Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh was one of the original nine PA casinos to apply for a $10 million licensing package to offer online table games, online slots, and online poker.
However, owners Rush Street Gaming asked the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) if it could take back that application on Oct. 4, 2018.
A Rivers Casino spokesperson said it still intends to bring online gambling to western Pennsylvania.
However, it appears Rivers is allowing fellow Rush Street property SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia to take the lead on PA online gambling first. The PGCB has already approved SugarHouse’s application for online gambling.
The Rush Street Gaming online gambling plan
Both Rivers and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia are owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming. Apparently, the company’s plan is to operate PA online gambling under one brand name, as it pulled its license application for Rivers in October and is moving forward under the SugarHouse banner.
One can easily see what a SugarHouse PA online casino will look like. That’s because Rush Street Gaming subsidiary Rush Street Interactive is already in the online casino business operating under the SugarHouse brand in neighboring New Jersey.
PlaySugarHouse.com launched in NJ as an online casino in September 2016. Sports betting launched on the site in August 2018.
PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook & Casino is now a fully integrated online casino and online sports betting site in NJ. Rush Street clearly has plans to move into the PA market in 2019.
The site runs on Rush Street Interactive’s proprietary software and its PA offering will as well.
Fully integrated sportsbook and PA online casino
It may take some time to before a fully integrated casino and sports betting site is up and running in PA. However, that appears to be the direction SugarHouse is headed in PA.
Rush Street opened both a SugarHouse sportsbook and Rivers sportsbook in December 2018.
Since Rivers’ sports betting license allows it to offer online sports betting, that’s one side of the online gambling business it may go ahead with.
Other than that, it appears to be letting sister property SugarHouse be the one in online gambling for now.
In the meantime, Rivers may begin doing some advertising and promotion for the SugarHouse PA online casino offering.
About Rivers Casino
Rivers Casino opened in August 2009 in what amounts to the perfect location for a casino in sports-crazed Pittsburgh.
The 450,000 square-foot gaming and entertainment destination is across the parking lot from Heinz Field. That’s where football’s Pittsburgh Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers play. Plus, PNC Park, home of baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates, is only one block away.
The casino itself is open 24/7 and features more than 2,900 slots, 100 table games, and a 30-table poker room. As of December 2018, there’s also a temporary sportsbook open. Construction of a permanent sports betting operation is already underway.
A holding company officially owns Rivers, but it’s a Rush Street Gaming property, just like Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino.