Divine Fortune Strikes Twice For One PA Online Slots Player

Thanks to not one but two jackpots on PlaySugarHouse’s Divine Fortune slot, one PA man is now almost $387,000 richer off $120 in bets.

Divine Fortune has struck for the 10th time at PlaySugarHouse.com online casino since the game launched in July.

The popular Pennsylvania online casino progressive slot paid big.

A Hilldale, PA, man hit the mega jackpot this week for $151,000 with a $100 bet.

The 62-year-old man wants to remain anonymous. Maybe with good reason.

On Nov. 18, he won over $235,000 from SugarHouse on a $20 bet.

That’s almost $387,000 in winnings for one player.

Divine Fortune has a winning history at SugarHouse

Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, the site’s operator, commented:

“Not only are these Divine Fortune jackpots hitting in rapid succession but our players are winning huge amounts of money multiple times. This latest winner has now collected two six-figure jackpots and we had another woman in PA hit three times.”

The winning at SugarHouse started with a bang,  with the first five happening after only two weeks. Things didn’t end there either.

Divine Fortune online slot returned three payouts worth over $250,000 to three PA players in just four days in September.

On Sept. 1, a woman from Selinsgrove, PA, hit for $196,000 on a $4 bet.

Thirty-nine minutes after her win, a man from Warrington, PA, turned a $30 bet into a $57,000 jackpot.

Then on Sept. 5, a woman from Levittown, PA, won $30,000 on a bet of just 40 cents.

That didn’t end things either.

The slot hit for the fourth time in September, meaning four jackpots in just 11 days.

The final September jackpot came on Sept. 12. A player turned a $10 bet into $61,000.

Not the first repeat jackpot winner

On Oct. 22, a record payout for Divine Fortune hit on a mere $1 wager with a life-changing payout of almost $377,000.

The progressive online slot is not exclusive to the PA market or SugarHouse, though the paydays have certainly centered on SugarHouse.

In New Jersey, Divine Fortune has paid out more than $3 million since its inception in 2017.

In fact, a New Jersey cancer survivor hit the Divine Fortune jackpot for the third time in less than six months on NJ’s PlaySugarHouse site.

Her combined jackpots tally nearly $300,000.

Google Gives The Greenlight To Online Casino Ads In Pennsylvania

After years of refusing to allow gambling ads, Google will now let regulated online casinos in PA and three other states advertse on its sites.

Expect to see advertisements from Pennsylvania online casinos when you use Google in the near future.

The same thing will happen in New Jersey, Deleware, and Nevada as well. Online casinos or online poker are available in each of those states in addition to Pennsylvania. Gambling Compliance (paywall) reported on the change in the long-standing Google policy last week. The search engine giant produced over $116 billion in advertising revenue last year.

PA, NJ, DE, and NV will have gambling ads

The tech giant is updating its gambling and games policy to allow PA, New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada to enable online casino ads.

If you travel to Las Vegas and expect to see ads for a variety of online casino games, don’t. Nevada does not permit most online casino games but does allow online poker.

Google’s new policy has no exact launch date. However, the policy could change as soon as the end of December or more likely in early 2020.

Change by Google comes as online gambling takes off

While there are still only a few states with legal and regulated online casinos, the list of states with online sports betting is growing by the week.

The policy change will permit online casino operators in the four states to routinely run ads via Google Ads, Google Display Network, YouTube, and AdMob.

The various platforms have specific niches:

  • Google Ads emphasizes connecting with clickable keywords, the most familiar form of internet advertising.
  • Google Display places display ads across the internet.
  • YouTube generates ad revenue from video ads placed before and during user videos
  • AdMob targets mobile apps users.

Google Ad Manager not part of the deal

Google Ad Manager, which gives publisher some leeway about which ads appear on their sites, remains off-limits for gambling ads

Would-be advertisers will need to apply for certifications meant to assure age-verifications and a responsible gambling message.

Google began heading in this direction last June when it allowed sports betting ads in New Jersey. The company soon added Nevada and West Virginia to the list.

