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.

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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.”

Caesars Online Casino in PA Offers Generous Sign-Up Bonus, Top Rewards Program

Caesars online casino in Pennsylvania allows iGaming players to link their Caesars rewards credits and offers a 100% deposit bonus up to $500.

In Pennsylvania, you’ll find more bridges than anywhere else in the world in Pittsburgh (446),  America’s first zoo (the Philadelphia Zoo) and lots of Wawas.

If you’re physically located in PA and 21+, you also have access to 11 online casinos. They are always adding games to libraries, and some promos change.

In a roundup of some of PAOC’s favorite online casinos, we break down:

  • Sign-up bonuses
  • Current online casino promos
  • Slots and table games
  • Reward programs

This month, we dive into what Caesars Online Casino is offering.

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Caesars iGaming platform arrived in Pennsylvania through its partnership with Harrah’s Philadelphia in late April 2019. Its iGaming platform partner is Scientific Games.

How to play at Caesars Casino in PA: Desktop, iOS, Android

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Caesars Casino PA promos and rewards

New member sign-up bonus: Caesars is offering a 100% casino bonus match on the first deposit, recently increased to $500 for those who sign up here.

Caesars boasts one of the best rewards programs for online casino players in Pennsylvania. Caesars Rewards is an industry-leading loyalty system, and when you play online, you can earn Caesars rewards, including tier credits and rewards credits.

Users can link their existing Caesars Rewards account when logging into their Caesars Casino and Sportsbook Pennsylvania account.

  • Go to the loyalty details under “My Account.”
  • Click “Connect.”
  • Within 72 hours, your account will be updated to reflect any online credits during online play.

How to use Caesars Online Rewards

Caesars Online Rewards credits can be used to get cash back on the site, or you can transfer them offline to redeem them for comps at any Caesars Rewards casino or resort worldwide.

Deposit and withdraw

Deposit methods at Caesars online casino:

  • ACH/eCheck
  • Visa/Mastercard/Discover
  • Play+
  • Online banking
  • PayNearMe
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia cage

Ways to withdraw:

  • ACH/eCheck
  • Caesars Casino and Sportsbook Play+ Card
  • PayPal
  • Cash at cage

Slots at Caesars Casino PA

Slots: 18 slot titles

  • 88 Fortunes
  • Pillars of Asgard
  • Rise of the Mountain King
  • Volts and Bolts
  • Celestial King
  • Zeus, God of Thunder
  • Dancing Drums
  • The Cheshire Cat
  • Kronos Unleashed
  • Monopoly Mega Movers
  • Montezuma
  • Spartacus, Gladiator of Rome
  • Bruce Lee
  • Starmania
  • Zeus
  • Zeus III
  • Mad Mad Monkey
  • Raging Rhino

Table games at Caesars Casino PA

Caesars will likely have additional table games offerings in the future, but for now, PA players can play online roulette.

  • American Roulette

More online poker coming to PA?

PokerStars has been the lone option for online poker in PA since it arrived in November 2019. However, PA poker players should soon have additional online options. Rumor has it Party Poker will soon launch in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, WSOP.com/888 is owned by Caesars Entertainment and will partner with Harrah’s Philadelphia to bring its platform to PA eventually.

Lead image credit: AP Photo/Wayne Parry

Know When to Hit Pause: PlayPause Strengthens Responsible Gambling in PA & Beyond

The new PlayPause tool from GeoComply enables tracking of self-exclusion across state lines, boosting responsible gambling measures in PA and beyond.

GeoComply is teaming up to make it easier to manage self-exclusion in the iGaming and online sports betting industries across jurisdictions.

The initiative, PlayPause, comes as part of Responsible Gaming Education Week.

The PlayPause tech is available free

The program is available free of charge to operators via a newly established nonprofit organization, Conscious Gaming.

Conscious Gaming is a philanthropic organization committed to utilizing advanced technology to propel social responsibility initiatives.

State self-exclusions lists can have unintended blowback.

Praise for the PlayPause option

Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Responsibility Cait DeBaun of the American Gaming Association commented:

“Responsible Gaming Education Week spotlights the best of the gaming industry. GeoComply’s PlayPause is an important addition to the responsible gaming continuum. This innovative solution solves for an important need while advancing consumer protections, empowering operators and supporting regulatory bodies.”

According to GeoComply, PlayPause will:

  • Empower operators to strengthen responsible gaming programs — and make more data-driven decisions.
  • Expand the protective self-exclusion bubble as players move from state to state, allowing protection to move with them.
  • Streamline the administrative burden by eliminating silos associated with numerous separate state-operated self-exclusion lists.

As Anna Sainsbury, GeoComply chairman and co-founder, explained:

“At GeoComply, we’re always looking for ways to leverage technology in a meaningful and responsible way. PlayPause is not only an important compliance tool, but a way we can unite the industry and regulators to deepen their shared commitment to responsible gaming and consumer protection.”

