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

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

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

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

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

Borgata online casino arrives with big games and promotions

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

The Borgata launched in partnership with Rivers Philadelphia

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

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

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

What games can you play at Borgata casino PA?

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

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

Progressive jackpot slots

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

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

Borgata table gamesTable games

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

  • Four card poker
  • Casino war
  • Baccarat

Live dealer games at Borgata

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

  • Blackjack Live
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • American Roulette

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

Borgata’s shift toward online gambling keeps gaining momentum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Playtech Looks to US Expansion via Parx Casino Partnerships

Parx online betting products will get a makeover as Playtech partners with Greenwood Racing for expansion in US markets.

Isle of Man-based Playtech is upping its US expansion through partnerships with companies owned by Greenwood Racing, the parent company of Parx Casino.

Parx is the largest casino in Pennsylvania. Greenwood already offers online casino and land-based sports betting in New Jersey and retail betting in Michigan.

Mor Weizer, Playtech CEO, said:

“This strategic partnership with the Greenwood companies represents a major milestone for Playtech and I’m excited to work with them to help achieve their growth plans in the coming years.

“The US is a highly strategic market and this multi-state, multi-product agreement highlights the demand for the full breadth of our product offering. This is the next step for Playtech in the US and we are delighted to work with the Greenwood companies to capture this exciting long-term opportunity.”

PA, Michigan, Indiana, New Jersey expansion planned for Playtech

The agreements announced via the London Stock Exchange news service will license the company’s products across Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana.

The launch begins with an online casino in Michigan on Playtech’s IMS Platform and Player Account Management.

Greenwood has also announced plans to launch an online offering in Indiana.

Moving from GAN

The company is already in New Jersey via bet365 and also with Entain and now Playtech plans further expansion in the Garden State.

As a consequence of the new partnerships, Parx plans to migrate its current online gambling offering from GAN to Playtech.

No details yet for its online casino presence in PA or any sports betting plans there either.

Playtech Background

Israeli tech and property billionaire Teddy Sagi founded Playtech in 1999. He has since exited the company, selling his holdings.

The London Stock Exchange’s Main Market premium listed the company in 2012. The company has about 6,400 employees across 24 countries.

The business is considered a technology leader in the gambling and financial trading industries. It is also an established leader in poker tech.

Playtech delivers business intelligence-driven gambling software, services, content, and platform technology.

Product verticals include casino, live casino, sports betting, virtual sports betting, bingo, and poker. The omnichannel gambling technology comes through its integrated platform, Playtech ONE.

The platform delivers data-driven marketing expertise, single wallet functionality, customer relationship management, and responsible gambling solutions across retail and online.

PA Online Casinos Lead Gaming Recovery with Record $80 Million January

Online slots, table games and poker in PA crossed $80 million in revenue in January 2021, helping PA gaming post a 2.7% YoY revenue increase.

Despite ongoing disruptions from virus-restricted business conditions, overall gaming revenue in Pennsylvania is up 2.7% over last year, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Revenue during January from all forms of gaming, along with fantasy contests, was more than $311 million. Revenue regulated by the PGCB includes slot machines, table games, internet gaming, sports wagering, fantasy contests, and VGTs.

Total tax revenue generated collectively through all forms of gaming and fantasy contests was more than $127 million during the month.

Restrictions from virus boosted online gaming

And as a likely by-product of COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, January was a record month for PA online casino games. The PGCB reported total iGaming revenue of more than $80.4 million.

That’s the highest amount ever, beating the previous high of $71.6 million set in December 2020 by an impressive 11%.

Online slots revenue was just above $51 million, a huge jump from a year ago when it was $7.2 million. The year-over-year percentage increase comes out to a staggering 609%.

Online table games revenue was nearly $26.7 million, up from just over $4.6 million a year ago. The percentage increase YoY was almost 479%.

Tax revenue generated from internet gaming play during January was more than $32.2 million.

Online poker generated more than $2.7 million with just one operator, a 26.4% boost from a year ago. That was on par with December numbers.

Virus disrupts gaming revenue nationwide in 2020

The virus clearly wreaked havoc on the land-based gaming across the country, according to figures this week from the American Gaming Association.