Then in October, Google allowed sports betting ads to appear in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, and Rhode Island.

No changes so far at Facebook

Google already allows gambling ads in many other countries where it operates. The Google Play Store, on the other hand, will continue its policy of no real-money gambling apps.

Facebook, on the other hand, is generally unreceptive to all gambling advertising. The company accounts for about 22 percent of internet ad revenue.

Facebook has a new play-for-fun provision for gambling in some non-US jurisdictions. However, that’s only on the country level, and not state-by-state, and does not extend to the US.

PA Woman’s Spin On Wheel Of Fortune Slot Nets Her Over $250K

One lucky Pennsylvania player turned a single spin on a Wheel of Fortune slot at HollywoodCasino.com into more than $250K.

A woman from the Pittsburgh suburbs said aloha to $250,000 over the weekend when she won the Wheel of Fortune Hawaiian Getaway jackpot at HollywoodCasino.com.

A chilly weekend left many in Pennsylvania dreaming of warmer climates. So, it was only natural the lucky player for seeking a Hawaii getaway, even if it was in the form of a video slot.

Now she has more than enough money to take a trip to Hawaii for the real deal, thanks to binking one of the largest online spot jackpots ever awarded in Pennsylvania.

Jackpot winner at HollywoodCasino.com

The woman was playing Wheel of Fortune Hawaiian Getaway on her iPad when she hit the jackpot.

General Manager of iCasino for Penn National, HollywoodCasino.com’s parent company, Rich Criado commented:

“We have seen major jackpots on several of our featured games, and each one is as thrilling as the last! We eagerly anticipate the next Pennsylvanian player hitting a jackpot on HollywoodCasino.com.”

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HollywoodCasino.com currently offers the game on desktop and on the Android Hollywood Casino app. The App Store also features an app for Apple users.

Wheel of Fortune Hawaiian Getaway is a five-reel, 25-payline slot with a maximum jackpot of up to 1,000 times your wager . Based on the long-running popular show, the game is set in Hawaii with ukulele background music. Naturally, it also features the iconic sound of the spinning wheel.

Wagers start at $0.05 and go all the way up to $250 when all reels and paylines are maxed out.

Wheel of Fortune Hawaiian Getaway features the Big Kahuna respins trigger, and a mystery multiplier on your extra-jumbo spin. The Wheel Bonus may trigger prizes, free spins, the jackpot bonus, or Pointer Frenzy. Pointer Frenzy activates up to six pointers on the big wheel for more chances to win bonuses.

PA Online Casino, Sports Betting Gives Big Boost To October Gaming Revenue

Pennsylvania enjoyed a leap in annual gambling revenue. Online casinos and sports betting apps helped PA gaming revenue in October increase 11% year-over-year.

Online casinos and sports betting apps helped PA gaming revenue in October increase 11% year-over-year, according to figures released this week by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

Three PA online casinos contributed nearly $5 million in revenue last month, while online sports betting added more than $10 million in revenue

Total combined September revenue was just above $4.1 million, marking October as a big month of growth for the two verticals in the state.

Rivers led in the online casino category

The October online casino revenue leader was Rivers Casino Philadelphia, until recently SugarHouse Casino, with more than $2.5 million, meaning about half the revenue take.

The total breakdown for online casino revenue is in this table:

CasinoSlots revenueTable games revenueTotal revenue
Rivers (formerly SugarHouse)$3,977,208$647,603

$2,532,099
Hollywood$1,884,496

$237,760

$1,800,648
Parx$529,825$80,362

$610,187
Total$3,977,208$965,726$4,942,934

Sportsbook revenue was predominantly online

Sportsbook revenue, both online and retail, also moved up, with a revenue just a hair shy of $15 million in October. The majority of the action — about two-thirds — was online.

Retail sports revenue was a bit more than $4.6 million at 12 operations. But online revenue was $10.3 million from just five operations.

Valley Forge Casino Resort, which is partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook in PA, led the way with total sports wagering revenue of $5.8 million – with a staggering $5.6 million coming from online wagers.

