Divine Fortune Mega Jackpot Strikes Twice on Valentine’s Day

The progressive online slot Divine Fortune made Valentine’s Day much sweeter for two PA residents playing at PlaySugarHouse and Hollywoodcasino.com Friday.

Valentine’s Day sure turned a lot sweeter for two lucky Pennsylvania residents!

Two Divine Fortune Mega Jackpots hit on Friday, one at PlaySugarHouse, a product of Rush Street Interactive and the other at HollywoodCasino, the online gaming platform for Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Formerly, we reported on the Divine Fortune’s success not just here in Pennsylvania but in New Jersey as well. This crowd-pleasing progressive online slot game just keeps on paying out.

Divine Fortune on PlaySugarHouse

The most recent hit marks an astounding twelve Mega Jackpots paid out on PlaySugarHouse.com since its launch last summer.

A Glenside, PA resident hit the jackpot while playing from the comfort of his own home. To begin with, Marc M. was sitting in his living room while playing with his puppy. He was on his last spin when he struck the jackpot with a $2 bet.

All of a sudden, Marc M. was $148,172 richer! According to the 49-year-old, “I was relaxing after a long day of work and was ready to head to bed when it happened. It was surreal.”

Mattias Stetz, C.O.O. of Rush Street Interactive, the site’s operator emphasizes that the size of the bet placed does not matter.

These jackpots are changing the lives of our players, even when small bets are placed. It shows that no matter what the bet, anyone can be a winner!

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More Divine Fortune luck follows on Hollywoodcasino.com

Jeanne R. had just registered on HollywoodCasino.com and was playing for a little less than 3 hours. Amazingly, she hit the Divine Fortune Mega Jackpot for $76,598.13.

Jeanne shared her excitement about her jackpot win:

I can’t believe I won! I am still in shock. Thank you HollywoodCasino.com! I decided to try your site because of the jackpot opportunity, and, boy, did it pay off!

Rich Criado, General Manager of iCasino for Penn National spoke more about the amazing jackpot hit.

For someone to win a jackpot within a few hours of signing up online is just tremendous. This is exactly the kind of excitement we hope to create for all of our online guests. We’re so happy for her!

About Divine Fortune

Divine Fortune is a progressive slot game that NetEnt developed. It is the first online slot game in the Keystone State with a progressive jackpot.

The game features five reels, three rows and 20-lines along with some fun features like:

  • Wild substitutions
  • Falling wilds re-spins
  • A wild on wild feature
  • Free spins

Most importantly? It offers three different jackpots, including the progressive Mega Jackpot. This means that the more players that bet, the higher the jackpot grows until it finally hits.

With the wild success and popularity of Divine Fortune, it makes us wonder why more online casino operators do no offer similar progressive slots.

Penn National Strikes A Deal With Barstool Sports For Sportsbook, Casino Products

In a somewhat surprising move, Penn National Gaming bought a large stake of Barstool Sports with plans to use the brand for online sportsbook and casino.

Penn National Gaming (Penn) based in Pennsylvania recently closed a deal with digital sports media brand Barstool Sports.

According to the company press release, Penn agreed to the valuation of Barstool at $450 million. The casino operator will shell out $163 million for a 36% stake in Barstool.

In another three years, another $62 million will increase the stake to 50%. Once that transaction is complete, Penn National will be the controlling owner.

Penn to use Barstool branding with major growth potential

Penn has come far from its humble roots as a racetrack in South Central, PA. It plans to use the Barstool brand for the online sportsbook and online table games. The already established Hollywood Casino app will remain as the brand for online slots.

Jay Snowden, Penn National Gaming president and CEO, plans on using the Barstool Sports audience to ascend and capture a large share of the PA online gambling market.

With its leading digital content, well-known brand and deep roots in sports betting, Barstool Sports is the ideal partner for Penn National and will enable us to attract a new, younger demographic, which will nicely complement our existing customer database. In addition, with 66 million monthly unique visitors, we believe the significant reach of Barstool Sports and loyalty of its audience will lead to meaningful reductions in customer acquisition and promotional costs for our sports betting and online products, significantly enhancing profitability and driving value for our shareholders.

