It’s been a long wait for those in the Keystone State who wanted to play on PA online casinos or play online poker in Pennsylvania, but finally, a launch date has been set for Pennsylvania online casinos to go live.
On April 17 Kevin O’Toole, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, gave the news at a meeting that the “go live” date for PA online casinos was now July 15, 2019. This will give 90 days to the 10 holders of iGaming certificates in the state and the three current operators in PA, to prepare as necessary before the launch is complete. The state will get some practice in terms of online gaming as Pennsylvania online sports betting will be launched in the state well before the launch of PA online casinos.
Ten Online Casinos In PA Will Be Ready For The Big Launch
Patiently waiting and ready for action, these 10 approved Pennsylvania online casinos will join states like New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware, in offering services like online casinos, PA online poker, and PA online sports betting:
- SugarHouse Online Casino
- Sands Bethlehem Online Casino
- Mount Airy Online Casino
- Harrah’s Philadelphia Online Casino
- Parx Online Casino
- Hollywood Online Casino
- Valley Forge Online Casino
- Mohegan Sun Pocono Online Casino
- Presque Isle Downs Online Casino
- Stadium Online Casino
Out of the list of online casinos in PA above, these seven will have PA online poker:
- Sands Bethlehem
- Mount Airy
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- Valley Forge
Could NJ Online Casinos Show Pennsylvania Online Casinos Blueprint For Revenue Success?
Month after month, hopeful PA online casino players had to watch from afar as records were being set at NJ online casinos. In March alone, NJ online casinos, in conjunction with NJ online sports betting and online poker in New Jersey, were able to pull in $63.65 million in total revenue.
Online casinos in New Jersey snagged $37.23 million of that tally overall, largely in part to the powerhouse Golden Nugget. Golden Nugget counts SugarHouse Online casino as one of their affiliates in New Jersey. Caesars has also been a large part of the revenue records in NJ online casinos, and Harrah’s is one of their subsidiaries, who will be one of the participants in PA online casinos. Partnerships like these, as well as some other big names in the PA online casino market, could prove to be helpful to the bottom line once PA online casinos launch on July 15:
- SugarHouse Online Casino: SugarHouse, as an affiliate of Golden Nugget, has already proven to be largely successful in the NJ online casino realm. Rush Street Interactive powers their in-house online casino app, which also operates SugarHouse Sportsbook for online sports betting in New Jersey. It stands to reason that they’ll use Rush Street Interactive when they launch their PA online casino as well as their online sports betting in PA app along with Rivers Online Casino, who also uses Rush Street.
- Harrah’s Philadelphia: Caesars is the parent company of Harrah’s, and Caesars has proven to be a strong force in the Garden State with Caesars Online Casino. If Harrah’s Philadelphia can tap into the resources of such a large company, and utilize their partnership with 888 and NYX, their launch into PA online casinos should be a seamless one come July 15.
- Parx Online Casino: Out of land-based casinos in Pennsylvania, Parx Casino is the top of the heap for total revenue. The brand recognition alone has Parx expected to be a major player in online casinos in PA upon launch. In addition, Parx utilized a social casino along with the GameAccount Network that opened in 2015 and relaunched as an online casino for real money in 2018. That success, along with their partnership with Kambi for sports betting and online technology. could have Parx Online Casino heading to the front of the pack in the second half of 2019.
- Sands Bethlehem Online Casino: No details have emerged for Sands’ plans for the PA online casinos and PA online poker launch, although they applied for and received a license for a PA online casino and planned to offer online poker as well.