Pennsylvania Man Wins Big BetMGMJackpot; BetMGM Gift Cards Now Available

A PA man playing Win Genie slot at BetMGM PA online casino won a big jackpot. BetMGM now offers gift cards for fast and easy payments.

Well, that’s one way to pay for college. A PA online casino player in Albion, PA near Erie won a $232,479 jackpot on the Win Genie slot at BetMGM online casino in September

The player, Jason Hancharik, becomes the latest winner to be handsomely rewarded by BetMGM’s online offerings.

“Because of BetMGM, now I am putting my kids through college,” Hancharik said in a news release. 

Last year, BetMGM awarded more than $9.5 million in live market jackpot prizes. The biggest win was a record $3.2 million prize paid out to a female player in New Jersey.

In Michigan, BetMGM paid out nearly $2 million in jackpots in just over two days last June.

And thanks to Hancharik, some of that good fortune made its way to Pennsylvania. 

“We congratulate Jason on his win with the Genie,” said Matthew Sunderland, Vice President of Gaming, BetMGM. “As our exclusive jackpot network continues to attract players across our live markets, BetMGM is always glad to reward our players with life-changing wins.”

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Leading online casino operator in the country

BetMGM’s online casino went live in Pennsylvania in December 2021, just two weeks before its online sportsbook.

By July 2021, it became the top online casino operator in PA  (26% GGR market share).

But BetMGM’s brand strength and performance isn’t limited to Pennsylvania. BetMGM is the leading casino operator in the entire country, with an estimated 30% national GGR market share across its live markets.

Jackpots like the one Hancharik received are certainly a reason why.

BetMGM gift cards are coming to a retailer near you

Now players at BetMGM can receive the gift of gaming. 

BetMGM announced a partnership with TAPPP, a leader in flexible payment options, to make BetMGM gift cards available across the country. The gift cards will be available at major convenience and grocery retail chains in select U.S. states that offer sports betting.

Maria Tomlinson, Head of Payments, commented: 

“One of the biggest pieces of feedback we get from our customers is that they want a simple and convenient way to fund their accounts. We’re thrilled to introduce an option for players to quickly and securely fund their BetMGM accounts, while avoiding deposit failures.”

Currently, BetMGM gift cards are now available in $25 and $50 denominations in eight states and at over 6,000 locations nationwide. 

At present, the gift cards are not available near Pennsylvania’s biggest cities. However, players can find them in some neighboring states (West Virginia and New Jersey).

August Online Casino Revenue Jumps 59% Year-Over-Year With Penn National and Rivers Leading

PA online casinos and poker sites combined for over $100 million in gross gaming revenue for the sixth month straight in August.

Gaming, with a few exceptions, appears recovered from the pandemic in Pennsylvania, though there are quirks with individual operators. And online play remains a significant revenue stream despite the reopening of physical casinos.

In August, the gross gaming revenue for iGaming, which is online slots and online table games combined with online poker, was more than $103.2 million, the sixth straight month above $100 million. GGR was quite steady month-over-month, down just 1.2% from $104.5 million in July.

Taxable iGaming revenue for August ($88.7 million) was up a whopping 58.6%, from $55.9 million last August, according to figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

The online record of $111.6 million was set in March.

Gaming landscape in PA has changed

It has been a year of change, and not just because of the virus.

There are three additional brick-and-mortar casinos this year: Live! Philadelphia, Live! Pittsburgh and Hollywood Casino York

All land-based casinos are fully back, though some have staffing issues left from the pandemic.

And there are now 17 PA online casinos and four online poker sites, which seems to say online wagering is not just a phase. Online has increasingly tilted to slots so far this year, with an upwards swing of about 10 percent of overall iGaming revenue just this year.

Online Slots, Table games, and Poker Revenue in 2021

That might partially explain why four land-based casinos have asked the PGCB to allow them to remove more than 1,200 slot machines from casino floors. Though the unfettered proliferation of unregulated gambling machines outside casinos likely also plays a role.

Total revenue up 31 percent in a year

Total combined taxable gaming revenue in PA during August 2021 was just above $408 million.

That represents an increase of over 31% over total revenue for last August when it was just under $310.1 million.

Keep in mind there are three additional brick-and-mortar casinos this year, with Hollywood York being open for 20 days during August 2021.

