Up until this past week, not a single Pennsylvania casino applied or petitioned for an online gambling license of any form.
That changed on Thursday when Philadelphia’s Parx Casino became the first of three casinos to apply for the $10 million all-in-one online gambling license. It includes licenses for online table games, poker, and slots.
Casinos had until July 15 to apply for the all-in-one license. With the deadline now passed, casinos must pay the a la carte price of $4 million for a slots, table games, or a poker license.
The three applicants: Parx, Mount Airy, Stadium
One of the more interesting facets of the online gambling applications is the fact that the three casinos which applied reflect three different types of PA casinos.
Parx is the state’s flagship casino. Its revenue numbers consistently reach the top spot. This past June, it was the only casino to surpass $30 million in slots revenue ($34.84 million). It finished over $10 million ahead of over runner-up Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.
Mount Airy, on the other hand, is one of the state’s lowest-grossing properties. The property brought in $12.85 million in slots revenue this past month. That is roughly 36 percent of what Parx earned in June.
The final applicant is a yet-to-be-constructed property owned by Stadium Casino LLC.
Applicants all have mini-casinos too
Parx, Mount Airy, and Stadium Casino have the distinction of being the only casinos to apply for both an all-inclusive gambling license as well as a satellite casino license.
This licensed triumvirate now has the luxury of earning revenue from three different sources: land-based casino, online casino, and satellite casino.
Exactly how much revenue they’ll earn through these two new streams is a figure yet to be estimated. There’s a good chance we’ll know the online gambling figures sooner than later. After all, neighboring New Jersey has shown that the path from licensure to a fully operational casino can take just a matter of months.
Satellite casinos are a whole different beast. Construction needs to begin, staff needs to be hired, permits need to be secured, and a litany of other small details need to be finalized.
There’s a good chance the first satellite casino won’t be open for at least 18 months.
Down the road: A la carte applications ahead?
With the deadline passed you have to wonder if any other PA casinos will make a move to get an individual license for table games, slots, or poker.
Likely candidates may be casinos who’ve yet to spend money on satellite casinos. These are:
Of these eight casinos, owners of some of these casinos have partnerships in other states with online gambling operators. Others also have deals in place with iGaming providers.