Take Your Pick: BetMGM And Borgata Provide PA Casino Players Similarly Stellar Options

The sister online casino brands BetMGM and Borgata are now available in Pennsylvania, both with a robust offering of games.

Options are never a bad thing.

And as far as Pennsylvania online casinos are concerned, the options all seem to come with free money too.

Take BetMGM PA for example. The casino launched in Pennsylvania in December and has grown in popularity ever since.

BetMGM casino PA offerings

The BetMGM brand landed with 120 different slot titles including seven jackpot slots.

The casino also features two types of blackjack and eight types of roulette.

And just in case that’s not enough, BetMGM offers one of the best promotions in the industry, with a free $25 join bonus and a 100% match bonus up to $1,000.

In addition to being available for desktop and iOS, the BetMGM mobile apps are now also available for Android via the Google Play store.

Another perk provided by the BetMGM site is the casino’s incentive program, which is called M Life Rewards

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M Life Rewards program extends to online

Every time you wager on the site, you receive reward points, whether playing on the desktop site or the BetMGM app.

Different casino games will earn you a different number of points. Slots provide the best returns with  one reward point earned for every $5 you wager. Progressive slots earn one point for every $10. Meanwhile, you’ll need to wager $20 on video poker or $25 on blackjack, craps, or roulette to earn one point.

As your rewards increase, so does your status. The BetMGM loyalty program has five tiers, which is the same at all MGM properties.

  • Sapphire (starting point)
  • Pearl (20,000 points)
  • Gold (60,000 points)
  • Platinum (160,000 points)
  • Noir (By invitation only)

Rewards can be redeemed when booking hotel rooms and paying for restaurant meals at MGM properties. You can also use them as bonus funds on BetMGM sites, or in the BetMGM online store.

The well-known Borgata brand followed BetMGM into PA

A few months after BetMGM arrived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey’s famous Borgata Casino brand arrived in the Keystone State too. 

Interestingly enough, BetMGM is the online and retail sports betting brand of the Borgata. It is also now the name of MGM Resorts’ interactive division, a joint venture with Entain.

BetMGM partnered with Hollywood Casino Morgantown, Penn National’s mini-casino set to open later this year, for online sports betting in PA.

The BetMGM casino falls under Penn’s Hollywood Casino Grantville iGaming license. Penn National is now at capacity for online casino skins with three under their Hollywood iGaming license (Hollywood online casino, DraftKings casino and now BetMGM).

The Borgata online offering was made possible in partnership with Rivers Casino Philadelphia. If a Borgata PA sportsbook were to launch, it would have to be partnered with another casino as Rivers has the BetRivers brand under its license.

So the parallel brands now both have a Pennsylvania casino presence. And as you might expect, some of their features overlap. 

Borgata and BetMGM casinos compared

The Borgata online offering is available on both iOS and Android platforms and features more than 150 games

Both sites also feature a relatively new addition to Pennsylvania, live dealer games. Whether you’re on the BetMGM or Borgata casino app, you can find a range of socially-interactive live dealer options including popular variations of blackjack and roulette.

The casino also offers a $20 registration bonus, along with a deposit bonus up to a $1,000 match. The Borgata online casino also utilizes MGM’s MLife Rewards program, with incentives earned in the exact same manner as on the BetMGM site. 

One of the biggest differences in the two sites is simply in the interfaces provided by the apps or site you are playing on. And while they have different themes and color schemes, both sites are smooth and user-friendly. Learn more about Borgata’s online offerings here.

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Online gaming revenues have risen sharply this winter

And although Pennsylvania’s overall casino gaming revenue dropped slightly (less than 1%) in February 2021 compared with the previous year (due to land-based declines caused by the COVID pandemic), the popularity of online gaming continues to explode.

According to figures released by the PGCB, PA iGaming streams saw huge year-over-year gains in February. Pennsylvania’s online slots increased by 425%, online table games jumped 207.5%, and online poker grew 37.7% YoY. Video gaming terminals also saw an 87.5% increase compared with the same period last year.

