Summary: During the recent Gaming Control Board meeting, the Mohegan Sun Pocono was approved for licensing involving online table games and slots.
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board hosted a monthly meeting. The board meets about two times a month to deal with licensing and other issues. During this most recent meeting, the board decided to give licensing approval to the Mohegan Sun Pocono. The venue is now free to add table games as well as slots online for players in the state to enjoy.
Withdraw Poker Interest
The Mohegan Sun initially applied for licensing for online poker, casino table games and slots. Each license had an individual cost and had to be paid for the brand to be considered. The group asked the board to withdraw their application involving online poker and now they will no longer be offering this option and will receive $2 million back of what they paid for licensing.
When a company presents their case for online gaming in Pennsylvania during a board meeting, they must provide information as to what they plan on offering. This information can include who the casino will be working with for online gaming. During their presentation, the Mohegan Sun did not name who their partner will be. However, they did say that who they are working with is a public company based in Europe and that partner has filled out an application in New Jersey, set to work in both states.
So, who is this mystery partner? It really could be anyone. A smart guess, as mentioned by Play Pennsylvania, is Kindred Group. The Kindred Group is the owner of Unibet and are currently partnered with New Jersey casino the Hard Rock Atlantic City. They are also a public company. It seems we won’t find out who the partner is officially until the Mohegan Sun decides to give us the news. It will be interesting to see if it is the Kindred Group or possibly another company that is not on the radar.
In Pennsylvania, several operators have been approved for online gaming and have set up partnerships to get started. It seems as 2018 is about to end, we might not see online casino and poker gaming in the state officially until next year. Players in the state are certainly ready and proponents of online gaming want to see another state join in with Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware in being in full operation in the United States.
Operators who have been approved for licensing include Harrah’s, who has partnered with 888 and Scientific Games. Hollywood Casino and Penn National has partnered with IGT and William Hill to offer online gaming and sports betting.
Mount Airy has decided to partner with 888 and PokerStars, set to offer gaming online including sports betting via the BetStars brand. Parx Casino has partnered with GAN and Kambi while Rivers is partnered with Kambi as well along with SugarHouse/Rush Street Interactive.
SugarHouse will be operating with their Rush Street owner and Kambi while Valley Forge has created partnerships with FanDuel and GAN as well as partypoker and GVC. Presque Isle Downs will be working with several partners including SBTech, IGT and NetEnt.
Everyone is ready for Pennsylvania to begin offer online gaming services. Hopefully by the end of this year or next year, at least one online operator will launch services, allowing players to get started enjoying their favorite games online!