Commercial gaming revenue totaled $30.0 billion in 2020, down more than 31% YoY, according to the AGA’s Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker.

The year marked the first market contraction for the gaming industry since 2014 and the lowest gaming revenue total since 2003.

Retail casino numbers hammered

In PA, January’s gross revenue from casino-based slot machines was $140.7 million, a 26.1% decrease compared to the $190.3 million generated in January 2020.

Tellingly, the number of slot machines in operation this past January was just 18,703 compared to 24,126 a year back.

Table games revenue in casinos was likewise off for January with just more than $50.8 million, a decrease of 29.9% from the previous January, when revenue was $72.5 million.

Sports handle up, revenue down slightly

January’s sports betting handle was nearly $615.3 million or 12.2% above December’s record total of $548.6 million. But the taxable revenue for January declined slightly from $34 million to just above $33.9 million.

In January, PA crossed the $100 million mark in lifetime sports betting tax revenue.

VGT and daily fantasy back on track

Video Gaming Terminals, or VGTs,  produced gross revenue of more than $2.2 million and daily fantasy sports (DFS) kicked in revenue of more than $2.9 million. The two segments seem to have recovered from pandemic headwinds.

Online poker was up slightly at $2.7 million compared to $2.4 million in November. There is still just one operator, PokerStars PA, via Mount Airy Resort.

January PA online casino breakdown by operator

A complete breakdown of January revenue, including slots and table games by operator (online gaming license holder), can be found here:

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games Revenue
Penn National (DraftKings, Hollywood, BetMGM)$27.6 million$16.2 million$11.4 million
Rivers Philly (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$21.0 million$16.5 million$4.5 million
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$14.7 million$6.8 million$8.0 million
Parx Casino$5.3 million$4.8 million$509,000
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & Fox Bet)$3.6 million$2.2 million$1.4 million
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$2.8 million$2.2 million$534,000
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$1.4 million$1.2 million$244,000
Wind Creek Casino$552,000$380,000$173,000
Live! Casino Philadelphia (PlayLive!)$487,000$451,000$37,000
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$182,000$282,000-$100,000
Totals:$77.7 million$51.0 million$26.7 million

Casino operators by the numbers

The clear front-runners in PA’s online casino race remain Penn National (which includes DraftKings, Hollywood, and BetMGM), Rivers Philadelphia (which includes SugarHouse and BetRivers), and Valley Forge, with FanDuel.

A look at top PA online casino operators in January:

  • Penn: Total revenue $27.6 million (slots: $16.2 million; table games: $11.4 million).
  • Rivers Philly: Total revenue $21.0 million (slots: $16.5 million; tables: $4.5 million).
  • Valley Forge: Total revenue $14.7 million (slots: $6.8 million; tables: $8.0 million).

Image via Dreamstime/Anke Van Wyk.

Your Guide to Live Dealer Games at PA Online Casinos

Live dealer games finally arrived at PA online casinos. Here’s a look at how they work, and where you can play them in Pennsylvania.

The much-anticipated live dealer games are now available in Pennsylvania.

Live dealer give players the chance to play casino table games, at home in real time with a live dealer. The most common options are blackjack, roulette and baccarat.

These games are transmitted from a remote studio and live-streamed to computers and mobile devices. A dealer, just like if you were at a casino, deals the cards.

Some reasons players prefer live dealer:

  • Social interaction
  • Slower pace
  • More entertaining than playing against RNG (random number generator)
  • Trust playing a live dealer more than RNG

These games in PA are provided to casino operators via a partnership with Evolution Gaming. To get a feel for the games, see the demo video from PlayUSA provided below.

Here are some online casinos in Pennsylvania that feature live dealer and a list of their selection of games, which are available on iOS, Android and desktop.

BetRivers online casino

The BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse library features low- and high-stakes Blackjack games (with side bets such as 21+3 and Bet Behind).

  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • First Person Roulette
  • First Person Lightning Roulette
  • First Person Blackjack

DraftKings Casino

Players in PA can access DraftKings Casino through the standalone casino app, the DraftKings sportsbook app or via desktop.