Two companies dominated online casinos: Penn National and Rivers Philly

Betting on online casino games remained brisk, hitting $3.2 billion in August, about even with July.

Online casinos and online poker generated $3.3 million in gross gaming revenue per day over the 31 days of August, narrowly down from $3.4 million per day in July.

Online slots accounted for $80.8 million of the total revenue online, while online table games tallied another $19.2 million.

Just two companies together accounted for nearly two-thirds – 64% – of the iGaming market revenue.

Penn National and their brands Hollywood, DraftKings, and BetMGM dominated with 34% of the iGaming market, followed by Rivers Philadelphia, with brands SugarHouse, BetRivers, and Borgata combining for 29.8% of the market.

Together the two accounted for nearly $26.9 million in state and local taxes from iGaming out of the total tax paid of almost $39.4 million.

In August, the two were the tops for giving away promotional play, more than $4.6 million Hollywood Penn National and nearly $3.7 million for Rivers Philly. Total promo play in August was $14.5 million.

Online poker

Online poker at four properties combined for revenue of nearly $3.2 million in August, up from $2.6 million in July.

Mount Airy‘s Poker Stars took in more than $1.9 million, Harrah’s (WSOP.com) accounted for $819,249, Hollywood (BetMGM) collected $345,983, and Rivers Philadelphia (Borgata) kicked in $117,440.

It was the first full month for WSOP PA, which also hosted the first-ever online bracelet series for PA players during August.

PA online casino operator revenue in August 2021

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn NationalHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM$35,093,596$27,860,328$6,887,285$345,983
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$30,796,907$26,946,890$3,732,578$117,440
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$15,274,431$9,920,857$5,353,575$0
Mount AiryPokerStars$7,548,670$4,415,359$1,218,991$1,914,320
ParxParx$4,118,526$3,631,875$486,650$0
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$3,038,942$1,997,924$221,769$819,249
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,409,303$2,057,488$351,816$0
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,753,565$1,580,717$172,849$0
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive | Betway$1,648,126$1,373,312$274,814$0
Presque IsleTwinSpires$1,563,500$1,061,280$502,220$0
Total$103,245,566$80,846,027$19,202,547$3,196,992

Sports wagering gets an August bump

The taxable revenue from August 2021 for overall sports betting was $18 million, compared to $18.2 million in August of last year, a decrease of 1.5%, PGCB figures show. GGR was $25.3 million in August.

The total sports wagering handle was $348.5 million, a 14% increase from July. Valley Forge (FanDuel Sportsbook) accounted for $137.3 million and The Meadows (DraftKings Sportsbook) brought in $81.3 million. The two together owned nearly two-thirds (62.7%) of the market. The Meadows was up nearly 419%.

Online sports betting dwarfed retail sports wagering, with August online revenue $22 million and retail revenue just $3.3 million.

VGTs and fantasy

Four operators of video gaming terminals or VGTs had total August revenue of more than $3.6 million from 290 machines at 58 locations, according to the PGCB.

Fantasy sports continued a long decline, down more than 24.5% from a year ago, with August revenue of just $1.6 million, down from $2.1 million 12 months ago. But it was about a $100K increase from July.

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Rush Street Interactive Launches Exclusive Live Dealer Studio For Blackjack Players in PA and NJ

New BetRivers live dealer blackjack studios exclusively for players in New Jersey and Pennsylvania make getting to the action easier.

Blackjack players on BetRivers Casino or PlaySugarhouse Casino in Pennsylvania, get ready for some VIP treatment. Exclusive new BetRivers live dealer blackjack studios offers customers priority access to spots in the games going forward.

Users of the app in PA will now get to mingle with PlaySugarhouse Casino users in New Jersey as they place their bets. Both Rush Street Interactive (RSI) brands have answered customers’ calls for an improved experience.

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Changes for BetRivers live dealer blackjack games

When players on the BetRivers app access the live dealer blackjack tables in PA, they’re likely to notice some aesthetic changes. Instead of seeing branding for the company that produces the games, Evolution Gaming, they will see branding for BetRivers and PlaySugarhouse.

Evolution is still running these games, so there won’t be much if any change in function. The branding is just a signal that this studio is for RSI customers only. Currently, only RSI customers in NJ and PA have access to the studio.

This change is about much more than just keeping BetRivers’ logo in front of your face, though. Exclusivity is a big benefit. Evolution Gaming provides live dealer products for several online casino operators besides RSI.