Penn’s focus on national growth is nothing new. The company is not just a Keystone State operator, but has planted flags in 18 other US states.

Legalized sports betting states among them include:

  • Illinois 
  • Indiana 
  • Iowa
  • Michigan 
  • Mississippi 
  • Nevada 
  • Pennsylvania

Controversy surrounding Barstool

Barstool has certainly enjoyed a meteoric growth since its humble beginnings. According to Forbes, the company, founded by Dave Portnoy, started out by handing out free black-and-white gambling tip sheets at subway stations through Greater Boston. It has now grown into a media behemoth and is certainly enjoying even greater success with the Penn deal.

In 2016, the Chernin Group purchased Barstool for around $10-$15 million. Then, the Chernin group increased the popularity of Barstool despite the cancellation of its high profile ESPN show.

On the one hand, Barstool is known for a vulgar, misogynistic culture with a founder who has unapologetically degraded women, passing it off as humor. On the other hand, their audience is still growing with its popular sports and comedy material.

Taking the good with the bad

Their content successfully caters to the young male demographic which translates well into Penn’s growth plan. Also, Penn’s stock soared after the partnership announcement was made.

However, Barstool is shunned and will likely always be shunned by certain organizations for their reputation. For example, Barstool was escorted out of NFL Opening Night and unwelcome during Super Bowl.

But that’s not to say the deal won’t turn out favorably for Penn in terms of new customer acquisition.

It could also be good for Kambi, according to Legal Sports Report. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Kambi will be the technology platform provider for the Penn’s online sportsbook.

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BetRivers, BetAmerica Dive Into PA Online Casino Market Ahead Of Super Bowl

BetRivers Online Casino got up and running before the Super Bowl, launching the same day as BetAmerica Casino. There are now eight online casinos in PA.

Joy of joys!

Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, the BetRivers online casino launched and joined the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh online sportsbook.

Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street Interactive, explains the timing of the launch of the online casino:

We wanted to launch our award-winning online casino platform prior to the Super Bowl. Our experience in NJ and PA with PlaySugarHouse.com has validated that online sportsbook players also enjoy the full services of our casinos, especially the table games.

With this addition, it means that Pennsylvania now has eight online sportsbooks and eight online casinos. Also last week, BetAmerica quietly launched its online casino, with the full launch on the same day as BetRivers.

The marked growth of the Rivers brand

Operating under Rivers Casino Philadelphia‘s gaming license, the new online casino joins the PlaySugarHouse casino and sportsbook brands as well. The BetRivers online casino is a “skin” of PlaySugarHouse.

What does this mean? Don’t expect many differences in this new skin as it is essentially the same product.

Rush Street Interactive is the platform provider for all the Rivers online brands. Also, Rush Street operates PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook in New Jersey. As a reminder, SugarHouse was Rivers Philadelphia before the recent rebranding.

Getting access to the BetRivers online casino games

It’s great news if you are a player on the BetRivers Sportsbook app. You can immediately start playing casino games online in Pennsylvania.

Technically, there are only a few table games, for instance, two versions of blackjack, a few roulette games and baccarat.

However, the slot library already has more than 60 titles like Double Ruby and Atomic Meltdown from Everi. There are plans to add more games, but necessary approval needs to come from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

Sign-up bonus plus loyalty rewards

Make sure to sign up for this amazing bonus.

When you sign up through our links, you can get a $250 match bonus at the new BetRivers Casino. What’s more? It is just a one-time playthrough requirement. So, this means the bonus is available for instant withdrawal once you’ve played through $250.

In addition, make sure to sign up for the iRush Rewards program. The program earns you points based on your play. Then, you can use the points at the bonus store and also access exclusive promotions and other benefits.

Deposit and withdraw at BetRivers

BetRivers offers a wide number of deposit and withdrawal options.

Deposit options include:

  • Major credit and debit cards: Visa, Mastercard and Discover
  • ACH (e-check)
  • PayPal
  • Online banking
  • Wire transfers
  • BetRivers prepaid cards
  • Casino cage deposits
  • PayNearMe: It is available at certain retail stores throughout the state.