DraftKings live dealer selections in PA so far include:

  • DraftKings Blackjack 1: Min bet $100/max bet $5,000
  • Blackjack 1: Min bet $30/Max bet $2,500
  • Backjack 2: Min bet $50/Max bet $5,000
  • Blackjack 3: Min bet $250/Max bet $5000
  • Blackjack 4: Min bet $50/Max bet $5000
  • Blackjack 5: Min bet 50/Max bet $5000
  • Blackjack 6: Min bet $30/Max bet $2500
  • Infinite Blackjack: Min bet $1/Max bet $5,000
  • Roulette: Min bet $.50/Max bet $2,000
  • Auto Roulette: Min bet .10/max bet $10,000

FanDuel online casino

Live dealer games for FanDuel can be accessed through through the standalone app, the FanDuel sportsbook app, or via desktop.

FanDuel games selection:

  • Infinite Blackjack: Min $5/Max $5,000
  • Slingshot Roulette: Min .10/Max $10,000
  • Blackjack Table 1: Min $25/Max $5.000
  • Blackjack Table 2: Min $50/Max $5,000
  • Blackjack Table 3: Min $250/Max $5,000
  • Blackjack table 4: Min $250/Max $5,000
  • Blackjack table 5: Min $50/max $5,000
  • Blackjack table 6: Min $30/Max $2500
  • First Person Lightning Roulette: Min .20/Max $10,000
  • First Person Blackjack: Min $1/Max $5,000
  • First Person Roulette: Min .20/Max $10,000

Bet MGM online casino

BetMGM live dealer:

  • Blackjack Live
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • American Roulette
  • American Auto Roulette
  • First Person Roulette
  • First Person Lightning Roulette

Caesars Casino

Live dealer at Caesars online casino:

  • Live Blackjack Table 1: Min $30/Max $2500
  • Live Blackjack Table 2: Min $50/Max $5,00o
  • Infinite Blackjack: Min $5/Max $5000
  • Live Roulette: Min. 50/Max $10,000)

Unibet

Live dealer at Unibet online casino:

  • Infinite blackjack: Min $5/Max $5,000
  • Blackjack 1: Min $30/Max $2,500
  • Blackjack 2: Min $50/Max $5,000
  • Roulette: Min .50/Max $10,000
  • Auto routlette: Min .10/Max $1,000

Hollywood casino

Live dealer choices at Hollywood online casino:

  • Blackjack Live (6 tables)
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Lightning Roulette
  • First Person Blackjack

Description of Evolution Studio’s Live Dealer Games

Here’s a description of the live dealer games from Evolution Studios.

First person Lightning Roulette: In every game round, one to five randomly generated lucky numbers are struck by lightning and have random multipliers of between 50x and 500x applied.

First Person Roulette: The classic single zero game from a first person perspective.

Blackjack Live: Touted as the “fastest live dealer blackjack in the world.” There are seven seats at each live table. An unlimited number of players can also “bet behind.” Live dealers interact with players throughout the game and deal “real” cards. Bets are placed through an interface as players try to achieve a hand that’s closer to 21 (without going over) than the dealer’s hand.

Players also have the choice of:

  • Full screen video
  • Optional insurance
  • Double down
  • Split pair bets
  •  21+3 and Perfect Pairs Side Bets
  • Pre-Decision and Bet Behind added-value features

First Person Blackjack: A first person view of the table (pictured, right). It includes the usual Blackjack bets and Perfect Pairs and 21+3 side bets. In addition, the player has a choice of five hands in each game round. You can place a bet on one hand or multiple hands.

Infinite Blackjack: An unlimited number of players can all play on the same seat whereas standard Blackjack tables have 7 seats.

Tipping dealers at online casinos

When you are playing live dealer games, you can tip dealers just like you would at a brick-and-mortar-casino.

Click on the “hamburger menu”and you will see an option for tipping. The dealer’s name will appear and you’ll be given an option of what amount you would like to tip.

Live dealer demo from Golden Nugget NJ

If you would like to get a look at how live dealer games work, check out this video from the PlayUSA YouTube channel.

PA Casino Players Ring in the New Year with Big Jackpot Wins

These PA online and land-based casino players started the year off right with big jackpot wins at slots and table games.

As temperatures dropped, January jackpots raised the spirits of a number of lucky Pennsylvanians.