In PA, those brands include BetMGM Casino, Borgata Casino, and PlayLive! Casino. As there are obviously only so many seats at each gaming table, that leads to high demand for spots in the games. This move equalizes the supply in a way by providing Rush Street customers their own tables.

Improved access to live dealer tables for PA players

Prior to this change, RSI users effectively had to “share” the Evolution studios with players from other casino brands. The investment in exclusive studios seems a result of customers expressing their dismay about that.

Richard Schwartz, CEO of RSI, commented in a press release:

“Since we initially launched our live dealer games with Evolution in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we’ve had requests from customers to offer exclusive tables with seats only available to players loyal to our brands. Now our players will have their own dedicated seats where they are able to chat and interact with not only our dealers but also other players in our online community, who can interact in real-time, adding a fun social aspect to the betting experience as if they were at a land-based casino.”

The new dual studios will each feature three blackjack tables. At this time, it isn’t clear whether these exclusive studios will offer other games in the future. Even on this level, though, there are some perks.

If you have a friend in NJ who you’d like to play alongside, for instance, the two of you are more likely to get in a game together now. As any experienced blackjack player knows, games go more smoothly when other players at the table have experience playing blackjack. The situation hasn’t improved for just Rush Street players, either.

More seats at the live dealer tables for everyone

By “removing” BetRivers and PlaySugarhouse users from the pool of players in the Evolution studios, the supply improves for everyone. All PA online casino players should find it a bit easier to get a seat at a blackjack table moving forward.

The same thing applies to RSI customers who play with other brands themselves. There are plenty of options in the Keystone State when it comes to live dealer blackjack. PA operators that offer such games besides the aforementioned brands include:

Players who have yet to try out BetRivers or PlaySugarhouse online casinos can take advantage of new customer bonuses like a 100% match of your first deposit up to $250. If blackjack is your game, there’s never been a better time to take a seat.

Lead image screenshot of BetRivers live dealer table. 

Here to Stay: PA Online Casinos Finish Strong in Record Revenue Year Led By Penn National

June 2021 wrapped up a record year for Pennsylvania gambling, led by a strong and steady PA online casino market, led by Penn’s brands.

PA online casinos just closed a fiscal year for the record books with yet another $100 million-plus month. June’s Pennsylvania iGaming gross revenue topped out at nearly $100.9 million.

Of the total revenue last month, more than $72.4 million came from slot games, more than $26.0 million from online table games, and more than $2.4 million from poker. In June the year before, gross revenue was just more than $50 million.

FY 2020/21 revenue for PA online casinos, poker

And FY 2020/21 revenue from iGaming was more than $897.2 million AGR (adjusted gross revenue), a 272.5% increase in revenue when compared to the nearly $240.9 million generated in the previous fiscal year, the first year for online casino gambling in the state. iGaming began in PA just two years ago.

The fiscal year was marked by a remarkable succession of new online gambling records.

The overall 2020/21 FY revenue for all gambling combined in the Commonwealth reached a record $3.875 billion.

The previous FY high revenue was during 2018/2019 when revenue topped slightly more than $3.3 billion.

Overall revenue was supercharged this past year by galloping growth in sports betting and especially iGaming. Video gaming terminals (VGT) and daily fantasy contests also contributed.

Together, those four markets accounted for almost 33% of the total revenue achieved in FY 2020/2021 but online casinos led them all.

COVID hurt traditional gaming revenue, but online alternatives flourished

The year-over-year increase in revenue number is especially significant given casino shutdowns and other factors related to Covid-19 restrictions.

Casinos in PA were closed for three months in the second quarter of 2020 affecting slot machines, table games, VGTs, and retail sports wagering revenue. There was also the stoppage of major sporting events, aside from a few exceptions.

VGTs also bounced back. FY 2020/21 revenue for the machines was more than $31.3 million, a 361% increase over the previous year when revenue was just $6.8 million.

The truck stop gambling devices appeared in August 2019 and just 28 locations were approved by the end of their first fiscal year. Now there are 49 locations, each with five machines, or 245 total.

Other FY 2020/21 takeaways

Penn National was the leading operator over the past fiscal year.

In order following PNG were: Rivers Casino Philadelphia, Valley Forge Casino Resort, MountAiry Casino Resort, and Parx Casino.