So it’s pretty clear both the BetMGM and the Borgata casinos have arrived in the right place. And their offerings keep growing, with a BetMGM online poker room due to arrive in the coming weeks.

Pennsylvania is embracing online gaming and the revenues generated by casinos – and the resulting tax dollars – will continue to grow.

In reality, the citizens of Pennsylvania might be the biggest winners in the end. They have numerous entertainment and gaming options, many of which (like the BetMGM and Borgata casinos) are available from the comfort of your couch.

People can play – and win! – at different sites without ever leaving home.

And options are never a bad thing.

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Borgata Casino App Brings the AC Party to PA with Exclusive Slots & Live Dealer Games

Save your NJ turnpike toll money, the Borgata online casino is now live in Pennsylvania with heaps of exclusive game offerings.

It’s a little bit of Atlantic City. Without the drive. Or the tolls. Or the crowds. So what’s not to love? 

Before legalized gambling arrived in Pennsylvania, many of its citizens made the drive to New Jersey to try their luck there. They’d step into places like Caesars and Sands and the famed Borgata. They’d spin some slots and lay some chips down, hoping to return home a little richer. 

And now, the circle has been completed, with some of those same New Jersey casinos traveling into Pennsylvania themselves. The latest one arrived yesterday with the launch of the Borgata online casino.

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Borgata online casino arrives with big games and promotions

Borgata gamesThe Atlantic City staple is opening its virtual doors in Pennsylvania with over 150 casino games and a 100% deposit match up to $1,000, along with an extra $20 just for good measure.

The Borgata launched in partnership with Rivers Philadelphia

Borgata’s entry into PA follows that of its sister brand, BetMGM. And while BetMGM online casino launched under Penn National’s Hollywood Casino Grantville license, BetMGM Sportsbook is partnered with Hollywood Casino Morgantown. In PA, iGaming license holders can have multiple online casino skins, but only one sports betting skin is allowed per property.

And so, the Borgata found a path to Pennsylvania too. BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt said in a news release.

“There are few casino brands as well-respected as Borgata, evident by the success we’ve seen with the Borgata Casino app in New Jersey. Pennsylvania marks an important milestone for us as we introduce the Borgata Casino brand to the first state outside of New Jersey. We’re confident that players in Pennsylvania will enjoy the digital betting experience of Atlantic City’s premier casino.”

What games can you play at Borgata casino PA?

At launch, the Borgata online casino features more than 150 slots and table games. Those include exclusive games like Premium Blackjack Pro and MGM Grand Millions, a progressive jackpot slot that begins with a jackpot of $300,000 and is linked to other MGM slots as well.

Borgata also has access to more than 50 exclusive games created by Win Studios plus titles from leading game providers like as IGT, SG Digital, Spin Games, Konami, WMS, Big Time Gaming and NetEnt.

Progressive jackpot slots

Borgata jackpot gamesIn addition to the classic progressive online slots PA players have come to love – Divine Fortune and Mercy of the Gods – Borgata also offers these exclusive progressives:

  • MGM Grand Millions
  • Melon Madness Deluxe
  • Loot En Khamun
  • Loot En Khamun – The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Champagne Super Clover
  • Book of Myths

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In addition to the more common table games like blackjack and roulette and Game King video poker, the Borgata online casino also offers:

  • Four card poker
  • Casino war
  • Baccarat

Live dealer games at Borgata

Borgata live dealerThe Borgata offerings also include live dealer games, just as BetMGM does through their partnership with Evolution Gaming.

  • Blackjack Live
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • American Roulette

Note: You can find a full list of offerings on the app.

Borgata’s shift toward online gambling keeps gaining momentum

Perhaps fueled in part by the pandemic, online gambling continues its impressive upward trend. PA online casinos raked in more than $80.4 million in iGaming revenue in the month of January. That figure was 11% higher than the previous record (set in December) and an astronomical 476% higher than the total from January 2020.

