parx Casino
  • SugarHouse Casino
  • Valley Forge Casino

Additional casinos applied and were approved for varying categories, opting out of certain offerings including online poker and sports betting. Casinos with minimal approvals include:

  • Mohegan Sun (Table,Slots)
  • Mount Airy (Table, Poker, Slots)
  • Presque Isle (Table, Slots)
  • Rivers Casino (Sports)
  • Stadium Casino (Table, Slots)

Creating Partnerships in 2018

Last year was spent by land-based casino operators working to create partnerships with companies to set up online operations. With each operator, they are allowed to partner with several interactive platforms. The only restriction is with sports betting as they are limited to one brand per license.

As operators set up their online gaming sites, they have the option to choose an established third-party brand or hire a supplier or developer to create a native platform.

An example of what operators are choosing to do lies within the Harrah’s Philadelphia partnerships. The casino has decided to partner with two companies for online gaming, 888 Holdings and Scientific Games. For sports betting, the company will be working with Scientific Games. The owner of the casino, Caesars Entertainment, has partnered with 888 for some time, working with the brand in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware. This partnership in Pennsylvania helps the two brands to extend their reach into a new market.

Other operators who have been approved for online gaming as well as sports betting have made similar partnership deals to be ready to launch services. This year, we wait to see when each company will launch their online services. As of yet, there have been no dates revealed, so there is no idea as to what when online gaming sites will go live in Pennsylvania. We will stay tuned and update as any new information is provided.