Seton Hall And Fairleigh Dickinson Are Dancing: Here’s Where To Bet On Them

New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson Knights weren’t looking good five minutes into the second half of their NCAA Tournament play-in game against Prairie View A&M Tuesday at the University of Dayton (OH) Arena.

The Knights were losing 50-38. Fifteen minutes later, they were on their way to the round of 64 after closing on a 44-26 run.

With their win, they join Seton Hall University as the only two New Jersey teams participating in March Madness. The state’s gambling laws don’t allow people to bet on New Jersey teams in New Jersey.

What that means for serious March Madness bettors is that they cannot bet on one seed Gonzaga either, as the entire game is off the board. Should Seton Hall advance to the second round, going to Pennsylvania will be the only way to bet on the Pirates’ presumed opponent the University of Kentucky too.

Thankfully, neighboring Pennsylvania has sportsbooks at which you can place bets on the Knights and Pirates.

However, if you do want to bet in Pennsylvania, be aware there is no PA online betting yet. There are eight retail sportsbooks to choose from though, including six in the Philadelphia area.

Kambi sportsbooks offering lines for Seton Hall and Fairleigh Dickinson

At the time of publishing, Pennsylvania sports betting operator Kambi was offering lines on NJ teams’ games via Rivers Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, and Parx Sportsbook.

We went to Rivers’ online bet slip to find out the lines at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

#10 Seton Hall vs. #7 Wofford (9:40 p.m., 3/21)

The spread for Seton Hall’s Thursday match-up against upstart Wofford is +2.5. The over/under was at 145 and the money line for Seton Hall was +128.

The Pirates put together a 20-13 season and made a solid run in the Big East tournament before falling to Philadelphia’s own Villanova 72-74 in the final.

The Pirates’ finished the season ranked 34th in the AP poll, 29th in the Coaches poll, and had a NET ranking of 57.

The Knights have been to the Big Dance 13 times and each of the past four years. Their deepest run in the tournament came in 1989 when the reached the finals but lost to Michigan.

#16 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. #1 Gonzaga (7:27 p.m., 3/21)

Understandably so, Kambi had Fairleigh Dickinson as a heavy underdog at +27. At the time of publishing, that was the biggest spread of any #16-#1 match-up.

The total for the match-up was 152.5 and there was no money line on the game.

Fairleigh Dickinson is one of four 16 seeds who snuck into the tournament. The Knights finished the year at 21-13 and earned an automatic bid to the tournament after beating St. Francis in the Northeast Conference tournament championship.

At the end of the season, the Knights were not ranked in any of the major polls and had a NET ranking of 203.

The school is 0-5 in its five NCAA Tournament appearances.

Only one 16 seed has won their first round match-up: the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2018, when the beat possible title contender Virginia.

March Madness expected to bring in $8.5 billion handle

According to a Forbes article published this week, the American Gaming Association estimates that 47 million Americans will bet more than $8.5 billion on the NCAA Tournament this year.

About half of what’s bet will be spent on tournament brackets.

“The NCAA Tournament brackets and pools generate gigantic interest, and $4.6 billion is expected to be wagered on a collective 149 million brackets by more than 40 million people,” contributor Jay Ginsbach wrote. On average, fans fill out four brackets at an average of $30 per bracket.”

Parx Launched A New PA Betting App — For Horse Racing

Parx Racing has brought some good news to PA gamblers lamenting the postponement of PA online casinos.

This past week, the Philadelphia casino launched its mobile horse racing betting platform. The new platform provides bettors with an on-track experience on the go, accessible by phone or browser.

We reached out to Parx for a comment about the new app but did not receive one at the time of publishing.

In a press release this past year from Sportstech Racing and Digital, the app’s developer, president Andrew Gaughan said the app is bringing excitement to the racetrack.

“Sportech has deployed over 25 websites and over 25 mobile apps for customers in the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia and we are very pleased to be able to add our valued customer Parx Racing® to that list. We are committed to delivering to their players an overall enhanced digital user experience that helps extend the excitement of the racetrack to the digital channels.”