Borgata officials have watched this trend closely and have made significant efforts to maximize their online presence. As noted in the launch article on Play Pennsylvania, New Jersey’s online casinos have reported year-over-year growth of 168% from 2020 totals.

Even with some healthy competition, conditions seem ripe for Borgata’s launch

So now, with life not yet back to normal, it seems like a perfect time for the Borgata brand to expand westward and establish some roots among Pennsylvania’s online casinos.

Users can download the Borgata app on Apple iOS or Android devices. After that, players can take advantage of a $20 no deposit bonus and the aforementioned 100% bonus match, up to $1,000.

A complete rundown of the casino, including deposit options and additional promotions, is available here.

A little typing and a few taps, and you’ll be right inside the Borgata’s online doors.

It’s a far cry from the older days, when you needed the car keys, some money for turnpike tolls and a few hours to get there.

The excitement is much easier now. Thanks to the Borgata, a little bit of Atlantic City is now always present in Pennsylvania.

And the doors are open, just waiting for the moment when you’re ready to try your luck.

Topgolf Partnership is Latest Move in BetMGM Gambling Expansion

BetMGM is expanding fast, most recently partnering with Topgolf and planning to launch a Borgata online casino in PA.

It’s a lot like the wave

If you’ve ever been to a ball game, you’ve probably seen it before. People stand up and throw their arms in the air and then others join in. Before long, the whole stadium sweeps up in a wave that spreads across the entire crowd.

That’s kind of how sports betting is moving these days. Take the BetMGM brand as a case study.

Last week, BetMGM announced a partnership with Topgolf that will provide joint opportunities for gaming, marketing, and promotions at Topgolf venues across the country.

“We look forward to introducing Topgolf guests to the immersive sports betting experience that only BetMGM can provide,” BetMGM’s Chief Revenue Officer Matt Prevost said in a news release. “Topgolf is known for offering unique and interactive entertainment options, which our loyal BetMGM users can now access through a variety of exclusive and customized packages.”

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Topgolf already has a presence in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania residents can witness the partnership come together first-hand at a TopGolf location in Pittsburgh and another one that’s being planned near King of Prussia.

In addition to Pennsylvania’s locations, the partnership will be visible throughout Topgolf venues in cities where BetMGM operates. Those include its Las Vegas location at MGM Grand plus Indianapolis, Nashville, Detroit, Virginia Beach, and Denver. It also includes those within the WGT by Topgolf platform. 

BetMGM will also pursue branding and promotional integrations in other  Topgolf locations as sports betting and iGaming platforms become available in new states.

Beyond the BetMGM partnership, another online casino also made news in Pennsylvania this week. 

Borgata Casino joining PA iGaming market soon

Borgata online casino, also owned by MGM, will launch in Pennsylvania this week in partnership with Rivers Philadelphia. The BetMGM brand is already live in PA with online casino and sports betting apps that launched in December 2020.

While the Borgata iGaming app will partner with Rivers, BetMGM is partnered with Penn NationalHollywood Casino Grantville for online casino and Hollywood Casino Morgantown (coming in 2021) for online sports betting. In Pennsylvania, an iGaming and sportsbook app do not need to share the same land-based operator.

The Borgata online casino is already live in New Jersey. It is likely the Pennsylvania entity will provide similar rewards and promotions for new players.

BetMGM to launch online poker rooms in MI and PA

Although the BetMGM sportsbook/betting brand arrived later than many others, it continues to expand rapidly across the country.

Plans are in place to launch a BetMGM online poker room in Michigan in the near future, and one is expected to follow in Pennsylvania later in the year. For now, PA has one online poker room, PokerStars PA, a site that also launched in Michigan late last month.

Gambling wave continues in the US

And so, just like the wave that forms inside a stadium, the BetMGM brand continues to grow in strength, gain support, and spread across the country.

Many other sports betting and gaming companies are sharing in similar success.

The momentum is growing.

And the energy is expanding in every direction.

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Who Has the Golden Ticket? Lottery Producing Huge Payouts and Big Tales in PA and Beyond

Lottery excitement continues with a billion-dollar jackpot yet to be claimed, a $60 million jackpot from a dream, and dozens of big winners in Pennsylvania.