There are now 17 different online casinos in PA, the most recent being Betway online casino. It operates under the Live! Casino Philadelphia license. Stardust Casino went live in April, following Borgata Casino‘s launch in February. Barstool Sports is also in the mix with an online casino as of early May.

PA online poker finally has a choice of operators in addition to Mount Airy‘s PokerStars PA, but instead of expanding the revenue base, the new operators are just chopping up the pot. Poker revenue plateaued last fiscal year. Poker revenue dropped 25.4% in June 2021 compared to a year ago when traditional casinos (and poker rooms) were shuttered.

PA strong among iGaming states during 2020/21

In February, newly launched Michigan became the second-largest casino gambling market, with PA dropping to third and New Jersey still firmly at the top.

In June, the top three states by GGR were:

  • New Jersey: $107.1 million
  • Pennsylvania: $100.8 million
  • Michigan: $89.2 million

Live dealer games launched in October, 2020 via Evolution Gaming and additional live dealer options joined the market in the following months.

PA sportsbooks set a record in FY 2020/2021 with $5.6 billion in handle and $440.6 million in revenue. More than 90% of wagers come online. That percentage increased despite lifting virus restrictions.

PA online casino operator revenue in June 2021

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn NationalHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM | Barstool$37,205,093$24,617,083$12,262,772$325,238
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$27,288,552$23,661,852$3,547,674$79,026
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$15,940,154$8,854,671$7,085,483$0
Mount AiryPokerStars$7,981,005$4,829,600$1,137,990$2,013,415
ParxParx$4,584,732$3,971,747$612,984$0
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,545,316$2,210,851$334,465$0
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$2,063,528$1,669,249$394,278$0
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,756,513$1,619,915$136,598$0
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive | Betway$905,895$820,849$85,046$0
Presque IsleTwinSpires$607,287$158,670$448,617$0
Total$100,878,074$72,414,488$26,045,907$2,417,679

Penn National still king of PA online gambling space

Penn National’s online gaming brands Hollywood CasinoDraftKings Casino, and BetMGM PA Casino continued to dominate in June. They combined for more than $37.2 million in online revenue.

Of that, slot revenue was $24.6 million, tables revenue $12.2 million, and poker (BetMGM online poker site) more than $325K.

Rivers Philadelphia second, Valley Forge (fueled by FanDuel) in third

Gross online gaming revenue for Rivers Philadelphia, including online brands SugarHouseBetRivers Casino, and Borgata Poker, was $27.3 million.

Online slot revenue was $23.6 million, table revenue $3.5 million and online poker less than $80K.

Valley Forge Casino and its FanDuel PA Casino and Stardust skins had gross online gaming revenue of more than $15.9 million.

VF revenue was closely split between online slots and online table games.

Mount Airy a distant fourth, but poker leader

Mount Airy had nearly $8 million in June online revenue, but its slots revenue was just $4.9 million and table games totaled $1.1 million.

They remain the poker leader with PokerStars PA bringing in more than $2 million in June 2021. BetMGM/Borgata Poker sites aren’t threatening seriously yet, but time will tell if the recently launched WSOP PA site can make a run at No. 1.

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Stars Aligned: PlayStar Online Casino Set To Make Pennsylvania Its Second US Market

PlayStar online casino Pennsylvania is on the way thanks to deals with Caesars and the Gaming Innovation Group.

The “stars” have aligned for PlayStar online casino to make its way to Pennsylvania. It means that there’s no more question about whether Pennsylvania online casino players ever have an 18th option. It’s now just a matter of when. PlayStar online casino Pennsylvania has a path into the market and is now working on getting regulatory approval.

Assuming that licensure comes through, PA will be the second US jurisdiction to welcome PlayStar within its borders. The casino’s operator is confident that it brings something unique despite the number of competitors that have preceded it.

Details on PlayStar online casino Pennsylvania

Caesars is providing market access in this case. PlayStar recently announced that deal and the expansion of its collaboration with the Gaming Innovation Group.

“We are delighted to be partnering with GiG to power PlayStar’s expansion into Pennsylvania,” stated PlayStar CEO Per Hellberg. “With our preparations firmly underway for our New Jersey launch with GiG, it was a natural progression to leverage that work and replicate our casino offering over the border in Pennsylvania. This will mark the second market entrance for PlayStar in the USA with GiG and we’re looking forward to launching a casino experience like no other.”