Withdrawal methods:

  • BetRivers Play+ Card
  • Online banking/ACH
  • Cash from the casino cage
  • Check by mail

Obviously, some of the methods listed are faster than others. For example, if you choose to use the BetRivers Play+ cards, your funds are available immediately. On the contrary, if you choose a check-by-mail option, you would have to wait up to 10-14 business days for a check to arrive.

FanDuel Looks To Strengthen Dominance In PA With Online Casino Launch

FanDuel Casino went live in Pennsylvania on Jan. 24, adding online slots and table games to its already dominant sportsbook offerings.

Get ready, because FanDuel PA is making some new waves in the Pennsylvania online casino market!

Officially, FanDuel is the sixth online casino to enter the market in PA.

Even more interesting? This is a historic moment for FanDuel Casino because PA is the first state that bears the FanDuel brand name. Markedly, FanDuel does operate in New Jersey, but it operates under the Betfair Casino brand.

Launched in partnership with Valley Forge Casino and Boyd Gaming, the online casino is directly integrated into the FanDuel sportsbook app.

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Technically, FanDuel also holds the record for debuting the smallest array of games during launch in the Keystone State. The official Jan. 24 launch only included five table games and 12 slot games. Those games are listed below.

Table games:

  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • European Roulette
  • Blackjack Classic Touch
  • French Roulette 

Slot games:

  • Starburst
  • Asgardian Stones
  • Divine Fortune
  • Gonzo’s Quest Touch
  • Blood Suckers
  • Dead or Alive
  • Butterfly Staxx
  • Cleopatra
  • Crowns of Egypt
  • Triple Diamond
  • Da Vinci Diamonds
  • Double Diamonds

We aren’t sure if the amount of games has anything to do with Apple’s restrictions on online gambling, but it certainly could be a factor.

How to sign up at FanDuel’s new online casino

FanDuel Sportsbook and its iGaming platform are available on both iOS and Android. However, the online casino is not available on desktop computers for now.

Most importantly, you must be physically located in Pennsylvania to place wagers.

Even if you have a previous account set up in New Jersey, you will be required to set up a new account in Pennsylvania to wager.

Required information for account creation:

  • Full name 
  • Date of birth 
  • Address
  • Social Security number 
  • Able to answer security questions

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New players are able to take advantage of a first time, risk-free promotion of $200. This means that FanDuel will match a player’s net losses of up to $200 in casino credit during the first 24 hours of play.

Here’s how to take advantage of this special offer:

  • Create an account or log in to the PA FanDuel account
  • Previous players that registered on Betfair Casino or via FanDuel casino lobby in NJ are not eligible for this promotion.
  • The bonus period begins immediately after the first real-money casino bet and will only run for 24 hours.
  • No less than $5 will be rewarded, and the max is $200. This means that if your losses are less than $5, you will not receive site credit.
  • A bonus issued as site credit is automatically applied within 72 hours after the official 24 hours  of wagering have run its course.
  • The amount equal to site credit must be wagered before winnings can be withdrawn.
  • The bonus expires seven days after receipt.

How to deposit and withdraw

FanDuel makes it easy with various methods of depositing funds:

  • Credit and debit card
  • FanDuel prepaid card
  • ACH/e-check
  • PayPal
  • Online bank transfer
  • Wire transfer
  • Cash deposit (PayNearMe)
  • Check

In addition, there are several methods of withdrawing your funds (some like a physical check which will require a longer time period than others):

  • ACH/e-check
  • Check
  • FanDuel prepaid card
  • PayPal

FanDuel continues to dominate

FanDuel Sportsbook is PA’s largest online sportsbetting platform. Not only are the majority of the state’s sports betting wagers placed online but also FanDuel accounted for over half of those wagers in December.

Truly, FanDuel dominates the PA market and we predict will continue the trend of market dominance with the addition of the online casino.

Wire Act Opinion Still Holding Back Fledgling PA Online Gaming Industry A Year Later

The DOJ’s January 2019 Wire Act opinion is still being contested in court. Meanwhile, the Pennsylania online gambling industry is still feeling the effects.

To begin, in 2019, the long-awaited Pennsylvania gaming expansion legislation finally came to fruition.

According to PlayPennsylvania, at the start of 2019, only three retail sportsbooks existed. In addition, gambling was confined to traditional brick-and-mortar casinos.