The story will eventually come out.

With lottery winners, it always does.

In Michigan, someone in the town of Novi bought a Mega Millions ticket that just won a $1.05 billion-dollar prize. It was the biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever and according to an article at Hometown Life, the rumor mill has focused on some area teachers.

Perhaps they have indeed grabbed the lottery’s golden ticket. But as of now, no one knows.

“It’s a random game of chance, you never know when it will hit or when they will come forward,” Jake Harris, a communications specialist with the Michigan Lottery, told Hometown Life. “It’s kind of like that scene in Willy Wonka, when they are digging for the chocolate bar and then yell, ‘I’ve got it!’”

That person – whoever it is – hasn’t appeared in Michigan yet. The official story has yet to arrive.

In Canada, it has.

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Lottery dream becomes reality twenty years later

A woman in Ontario, Canada had been playing the same lotto numbers for 20 years that her husband had once dreamed about. In December, that persistence finally paid off.

According to CNN.com, Deng Pravatoudom‘s unflinching belief in those numbers brought home a lottery win worth $60 million.

And here in Pennsylvania, the lottery is turning people into millionaires all across the state.

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Lottery announced that a player in Bradford County just won $1 million on a Millionaire’s Club Scratch-Off

Just one week earlier, someone at a Wawa in Chester County also won a $1-million prize on the Jackpot Party Scratch-Off.

Near misses in Mega Millions result in a pair of million-dollar prizes in PA

Two Pennsylvania players also took home a million dollars each in the Mega Millions drawing that made a billionaire in Michigan. Those players matched all the numbers from the Mega Millions except for the Mega Ball.

According to WGAL, one of those million-dollar tickets was sold at a Sunoco in Chambersburg. The other was sold at Gingrich’s Food Market near Lancaster (according to FOX43).

A player from New Jersey also matched those same five numbers, bringing home a million there as well.

The Mega Millions drawing came just two days after a Powerball ticket was sold at an old mining-town in Maryland that matched all six numbers. That jackpot totaled $731.1 million.

And on a slightly smaller scale, a player in Norristown won nearly $300,000 in the “I Like Big Bucks” drawing on January 21st. 

Pennsylvania’s daily lotteries continue to pay dividends as well. Winners from the state’s draw games are updated regularly on the PA lottery website.

Second Chance drawings give losing  tickets another life

Even the non-winners have another shot. The Pennsylvania Lottery’s End of the Rainbow Second Chance drawing has begun, giving losing tickets a chance to redeem themselves.

As noted by The Progress News, non-winning Find the Leprechaun, O’Lucky Coin and Clover All Over Scratch-Off tickets may be entered between now and March 25, 2021 for chances to win numerous prizes worth $17,000, $7,000, or $700. There’s also a chance to win $100 to play PA online lottery games.

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 2 through March 25, non-winning 17, Good Luck Charm$ and Four Leaf Loot Fast Play tickets may be entered for chances to win similar prizes as well.

Players can enter the tickets through the VIP Players Club at palottery.com or scan-to-enter using the official lottery app. Winners will be announced at palottery.com. You can find entry instructions, prize details, rules, restrictions, and drawing information there too.

So even the losing tickets have one last hope.

Maybe they will redeem themselves. Maybe they’ll finish as a winner in the end.

And if they do, the story will eventually come out.

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Holiday Halloween Jack-Pot! Half-Million-Dollar Win Tops Off Big Year for PA Online Slots

It was a big year for big payouts at Pennsylvania online casinos, topped off with Hollywood Online Casino’s largest jackpot ever, on Halloween Jack.

It was quite the Christmas bonus.

One online casino player in Pennsylvania was spinning a Halloween Jack slot game on December 16 at Hollywood Online Casino. The game is considered NetEnt‘s spookiest slot, with free spins and features that include something called the Expanding Death Reaper Wild.