PlayPause coming to PA

The tool is rolling out in Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania is pleased to be at the forefront of a new responsible gaming tool, designed to strengthen consumer protection and take self-exclusion programs in a new direction,” said Elizabeth Lanza, director of the Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The PlayPause tool is a welcome addition everywhere, said Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling:

“The NCPG applauds the creation of PlayPause — this is a prime example of how technology and innovation can be leveraged to advance consumer protection and foster a more effective, responsible gaming framework across the gambling and sports betting industries.”

GeoComply said the new tool underscores its commitment to offering innovative solutions to streamline compliance with complex state regulatory requirements.

Tech comes at a time of explosive growth

The surging interest in sports betting underscores the interest in assuring responsible wagering.

PA sports betting handle reached nearly $365 million in August, setting a new all-time high. And online casinos had their best month ever, with $55.9 million in revenue.

FanDuel announced a marketing connection with Pat McAfee, a former NFL punter and now a sports talking head.

Then GVC and MGM added $250 million to Roar Digital, with much of that likely going toward marketing in the US sports betting sector.

And more is in the works.

Time to temper marketing?

In the face of all that, our sister publication LegalSportsReport recently pointed out that the US market could take some lessons from Europe, where marketing was too aggressive.

In that piece, David Briggs, the CEO of GeoComply, said marketing in the United Kingdom had gone overboard for a time with too much advertising.

He said the result was turning people off — or into opponents of sports betting.

AGA supports responsible gaming

The American Gaming Association highlighted several responsible gaming actions as the week came to an end.

  • NASCAR became the first professional league to partner with the AGA’s Have A Game Plan, Bet Responsibly campaign to educate fans about safe wagering practices.
  • The AGA activated the enforcement process for its sports betting marketing code, setting a high bar for responsible advertising by all operators and sportsbooks.
  • Congressional Gaming Caucus co-chairs Reps. Dina Titus of Nevada and Guy Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania penned an op-ed on responsible gaming in The Hill.
  • BetMGM reinforced its commitment to responsible gaming by hiring Richard Taylor as its new Responsible Gambling Program manager.

PA Online Casinos Reach Record-High $55.9 Million Revenue in August

August was another hot month for PA online casinos, just topping the May record with slots, table games and poker netting nearly $56 million in revenue.

Online casinos in Pennsylvania generated gross revenue of nearly $55.9 million during August, an increase of $1.5 million over July’s revenue of $54.4 million.

And they set a new monthly record. PA iGaming’s previous peak revenue of $55.8 million for online poker, slots and casino games came in May.

Last August, the gross revenue for online offerings was just about $3.7 million. There was no online poker then, and many fewer online gaming options

Poker added $2.7 million to online revenue in August.

Online slot games accounted for $39.6 million and online table games just under $13.6 million.

Total gambling revenue tops $310 million despite reduced capacity

Overall August revenue was more than $310 million, according to Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) figures for total gaming and fantasy contests.

That’s despite continued reduced capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions.

During July, it was just under $283.1 million. That month was the first since virus restrictions began in mid-March in which all 12 casinos operated for most of the month.

The monthly figure is an increase of almost 6% over revenue generated in August 2019, when it was more than $293.4 million.

Sportsbooks roar back to life

PA sports betting handle reached nearly $365 million in August, setting a new all-time high and a 122% month-over-month increase in handle for the books. Taxable revenue was $18.4 million, up 126% over July’s $8.1 million.

Even with retail books reopened, 88% of wagers were placed online. FanDuel Sportsbook continues to dominate the space, taking in around 45% of all sports wagers placed online during the month. The operator also broke a single-month record for revenue with nearly $8.9 million via online alone.

DraftKings sportsbook was next best, accounting for 26% of all online bets, $86.8 million in handle and $1.1 million in revenue.

Poker continues slide from April peak

Online poker continued to slide despite the ongoing closure of in-person poker rooms, with August revenue at just above $2.7 million.

Online poker was at just under $3.0 million in July versus $3.2 million in June. In May, poker revenue was $4.6 million, slightly down from its peak of nearly $5.3 million in April.

PokerStars PA remains the only provider of online poker in the Keystone State.

August online casino breakdown by PA operator

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

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games Revenue
Rivers Philly* (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$17.1 million$15.2 million$1.9 million
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$8.7 million$4.4 million$4.3 million
Parx Casino$7.5 million$6.1 million$1.4 million
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & Fox Bet)$6.9 million$2.4 million$1.7 million
Penn National (DraftKings Casino)$6.6 million$3.4 million$3.2 million
Penn National (Hollywood Casino)$5.2 million$4.7 million$579,000
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$3.0 million$2.6 million$409,000
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$724,000$700,000$24,000
Wind Creek Casino$214,000$239,000($25,000)
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$33,000($50,000)$83,000
Live! Casino Philadelphia (launched Aug. 14)$25,000$24,000$600
Totals:$53.2 million$39.6 million$13.6 million

Rivers, Valley Forge and Parx tops in online revenue

Rivers Philadelphia, which is the combination of SugarHouse and BetRivers, topped the month of August with revenue of $17.1 million, with $15.2 million from online slots.