Both GiG and PlayStar already have licenses for online casino operations in New Jersey. Ocean Casino in Atlantic City is providing a path into NJ for PlayStar. The company hopes to launch its product in NJ later this year. Currently, PlayStart is targeting the first half of 2022 for going live in PA.

GiG’s online casino platform touts itself as employing mobile-first technology. Thus, it seems safe to assume that the PA PlayStar product will offer both Android and iOS apps. Of course, PlayStar is sure to accommodate players who prefer to use a desktop computer as well.

When the NJ product goes live, PA players will have a better idea of what’s coming to their side of the border. That launch will provide answers to several questions.

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What NJ products can tell us about the future

It’s still too early to make any definitive calls on several elements of PlayStar in PA. Those include:

  • Does PlayStar offer craps and live dealer games?
  • How many slot titles does the menu contain?
  • Terms of welcome bonuses and other offers
  • What kind of loyalty/rewards program will the casino include?
  • Which deposit and withdrawal methods does PlayStar offer?

Naturally, these facets of the product will differ somewhat based on regulatory differences between NJ and PA. Bet365 Casino also operates on the GiG platform in NJ, so that can afford some clues as to what PlayStar might look like.

Bet365 in NJ accepts a wide variety of payment forms, like ACH payments, debit cards, and PayPal. It has a competitive introductory offer for new customers of a 100% deposit match up to $500. Perhaps most notably, Bet365 does not offer any kind of loyalty or rewards program for its NJ online casino players.

Another way in which Bet365 may pale in comparison to its NJ competitors is the sheer volume of game titles. For example, it only offers one progressive jackpot slot game, Divine Fortune.

That doesn’t mean PlayStar won’t boast a robust selection in PA when it goes live, though. GiG says its platform is capable of handling a bigger load and is highly customizable for operators, including the capability for a rewards program. There’s no doubt that GiG and PlayStar are excited about getting into PA thanks to Caesars, too.

Another European company getting into PA

GiG, which operates out of Malta and is listed by two separate European stock exchanges, looks forward to expanding its business in the US. On top of NJ and PA, the company also has certification in Iowa.

“We are very excited to continue our expansion into the third US state, in particular Pennsylvania that has shown a tremendous amount of growth in the iGaming market in a relatively short time period,” said GiG CEO Richard Brown. “We also believe the plans that PlayStar have with the customer-centric and product-driven approach connect very well with GiG’s B2B offering and strategy and we look forward to helping them achieve their ambitions.”

In this way, GiG follows other European companies like IGT, which provides games for several PA casino operators, and Unibet. While they’re certainly not the first European gambling entity to enter PA, they are aiming to be the best.

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All Roads Lead to PA: Betway Online Casino Live And Packed With Slots and Table Games

After a brief test period, PA online gamblers have a 17th option for iGaming as the Betway online casino app is now live in Pennsylvania.

If 16 different Pennsylvania online casino options just weren’t enough for you, your time has come. Betway online casino is now fully live in PA and it offers an attractive bonus for new customers.

After a brief test period, the Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board approved the newest iGaming offering in PA.  The launch represents the third new online casino option to become available in PA this year. Stardust Casino went live in April, following Borgata Casino’s launch in February.

Betway is the seventeenth online casino in Pennsylvania and operates under the Live! Casino Philadelphia license. Despite being a latecomer to iGaming in PA, Betway’s quality could make it higher up the list for gamblers in the Keystone State.

Betway online casino welcome offer details

How to play at Betway online casino in PA: You must be 21+ and physically located in Pennsylvania. Betway online casino is available on iOS and desktop (pa.betway). While the company doesn’t yet offer an Android app, the website is functional on Android devices.

Welcome offer at Betway PA:  Betway is offering a 100% match of your first deposit, up to $1000.

Deposit methods: Visa, MasterCard, VIP Preferred e-check, Betway Play+, PayPal, PayNearMe

Withdraw methods: VIP Preferred e-check, PayPal, Betway+, Reverse withdrawal

Deposit limits: Users can set deposit limits either daily, weekly or monthly.

How to contact customer service at Betway:

Now that the technical stuff is out of the way, it’s time to get to the action. Betway busts onto the scene in PA with plenty of it, too.

Slots at Betway online casino PA

The menu of slot titles currently sits at 132 different games, several with progressive jackpots.