And for a player named Randy, the scary slot brought the most pleasant dreams. When one of his spins stopped, Halloween Jack produced a jackpot of $537,000.

“This has been our biggest jackpot win so far,” Rich Criado, general manager of iCasino for Penn National Gaming, said in a news release.

“We’re thrilled that this player was able to go into the holiday season and 2021 with more than half a million dollars in the bank!”

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Halloween Jack and many other casino games (including blackjack, Dancing Drums and 88 Fortunes) are available on HollywoodCasino.com on desktop and mobile platforms. Randy was playing via Android when the jackpot arrived.

There is also a free-to-play version of Halloween Jack available on Penn National Gaming’s social casino site, mychoice® Casino, which is available in the GooglePlay Store or in the App Store nationwide.

Halloween Jack win is the latest in a series of 2020 jackpots

The calendar year 2020 will live in infamy, but in regard to online jackpots, it was a banner year — especially for Divine Fortune players. Here are some of the highlights:

  • In February, a Glenside, PA, resident named Marc won $148,172 on a $2 spin while playing Divine Fortune at PlaySugarHouse.com. That same day, Jeanne, a newly registered player at HollywoodCasino.com, hit a Divine Fortune jackpot for $76,598.13.
  • In March, a Lititz man hit a Divine Fortune jackpot while playing online at PlaySugarHouse.com. He hit the jackpot with a $1 bet, winning $278,430.23.  And that same week, a Divine Fortune player in New Jersey hit for a similar jackpot of $278,802.58.
  • Then, two months later, Divine Fortune paid out a record-breaking jackpot of $533,239. The Audobon, PA, woman was playing on her smartphone at PlaySugarHouse.com when she won the big one.
  • And in November, Divine Fortune produced again. An Allentown woman won a jackpot of $443,000 on a $3 bet.

Divine Fortune should produce big payouts in 2021 too

The design of Divine Fortune should continue to reward its players in the new year as well. Unlike some other progressive jackpot slot games, Divine Fortune emphasizes a high return to players (RTP) of 96.8%. The slot’s volatility rating is also considered “medium,” which means it produces more consistent winners.

In addition, based on the rate at which the jackpot consistently climbs, the prized slot is still gaining popularity among online casino players in Pennsylvania.

So as the year 2020 turns to 2021, the excitement provided by Divine Fortune should continue.

There will be more winners. And more jackpots too.

And perhaps some more people like Randy, who hit the big one just in time for the holidays.

Swing and a Miss: Court Rules Winning $4.15 Million PA Lotto Ticket Belongs to Doylestown Store, Not Employee

A Doylestown store employee attempted to pass off a $4.15 million Match 6 PA lottery ticket as her own, but a state court ruled against her.

Well, she tried.

And maybe you can’t blame her.

But a state Superior Court ruled Tuesday that Beverlie Seltzer, an employee at an Acme store in Doylestown, cannot keep a winning $4.15 million lottery ticket because it rightfully belongs to her store, not her.

As explained in a PennLive article, the winning Match 6 ticket was what’s considered a mistake ticket printed by the store. The store must pay the lottery commission for its mistake tickets. But the store can also keep any winnings that they produce.

Winning ticket was a mistake print in March 2019

In Seltzer’s case, she discovered the winning $4.15 million ticket in the mistake pile when she reported to work on March 21, 2019. Seltzer took $10 from her purse to purchase the winning ticket instead of following the typical procedure, which would have allowed the store to claim the winnings. The store’s security footage confirmed Seltzer’s maneuver.

Seltzer eventually tried to claim the winning ticket. She later appealed to the Superior Court after a Bucks County ruling found that the winnings belonged to the store.

On Tuesday, the Superior Court reached the same verdict.

“When Ms. Seltzer in this instance deviated from the Acme procedures that she usually followed, she acted surreptitiously and was not forthcoming about the circumstances of the purchase,” Judge Mary Jane Bowes wrote in the state court’s opinion. “Even viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to Ms. Seltzer, no reasonable fact-finder could conclude that Ms. Seltzer acted with the good faith belief that she was permitted by law or by Acme’s policies to give Acme $10 in exchange for $4,150,000.”