Valley Forge Casino and its operator FanDuel were second in overall online revenue with $8.7 million, split nearly evenly between slots and table games.

Parx Casino was third with $7.5 million, and it was second only to Rivers in slot revenue with $6.1 million.

Presque Isle Downs and its operator BetAmerica were next to last with just $33,000 in revenue after losing $50,000 on their slot play. They had online table revenue of $83,000 to offset the slot loss.

Live! Casino Philadelphia was the newby player, operating for just half the month of August. Unlike all the others, its physical casinos, in Philly and near Pittsburgh, are not yet even open. Live! had revenue of just $25,000, almost all of it in slots.

PlayLive! Now Live: Make It 11 Online Casino Operators in Pennsylvania

Live! online casino is now available in PA with a large selection of games, launching ahead of the forthcoming brick-and-mortar Live! Casino properties.

Priming the pump, the Cordish Gaming Group opened its PlayLive! Casino app earlier this month, making a bit of history.

It launched its Live! app well ahead of grand opening plans for brick-and-mortar casinos on both sides of Pennsylvania. That’s a first for PA online casino sites.

Online before Live! properties in Western and Eastern PA

PlayLive! is the first branded online gambling site that has launched a mobile site before the opening of its related physical casinos.

And it is Cordish’s first online venture.

A new Live! mini-casino near Pittsburgh is set for opening this fall. A full-sized casino in the stadium district of Philadelphia is expected for early next year.

And the company is making a bid to buy another available mini license on Sept. 2. That will take place during the upcoming Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board meeting.

Qualify for Live! Rewards online

The online casino site is linked to the Live! Rewards customer loyalty program already in play at Cordish’s established casino properties. It allows Live! to begin to connect with PA guests before they can physically visit a Live! property in PA.

The program is free. Members qualify for benefits and perks on both PlayLive! and at all Live! Casino & Hotel properties.

Well-stocked site

The lively GAN-powered Live! site offers about 100 slot titles, plus table games and video poker.

And there are lots of incentives to start:

  • Up to $750 in deposit bonuses, plus 100 free spins. There is a 20x-playthrough requirement, and the offer ends on Oct. 4.
  • Bet $30 on the popular progressive slot Divine Fortune and get 30 free spins.
  • A leaderboard that offers 200 free spins.

Rob Norton, president of Cordish Gaming Group, explained in a statement:

“This site certainly illustrates our ability to enhance the traditional launch timeline of our new casino projects. PlayLive! will provide a sneak peek of our brand to the future guests of Live! Casino Pittsburgh and Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia.

“PlayLive! will enable us to connect with guests virtually until we can greet them physically. The site will definitely build buzz and excitement for what’s to come in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia soon.”

To that end, games are configured as they would be at Live! Casino properties, providing similar gaming experiences online to what customers will find in the live casinos.

The PlayLive! online lineup

Slots include the classics:

  • Wheel of Fortune: Triple Extreme Spin
  • Wheel of Fortune: Hawaiian Getaway
  • Jumanji
  • Cleopatra
  • 100,000 Pyramid
  • Da Vinci Diamonds
  • Triple Red Hot 777 Free Games

Table games at PlayLive!:

  • Blackjack
  • Four types of roulette
  • Baccarat

Video poker at PlayLive!:

  • Game King
  • Deuces Wild
  • Jacks Are Better

The site is now accessible on desktop, mobile and Android.

An iOS app is expected “in the coming weeks,” according to a customer rep.

The presence of Live! in PA follows the launch of Wind Creek’s online casino.

Online launch dates

  • Hollywood Casino: July 2019
  • Parx Casino: July 2019
  • SugarHouse (now Rivers Casino Philadelphia): July 2019
  • PokerStars (Mount Airy): November 2019
  • Unibet (Mohegan Sun): November 2019
  • FanDuel (Valley Forge Casino): January 2020
  • Bet Rivers (Rivers Casino Pittsburgh): January 2020
  • Bet America (Presque Isle): January 2020
  • Caesars: April 2020
  • Wind Creek Casino: July 2020
  • PlayLive!: August 2020

There’s no word yet on the launch for a sportsbook for Live! but a representative for Cordish confirmed that FanDuel is its sports betting partner. A launch by end of the year is quite possible, as a Live! executive previously predicted an online sportsbook by the end of August.

Online casinos remain hot in PA

Online casinos have been on a roll, generating gross revenue of $54.4 million during July. That’s 8.6% higher than in June.

