Summary: Penn National has announced a new partnership with IGT for online gambling.
By 2019, the state of Pennsylvania is expected finally launch online gambling sites within their borders. In late 2017, legislation was passed into law that allowed both online poker and casino gaming to take place. Land-based operators have been forging partnerships and gaining the necessary approvals to get started. Penn National, a land-based operator in the state, has recently announced a new partnership with IGT to work together in the new online gambling industry.
New Plans for Penn National
On Thursday, Penn National announced they are going to be working with IGT for a five year time frame in the online gambling industry of the state. Penn National operates the Hollywood Casino and they will have an online gaming site of the same name. The brand will be launching a full suite of IGT’s products, including the PlayCommand options. These products include PlayCasino, PlayPoker and PlayBingo.
Commenting on the new partnership, Chris Sheffield, an executive of Penn, stated:
We’re excited to leverage IGT’s platform and content for our online gaming launch in Pennsylvania. The flexibility and reliability of the PlayCommand platform, coupled with the proven game library within IGT’s PlayCasino, give us confidence that HollywoodCasino.com will deliver the same caliber of world-class gaming entertainment that our players have come to love in our land-based casinos.
Players located in Pennsylvania are anxious to get started. Casino operators in the state have the ability to purchase a license to offer online slot games, table games and video poker. For the most part, operators have decided to go with each option, set to offer a wide variety of content to players.
The new IGT deals marks the first time the company will be operating in the United States. IGT is a top operating company on an international level, providing gaming content to providers around the world. The company applied for a license in June but kept their new partner a secret until this week. It was believed that Penn National was working with Scientific Games, but now we know they are going to use IGT as their content provider.
With IGT’s PlayDigital portfolio, Penn National will be able to meet customer’s needs when it comes to online gaming as well as on site mobile gaming. IGT is excited to enter the new market, as they will be able to extend the success of their PlayCommand content.
Additional Partnerships On The Horizon
Online gaming partnerships in the state have been growing strong for some time now. Five other casino operators have been able to make new connections in preparation of launching services. SugarHouse will be working with Rush Street Interactive while Parx has chosen GAN as their provider. The Presque Isle Downs offering will be powered by SBTech, which Harrah’s will work with 888. PokerStars and 888 will be helping out Mount Airy with their gaming.
It is believed that Valley Forge will be working with partypoker/GVC but the rumored partnership has yet to be announced officially.
For now, these are the only partnerships that have been announced and what players can look forward to when it comes to online casino and poker gaming. A nice selection of top software companies are in the mix, so players should have much to consider when choosing an online gaming home. It will be interesting to see who the top operators are once the sites are up and running and players are signing up for new gaming accounts.