Powerball, Mega Millions produces verified November winners

Fortunately, not every winning ticket devolves into chaos and controversy like Seltzer’s did. In November, a player named Mark from Allegheny County took home a million dollars in a Powerball drawing. Additionally, five other players from locations all across Pennsylvania won $50,000 prizes.

In Mega Millions drawings, three Pennsylvania players won $10,000 prizes in November.

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Holiday jackpots will bring Christmas cheer and lots of cash

And as noted by PlayPennsylvaniathe Mega Millions and Powerball drawings from this past weekend were set to provide a massive Christmas bonus if someone happened to purchase a winning ticket.

The Powerball jackpot on Saturday was up to $304 million, with a cash value of $236 million. Friday’s Mega Millions drawing was estimated at $310 million, with a cash value of $238 million.

In a handful of states, including Pennsylvania, draw lottery tickets are available for purchase online. There, notifications of winning tickets are automatic.

And the beauty of the multistate, massive jackpot lotteries is that someone will eventually win.

That’s what drives people to purchase tickets. And that’s what drove Beverlie Seltzer to step outside of bounds at her Acme store.

The reward often seems worth the risk.

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Winning! Rush Street and Rivers Casino Rack Up Three Gaming Operator Awards

Rush Street Interactive, owner of Rivers Casinos in PA and BetRivers online betting products, won three operator awards for 2019.

Rush Street Interactive just keeps winning.

After being named the Global Gaming Awards Digital Operator of the Year last week, RSI added two more honors this week.

Rush Street Interactive, which operates both Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and Rivers Casino Philadelphia, was named the Casino Operator of the Year and the Customer Service Operator of the Year at the 2020 EGR North America Awards.

Big wins for Rush Street

The EGR Awards are perhaps the biggest prize in the online gaming industry and celebrate North America’s leading gaming operators.

The Casino Operator of the Year distinction is based on the originality of the company’s product, the strength of the brand, marketing and innovations that set the offering apart from competitors.

The award’s criteria focused on growth and commercial success, innovations and differentiation, quality of product, and customer acquisition and retention strategies.

“They are still the best in this group,” one of the award judges said. “They have the best platform and impressive growth.”

RSI also takes home the Customer Service Operator of the Year Award

Judges said RSI earned the Customer Service of the Year award thanks to exceptional staff engagement and a customer satisfaction strategy, continual training and development, continual measurement and efforts for retention.

“[This is] one of the best customer service teams in the US,” a judge explained. “The team is well trained and extracts more PLV [player lifetime values] from the players than most other operators.”

And as one of the other judges noted, “Rush Street Interactive’s brands have a really good reputation for customer care.”

The recent awards continue a strong couple of months for RSI, which intends to go public with an offering on the New York Stock Exchange in the near future.

Rivers Casino’s Rush Rewards Card highlights November promotions

Here in Pennsylvania, Rivers Casino Philadelphia recently announced its November promotions. Starting this Thursday, BetRivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino Philadelphia will begin a new rewards program. The Rush Rewards Card will allow users to receive incentives and earn points for their gaming play. Reward choices include free slot play and complimentary dining at Rivers Casino restaurants.

In addition to the rewards card, the BetRivers Sportsbook will be showing every NFL game for the remainder of the season, giving players plenty of chances to catch some football action. It also plans to broadcast a number of big college games from the sportsbook.

Beyond the sportsbook, the Rivers Philly restaurants will be offering some new menu and drink items.

And there will be additional promotions, contests and sweepstakes throughout the Rivers Casino Philadelphia floor this month.

Multiple ways to engage with the RSI brand in PA

With the awards and honors continuing to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that Rush Street Interactive has built a winning brand.

Fortunately, Pennsylvania’s gaming and casino fans have an outpost to visit on each side of the state. Rivers Casino Pittsburgh lies in the west. Rivers Casino Philadelphia sits in the east. And everywhere in between, players can take advantage of the BetRivers app on their mobile device.