Currently, in the Keystone State, there are:

  • Eight online sportsbooks
  • 12 retail sportsbooks
  • Five online casinos
  • One online poker site

However, a Department of Justice (DOJ) memo released in January 2019 sought to expand the scope of the Wire Act. The DOJ opinion asserted that prohibition of inter-state gambling applied to all forms of online wagering, rather than only sports betting as was previously declared.

Thus, a monkey wrench was thrown into PA’s lofty plans for gambling expansion via the internet.

Getting up to speed on the Wire Act

In the first place, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) filed suit quickly after the DOJ memo. Then, the New Hampshire District Court issued a favorable opinion to online gambling interests. Mainly, that the Wire Act only applies to sports betting.

As of now, the fight over the Wire Act is far from over. The DOJ filed an appeal to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in the summer. While the gaming industry waited with bated breath, the government managed to file an opening brief in the last hour before their deadline.

As a result, it is now on the NHLC and the lottery providers to file a brief. The original deadline was Jan. 21, but they now have until Feb. 26. Thereupon, the government will likely file a response.

In addition, other interested parties like the Sheldon Adelson-backed Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) have the opportunity (or, in this case, already took the opportunity) to file amicus briefs.

How exactly is the Wire Act opinion controversy affecting PA online gaming expansion?

Despite the DOJ’s memo on the Wire Act, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) decided to push ahead with online gambling. However, it was not without a caveat: The PGCB required potential state casino operators to address the new memorandum and ensure compliance within 30 days.

In essence, operators and game providers are required to maintain separate servers in Pennsylvania and could not share servers with New Jersey as planned initially.

Consequently, this pushed back the launch date of a number of operators. For example, only two iGaming operators launched on July 15 (Hollywood Casino and Parx). Also, the casinos’ inauguration was minimalistic, due to PGCB’s new compliance regulations, with only a few meager game offerings, unlike in New Jersey.

The market has since experienced growth, but not at the initially hoped for pace. There are now five online casinos in PA offering online slots and table games, while just one also has online poker.

Wire Act decision hangs over online poker, too

Online poker revenue has been faring quite well in PA, given that it is in its third month of operations. In fact, with almost $2.5 million in revenue in December, PokerStars PA brought in almost as much as online table games did across five operators.

If not for the contested Wire Act opinion, shared liquidity (meaning a shared player pool with New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware) would be a stronger possibility in PA. Bigger player pools equal bigger prize pools and greater interest in poker, generally speaking. In fact, adding PA to the inter-state gambling pact would effectively double the player pool of the three states due to PA’s much larger population.

If not for the Wire Act and all its headaches associated with compliance, online poker would have likely launched much sooner than it did. There would also probably be more online poker operators in the state already, along with more online casino game offerings.

How does the future of the Wire Act affect PA?

Well, don’t expect the PGCB to roll back its stringent regulations if the First Circuit rules favorably toward NHLC. No matter how the First Circuit rules, there is a strong likelihood that either side will petition the Supreme Court on appeal.

It is likely nothing will change until litigation is concluded on the Wire Act, which could be quite a long time from now.

A Tenth Divine Fortune Jackpot Meant A Happy Holiday For One PA Slots Player

The question is becoming not if the Divine Fortune Jackpot will hit again at PlaySugarHouse, but when, as it just produced its tenth winner.

Is it better to be born lucky than rich? Well, playing the Divine Fortune online progressive jackpot slot game at PlaySugarHouse.com turns luck into riches.

A Somerset County woman is now counting her winnings as her holiday season became a whole lot merrier thanks to hitting the mega jackpot on Divine Fortune.

Stephanie J, who asked to remain anonymous, struck the mega jackpot with just a $1 bet for over $140,000.

The 37-year old Stephanie is a non-profit worker. She took a gamble while celebrating the holidays at her parents’ house.

“We were at first shocked and simply stunned,” described Stephanie.  “Then, we all just started screaming and woke up the whole house.  This changes everything.  It really is life-changing.”

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The brief and successful history of Divine Fortune in PA

Divine Fortune is not exclusive to SugarHouse, but the winning action does seem to be centered on this online casino.