Popular titles that PA online slots players might be familiar with include:

Table games at Betway online casino PA

The array of table games is competitive as well. That includes baccarat, blackjack, roulette, and various poker variants. Multiple video poker titles are on the app, too.

Blackjack

  • Blackjack
  • Diamond Series Blackjack ($10- $1000)
  • Micro-stakes Blackjack (.50 -$100)
  • Small stakes Blackjack ($1- $500)

Roulette

  • American Roulette
  • European Roulette
  • French Roulette
  • Roulette by IGT
  • Roulette Advances
  • Diamond Series Roulette

Live Dealer

Currently, Betway online casino  does not offer the popular live dealer.

Other table games at Betway casino

  • 3 Card Stud
  • Baccarat
  • Diamond Series Craps

Video poker

  • Game King Video Poker
  • Ten Play Draw Poker
  • Five Play Draw Poker
  • Deuces & Joker Wild
  • Deuces Wild
  • Triple Play Draw Poker
  • Jacks or Better

Acquisition could expand iGaming operations

Betway also launched Betway PA sportsbook  concurrently with its online casino. Betway is also live in Indiana and Colorado.

Betway’s online casino might not stay confined to just PA for long, though. In turn, expansion could improve the product for Pennsylvanians in the future. Betway has a pending acquisition agreement in place for the Digital Gaming Corporation. That company already has market access in ten US jurisdictions, including New Jersey.

When live in both NJ and PA, Betway will be a player in arguably the two most mature iGaming markets in the US. The DGC acquisition also gives Betway rights to the entire complement of that studio’s online casino titles. To compete in NJ, Betway will have to offer a full complement of live dealer games and craps. Doing the same in PA could help it grab market share as well. Currently, Betway does not feature live dealer titles.

As other jurisdictions legalize iGaming, the incentive on Betway to offer a better product grows larger. It’s possible success story will begin in Pennsylvania.

New Shooter! DraftKings Announces DK Craps With Plans To Stake Claim As First Operator With Game In PA

Pennsylvania online craps appears to be close to arrival with the announcement of DK Craps and its expansion plans into PA.

The wait for craps in Pennsylvania online casino apps appears it is about to “seven out” soon. On Monday, DraftKings announced it debuted a new spin on craps in its app in New Jersey, with plans to do the same with the casino favorite in Pennsylvania in the future.

There’s no timeline for the game’s launch in PA right now. However, DraftKings Casino PA believes its online craps game will provide an extremely realistic experience for players in PA when it debuts. Currently, none of Pennsylvania’s 14 online casinos offer craps.

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First online craps game coming soon to PA

The DraftKings-built and exclusive craps title is now live on its NJ app. According to the press release, DraftKings craps would arrive in PA “pending regulatory approval.”

It could come quickly. Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board director of communications Doug Harbach said last July that craps is permitted for PA iGaming licensees. Harbach stated that it appears to be a decision by the licensees as to why they weren’t offering it already.

Online casinos arrived in Pennsylvania in the summer of 2019 with a roster of online slots and table games like blackjack and roulette. Live dealer launched in Oct. 2020 after months of anticipation. So, why was craps, one of the most popular games at brick-and-mortar casinos, not available?

It’s likely due to the difficulty in creating an online experience that is similar to playing craps at a physical table with other people. However, DraftKings thinks it met the challenge.

DraftKings online craps touts authentic features

DraftKings believes that when it goes live in PA, craps veterans who regularly hit the tables at Pennsylvania casinos will find its version familiar.

“As the most realistic craps game on the market, we are excited to offer a premier online experience within our top-rated casino product,” said Jason March, DraftKings’ Vice President of iGaming. “Craps was a challenging game to develop given the seemingly endless paths players can take. So, I could not be prouder of our internal teams taking on this game development to deliver an authentic experience.”

Among the elements that DraftKings tailored are:

  • Ability to place multiple bets with a single tap
  • Multi-directional rolling/swiping of the die
  • Option to leave bets on the table after each win

The game also features dedicated help functions including a tutorial. With those additions, the odds of each potential outcome and answers to questions on how to play the game in any situation are always a tap away.

While it may be difficult to replicate the social element of playing craps in an app, DraftKings thinks it has everything else covered. If it can get the product live in PA quickly, it could have an advantage in the market.