All casinos in Pennsylvania reopened on January 4 after closing for a few weeks in December to slow the spread of coronavirus. A new year brought a new casino to Pennsylvania. Live! Casino Philadelphia opened for preview days ahead of its official Feb. 4 grand opening. With the slots turned on and the games “live,” the casino handed out its first jackpots.

Whether casinos were closed or if players didn’t feel like braving the cold, many found big wins at PA online casinos, which are always “open.” In December, a player at Hollywood Online Casino won $537,000, the biggest jackpot win ever on the site.

Here are some players who started off 2021 with jackpot wins.

This is not a complete list of jackpots.

Harrah’s Philadelphia

What a way to ring in the New Year. A $111,864 Four Card Poker jackpot.

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

Two Dancing Drums jackpots at Rivers Pittsburgh:

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

Rivers Philadelphia announces some of their jackpot winners on their Instagram stories. Vincent S. won $33,600 at All-Star Poker II.

Live! Casino Philadelphia

Martino C. won Live! Casino Philadelphia’s first big jackpot when he hit for $48,000 on the Double Diamond slot.

The first jackpot at Live! Casino Philadelphia was for $2,600 at China Shores.

Mount Airy Casino

Mohegan Sun Pocono

Wind Creek Casino

Wind Creek online casino winners:

Parx Casino

A $53,186 jackpot at Lightning Cash.

Other jackpot winners at PA casinos

The Meadows:

Hollywood Casino:

Presque Isle Downs:

Please note, these results are not common. PAOC reminds readers to always set limits and play responsibly.

Lead image via Live! Casino facebook page.

BetMGM Online Casino Launches Live Dealer Games in Pennsylvania

The popular collection of live dealer games from Evolution is making its way to the new BetMGM online casino in Pennsylvania.

Online casino players in Pennsylvania who enjoy live dealer games now have another option to try. BetMGM has now launched multiple live dealer games in its PA online casino.

Play At BETMGM Casino Now With Free $25 On Sign Up
1
$25 Free
On Sign Up
$25 Free with No Deposit
100% Deposit Match up to $1,000
Use Bonus Code: PLAYNJFREE

Blackjack and roulette are early BetMGM live dealer choices

To provide the games, BetMGM has partnered with leading live dealer game supplier Evolution Gaming. The news comes a little over a week after the BetMGM online casino launched on Dec. 4.

Currently, players can enjoy four different live dealer games in the BetMGM online casino:

  • Infinite Blackjack
  • Blackjack Live
  • American Roulette
  • American Auto Roulette

BetMGM plans to offer additional live dealer options going forward, including more blackjack and roulette variations as well as other casino games.

Evolution and BetMGM first announced their partnership in late August. The agreement covers BetMGM’s online offerings throughout the United States.

BetMGM live dealer now in NJ and PA

In November, BetMGM debuted Evolution-powered live dealer games in its New Jersey online casino.

Matthew Sunderland, vice president of gaming for BetMGM, referred to the new NJ live dealer games when expressing enthusiasm about the launch of live dealer games in PA.

“We’ve seen great successes with our live offering in New Jersey and are expecting similarly strong results in Pennsylvania as we establish BetMGM Casino’s presence in the state.”

Johan Nordstrom, CEO of Evolution Malta and chief commercial officer, was similarly buoyant about the launch of live dealer games at BetMGM’s PA online casino:

“We are delighted to see BetMGM live with our Live Casino offering in Pennsylvania, and we very much look forward to supporting the continued growth of BetMGM’s Casino offering across the US.”

Live dealer games add to expansive BetMGM online casino offerings

The live dealer games build further on the selection of games featured at the time of BetMGM online casino’s launch. BetMGM was the 13th online casino to go live in Pennsylvania.

The online casino features over 120 slot games, including seven different jackpot slots.

There are also 10 different roulette games, two blackjack games, baccarat and multiple video poker games.

Those in Pennsylvania can access and play at BetMGM Casino either via a web-based browser or through mobile apps. Apps for both iOS (Apple) and Android devices can be downloaded directly from the BetMGM online casino site.

BetMGM online sportsbook coming soon to PA

In addition to its interactive gaming license, BetMGM has received approval for a sports wagering license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

To offer sports betting, BetMGM has partnered with the new mini-casino, Hollywood Casino Morgantown, that will open its doors in 2021.