Here is the breakdown for sports betting:

Casino or Off-Track Betting FacilityTotal HandleTotal RevenueOnline HandleOnline RevenueRetail HandleRetail Revenue
Valley Forge Casino$118,042,775
$5,800,924
$113,935,565
$5,645,194$4,107,210
$155,730
SugarHouse Casino$37,224,117 $2,720,698
$30,009,534 $1,906,859
$7,214,583$813,839
Parx Casino$25,949,811 $2,261,411
$18,443,839
$1,247,286
$7,505,973
$1,014,125
Rivers Casino$34,268,260
$1,784,975
$26,553,097
$1,085,365
$7,715,163
$699,611
Mount Airy$10,387,320 $509,253$9,746,233
$422,453
$641,087
$86,800
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course$2,958,213 $350,083
00$2,958,213 $350,083
South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook$2,808,684
$402,272
00$2,808,684
$402,272
Harrah’s Philadelphia$2,349,762
$277,295
00$2,349,762
$277,295
Presque Isle Downs$3,194,587
$194,829
00$3,194,587 $194,829
Oaks Race and Sportsbook$1,135,541
$162,127
00$1,135,541

$162,127
Mohegan Sun Pocono$2,093,817
$305,697
00$2,093,817
$305,697
The Meadows $773,178 $178,682 00$773,178$178,682
Statewide Total$241,186,066
$14,948,249
$198,688,269

$10,307,158

$42,497,797$4,641,091

Total gambling revenue was up 11% over a year ago

Total gambling revenue this October hit $283.7 million with the take from slot machines, table games, internet gaming, retail and internet sports wagering, fantasy contests and video gaming terminals combined. That’s an 11% rise year-on-year.

The bulk of the monthly total revenue – $187 million – was generated by land-based slot machines at the state’s 12 casinos.

Table games saw a large increase — about 10% YoY, combining with the new gambling options in PA to account for the gaming revenue growth.

Valley Forge Casino grows the most

At brick-and-mortar casinos, Valley Forge Casino saw the largest percentage surge year-over-year, increasing an eye-popping 54% – or a bit more than a $5.8 million increase in revenue to $16.6 million for this past October. A lot of that can be attributed to sports betting.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia, the new name for SugarHouse, had the next highest annual percentage increase at 33.5%. That’s a nearly $7.6 million revenue increase to $32 million.

Parx Casino‘s percentage increase was 15.9%, but that translated into a $7.5 million increase in annual revenue, cementing the property as the state’s top revenue casino once again at $54.7 million.

The Meadows Casino saw the biggest year-over-year retreat, a drop of just more than 16% to $17,029,612. A year ago, revenue at the property was more than $3 million higher.

PokerStars Casino And Poker Now Available In Pennsylvania

The testing period is underway and PokerStars Pennsylvania is just two days away from fully launching into a 24/7 online casino site.

Online poker finally arrived in Pennsylvania with testing and a soft-launch of PokerStars and PokerStars Casino scheduled to launch at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.

Play should last until 10 p.m., then resume on Tuesday at 2 p.m.and run until midnight again. If everything shakes out, full play should begin on Nov. 6.

FOX Bet President Matt Primeaux said:

We’re excited to launch PokerStars as the first and currently the only online poker option available to players in Pennsylvania. Including today’s launch of our highly rated casino product, which is now available in the FOX Bet and PokerStars apps, we’re proud to say we’re currently the only online provider offering all three forms of regulated gaming in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Today is a big day in PA. The online casino for PokerKings also launched and  DraftKings Sportbook is also launching.

Word came of poker’s advent last Wednesday during a meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). Spokesman Doug Harbach outlined the details:

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.

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Resembles PokerStars’s NJ site, but goodies and branding

There’s a resemblance to the established PokerStars site in New Jersey, but with branding for the new site’s brick-and-mortar partner, Mount Airy Casino Resort, Pocono, as Pennsylvania gaming guidelines require.

For now, it is a stripped-down version of what’s available in New Jersey. Around 200 to 300 people were playing during the after. Most were playing no-limit hold’em cash games.