In fact, the most recent jackpot marks the tenth time the Divine Fortune jackpot has hit in just a short span of time. Recall that the online progressive jackpot slot hit the PA market just earlier this summer.

Then, SugarHouse’s Divine Fortune paid out three jackpots in just four short days. So far, the PA record payout is $377,000 for a meager $1 wager.

“We love hearing how our players plan to use their winnings and how these jackpots will change their lives,” said Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, the site’s operator.  “This latest winner hitting the jackpot on a $1 bet also shows it doesn’t matter the amount you bet, anyone can win!”

Repeat jackpot winners

Formerly, as in a few short weeks ago, a Hilldale, PA resident hit the mega jackpot for $151,000 with a $100 bet.

Even more impressive? It was not the first mega jackpot he won. On Nov. 18, he won over $235,000 from SugarHouse on a $20 bet.

But, that’s not all. In New Jersey, a cancer survivor netted nearly $300,000 by hitting the Divine Fortune jackpot three time in less than six months. Since 2017, Divine Fortune has paid out over $3 million alone in New Jersey.

Blockbuster DraftKings And SBTech Deal Will Create A Publicly Traded Betting Powerhouse

After months of rumors, it is official: DraftKings and SBTech are merging together to create a sports betting and gaming company with a $3.3 billion valuation.

No pain, no gain.

DraftKings readied to make some waves in 2020 with two special business mergers. The two other companies involved are SBTech, an international company that provides technology for sports betting and Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: DEAC) (Diamond Eagle), a special acquisition company (SPAC).  As a result of the two mergers, the online sports betting giant aims to be publicly traded and gain a major foothold as a gaming powerhouse.

According to DraftKings, the combined company has a valuation of $3.3 billion. In addition, it will have $500 million of cash on hand through investors.

Notably, the press release touts that “the combined company will become the only vertically integrated pure-play sports betting and online gaming company based in the United States.”

Jason Robins, co-founder and CEO of DraftKings, explained the vision and excitement surrounding the business merger:

The combination of DraftKings’ leading and trusted brand, deep focus on customer experience and data science expertise and SBTech’s highly innovative and proven technology platform creates a vertically-integrated powerhouse. I look forward to building significantly upon our goals of continuing our state-by-state rollout and creating the most entertaining and engaging customer experiences for sports fans globally.

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What are SPACs?

According to Bloomberg, Diamond Eagle, the SPAC company, raises money from public investors. In this case, the $500 million will go to pursuing acquisitions. The biggest advantage of a SPAC is to allow a private company to go public without an initial public offering (IPO).

Companies may choose to avoid going through the IPO process lest the WeWork fiasco reoccurs. The Los Angeles Times describes that SPACs, while once known as risky or a last resort, now enjoy a much better image. In addition, there are successful companies that used SPAC deals to their advantage, such as Virgin Galactic.

What does this merger mean for Pennsylvania?

Recall that earlier this year, Legal Sports Report suggested that DraftKings quietly began the process of acquiring SBTech.

At present, the technology entered the Keystone State through Presque Isle Downs Casino. First, Churchill Downs purchased Presque Isle Downs from Eldorado Resorts. After that, Churchill Downs and SBTech inked a long term partnership that made SBTech is the official sportsbook provider. The 50 or so sports betting kiosks are provided by and powered by SBTech. For this reason, it seems likely that the sports betting kiosks will bear the DraftKings’ name when the merger is complete.

Most importantly, the merger gives DraftKings an undeniable advantage at providing an integrated online casino and sports betting outlet.

But what about Kambi?

Similar to SBTech, Kambi Group is also a technology sportsbook provider. You could even say they are direct competitors.

What’s more? Kambi powers DraftKings Sportsbook and has since its launch in August 2018. The two companies entered into a multiyear deal. Additionally, Kambi is set to open a Philadelphia office. Could this merger mean that Kambi is left out in the cold?

Hardly. Robins stated that DraftKings still plans on launching in several states with Kambi. However, the long-term goal is for DraftKings to own its backend technology. The aim here is twofold: 1) to save money and 2) expand product offerings.

