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Online Sports Betting By May, Online Casinos July 15

After more than a year, the launch dates for PA online gambling expansion are finally set. Early May for sports betting. July 15 for online casino.

High Stakes For PA Lottery As It Waits Anxiously On Wire Act Court Case

The Pennsylvania Lottery is just one of many interested parties watching the federal court case on the Wire Act and if it's applicable to things like Powerball.

How PA Sports Betting Wagers And Casino Revenue Hit New Records In March

Pennsylvania gaming revenue hit $309 million from slot and table games, setting a new record for March. According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s (PGCB) latest revenue report, total gaming revenue was 2.86% higher than March 2018; the last time revenue was over $300 million. The state also announced $5.5 million in revenue from the young PA … Continue reading "How PA Sports Betting Wagers And Casino Revenue Hit New Records In March"

Last Minute Memo Throws A Wrench In Wire Act Lawsuit

A late DOJ court filing includes a memo suggesting its new Wire Act interpretation does not apply to lottery. It could get the NH Lotto suit dismised.

PA Online Lottery Could Face Competition From Neighboring Ohio

With Ohio considering an online lottery and launch of PA online casinos just a couple months away, the PA online lottery is about to get some competition.

PA’s Sports Betting Tax Revenue May Be Low, But Budget Will Be Just Fine

The AP pointed out PA sports betting tax revenue is coming up short, but big licensing fees means wagering will bring in enough to meet budget projections.

When will online casinos and sports betting happen?

Online casinos coming July 15

When it comes to Pennsylvania online casinos, there will be one simultaneous rollout date on July 15. The PA Gaming Control Board announced the date roughly 90 days out. That gives ample time for any operator aiming to launch on that date to clear testing and prepare a launch plan.

So far, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has approved ten PA casinos for their interactive gaming licenses. The only two potential new licensees still in the process are out-of-state applicants MGM and Golden Nugget. Both are approved qualified gaming entities. However, neither has been approved for a license.

PA sports betting apps coming in April or May

When it comes to PA sports betting, launch is coming even sooner. Perhaps seeing how much New Jersey, Mississippi, and other new markets with sports betting are raking in, sports betting is on track to beat online casinos to the Keystone State.

Pennsylvania got its retail sports betting market up and running on Nov. 17 when Hollywood Casino Sportsbook opened up betting. Now there are eight retail sportsbooks operations with three more on the way.

What will beat those three books to market are the first regulated PA online betting apps.  The PGCB says it will be ready to start live testing on the state’s first sports betting app by the end of April or early May.

What does the PA online casino market look like?

Most everyone is getting involved in the PA online casino and sports betting industries in one way or another. In fact, there are also several outside companies taking part.

Here is a look at all the companies involved in online casinos, who their partners are, and where they are in the process:

CasinoExisting online partnersPotential or speculated partner Sports betting partnersInteractive application statusSports betting application status
Harrah's888N/AScientific GamesConditionally approvedLaunched Jan. 24
Hollywood (Penn National)N/AIGTWilliam HillConditionally approvedLaunched Nov. 17
MeadowsN/AIGTWilliam HillDid not applyHas not applied
Mount Airy888 / PokerStarsN/ABetStarsConditionally approvedApplication pending
ParxGANN/AKambiConditionally approvedLaunched Jan. 10
RiversSugarHouse / Rush Street InteractiveN/AKambiDid not applyLaunched Dec. 15
Sands BethlehemN/AN/AN/AConditionally approvedHave not applied
SugarHouseRush Street Interactive / KambiN/AKambiConditionally approvedLaunched Dec. 15
Valley ForgeIGT / GANpartypoker / GVCFanDuelConditionally approvedLaunched March 13
Stadium Park Philly Live! CasinoN/AGANN/AConditionally approvedHave not applied
Presque Isle DownsGolden NuggetNetEntSBTech, IGTConditionally approvedConditionally approved, launching April
Lady Luck NemacolinN/AN/AN/ADid not applyHave not applied
Mohegan Sun PoconoKindredN/AN/AConditionally approvedApplication pending
MGM Resortsbwin.partypartypoker / GVCN/AApproved QGENot eligible
Golden Nugget NJNYXN/AN/AApproved QGENot eligible

10 of 13 PA casinos taking part

PGCB has conditionally approved the following casinos for online slots, online table games, and online poker:

Two other casinos opted for online table games and slots licenses, but will not offer online poker. Those properties are Presque Isle Downs and the forthcoming Stadium Casino project.

That leaves three casinos sitting out for now. Rivers Casino initially applied, but rescinded its application. Lady Luck Nemacolin and The Meadows are not taking part, likely deferring to their sister properties of Presque Isle and Hollywood Casino respectively.

MGM and Golden Nugget hoping to get in the game too

With 11 leftover interactive licenses, PGCB opened up the application to qualified gaming entities (QGE) from outside of Pennsylvania.

Rather than partner with an in-state casino, MGM Resorts and Golden Nugget Atlantic City opted to apply. MGM is seeking all three categories of license. Golden Nugget, on the other hand, will not seek an online poker license.

In January, PGCB approved both as QGEs. Next up for the companies is to file petitions for interactive gaming licenses in the categories each are seeking.

PA online lottery is already an online gambling option

While casino lovers of PA count the days until launch, there is one way to pass the time. As part of the gambling expansion law, the state-legalized PA online lottery. Pennsylvania’s iLottery launched in May 2017 with a dozen or so online instant games.

These online instant games are like a scratch-off ticket you would buy at the store, but more interactive. Online instants often include bonus games in addition to the scratch-off component, allowing you to multiply your winnings on each ticket.

As part of the rollout, the PA Lottery also introduced a revamped PA Lottery mobile app. While you cannot purchase lottery draw tickets online just yet, you can use the app to play instant games, check winning numbers, and scan your draw tickets to find out if you have a winner.

You can check out the PA Lottery app today!