The BetMGM online sportsbook is expected to launch in the coming days.

Lead image via BetMGM casino.

Jackpot Winners, BetMGM Online Casino’s Arrival Create Bountiful Fall For PA Players

November featured the arrival of BetMGM’s online casino and a number of jackpot winners at the state’s 12 brick-and-mortar casinos.

November was indicative of the many choices that Pennsylvania players have.

The state’s first mini-casino, Live! Casino Pittsburgh, opened on Nov. 24.

There were hints that BetMGM was on its way to PA, and on Dec. 1, it soft-launched its online casino.

Throughout November, there were jackpot winners at the state’s 12 brick-and-mortar casinos. Also, the popular online slot Divine Fortune smiled on another winner.

Here are some of the lucky players and more about PA’s newest online casino.

BetMGM online casino arrives in PA

BetMGM online casino made quite an entrance in Pennsylvania. It’s the state’s 13th interactive casino and will go live 24/7 after the three-day test period concludes on Thursday.

The welcome offer for new BetMGM customers includes $25 in free play and a 100% deposit match up to $1,000. In addition, it is having a “party.” For BetMGM’s PA Launch Party Sweepstakes promotion, players earn entries for every $20 wagered on slots or table games.

BetMGM’s online casino arrived with a robust (for PA) library of games. It has:

  • 120 slot titles
  • Eight types of roulette
  • Game King Video Poker and Let it Ride
  • Baccarat
  • Jackpot slots Divine Fortune and Mercy of the Gods

BetMGM’s online casino is available in PA via Android, iOS and desktop (casino.pa.betmgm.com).

PA Online Casino note: The following is not a complete list of winners from the month of November. 

BetRivers Divine Fortune winner

A restaurant worker who has been unemployed since April due to COVID-19 closures had a late-night stroke of luck in November.

Lynn, from Allentown, PA, was playing Divine Fortune at BetRivers online casino on her phone. Her husband, next to her on the sofa, was watching late-night TV.

She hit the jackpot for $443,480.64 on a $3 bet.

Her husband didn’t believe her until she showed him the screen; then he screamed louder than her.

In a press release from Rush Street Interactive, which operates BetRivers, Lynn said:

“We were both in shock. This is just insane, and the money couldn’t come at a better time. It’s going to be a great Christmas!”

With the jackpot winnings, she plans to pay off her house, car and other debts.

Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia

Live! Casino Pittsburgh

Live! Casino Pittsburgh opened its doors in November and welcomed winners.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

Lock It Link is lucky for these players.

Mount Airy blackjack winner

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

Rivers Casino Philadelphia is currently closed until at least Jan. 1 to comply with Philadelphia’s coronavirus restrictions.

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

Other winners:

Valley Forge Casino

Wind Creek Casino

Olympus Strikes for $42,450

Other PA casino winners

Parx

Presque Isle Downs Casino

The Meadows

Hollywood Casino

PA Online Casinos Boost Overall Gaming Revenue with Record $60 Million October

PA gaming revenue jumped nearly 13% year over year, thanks in large part to a record $59.8 million October for online casinos and poker combined.

In Pennsylvania, online casinos continued a rocketing revenue run with a record in October of nearly $59.8 million.

That’s a healthy increase from the former record of $57 million set just a month before, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) figures.

Total gaming — retail casino slots and table games, online casinos, retail and online sportsbooks, poker, VGTs and fantasy contests — generated combined revenue of more than $320.2 million. That’s up 12.87% compared to revenue generated in October 2019.

The total tax revenue generated through all forms of gaming was more than $130.1 million during October 2020. Of that, $24.9 million came from iGaming.

Online table game revenue really jumps

In October, interactive slots took in nearly $40.4 million, online table games nearly $17 million and poker more than $2.4 million.

In September, online slots had accounted for more than $39.9 million in revenue, with an additional $14.7 million from online table games.

Also in October, total wagers on table games topped $1 billion — a first.

Online poker steady, VGT revenue up

With just one operator, PokerStars PA via Mount Airy Resort, online poker generated more than $2.4 million in October. That continues a trend down from $2.7 million in revenue in August.

Truck stop video gaming terminals generated nearly as much revenue as online poker — more than $2.4 million. There are now four operators with machines in 37 locations; each location has five machines.