DraftKings part of Penn National Gaming PA online dominance

One of the innovations of this game is that it’s available on the DraftKings Casino app. Most online craps games remain relegated to desktop iGaming platforms.

For a period of time, DraftKings could be the only PA online casino app offering craps. That should help DraftKings in the mix for the market leader in PA online casino revenue.

In PA, Penn National Gaming has three online “skins” – DraftKings Casino, BetMGM Casino, and Hollywood Casino. The trio combined to bring in nearly $36 million in revenue in April. The table games segment of revenue for that licensee for that month dominated, nearly equalling the next two competitors’ figures combined. If successful, this game could augment that success.

Regardless, DK Craps seems on a path into PA at some point. That will mean the end to prospective players’ patient pining for such a play.

Lead image courtesy of DraftKings. 

Same Games, Different Names: Borgata Online Casino And BetMGM PA Have Much In Common

The Borgata online casino Pennsylvania bears a lot of similarities to the BetMGM online casino. There’s a very good reason for that.

A common storyline in many fictional works is a set of identical twins using their situation to have a bit of fun, making people believe they are actually one individual instead of two. Pennsylvanians who are familiar with BetMGM Casino might have that feeling of déjà vu when they visit Borgata online casino Pennsylvania.

The two PA online casinos are more like identical twins than one person defying the laws of physics by being in more than one place at a time. For players of both brands, there are some exciting developments now live.

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Borgata online casino Pennsylvania, BetMGM’s identical twin

Just like a set of identical twins, BetMGM and Borgata Casino PA share ancestry. MGM operates and owns both brands. That’s why you’ll see a lot of identical aesthetics, functions, and games on both gaming apps/websites.

Most importantly, playing on either platform gives you access to MGM’s M Life Rewards program. However, players should note that the two brands don’t share other account details like a digital wallet. You have to go through the process of registration and funding your account separately for each casino app.

That’s because Borgata and BetMGM operate under separate licenses in PA. BetMGM runs under the auspice of the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. Borgata, on the other hand, contracted for a PA skin with Rivers Casino Philadelphia.

Thus, even though the catalog of games and many other elements are identical, MGM has to keep the two brands’ customer rolls and finances separate. However, there’s an upside to that situation for players. That means you can take advantage of welcome bonuses on both apps.

Now might be the time to try the other if you’ve been playing exclusively on one. New slots games are available.

Red Tiger slashes the party

MGM’s iconic mascot is a male lion but it recently called upon another company associated with a big cat to expand its slots selection. Red Tiger‘s catalog of titles is now available at both BetMGM and Borgata in PA. Those games include:

  • Gems Gone Wild
  • Lucky Wizard
  • Three Kingdoms
  • Wild Fight
  • Winter Wonders

Just like how BetMGM and Borgata belong to MGM, Red Tiger is a holding of Evolution Gaming. Casino players in PA are already familiar with Evolution games across a number of operators. Popular Evolution slots titles include Gonzo’s Quest and Starburst.

There are more reasons to differentiate your play between BetMGM and Borgata in PA with the fresh content. If you find a new Red Tiger game you like while playing on one of the apps, rest assured you’ll have a similar experience on the other.

And if slots aren’t for you, both BetMGM and Borgata PA casinos also offer the same options for online table games, including live dealer games, which are relatively new to Pennsylvania and increasingly popular.

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Pennsylvania Online Casino Industry Continues To Grow In More Ways Than One

In the latest Pennsylvania online casino update it seems that the industry in the commonwealth is firing on all cylinders.

It’s a good time to be a Pennsylvania online casino player or license holder. The number of options for gamblers in the commonwealth has never been greater and at the same time, it’s never been more lucrative to be in the business.

Revenues from online slots and table games hit a new high in March of this year just prior to several new brands going live in PA. It’s more proof that a competitive marketplace works best for everyone involved.

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Pennsylvania online casino update on new operators

Over the last month, online casino players in PA have had the chance to try two new operators. Stardust Casino went live in mid-April. The Boyd Gaming brand operates in PA under Valley Forge Casino‘s license.

It’s a re-design of the old Betfair Casino product. The aesthetic elements are an homage to the old casino that shared the name in Las Vegas. It wasn’t the newest joint on “the strip” of PA online casinos for long, though.