It’s a good time to be a Pennsylvania player with access to Rush Street betting products.

That brand just keeps winning.

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PA iLottery Receives Prestigious Certification

Pennsylvania’s iLottery received recognition in the form of Internet Compliance Assessment Program certification for its responsible-gambling endeavors.

The system best known for creating winners has received a prize of its own.

Last week, the National Council on Problem Gaming issued a news release announcing that Pennsylvania’s iLottery platform has earned the distinguished Internet Compliance Assessment Program (iCAP) certification. Pennsylvania’s iLottery platform was developed and is managed by the Scientific Games Corporation.

“We congratulate the Pennsylvania Lottery and Scientific Games (both organizational members of NCPG) on achieving the iCAP certification,” said Keith Whyte, executive director of the NCPG. “Our rigorous assessment process provides the Lottery and Scientific Games with specific, actionable feedback to help better protect players and reduce problem gambling-related harm.”
The  iCAP certification verifies that the Pennsylvania Lottery’s iLottery program complies with the National Council on Problem Gaming’s Internet Responsible Gaming Standards. That certification is considered perhaps the highest honor available for lottery programs.

Pennsylvania’s iLottery joins a select group of lottery systems with iCAP certification

Only a few lottery systems have been awarded iCAP certification. Pennsylvania’s iLottery now joins fellow state programs in Georgia, Kentucky and Michigan with the prestigious recognition.
Developed with the highest standards possible, iCAP is the first and only US-based online responsible gambling assessment program for lotteries.
“By working with Scientific Games, the Lottery team and responsible-gambling experts in the industry, we were able to take a deeper dive into our iLottery program’s Responsible Gambling Initiative and ensure we are doing the right thing,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “This certification is testimony of our commitment to ensure that we are providing iLottery players with responsible-gaming tools they need to manage their play responsibly.”
But just like with most gaming partnerships, all the involved parties deserve a share of the credit. The Scientific Games Corporation has also played a pivotal role, making a commitment to responsible gaming as well.
“We are passionate about healthy play and congratulate the Pennsylvania Lottery on its industry leadership to responsibly deliver entertaining digital lottery games to its players,” said Pat McHugh, Lottery Group chief executive for Scientific Games.
McHugh noted that Scientific Games supports NCPG’s efforts. He also encouraged its lottery customers to achieve responsible-gambling certifications such as iCAP. Scientific Games is a member of NCPG and other responsible-gaming organizations.
Furthermore, Scientific Games is among the first companies to be certified by the World Lottery Association as a Responsible Gaming Supplier and is the first US lottery supplier to join the Global Lottery Monitoring System, which monitors the integrity of sports betting worldwide.

Group efforts have led to positive changes in the lottery system

The work of lottery providers, platform operators and the NCPG has led to significant progress in regulated and responsible gaming.
NCPG’s efforts to promote ethical gaming standards have had a wide-reaching impact. They’ve been incorporated into legislation, regulation and platforms in states that have legalized internet lottery games.
Pennsylvania’s iLottery is just the latest to earn some recognition for its standards. And all involved should take a bow.

Make It 10: Wind Creek Online Casino Joins Crowded PA iGaming Market

The Wind Creek online casino launched in PA to little fanfare but with an impressive sampling of games, becoming the 10th iGaming operator in the state.

And then there were 10.

Late last month, Wind Creek Bethlehem opened its online casino, making it the 10th online casino to launch in the state of Pennsylvania.

The latest development continues a busy summer for Wind Creek and its efforts to expand its gambling footprint.

In June, the Pennsylvania Gaming and Control Board approved Wind Creek’s petition to offer both a retail sportsbook location and a mobile app powered in part by BetFred, a UK-based bookmaker. The retail sportsbook is scheduled to open in November. The online app should launch before then, but a date has yet to be announced.

Wind Creek online casino is live, with lots of options

Players at the new Wind Creek online casino have plenty of gaming options. The site features more than 75 slot games, along with blackjack, roulette and video poker.