This is not a knock in any way on Kambi and it shouldn’t be perceived that way. For us it’s important to own our own technology and own our own product, and regardless of who our partner was, it was something we felt was important over the long-term.

Despite possibly losing DraftKings in the future, Kambi also powers SugarHouse Sportsbook, Rivers Sportsbook, Parx Sportsbook, Hollywood Sportsbook, and South Philadelphia Turf Club in Pennsylvania alone.

Online Poker Arrives In Pennsylvania: What You Need To Know About PokerStars PA

If you’re in Pennsylvania, online poker is finally legal and live. Learn more about PokerStars’ launch here.

The much-anticipated launch of online poker in Pennsylvania is finally here, thanks to PokerStars

With the launch, a new PA online casino is now available to state residents (and visitors).

Earlier this month, PokerStars PA and PokerStars Casino began testing in accordance with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). All of it is under the umbrella of the Fox Bet brand, which also offers PA online sports betting.

As a result after two successful days of testing, PokerStars PA received the green light from the PGCB to become fully operational on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Poker and casino apps accessible through iOS and Android

PokerStars Casino is available on mobile platforms via apps for both Android and iOS. The latter is in the App Store; Android users need to head to the PokerStars.bet site to download the app directly.

The Keystone State now has four online options with the others being: Hollywood Casino, Rivers Online CasinoandPlaySugarHouse. It is interesting to note that PokerStars Casino is the only operator to have Android and iOS apps from launch.

Getting started at PokerStars

Presently, PokerStars offers quite a few methods for depositing, including:

  • Visa/Mastercard
  • Echecks
  • PayNearMe
  • Stars Transfer

As long as you already have a Fox Bet account, you do not need to set up a new account. With the PokerStars and Fox Bet integration, the advantage of having a shared wallet means you can use Fox Bet balances to play at PokerStars and the PokerStars Casino games.

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PokerStars tournaments and cash games galore in PA

The biggest news in the state for online poker is a series that will guarantee $1 million: the PA Championship of Online Poker.

PokerStars also celebrated its debut with the $30,000 We Are in Pennsylvania Freeroll.

In case you are looking for cash-game play, PokerStars offers a wide variety of options.

No-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha and limit hold’em are the standard offerings. However, PokerStars has also included some of the lesser-known poker games including:

  • 8-Game
  • Razz
  • Triple Draw
  • Stud

Cash games are also on offer although for now, the highest stakes that are running include several tables of $2.50/$5 no-limit hold’em.

PokerStars casino launches with a wide variety of slots and table games

The casino is directly located within the poker client. Just tab over to check out the PokerStars Casino offerings of online slots and table games.

Players have their choice of 44 slot games, including the popular Divine Fortune progressive slot. Divine Fortune has already paid out some dizzying jackpots in PA alone.

Table game choices include blackjack, baccarat and European roulette.

Like the casino option, the Fox Bet Sportsbook tab is also located within the PokerStars software.

Nov. 4 A Big Day For PA With Launch Of DraftKings And PokerStars

It will be an incredibly busy Monday in Pennsylvania with the launch of PokerStars PA, Mount Airy Online Casino, and DraftKings set for Nov. 4.

Get your boots strapped in and giddy up!

After much anticipation, both DraftKings Sportsbook and PokerStars got the green light to launch in Pennsylvania on Monday, Nov. 4. Yesterday, PlayPennsylvania confirmed both impending launches. Until now, fans of PA online gambling have been champing at the bit for news of a launch.

Make way for the ‘king’

DraftKings gained conditional approval for a conditional sports wagering license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) during the Oct. 30 meeting. In August, DraftKings announced its intention to partner with Penn National Gaming. Notably, it counts as the Keystone State’s sixth online sportsbook.

DraftKings’ chief compliance officer Tim Dent shared with PlayPennsylvania the excitement surrounding the new license.

“DraftKings is excited to receive our sports wagering operator license, moving us one step closer to bringing our top-rated online and mobile sportsbook app to sports fans in Pennsylvania. Working in partnership with the outstanding team at Penn National Gaming, we expect the mandatory soft-play period to begin on Nov. 4 toward the goal of an official public launch a few days later.”