Earlier this month, Barstool Casino welcomed players in PA as well. Hollywood Casino Grantville, which Penn National Gaming owns, lent the necessary skin. That brought the total number of options in the category to 16. That segment of the industry isn’t the only one to expand recently, however.

In late April, BetMGM Poker and Borgata Poker did a simultaneous PA launch. The former also has a skin from Hollywood Casino Grantville while the latter is in league with Rivers Casino Philadelphia. They share a player pool and bring the total number of online poker choices in PA to three.

For users, these additions provide new games, ways to participate in rewards programs, and welcome bonuses. It’s a perfect time for the new operators to get into PA as well. Whatever the industry is doing, it’s working.

March revenue reaches record high

With fewer operators than now exist, the summation of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) from iGaming in PA in March of this year nearly hit $100 million. The $95.3 million figure is a record for the state. Slot revenue was the largest contributor, accounting for a month-over-month increase of almost 32% compared to February 2021.

With the new brands, the first $100 million month seems more possible now. Looking at Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR), PA has already surpassed $100 million twice – in Dec. 2020 and March 2021. (See iGaming GGR chart since Jan. 2019).

An increase for online poker might be more likely as well. In March, revenue dipped slightly to $2.4 million. However, PokerStars PA was the only option at that time.

BetMGM and Borgata poker both entered the market with a set of new welcome bonuses and freeroll games, incentivizing poker players who may have grown weary of PokerStars‘ offerings to buy into games again. All three PA operators also offer online poker in Michigan, so if the two states can get a compact done, that segment could be on a serious upward trajectory.

All in all, the online casino industry in PA has never been healthier. As licensees’ skins continue to get distributed, we’ll get a fuller look at what the business will be worth at its maturity.

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BetMGM GameSense Integration Gives PA Gamblers New Responsible Gambling Tools

A coming BetMGM GameSense expansion of the app and website gives online casino players in Pennsylvania protections against problem gaming.

If knowledge is power, Pennsylvania online casino players who make BetMGM Casino one of their regular stops are about to become more powerful. A new BetMGM GameSense partnership offers more information that gamblers can use to play responsibly.

It’s another step for BetMGM’s impressive work in providing customers with tools to develop healthy habits when it comes to gambling. The deal also puts GameSense’s products in many of the biggest gaming markets in the country like PA.

The details on the BetMGM GameSense collaboration

If you’ve ever played the lottery in British Columbia or visited a brick-and-mortar MGM casino, you might have already encountered GameSense. The BC Lottery developed the program and MGM has employed it via its M Life Rewards offering to retail casino customers.

Soon, the same responsible gaming tools will be available in the BetMGM casino and sportsbook apps, along with the website. Among them are a clear and customizable way to stay informed about personal gambling activity.

The added software will allow users to set custom alerts for things like dollars and time spent on the app/website. The software then automatically tracks activity across the verticals. That information is available on-demand. Additionally, BetMGM users can opt to receive notifications when approaching limits.

The interactivity of the product doesn’t end there, though. GameSense employs Advisors who players will be able to access for free through BetMGM’s platform. Those trained specialists can provide feedback on gambling habits and direct customers to resources for people with compulsive gambling issues.

The program’s effectiveness is tied to awareness. Gamblers who keep track of their activity are more likely to avoid developing compulsive issues. The program makes such tracking quite simple. It also enhances the enjoyment of the gaming that users do afford themselves, as it takes the responsibility of tracking dollars and hours off of the player.

A press release does not disclose exactly when the new integrations will be available to BetMGM customers in PA, only stating it will happen “later this year.” However, other online gambling companies in PA would do well to emulate BetMGM in this manner.

BetMGM continues to set the pace in responsible gaming

Most states with some form of legal gambling have self-exclusion programs for players. Those allow people to effectively ban themselves from gambling for a period of time. However, the state-by-state regulation of those programs has one weakness.

For the most part, states do not even share that information with each other, much less enforce self-exclusion lists in other states. Thus, it’s theoretically possible for a person on a list in New Jersey to travel to PA and gamble.

BetMGM was the first in PA to try to plug that hole. Late last year, BetMGM activated a partnership with PlayPause. PlayPause is a multi-jurisdiction self-exclusion program. All participating gambling companies, like BetMGM, have access to the registry.

The easier that gambling companies make responsible gaming, the more likely players are to avoid poor choices. With GameSense soon to be a part of its technology, BetMGM is a leader in modernizing the business of playing with your head.

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