In addition, the site is offering a 100% match on a first deposit bonus up to $400.

Internet players can visit the Wind Creek online casino via web browser. And mobile users can download the casino’s app via the Amazon App Store or the Google Play store. It’s currently only available for Android.

Pala Interactive powers Wind Creek’s online casino.

Online casino players can get started in four simple steps

To play at Wind Creek’s online casino, simply visit the site and click on “Register” to begin. Users with an existing Wind Creek Player’s Card can enter either their account number and PIN or an email address and password.

New users should begin by entering the code to take advantage of the current promotion. Then you’ll need to enter an email address and a created password.

A few steps later, you’ll be live in the online casino, perhaps with a little extra money thanks to the bonus.

Wind Creek continues its transformation of Bethlehem Sands

The online casino and the upcoming retail and mobile sportsbooks further the revitalization efforts Wind Creek has undertaken since purchasing what used to be the Bethlehem Sands casino.

Wind Creek Hospitality (an affiliate of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama) took over Bethlehem Sands in 2019. The group has ambitious plans to continue developing the casino, its surrounding property and its affiliated products in the coming years. Bethlehem’s proximity to highly populated areas in New York and New Jersey is a tremendous asset.

Wind Creek’s latest effort, the online casino, carried a $10 million licensing fee. Nine other online casinos have already paid that bill, betting on the viability of casino gaming from home. Included in Wind Creek’s licensing is room for online poker, should it choose to exercise the option.

Now, players have a 10th iGaming option courtesy of Wind Creek.

Its online casino doors are open.

And you’re more than welcome to walk in.

DraftKings Paying You Twice As Much With Daily Double Up Promotion

DraftKings is giving PA bettors a chance to double their winnings once a day in its Double Up promo. Here are some upcoming games you can use it on.

Twice is nice. Really nice.

For the next few days, DraftKings Sportsbook is letting you win twice as much with its Daily Double Up promotion.

Double your winnings through Feb. 7

The Daily Double Up promotion began on Feb. 3 — right after the Super Bowl — and will run through Friday, Feb. 7.

During that period, players at the DraftKings Sportsbook can get additional winnings on up to one qualifying wager per day.

The qualifying wager each day is the eligible cash wager that settled that day and had the largest net winnings (total returns less original wager) of all your eligible settled bets that day. You can access the DraftKings promo here.

DraftKings Daily Double Up could bring you an extra $1,000

Winning bets will be paid out as usual.

Then the bonus kicks in. If it’s qualified, on the next business day, you will earn site credit (DK Dollars) equal to the value of the qualifying wager’s net winnings, up to a maximum of $500 per qualifying wager.

It’s a pretty generous promotion, but it does have a few restrictions.

  • There’s a maximum cumulative bonus of $1,000 across the offer period.
  • Only bets placed while the bettor is physically located in PA are eligible.
  • Bets placed with a Free Bet are not eligible.
  • Odds Boosts and bets settled using the Cash Out Feature are not eligible.
  • Customers betting both sides of a market will be excluded from the promotion.

What games could help you Double Up?

Now that you know how it works, you just need to pick some winners.

Here are some interesting games through Feb. 7 that might help you earn a little extra cash.

NBA

  • Pacers at Raptors (-6): Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Nuggets at Jazz (EVEN): Feb. 5 at 9 p.m.
  • 76ers at Bucks: Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.
  • Rockets at Lakers: Feb. 6 at 10:30 p.m.

College Basketball

  • No. 12 Villanova at No. 19 Butler (-3): Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
  • No. 17 Iowa at Purdue (-2): Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.
  • No. 9 Maryland at Illinois: Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.

NHL

  • Penguins at Lightning: Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Devils at Flyers: Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Red Wings at Sabres: Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

DraftKings promotion doesn’t require perfection

Pick your sport, pick your bets. The best part of the DraftKings Daily Double Up is that you don’t even have to win them all.

But for a few glorious days, the wagers that you do win will bring you double.

So you’d be wise to take advantage.

After all, twice is pretty nice.