Sports wagering handle hits new highs

In October, sports betting was up significantly over the previous year, with a total handle of more than $525.8 million. That’s more than double the handle a year ago, when it was nearly $241.2 million.

Additionally, the taxable sports wagering revenue figure of $36.8 million for October 2020 set a record, eclipsing the previous monthly revenue high of more than $22.8 million in January of this year.

Nov. 17 marks two years since the very first legal sportsbook opened in Pennsylvania.

Casino-based games down

Casino-based slots and table games, with COVID-19 capacity restrictions, were down 17.22% and 13.43%, respectively, but online gaming channels have made up the difference and then some.

A year ago, there were 23,786 slots on the casino floors, but there were just 16,611 in operation this October.

October online casino breakdown by PA operator

A complete breakdown of October revenue, including slots and table games by operator (online gaming license holder), can be found here:

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games Revenue
Rivers Philly (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$16.6 million$14.1 million$2.5 million
Penn National (DraftKings Casino)$11.0 million$5.1 million$6.0 million
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$10.0 million$5.0 million$5.0 million
Parx Casino$5.9 million$5.1 million$793,000
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & Fox Bet)$4.5 million$2.9 million$1.6 million
Penn National (Hollywood Casino)$4.5 million$4.2 million$269,000
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$2.6 million$2.1 million$492,000
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$774,000$628,000$146,000
Wind Creek Casino$596,000$534,000$62,000
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$485,000$375,000$110,000
Live! Casino Philadelphia $278,000$248,000$30,000
Totals:$57.3 million$40.3 million$17.0 million

Casino operators by the numbers

Five operators had total online casino revenue above $5 million.

  • Rivers Philly, which combines SugarHouse and BetRivers, topped $16.6 million, with more than $14 million in revenue from slots.
  • Penn National/DraftKings topped $11 million in online revenue, with more than half from table games.
  • Valley Forge/FanDuel hit more than $10 million in online revenue, with table games accounting for more than half.
  • Mount Airy, which includes PokerStars and Fox Bet, brought in more than $9.4 million when online table games, online slots and online poker are combined.
  • And Parx had nearly $6 million in iGaming revenue.

Live! Casino Philadelphia, which is still new, trailed everyone with just $278,463 in total online revenue in its third full month in operation.

Lead image via Dreamstime.

Scientific Games Debuts Lightning Box Slots at Caesars Online Casino in Pennsylvania

PA online casinos continue to grow, with popular Lightning Box slots Lightning Horseman and Respin Rhino now available at Caesars Casino.

Get ready, Pennsylvania, because Scientific Games (SG) via the Open Gaming System is bringing new slot games from Lightning Box studio.

Although a newcomer to the Keystone State, Lightning Box games have performed well in New Jersey since 2015. Neighboring Canadians playing the British Columbia Lottery and Loto Quebec can play Lightning Box games as well.

For now, the two slot titles, called Lightning Horseman and Respin Rhino, are live on Caesars Online Casino PA. It’s possible Lightning Box games will eventually be available at additional PA online casinos.

Preview of Lightning Horseman

If you like a spooky slot centered around the headless horseman, then let lightning strike! Specifically, you are looking for six or more Lightning Bolts, which triggers Lightning Respins

First, you get awarded three respins. Then, if any Lightning Bolts land, the spins get reset again to three. When your spins are finished, prizes and jackpots are awarded.

Finally, if you land a total of 15 Lightning Bolts during the Lightning Respin, a Flippin’ Retrigger occurs where you are taken to another screen full of Lightning Bolts with even more prizes and jackpots.

Some key facts about Lightning Horseman:

    • RTP (return to player): 95.52% 
    • 5×3 Reels
  • 40 lines
  • Stacked wilds 
  • Lightning Respins 
  • Flippin’ Retrigger 

Preview of Respin Rhino

Head into an African safari adventure with Respin Rhino. Animals, in particular rhinos, tigers, monkeys, birds, and elephants, all join in for this slot title. 