Penn National parts ways with William Hill

DraftKings will be The Meadow’s online sports wagering operator. The retail sportsbook is already open and accepting wagers.

With the new DraftKings’ partnership, Penn National parted ways with William Hill last week. As a result, the retail sportsbooks at Meadows and Hollywood Casino are now both powered by Kambi odds. In addition, Hollywood transferred back the shared services agreement to Penn Interactive as a more decisive and final disbandment with William Hill.

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Online poker coming on Nov. 4

PA poker players can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The much-awaited promise of online poker is almost finally a reality.  As expected, the first online poker room to launch on Monday is PokerStars.

Douglas Harbach, a PGCB spokesperson, substantiated the news to PlayPennsylvania at the Oct. 30 PGCB meeting.

“We have staff prepared to initiate and oversee a test launch this Monday of another online casino gaming site, this one licensed under Mount Airy Casino and their suite of casino-type games. At this juncture, it would include the testing of a poker game. The caveat is always that if issues come up, then the beginning of the testing could slide.”

While all of Pennsylvania is excited about the beginning of online poker, we should caution that this is the dawn of a new gaming industry for the state. Therefore, there may be potential issues.

The PGCB is notorious for its rigorous testing standards. A test launch does not equate to an official launch. On the other hand, the regulation and extreme measures ensure the safety and security of poker players.

Each online site’s testing has completed without problems. However, the PGCB warns that the Monday testing could be delayed if everything is not in place and ready to go.

BetRivers Sports Lounges To Debut During Flyers’ Home Debut

The rebrand to Rivers Philadelphia is underway at SugarHouse with the grand opening of two Rivers-branded sports lounges at Wells Fargo Center.

On Oct. 9, the Philadephia Flyers hosts their season home game opener at the Wells Fargo Center.

The hockey team is not the only thing making a big debut either. Two new sports lounges are also opening their doors Wednesday night when the Flyers host the New Jersey Devils. These brand-spanking new lounges are part of a multi-year partnership. They are aptly named the BetRivers.com Sports Lounge and the Rivers Casino Philadelphia Sports Lounge.

Excitement builds on the multi-year partnership

If you’re wondering about the Rivers branding, the lounges mark one of the first big transitions from SugarHouse Casino to Rivers Casino Philadelphia. Eventually, online casino PlaySugarHouse.com will also become BetRivers.com in Pennsylvania.

President of Business Operations for the Flyers and Wells Fargo Center Valerie Camillo stated in the press release:

We are thrilled to launch our partnership with SugarHouse, soon to be Rivers Casino and BetRivers.com, through these sport lounges which will undoubtedly elevate the game day experience at the Wells Fargo Center. Both spaces are stunning additions to what has already been the most transformative phase of our renovation project and we know our fans will be delighted with the design and experience.

Want a sneak peek? Check out these architect renderings provided by DMAC Architecture of both lounges.

Match made in heaven: online mobile betting and live action sports

Ultimately, the most important aspect of the lounge for Rivers Casino Philadelphia are the assigned ambassadors. These ambassadors help new players set up their new PA online sportsbook accounts to ensure the process is simple and easy for the customer.

Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, the operator of the in-casino and online sportsbooks for SugarHouse (soon to be Rivers Casino Philadelphia) shared his vision and excitement.

We can’t wait for Philadelphia sports fans to experience these new sports lounges. We know how passionate this city is when it comes to sports and we took great care to make sure these lounges have everything guests need to watch and get in on the action as it’s happening.

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More details about the new sports lounges

As can be seen, the lounges are located on the Main Concourse and the New City Terrace.

Completely redesigned, the Rivers Casino Philadelphia Sports Lounge boasts an impressive 5,860 square-feet of space along with 10 giant 86″ screens. That’s not all. An odds boards and another 16, 65″ monitors decorate the bar area.

On New City Terrace, The BetRivers.com Sports Lounge faces the arena allowing fans to watch live sporting events. At almost 6,500 square-feet, the crown jewel of the lounge is a custom 22-feet long LED video wall. In case that is not enough, other large live-action screens are also available.

Lastly, be sure to partake in some of Philly’s local cuisine while online betting. We are just drooling over the thought of indulging in some Philly cheesesteaks while enjoying the games.