Overview of the Parx Racing app

Per the requirements of the state’s gambling regulations, only those who are physically in the state of Pennsylvania can use the app to bet.

The in-app experience includes:

  • Handicapping information
  • Livestreams of up to three tracks
  • Replays
  • Odds, probables, carryovers

The app is available to iPhone users with the iPhone 5S and higher. It is also available to Android users. You can use it via web browsers too.

According to the app’s information, you have to be at least 17 years old to download the app. However, per Pennsylvania’s regulations, you have to be at least 18 years old to wager on the app.

The launch of this new wagering platform adds another revenue stream for Parx. The brand already includes Philadelphia’s premier casino and its racetrack located between Philadelphia and Trenton.

In January, the casino entered the sports betting arena by launching a sportsbook at their Philadelphia location and another at South Philadelphia Turf Club, which is owned by the same company who runs Parx: Greenwood Gaming.

Sportech relationship solid amid Wire Act delay

The Parx Racing app and browser platform are presumably the first of multiple digital platforms Sportech will provide for Parx. The companies previously noted the partnership between the company and Parx encompasses all digital platforms.

Though the Parx Racing app is somewhat of a whimper compared to the roar of PA online casinos, it is a sign that Sportech hasn’t jumped ship amid the wait for the launch of PA online casinos.

Earlier this year the Department of Justice announced it has reversed its opinion about the Wire Act. In the opinion, the DOJ claims that the act’s regulations extended to all forms of online gambling. That includes casinos, sports betting, online lottery, and more.

The reversal of opinion led to a reversal of fortunes for PA online casinos. As a result, launch for the industry likely won’t happen until the summertime.

In a meeting with the House Appropriations Committee, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Chairman Kevin O’Toole said that the delay may extend into the summer. He and his colleagues are working with  PA casinos and online operators to make sure their operations meet Wire Act requirements.

PGCB did note that none of the casinos who bought online gambling licenses are considering pulling out of the market.

In the meantime, racing fans have something to pass the time. Elsewhere, the rest of PA sports bettors are counting the days until betting on their phones happens.

New Wire Act Opinion Trips Up PA Online Casino Launch Dates

Concerns about the DOJ’s new Wire Act opinion has PA regulators delaying online gambling launches until the summertime, namely June or July.

In the wake of the Department of Justice’s expansion of the Wire Act to include online gambling beyond sports wagering, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB)  has decided to postpone the launch of PA online casinos.

PGCB Executive Director Kevin O’Toole broke the news during a 1-hour, 8-minute budget hearing this past week. O’Toole responded to questions from Rep. George Dunbar about the Wire Act’s effects on PA online gambling.

Basically, O’Toole told the PA House Appropriations Committee casinos need to review their online gambling operations. As a result, there will be a delay in launch dates. He told Dunbar:

“As soon as that reinterpretation of the Wire Act occurred, with the help of our office of chief counsel, we prepared a letter and we sent it to all the (casino) general managers and their council. What we wanted to accomplish in that letter was to make sure that the casinos thoroughly read that reinterpretation and looked very closely at their plan for implementing interactive gaming in Pennsylvania.”

Big Wire Act issue is server location

The gist of the DOJ’s reinterpretation is that the Wire Act applies to all types of internet gambling. This means iGaming operators and casinos would be limited to moving money and data within the state of Pennsylvania.

So, if an operator had a server in New York, for example, the Wire Act would prohibit the operator from transmitting information to and from Pennsylvania via that server. The information would be crossing state lines, which is a violation.

Originally, O’Toole pointed out, out-of-state operators planned on using their existing server infrastructure to run PA online gambling.

“There had been an expectation that those iGaming operators who were partnering with our casinos in Pennsylvania if they already had the infrastructure in another jurisdiction that they could leverage that to reduce the cost of implementing iGaming,” he said.