To gain a big win, you need to trigger a pair of rhinos crossing the screen leaving a trail of coins. If a wild symbol hits on reels 2 and 4, the wild symbol expands to fill the whole reel

Look for the gold spaces on reels 1 and 5. If you get a full stack of gold symbols, the respin feature starts. Then, the gold symbols turn into rhinos and lock on the screen. You receive three respins to start. Mainly, you want a wild symbol to hit for a really big payout; plus, the spin count resets back to 3.

 

 

 

 

 

Key facts about Respin Rhino: 

  • RTP: 95.9%
  • 40 lines 
  • 5×4 reels 
  • Expanding Wilds
  • Respin Rhino

Read an in-depth Respin Rhino Slots review from PlayUSA here.

About Lightning Box 

Lightning Box is a gaming studio based out of Sydney, Australia, founded back in 2004. Game designers from Aristocrat and IGT propelled the company into successful partnerships with leading software gaming platforms, such as SG Digital, Microgaming, Incredible Technologies and High5Casino

Other noteworthy game titles include: 

  • Silver Lion 
  • Chicken Fox 
  • Stellar Jackpots-Serengeti Lions 
  • Dolphin Gold 
  • Lightning-Leopard

The Wait Is Over: Where to Play Live Dealer Tables Games Online in Pennsylvania

The long wait for live dealer games at PA online casinos is over. Find out what took so long, what games you will find and where you can play them.

And just like that, after months of waiting, Evolution Gaming began its test run this week of the first live dealer options in Pennsylvania.

The company, which also operates in New Jersey, where it has at least seven affiliations, has had a conditional PA license since this past January. And it began the process more than a year ago.

The two-day test period for Evolution’s live dealer games ended at 9 p.m. Oct. 22. Following the soft launch, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved it for full-time operation.

Where to play Evolution live dealer games in PA

In PA, Evolution has partnership deals with several online casino operators. The first four casinos to launch came from Rush Street Interactive and Penn National.

Caesars and Parx are also expected to offer live dealer options soon.

Live dealer games on offer at PA online casinos

Evolution launched live dealer variations of blackjack and roulette, with more games to come. As of now, you can find:

  • Roulette Live
  • Blackjack Live
  • Infinite Blackjack Live
  • First Person Blackjack
  • First Person Roulette and Lightning Roulette

Also on the way to PA are:

  • Baccarat Live
  • Three Card Poker Live
  • Ultimate Texas Hold’em Live

Live dealer games follow approved rules, side wagers and payout tables, such as those found in a land-based casino.

Appeal of live dealer games

The live games’ appeal is the chance for social interaction, from the comfort of home and with social distancing.

Dealers are playing with real cards from a studio in Philly, while players make decisions from home. So in essence, the live dealer takes the convenience of gaming from home and adds the ability to play table games dealt by real-life dealers.

The long delay since licensing for Evolution

While the game is the same, the remote studio’s approval process was time-consuming, explaining the long lag time.

And while the company was established in New Jersey, it needed a PA studio and a secure server in the Keystone State.

As PGCB Director of Communications Doug Harbach told our sister publication, PlayPennsylvania:

“Testing and regulating live dealer studio games is similar to other online casino games from a technology standpoint and is actually similar in many aspects to table games in land-based casinos, except there is no cash or gaming chips and, of course, players are not physically present.

“Since there is a human element in this online gaming, the PGCB must license studio staff who operate the games as we would dealers in a land-based casino. Also, similar to table games setups at land-based casinos, we have to ensure adequate security and surveillance in the studio that allows us to monitor the live dealer and helps us ensure the operator conducts table game operations in accordance with PGCB regulations.”

Evolution Gaming expansion to PA

Evolution Gaming already had eight studios globally and more than 8,000 employees. The company trades on the Stockholm NASDAQ.

As a recruiting incentive, the company tells potential roulette employees they can earn tokens from an unlimited number of gamblers.

In NJ, Evolution offers slingshot roulette, baccarat, three card poker and ultimate Texas hold ’em poker. And it has the potential to offer even more games, according to its website.

James Stern, Evolution’s chief business development officer, said last year of the company’s expansion to PA:

“Demand for our Live Casino services in the US has been phenomenal. We are delighted to be further expanding our US operations by opening a stand-alone studio in Pennsylvania to serve both online operators and land-based casinos in the state.

“We continue to stay at the forefront, maximizing the opportunities in this exciting new market and growing together with our licensees.”