Revenue then was $50.1 million. June and July were both down just slightly from PA iGaming’s peak revenue of $55.8 million in May.

Two brick-and-mortar facilities catering to gamblers recently reopened

Across the street from the Philly Live! Casino site, the South Philadelphia Turf Club has reopened since shutting down in mid-March due to the virus pandemic.

It could have reopened weeks ago, but the Parx Casino satellite facility chose to stay shut.

Also reopened to customers for the first time since the pandemic is the outdoor section of Xfinity Live! It’s a sports bar near Live! Casino and the stadiums, but without a retail gambling option.

What Are Live Dealer Games, and When Are They Coming to PA Online Casinos?

Live dealer games bring social interaction elements of the live casino to online gaming, but when will players in PA have the option?

Online casinos have been live in Pennsylvania for a little over a year. The safe, legal arrival of iGaming in the commonwealth pleased players and added much-needed tax revenue during coronavirus-caused shutdowns.

Slot libraries continue to grow, and currently there are 11 online casinos in PA.

However, there is something that is missing and it’s at the top of nearly every player’s wish list — live dealer games.

What is live dealer?

Live dealer games give you the chance to play casino table games, like blackjack, at home in real time with a live dealer.

Golden Nugget was the first to roll out live dealer in New Jersey in 2017. Since then, many more casinos have begun streaming live dealer. The most common games are blackjack, roulette and  baccarat.

What’s the difference?

If you play blackjack now at any one of PA’s online casinos, the cards are electronically dealt by a built-in random number generator (RNG).

Live dealer games are transmitted from a remote studio and livestreamed 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
  • Trust playing a live dealer more than an RNG

Live dealer tutorial via PlayUSA

When is live dealer coming to PA?

There is no firm date when live dealer will arrive in Pennsylvania, but a number of operators have teased its launch.

Here is the “coming soon” timeline of live dealer in Pennsylvania.

January 2020:

Evolution Gaming signs agreement with Parx to power live dealer casinos in PA and NJ.

Parx players will be able to choose from a range of live dealer table games streamed from Evolution’s existing New Jersey studio and its planned PA studio.

Matt Cullen, senior vice president, interactive gaming and sports at Parx Casino, commented:

“Parx was the first Pennsylvania casino to offer RNG blackjack games online, so extending our online offering to include world-leading Live Casino from Evolution is a natural next step. Our online blackjack player base in particular will love Evolution’s Live blackjack offering, which includes Infinite Blackjack, with no limit on the number of seats available at the table, as well as several other blackjack variants. Overall, we are very confident that all the players types will be very excited by the rollout of Parx Live Casino in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.”

May 2020:

DraftKings launches its online casino.

According to a representative from DraftKings Casino, the PA platform will ultimately have 280 games. The rest of the library will roll out in stages and include live dealer games. The rep said:

“While we do not have an exact time frame, all 280 options will follow quickly after launch, including those that feature a live dealer and those that are DraftKings branded.”

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August 2020:

Evolution signs deal with PointsBet and says live dealer is coming to PA.

Evolution announced a deal with PointsBet, an Australian bookmaker. While unclear whether PointsBet plans to enter the PA online casino market, what was made clear is that an Evolution live dealer studio is coming to PA by the end of 2020. Currently, Evolution has studios in New Jersey, but it confirmed plans for new studios in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

August 28, 2020:

A press release on Aug. 28, 2020, confirmed a partnership between Evolution Gaming and BetMGM, which plans to debut online betting products in Pennsylvania before the end of the year. The arrangement will see BetMGM become one of the first in PA (and Michigan) to offer Evolution’s suite of live dealer games. BetMGM vice president of gaming Matthew Sunderland said:

“Evolution offers everything we need to enable our brands to roll out an extremely rich, world-class online live gaming experience across the US and their new state launches road map is very much in accord with our own alongside building on our current leadership position in gaming in New Jersey.”

Evolution Gaming Malta CEO Johan Nordstrom said of the partnership:

“We are honored to have been chosen by BetMGM to be partners in the fast-developing US live gaming market … This is a natural extension of our existing relationship with GVC Holdings’ brands.”

Live dealer games subject to lower tax rates

Players are clamoring for live dealer in PA. Obviously, providers and operators want to give them what they want. In addition, live dealer is a table game, so it’s taxed at a lower rate.

Pennsylvania online gambling tax rates:

  • Online slots: 54%
  • Sports betting: 36%
  • Online table games: 16%

Sebastian Johannisson, chief commercial officer at Evolution, commented:

“With table games subject to lower tax, our Live Casino is a very attractive proposition for operators too, as well as its wide appeal to players — both familiar with online and those having played in the bricks and mortar casino — offering a very important and significant contribution to operator revenues.”

Article updated on Aug. 28.