The site promises online poker cash games, tournaments and larger Sunday tournaments with sizeable prizes and guarantees.

Opening goodies included:

  • Daily $1,000 welcome freerolls from Nov. 7 to 16
  • $20,000 welcome freeroll on Nov. 17
  • First deposit bonus offer of $30 free play 
  • 100% deposit bonus up to $600

More poker sites could be in the wings

PCBG Executive Director Kevin O’Toole has also said last week he expects additional online sites to roll out in the coming weeks. Some should provide poker as well as casino and sportsbook offerings.

The others in line to eventually offer poker next are:

PA online sites went live without poker

For anxious would-be PA poker players, its been a long wait.

Parx and Hollywood debuted online casino games July 15, but with very limited titles and no poker.  SugarHouse jumped in three days later, but again with no poker.

Rumors spoke to a September starting date for poker. However, nothing happened until PokerStars went through the vetting process with the PGCB.

PokerStars is the biggest online operator in the world. The company has a solid reputation. PokerStars also arguably has the most advanced poker software in the industry.

Details to sign-up and play

For now, all players must be located in PA, which is determined by geolocation.

While there is room under the 2017 gaming expansion law for a compact agreement that could eventually allow pooled games with players in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware wagering against PA players, regulators are holding off.

That’s likely because of the adverse Wire Act opinion issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier this year. Even with no enforcement yet, until there is a clarifying legal opinion, compacting is on hold.

An appeal of the underlying case involving the New Hampshire Lottery is not expected until well into 2020.

Like other forms of wagering in PA besides the Lottery, players must be at least 21-years-old.

Required information

In order to sign up for an account, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Last four digits of your Social Security Number

GeoComply Data Shows iPhone Usage In PA Betting Not Bad At All

According to GeoComply CEO David Briggs, PA iPhone users are finding ways to bet despite limited app options, thanks to GeoGuard app.

GeoComply uses its geolocation compliance technology to tracks every player’s session on sportsbook apps. As a result, GeoComply possesses perhaps the most data about sports betting traffic in Pennsylvania.

The Vancouver-based company is able to offer unique insights. Here are some key discoveries from GeoComply about the early stages of online wagering in Pennsylvania:

  • 67% of mobile bets occur on an iPhone.
  • Pennsylvania hit almost half of New Jersey’s volume for mobile sports betting during Week 1 of the NFL season.
  • While GeoGuard was able to provide a solution for operators, GeoComply is still striving to improve user experience.

GeoComply provides a solution for updated app store policy

Over the summer, GeoComply provided a lifeline to Pennsylvania online casinos and sports betting apps.

Many sites were unable to launch on an iOS platform because of Apple’s updated app store policy, which included new rules for real-money gambling games. Online casinos and sports betting apps were in dire need of solution ASAP to be able to enter the burgeoning PA market.

GeoComply came to the rescue with the GeoGuard Location Validator. The app allows casino sites to obtain location data from customers’ iOS devices.

It performs a geolocation check, then sends data back to integrated websites. It is a hugely important step in the verification process to play online, as it confirms customers are within state lines when trying to play.

The solution sitting on the shelf

GeoComply VP of Regulatory Affairs Lindsay Slader admitted that GeoGuard was “not ideal.”
The GeoGuard Location Validator isn’t new. GeoComply started developing it as a peripheral concept about five years ago in response to Android apps not being accepted into the Google Play Store.
The concept that was “sitting on the shelf” proved to the solution for stumped and stalled operators in PA. However, GeoComply admits that there are still improvements to be made to appease user frustrations.
Commented Slader:

“For our operators that we work with, this is better than nothing. They’re still happy to have their iOS traffic but for the user it is still not an ideal experience where you have to actually go from a mobile website to the App Store to download something, then come back. We know that any additional step you put in the player funnel makes it that much more challenging to bet.”

GeoComply says PA market quickly growing

In a recent interview with Legal Sports Report, David Briggs, founder and CEO of GeoComply, offered some insight into sports betting across the country and in Pennsylvania.