“But with that reinterpretation, it became quite obvious everything had to be on an intrastate basis and that would be probably the biggest challenge – not so much of a challenge but a modest delay to establish an adequate server location within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

The expectation is that online gambling will launch this summer.

Lack of consensus means murky legal landscape

The server scenario we presented above is theoretical, though. There’s no guarantee the DOJ will enforce all possible interpretations of the decision.

In fact, PGCB Chief Counsel Douglas Sherman told Dunbar there’s a moratorium on U.S. District Attorneys prosecuting Wire Act violations.

This means there’s some time for state gambling governing bodies, casinos, and operators to make sense of the interpretation of the Wire Act. Then they can safeguard themselves against any theoretical or practical punishment.

Sherman went on to say that there are rumors that the DOJ will provide, “some clarifications with some guidance.”

PGCB legal council says iGaming licensing fees safe

After O’Toole and Sherman gave their perspective on the immediate effects of the DOJ’s decision, Dunbar asked if there is any indication that Pennsylvania casinos will pull out of their purchase of iGaming licenses.

A fair question, considering how fluid the Wire Act situation is.
Sherman responded with decisiveness, telling Dunbar the money is safe. As Sherman said:

“We’ve not heard that any will be pulling out. I think they’re all examining their operation to make sure it’s an intrastate operation and they can fulfill the goal of opening an online gaming (operation).”

Penn National Announces Mini-Casino Project Hollywood Casino Morgantown

The last of the mini-casino licenses finally has a plan. Penn National announced details for the project, called Hollywood Casino Morgantown.

Bucks County, it’s only a matter of time until you can shuffle up and deal.

This past week, Penn National Gaming, Inc. announced that its second Category 4 satellite casino will be located in Caernarvon Township in Bucks County. Its name is Hollywood Casino Morgantown.

Timothy J. Wilmott, Penn National’s CEO, made the following statement via press release:

“While we explored numerous locations for our Category 4 casino in and around Berks County, the site we selected is unparalleled in terms of ease of access to three major arteries. Hollywood Casino Morgantown is ideally situated to generate new revenues from the more densely populated suburbs to the west of Philadelphia, while further protecting our existing market share at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.”

The announcement ended the mystery of Penn National’s second satellite casino. It was the only remaining license that had not submitted plans to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB)

The Bucks County casino is the second of two satellites Penn National will build. The other location, Hollywood Casino York, will go in open retail space at York Galleria.

Details about Hollywood Casino Morgantown

Per PA gambling laws, satellite casinos are allowed up to 750 slot machines and 30 table games the first year. there is also the option to add 10 additional table games the second year.

Penn National said they’re launching with 750 slots and 30 table games.

Here are further details about their property. Unlike Hollywood Casino York, this mini-casino will go on an empty lot. The project should create around 250 jobs.

  • The building process will create around 275 construction jobs
  • Construction should take about 18 months
  • Caernarvon Township gets two percent of gross slots revenue and one percent of table games revenue.
  • 80,000 square-feet in size

According to the release, the project will cost $111 million, which includes the roughly $10 million in licensing fees.

Hollywood Casino York details

This past September, Penn National revealed plans for its other mini-casino license. The company will open a satellite property inside an old Sears in York Galleria Mall.

This option wasn’t turnkey. However, it did present Penn National the ability to use an existing building rather having to build from the ground up as they will at Hollywood Casino Morgantown.

This nuance to their plans is considerably cheaper for Penn National. Without licensing fees, the York casino will cost around $67 million, which is about $33 million less than their Berks County casino.

An article from the Reading Eagle included the following quote from Wilmott about the York County project:

“We believe the York Galleria Mall, which is a well-known retail destination in York County, is an ideal site for our planned Hollywood Casino York. We explored numerous other potential opportunities within York County, but the mall’s convenient location, existing infrastructure, and ample parking, as well as the support of Springettsbury Township officials and the local business community, helped cement our decision.”

Looks Like Hollywood Casino Will Edge Out Parx As PA’s First Sportsbook

Hollywood Casino thinks it can start taking sports bets as soon as mid-November, while Parx changes its timetable from November to “soon”.

It’s been more than a year since Gov. Tom Wolfe signed PA gambling expansion into law. Yet, we are only now getting ready for the launch of sports betting in Pennsylvania.

The historic legislation paved the way for, among other things, the opening of sportsbooks and online sports betting, both of which are now close to becoming a reality.

Parx and Hollywood Casino made headlines this past week as they announced where they are at in the timeline for launching a land-based and online sportsbook.

Hollywood Sportsbook may be just weeks away

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved the sports betting petitions of Hollywood and Parx, giving them a three-week headstart over the other three applicants.

Of the two casinos, Hollywood is the closest to debuting their sportsbook. The retail sportsbook is the result of the property’s partnership with European sports betting giant William Hill.

In order to launch the sportsbook, Hollywood and William Hill will have to satisfy the requirements of the PGCB’s “trial” phase, in which Hollywood will have to check off a variety of requirements.

Those requirements include the following steps, per our research of existing regulations at the time of publishing:

  • Provide estimated full-time and part-time employees along with job descriptions and photos of each principal or key employee
  • Identify the Minority Business EnterpriseWomen Business Enterprise, and/or Local Business Enterprise status of each known and proposed contractors and subcontractors
  • Ensure providers, vendors, contractors, and subcontractors file appropriate applications and are authorized by the PGCB to perform their respective duties
  • Submit an itemized list of the types of wagers to offer and in which sports
  • Submit detailed site plans of proposed sportsbook
  • Allow for inspection of all equipment and devices and comply with laboratory testing by PGCB

Considering that William Hill has worked with U.S. regulators in West Virginia and New Jersey, meeting the PGCB’s trial requirements shouldn’t be too difficult. Really, it is about running successful tests in order to get the okay to launch.

Parx to launch in a couple of months

At first, it seemed inevitable that Parx would launch a sportsbook first. However, over the past month, Parx seems more focused on its permanent sportsbook than rushing a temporary facility to market.

Parx is investing $10 million in a permanent sportsbook and have plans to launch a temporary sportsbook sometime in the next couple of months.

The exact launch date of the land-based sportsbook is unknown. What might be holding up the process is Parx’s sports betting partner, Kambi, still has not been approved for a PA operator license. So, rather than aiming for November like it initially did, Parx is now simply saying “in the next few months.”

PA Casinos Sue PA Lottery Over Gambling Turf War

According to several Pennsylvania casinos, the Pennsylvania Lottery has gone too far. The group is suing the state over the Lotto’s online instant games/

Things are about to get real between seven Pennsylvania casinos and the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Earlier today, seven casinos announced they are suing the Pennsylvania Lottery for offering casino-like games on their website and app. The casino’s defense team released a statement detailing their grievances:

“The actions of the Pennsylvania Lottery are illegal. To make matters even worse, the agency is promoting casino-style gambling to teenagers. Pennsylvania casinos must follow very stringent regulations on underage gaming or face millions of dollars in fines. Meanwhile, the Lottery is openly violating the law and marketing these games to anyone as young as 18. Not to mention, any loss in casino revenue will hurt Pennsylvania’s tax collection for property tax relief and local improvement projects funded by gaming tax dollars.”

The seven casinos involved in the lawsuit are:

Dispute focuses on gambling expansion law

The beef isn’t merely jealousy. It is a legitimate argument based on the text of the state’s 2017 gambling expansion bill, Act 42.

The section in question is in Chapter 5 of the act, lines 22-27. There, legislators provide the definition of iLottery games:

“‘iLottery Game.’ Internet instant games and other lottery products offered through iLottery. The term does not include games that represent physical, internet-based or monitor-based interactive lottery games which simulate casino style lottery games, specifically including poker, roulette, slot machines or blackjack.”

And despite the outcry from the aforementioned statement,  which focuses on the fact that the casino-like offerings from the iLottery can be played by 18-year-olds, the base of the argument focuses on the likeness of iLottery games to online casino slots.

