Summary: During their most recent hearing, the PA Gaming Control Board approved two new casinos for online gaming.
Pennsylvania continues to get closer and closer to online casino and poker gaming, as operators continue to be approved for licensing. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is taking their time approving land-based operators for online game play, reviewing each application and approving only a few each month. The latest meeting took place on October 31st, with the board approving Presque Isle Downs and the Stadium Philadelphia development to offer online gaming.
New Approvals For Operators
Executives of the Presque Isle Downs came to the hearing this week to provide a presentation as to what they want to offer when it comes to online gaming. The property owned by Churchill Downs will be offering online casino and sports betting, hopefully by the end of the year in NJ and they also have plans for Pennsylvania. The company has an existing partnership with the Golden Nugget and will be able to launch in New Jersey before the year’s end.
For their Pennsylvania operations, the company wants to offer online slots and table games, but not going after online poker gaming. The brand would like to offer traditional casino games online as well as live dealer options.
The online gaming platform of the company will be operated by SBTech, with plans to use the BetAmerica brand of Churchill on a larger national scale. The company also has plans to integrate something called Reality Checks, where players will be given a popup, letting them know how long they have been online, promoting responsible gaming.
For Stadium Casino, a representative was on hand during the meeting but did not provide a presentation or details on what would be offered. The brand doesn’t even have a land-based venue, as the project is in the works, so it would be some time before the brand would be able to offer gaming.
The rep actually asked the board for a few requests as the company has come into a bit of trouble with their operations. The developers of the project had to meet the application deadline to secure permits for online gaming, but without a casino in place, any further details were withheld. There is also rumors that the project may be sold to another company, which could lead to more issues.
The rep asked the board if they would amend their petition to just slots and table games instead of all three, removing poker from the initial application.
Operators Set to Offer Online Gaming
Along with Stadium and Presque Isle Downs, there are several operators who have been approved for online gaming. Harrah’s Philadelphia, Hollywood, Mount Airy, Valley Forge, Parx Casino, Sands and SugarHouse have all been approved to provide gaming based on their application.
For now, there are still 11 permits remaining. Gaming companies can apply to obtain one of three online slot and table game licenses, with five permits remaining for online poker gaming. The licensing process is also now open to qualified gaming entities, providing operators other than only land-based operators in Pennsylvania from applying.
Several companies may look to enter the industry after already operating in other states. Such companies could include PokerStars, Bet365, the Golden Nugget, among others. It will be interesting to see which companies vie for the remaining licenses up for grabs. The new industry is taking shape and it is certainly exciting for operators as well as players as the market begins to gain group and hopefully will launch quickly.