Briggs said:

“Pennsylvania is quickly ramping up after launch this summer. On a recent Sunday with NFL games (Oct. 6), Pennsylvania hit almost half of New Jersey’s volume for mobile sports betting. It will be interesting to see how the numbers stack up in the next few weeks.”

GeoComply charted a Comparison for Player Volume for Oct. 6. The split between the four states was:

  • New Jersey: 58.9%
  • Pennsylvania: 31.4%
  • Indiana: 7%
  • West Virginia: 2.8%
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iPhone user gain access to sports betting

Pennsylvania operators were understandably concerned about getting their products in the hands of PA’s iOS users.

In new sports betting states Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and Indiana, about 70% of wagering takes place on iPhones.

Briggs weighed in on how the lack of iPhone apps for sports betting in PA isn’t making too much of an impact on total iPhone users in the state.

“To be honest, there has been an impact, but not too much. Most states have around 70% of users on iPhones. However, in Pennsylvania, it is trending a couple of percent below that, which is not too bad.”

Know Your Customer a key part of iGaming

On Oct. 10, GeoComply announced the launch of IDComply. IDComply is fully integrated with the company’s existing geolocation compliance solution and offers age and identity verification.

GeoComply developed IDComply in response to customers’ requests for an integrated solution that covers more of their compliance requirements beyond geolocation. By integrating age and ID verification along with GeoComply’s geolocation compliance solution, iGaming companies are able to streamline their operations and manage both their geolocation and Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance from the same back-office and Application Programming Interface (API).

Briggs commented that KYC is an extremely part of iGaming. He added:

“We’re really excited to expand our product offerings with a way for our customers to handle more of their compliance needs. IDComply enables iGaming operators to streamline customer acquisition, deter fraud, and quickly enter new markets, using an integrated solution from a compliance vendor they already know and trust.”

Red Rake Gaming Hopes Social Casino Deal With Wind Creek Leads To Real Money In PA

Wind Creek is partnering with European game provider Red Rake Gaming for social casino. Red Rake hopes that real-money gaming is in the future.

Red Rake, a Spain and Malta-based online casino game supplier,now has ties to Pennsylvania online gambling thanks to a new social casino deal with Wind Creek Bethlehem’s parent company, Wind Creek Hospitality.

That potentially sets the table for things to come, namely a real-money gaming move into the United States by Red Rake.

Wind Creek has licenses for online slots and table games as well as online poker. Wind Creek also plans to move forward on sports betting in Pennsylvania at some point.

Red Rake eyeing US real-money market

Red Rake’s objective is hiding in plain sight. A quote in the announcement of the deal mentions moving to real-money gaming in the US.

Nick Barr, Managing Director of Red Rake Malta, spilled his company’s underlying objective  in announcing the deal:

This a significant step for us, because not only is this our first partner in the social casino industry as a B2B entity, but also because it is the foundation of what we expect to be another great regulated market for us in terms of real money. We anticipate a great partnership with Wind Creek for many years to come.

Red Rake has been in the gaming business since 2011. The company began a move toward real money in 2016, the company states on its website.

Engage Innovation is the platform provider for the Wind Creek social casino. The Red Rake deal is to supply games to the existing social platform.

No platform provider for the online wagering has been announced, though Wind Creek said they had plans to find one as far back as May of this year.

Red Rake’s suite of slots, video bingo, and table games should go live in the coming weeks on windcreekcasino.com.

Why add more social games to Wind Creek?

There’s also a nugget in the background, too, about what seems to be behind Red Rake’s venture now with Wind Creek.

After all, Wind Creek already offers plenty of options on its existing social casino.

So why double down unless there’s new revenue?

The answer seems to be future revenue. The Bethlehem location is not far from the New York City Metro area. Traditionally it’s been a revenue leader in the Keystone State.

Adding new offerings on the social gaming site could quickly help revenue elsewhere. That’s because an influx of email addresses and information from potential patrons will flow.

These emails will come in handy when it is time to find new customers to sign up for a Wind Creek Bethlehem real-money online casino product.

Wind Creek has other locations but lacks online

Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH) owns the Bethlehem location.