Here is an excerpt from the petitioners’ petition for review:

“iLottery offerings are casino-style games that mimic the look, sounds, and feel of slot machines. Several games offered by iLottery — including Volcano Eruption, Reveal, Robin Hood, Super Gems, Slingo, Big Foot and Monster Wins — are the same titles and or themes as games offered on Petitioners’ gaming floors.”

The petition goes on to say that “several of the iLottery games” use “bet” terminology consistent with slot machines. They also feature a “spin function” that resembles slot machines, as well as the capability to play game after game, much like one would play consecutive rounds of a slot machine.

Casinos want casino-style iLottery games shut down

The petitioners concluded their arguments with the following paragraph:

“Petitioners now bring this action for a declaration that the Department’s iLottery offerings violate the clear prohibition of Act 42 and the State Lottery Law … Petitioners request permanent injunctive relief to preclude the Department from offering iLottery games that simulate casino-style games and slot machines.”

Basically, the seven casinos are asking the Department of Revenue to shut down anything resembling casino-style games.

The apparent motives behind the lawsuit two-fold: to protect teenagers from casino-style games and to ward off the competition that the iLottery provides.

Ironically, no PA casinos have launched online gambling. This may be a move to cut away revenue leeches before they launch. After all, the state will tax PA online casinos at a staggering 54 percent. Meanwhile, the Lottery pays no taxes for revenue generated from its iLottery games.

PA Lottery’s Xpress Sports Can Whip Up Football Games In A Jiffy

Pennsylvania bars and restaurants can now offer non-stop football and stock car action thanks to PA Lottery’s Xpress Sports.

Doldrums no more.

Sports fans now have the chance to bet on virtual, fictional football games and car races every five minutes through a pair of new Pennsylvania Lottery games: Xpress Football and Xpress Car Racing by Scientific Games.

This past week, the Lottery launched the two games. Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko said in a press release that the dual launch is part of the organization’s effort to boost revenue and stay relevant.

“We expect that our Xpress Sports games will also be a big hit with our players,” Svitko said. “These games are part of our continuing mission to modernize our business and generate new funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians.”

Both games simulate real sporting events via monitors at participating location, with bettors given the option of choosing the outcome of the drive or race.

Xpress Football: The details

Per the PA Lottery, gamblers can make one of 16 bets for each round of Xpress Football. New rounds start every five minutes.

The round begins with a fictional team driving on the 20-yard-line. Bettors can choose one of 16 outcomes:

  • Touchdown pass on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th play and beyond
  • Touchdown run on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th play and beyond
  • Turnover 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th play and beyond
  • Field goal

Once the bet has been made at a PA Lottery location, bettors can watch on a big screen as the action unfolds. The pregame sequence includes stats about each team’s pass TD/run TD/turnover/field goal percentages, although a promo video notes that the stats have nothing to do with the outcome of the game.

After the pregame sequence, the action picks up “on or within” the 20-yard-line, where the team on offense runs plays until they score a touchdown.

Prizes range from $120 (turnover on 1st play) to $8 (field goal).

Xpress Car Racing: The details

In Xpress Car Racing, bettors get to choose from one of five different bets based on a 12-car, two-lap race around an oval track:

  • 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place finishers in exact order
  • 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place finishers in any order
  • 1st- and 2nd-place finishers in exact order
  • 1st- and 2nd-place finishers in any order
  • 1st-place finisher

Much like Xpress Football, there’s a pre-race screen that reveals race data: car number and racer name, as well as the results of the past seven races.

Those race results, the PA Lottery notes, are not predictors of future finishes.

Races begin every five minutes. The actual race is in the vein of video-game stock car racing. Racers jockey for position around the track and the race is over relatively quickly.