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama owns the WCH company. Wind Creek also operates gaming facilities in Alabama, Nevada, Aruba, and Curacao.

WCH announced they were buying the former Sand’s location for $1.3 billion in March of 2018. But the deal took more than a year to close

Ron Nesbitt, WCH Vice President of Game Operations, explained the usefulness of social gambling as a patron retention tool:


We are delighted to enhance our offering with the addition of Red Rake Gaming content. The games provided are very strong, with high-quality graphics, action-packed feature games, and immersive bonus rounds. Combined with our top-notch rewards program, Red Rake’s game offerings will help us ensure a fantastic player experience.

And the sign-up information provided to play social casino games definitely should mean growing a new pool of potential players.

Slots Revenue Drives Hollywood To Its First Winning Month In PA

The latest revenue report from the PA Gaming Control Board shows that onlie slots continue to boom, but online table games struggle with limited game selection.

September was a very good month for online slots revenue in Pennsylvania, though the interactive table game segment was flat.

Gross revenue across the three online casino sites in Pennsylvania hit $4,135,358 during the month-for online slots, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

Gross tax revenue for online slots was $3,235,113, more than double than the month before.

Underscoring the quick growth in online slots, the overall August gross revenue for slots was $2.5 million.

Table game revenue was flat overall

However, growth was not universal in the PA online gambling segment.

Gross revenues for all online table games was $902,914 in August and declined to $900,245 in September. However, tax revenue remained nearly unchanged, with $126,034 collected overall last month.

This table shows how the three sites performed:

CasinoTotal revenueSlots revenueTable games revenue
Hollywood$1,797,020$1,631,130$165,890
Parx$1,269,655$763,911$505,744
SugarHouse$1,068,683$840,072$228,611
Total$4,135,358$3,235,113$900,245

Hollywood made major gains

While SugarHouse Casino, which is in the process of rebranding to BetRivers Philadelphia, took in the most online slot wagers in September, Hollywood Casino was the revenue leader during the past month.

Hollywood has recently added a larger selection of games and an iPhone app. The site remains the only online casino with its own iOS app in Pennsylvania.

Hollywood’s September online slot revenue was $1,631,130. By comparison, Hollywood’s August online slot revenue was just $619,493, meaning the site’s take better than doubled.

Hollywood’s online table game revenue almost tripled in just a month, hitting $165,890 in September, up from $64,959 in August.

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SugarHouse had an off month

SugarHouse had gross online table revenue of $228,611 in September, down from $285,841 the previous month.

The site’s gross revenue from online slots also backed off, despite having more wagers placed than any other operator.

SugarHouse produced $840,072 in gross online slot revenue in September, down from August’s $1.3 million.

That’s a 40% drop, likely explained by repeated hits on SugarHouse’s Divine Fortune progressive jackpot. Players hit the jackpot five times in September.

Parx had a mixed month

The online casino for Parx had gross revenue for online slots in September of $763,911. The month before revenue was $543,647.

Online table game revenue at Parx in September was $505,744, down from $552,114 in August.

Despite the drop, Parx accounted for the majority of all table games revenue in the state.

Return To Player Rate: What RTP Is And Why It Matters

We tell you what a return-to-player rate is, why it matters, and how to find the RTPs of your favorite PA online casino games.

Even if you aren’t a math whiz, it pays to read and understand what’s conveyed in the acronym RTP, or return to player.

The RTP is the percentage a player can expect to see returned over time. Another way to refer to it is the house edge.

Are you looking to lose less over the course of your play? Check the RTP.

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RTP is the flip side of the house edge

Pennsylvania has a state-mandated RTP of just 85% for all slot games and video gaming terminals (VGT) at truck stops. The state has some of the tightest slots in the country.

The average RTP for Pennsylvania slots is around 89%-90%, though individual games may have higher or lower percentages. Percentages also vary from casino to casino.

PA requires relatively low RTP

Slots in other states tend to have better RTP than Pennsylvania. In New Jersey, online casinos range from a low of 94.74% to a high of 99.87%.