Payouts are according to the following tiers:

  • Trifecta: $250
  • Three finishers in any order: $40
  • First two finishers, correct order: $20
  • First two finishers, any order: $5
  • First-place finishers: $2

PA Lottery expansion continues

Since this past May, the PA Lottery’s future started to unfold but not as quickly as some had hoped. Pennsylvania’s 2017 gambling expansion law provided the legal framework for the lottery to expand its operations to include online lottery games as well as in-person games like keno and virtual sports.

While it was anticipated that virtual sports would be part of the May roll-out, it wasn’t. Keno stole the headlines and, for a short time, was the primary sign of augmented lottery life in a post-gambling-expansion area.

That soon changed when the PA Lottery announced the launch of its iLottery, through which gamblers could play instant win games.

With this past week’s announcement of what amounts to a pair of virtual sports games, the lottery continues its methodical roll-out of new forms of gaming.

Big News For Big Beaver, The New Home Of Mount Airy Pittsburgh

The second mini-casino to actually have construction plans is Mount Airy Pittsburgh. The resort-style satellite property will call Big Beaver, PA home.

Big Beaver, PA, it’s time to celebrate.

Earlier today, Mount Airy Casino Resort announced that the cartoonishly-named township will be the site of Mount Airy Pittsburgh, a Category 4 mini-casino.

“For over a decade, Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos has paved the way as one of the nation’s most dynamic, upscale destination casino resorts,” managing trustee and owner Lisa DeNaples said in the release. “Our thoughtful expansion into the Pittsburgh and tri-state area represents a huge milestone in our effort to do what we live and breathe every day: provide award-winning customer service and luxury amenities to more people.”

The news makes Mount Airy the second casino to announce the exact location of their mini casino. Stadium Casino LLC is the other, having announced this past month their plans to put their casino in a Westmoreland County mall.

Mount Airy’s satellite is the anti-mall casino

Whereas Stadium will integrate a casino into an existing mall, Mount Airy is starting with a clean slate. Here’s what we know the property will feature so far, based on Mount Airy’s press release:

  • 750 slots and 30 table games
  • High-limit area and sports bar
  • The Friedmutter Group will design the property
  • Property will create around 700 jobs

Based on the press release, it seems as though Mount Airy hopes to recreate the high-end experience they’ve popularized in the Poconos.

The Friedmutter Group is a world-renowned design firm. Their resume includes The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

According to the press release, the mini-casino is phase one of a two-step project. The second phase will include:

  • A resort-hotel
  • Convention center
  • Fine dining
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Salon

The following quote from DeNaples summarizes what Mount Airy is hoping to do with their satellite:

“We envision the casino as just the start of building something truly special for the tri-state area. Imagine not just a casino, but a destination that raises industry-wide expectations and standards – serving as a phenomenal gathering space for celebrations and live entertainment and bringing upwards of 700 jobs to regional residents.”

The mini-casino construction should start by the end of this year and finish in late 2019.

Where we’re at with satellite casinos across the state

While Mount Airy and Stadium Casino have found luck with townships who want them, the same can’t be said for Penn National, who holds two mini-casino licenses.

They proposed putting a casino in a mall in York County; residents would have none of it during a public hearing about the possibility of having a casino in their midst.

Parx, the only other satellite licensee, also faced some pushback from residents in two separate townships in Cumberland County.

With Mount Airy and Stadium now on track to break ground on their new casinos, we should see an announcement of similar news from Parx and Penn National during the next month or two.

Shop Till You Drop At Westmoreland Mall’s Forthcoming Mini-Casino

After a lengthy search, Stadium Casino found a site for its satellite casino at Westmoreland Mall. It’s the first casino to announce a satellite location.

Sbarro, Chick-fil-A, Hot Topic … and a mini-casino.

Believe it or not, this week Stadium Casino, a joint venture between Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment and The Cordish Companies, announced that their mini-casino will be located inside Westmoreland Mall, a 1.2 million-square-foot behemoth of a retail complex in Greensburg, PA.

According to a press release from Stadium, the company sees the opportunity as an exciting one for everyone involved. That includes CBL Properties, the company who owns the mall.

“The property is ideally situated in the Region, with excellent infrastructure and road networks in place. The synergy of this new gaming and entertainment facility with the existing retail and dining amenities in the property and surrounding area will be tremendous,” Stadium partner Joe Weinberg said in the release.

Mini-casino will bring jobs, rejuvenation to Westmoreland County

Whether communities love them or hate them, casinos of any size bring jobs and buzz to the area in which they emerge.

State Senator Kim Ward is well aware of this. She offered up the following quote in the aforementioned press release:

“I’ve worked for nine years to expand gaming to allow ancillary casinos, so it’s gratifying to see this finally coming to fruition. This project will bring a sizeable increase in our tax base, a significant number of full-time jobs, and will help revitalize the Westmoreland Mall complex.”

The press release noted that the mini-casino should create 600 jobs and “millions in revenue.”It’s a welcomed spark considering the casino will be filling the space left by soon-to-be-closed department store Bon-Ton.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will have to review the property plans before a construction timeline can be set forth.

Community voices split on satellite benefits

An article from Pittsburgh’s WTAE shows that opinions from the community can be a bit fragmented.

Some love the idea of a casino. However, others would rather see something different take up the Bon-Ton space. Here are few quotes from Westmoreland County residents about the forthcoming satellite casino:

  • “I think it’s a good thing for gamblers. I don’t know that it’s a good thing for the community.”
  • “I think whenever something new comes, it can cause a little apprehension. But if you look statewide at how these casinos are doing, they’re not crime-ridden.” (Senator Ward)
  • “I would love to see a Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods go into a space like that, as opposed to a casino.”

These types of opinions are likely to surface as the state’s other four satellite casino license holders reveal the locations of their mini-casinos.

Five total satellites in the works

At the time of publishing, the following casinos have a satellite license:

PGCB regulations state that these satellite properties can house a maximum of 750 slot machines and 30 table games. There will be a 50 percent tax on slots revenue that will go to the state.

Casinos will also pay an additional four percent on slots revenue. The local township and local county will split that revenue. The same 50-50 split applies to an additional two percent tax on table games.

PA On Cloud Nine: All But Four Casinos Apply for iGaming Licenses

After nearly three months of no action a glut of applications came in from PA casinos to offer online casinos and online poker in the Keystone State.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced this morning that nine casinos petitioned for a $10 million online gambling license that will allow each casino to offer poker, slots, and table games via their websites, provided PGCB approves the applications.

“The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today announced that it has received nine petitions from casino license holders requesting approval to conduct Interactive Gaming (iGaming) in the Commonwealth,” the July 17 release read.

Casinos had until July 16 to submit their petitions. After that, licenses for each of the three types of online gambling are available on an a-la-carte basis for $4 million per license.

Nine casinos include top revenue-earners

The list of nine casinos includes:

This list includes eight operation casinos and one licensed casino that has yet to be built: Stadium Casino.

The four casinos who did not submit petitions for iGaming are Presque Isle, Mohegan Sun, Lady Luck Nemacolin, and The Meadows.

According to the press release, the casinos that petitioned the PGCB for iGaming licenses have to wait up to 90 days to find out if their petition has been approved. From there, they have 60 days to pay the $10 million fee for the trio of licenses.

What’s ahead for the quartet who didn’t petition?

The four casinos who didn’t petition for an iGaming license have 90 days to apply for individual licenses for online table games, poker or slot machines.

It’s conceivable they could apply for all three. However, in doing so, they pay an extra $2 million compared to the $10 million price tag.

With this in mind, one could conclude that these four properties may not want to incur the cost of buying all three licenses. The four casinos who didn’t apply are some of the smallest casinos in the market.

We may see Lady Luck, The Meadows, Presque Isle or Mohegan Sun apply for individual licenses, quite possibly in slots, as slots tend to be the biggest revenue earner for online casinos.

As an example, neighboring New Jersey’s online poker revenue accounts for just 7.7 percent of the overall revenue numbers for online gambling.

Whichever the case, the remaining four casinos have until mid-August to petition for a license.