The higher house edge in PA likely stems from offsetting the state’s 55%  tax rate.

One thing to keep in mind is that while penny slots hit more frequently than most other games, the RTP on those penny machines is generally among the worst.

Each game has a house advantage.

RTP is measured over the long haul

Even if you know the percentage of return, keep in mind RTP measures your expected return over the long term, not just from a handful of plays.

Just because you lost four plays in a row does not mean you are due for a win to hit the RTP. The outcome of any one bet or even a series of bets does not affect the outcome of the next wager.

What the RTP tells you is how a game performs on average over time. The higher the RTP, the more often you should win, theoretically.

Think of it as a guideline, not a guarantee. Each play is random and independentThanks to random number generation in slots and VGTs, your chances of winning are the same every time you play.

Within the community of players, gamblers keep track of a game’s RTP and trade info among themselves and on social media sites.

Unfortunately, there is no central place to find the RTPs, but they can be found online with some research.

For instance, Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin! at HollywoodCasino.com,  has an RTP of 92%.

On the other hand, Hollywood’s Divine Fortune game has an RTP of 96.6%, making it perhaps a better risk. Other casinos with Divine Fortune do not have the same RTP, so shopping around pays.

Like blackjack in brick-and-mortar casinos, the house advantage tends to be low with PA’s online blackjack, 96.6%, but that low percentage means playing with perfect strategy. You can find a better percentage in other states.

And, keep in mind, different types of blackjack have different edges for the house.

So again, check the house advantage.

New Jersey Now Has A Parx Online Casino With More Games Than The PA One

Parx Casino is already a juggernaut in Pennsylvania gaming. Now it has crossed the Delaware River.

You can now play on Parx Online Casino in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The site launched in New Jersey last week. It is operating under Ocean Casino’s online gambling license.

That’s a major boon to its cross-border customer base. New Jersey patrons of the casino can now choose between spending time on property in Philadelphia or playing games at home.

NJ online casino features a much larger library of games

The biggest problem in the Pennsylvania online casino business is the lack of games for players to choose from. Currently, Parx PA has 57 titles. It launched with less than 30 games.

Most of them are slots, with a limited number of table games. For the first couple of months, Parx was the only online casino in the state with blackjack.

By comparison, the NJ Parx site launched with 94 titles, including multiple blackjack formats and a much larger choice of table game titles.

Leading supplier GAN is Parx’s partner

Parx partnered in the move to NJ with GAN, a leading European-based supplier of internet gambling software. The companies have worked together in PA since 2014.

GAN has expanded rapidly. The growing company recently announced its third-quarter gross revenue had risen 203% year-over-year.

Extending to NJ via online came quickly. Parx had only entered the PA online sports betting market in June. Parx then launched an online casino in Pennsylvania in July.

NJ is a logical expansion for Parx online casino

Parx formally launched Monday in NJ following a three-day soft opening period last week.

Dermot Smurfit, the CEO of GAN, explained the move:

Launching the largest casino in Pennsylvania online has now logically extended across the border into New Jersey, extending its reach into New Jersey’s fast-growing and established internet gambling market.

This represents an incremental revenue opportunity for GAN and is a logical extension of our technology infrastructure to serve Parx Casino patrons who routinely cross the invisible border between these two populous states.

The leader of GAN said growth was better than “better than expected.”

One major factor he pointed to is the fact that NJ sports fans who attended games across the river in Philadelphia are already accustomed to betting online.

John Dixon, the chief operating officer of Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Parx’s parent company, added GAN can serve “our business needs in multiple states which aligns with the cross-border nature of our existing retail gaming customer base.”

Parx card can be linked in both states

The expansion means Parx patrons can now “gamble online in either Pennsylvania or New Jersey, as they wish,” added Dixon.

Additionally, because GAN has a patented integration system, the Xclub reward card for Parx can be linked so it works in both states.

According to GAN, Parx’s land-based casino in PA accounts for about 18% of the total market in the bricks-and-mortar segment. That makes Parx the top land-based casino among the 12 retail properties in the state.