Valley Forge Casino and Resort in King of Prussia applied for all three PA online casino licenses in 2018.
In October, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved the application and it appears as though Valley Forge will launch PA online casino and online poker operations in early 2019.
Valley Forge Casino online gambling plan
Valley Forge received approval for its online gaming petition at the Oct. 3 PGCB meeting. At that time, Valley Forge presented its plans to the Board including listing its strategic online gambling partners. They are:
- IGT for online gaming platform design
- GAN for player account functions and management, including risk management
- GeoComply for geolocation services
- Aristotle for age and identity verification services
- FanDuel for sports betting
Valley Forge officials initially targeted November 2018 for the launch of PA online casino operations. However, that has now been pushed back to early 2019. Instead, Valley Forge officially filed its application for a PA sports betting license in November. It is now looking to launch both retail and online and mobile sportsbooks with partner FanDuel in March 2019.
An IGT online casino site
IGT is in the New Jersey online casino business as a games provider. However, the Valley Forge’s PA online casino will be the first US online gambling operation to employ an IGT designed online gaming platform.
Of course, it is a little easier to see how VFCasino.com’s player account features will work, since GAN technology will be used.
PA competitor Parx launched the Parx online social casino in March 2015 using GAN software. Parx and GAN also announced in 2018 the two companies will partner on a real-money PA online casino offering expected to launch in 2019. Additionally, Ocean Online Casino and Betfair in New Jersey are both GAN sites.
Signing up for VFCasino.com
Online casino operators know they must make signing up an easy process. Valley Forge is no different and will employ GAN software to help. Registration will take mere minutes and require just the basic information making it easy for players to get started.
Bonuses and promos at Valley Forge
In NJ, new players can find welcome bonuses including up to $30 in PA online casino bonus money with no deposit required and a 100 percent first deposit match bonus of up to $2,500.
The tax structure in PA might make it difficult for operators to go this big. However, new players can expect Valley Forge to employ some kind of welcome bonus to help it draw new players into the new market and its site.
Deposits and withdrawals at Valley Forge online casino
VFCasino.com will try to allow credit and debit card deposits. However, a number of issuing banks will still refuse to handle online gambling transactions.
Fortunately, Valley Forge will also accept a number of alternative methods of deposit.
These PA deposits methods are expected to include:
- ACH bank transfers
- 7-Eleven Pay Near Me
- Cash at the Valley Forge cage
Withdrawal methods will likely depend on the method of deposit.
Valley Forge online casino games
IGT alone can offer Valley Forge online casino hundreds of games. However, the site will likely strike a number of third-party game supplier deals to add hundreds more.
That means a variety of electronic versions of traditional table games and a huge library of online slots.
Valley Forge online casino blackjack
Basic IGT blackjack games are all over the NJ online casino market. Players can expect to find the following titles and more when Valley Forge launches in PA:
- Multihand Blackjack
- Blackjack with Hot Streak Bonus
- Power Blackjack
- Vegas Blackjack
- Progressive Blackjack
Valley Forge online casino roulette
- French Roulette
- American Roulette
- European Roulette
- 3 Wheel Roulette
- Double Bonus Spin Roulette
- Triple Bonus Spin Roulette
Valley Forge online casino slots
Even with just IGT titles on the site, the Valley Forge online casino will offer hundreds of slots.
Some of IGT’s most popular online slots include:
- Wheel of Fortune
- Super Times Pay
- Double Diamond
- Wolf Run
Valley Forge online poker
If Valley Forge employs IGT software for its foray into PA online poker, it will mark the beginning of IGT’s attempt to change the US online poker landscape.
In 2016, IGT ended a three-year overhaul of its online poker software with an eye on heading full force into the US online poker market. It has been almost three years now, but Valley Forge would mark the company’s first opportunity to get started in the US.
The software is said to be user-friendly, customizable, and mobile platform focused.
IGT hoped its newly revamped poker platform would entice US operators. That hasn’t happened until now.
However, Valley Forge will be looking to make a splash in the PA online poker market and compete with Mount Airy and its vaunted PokerStars software by employing the IGT platform.
About Valley Forge Casino and Resort
Valley Forge Casino and Resort opened in 2012 is just outside of Philadelphia.
It’s one of just two casinos in the state licensed to operate in locations inhabited by hotel resorts. That means it is subject to size restrictions limiting it to 600 slot machines and 50 table games.
Access to the casino was also limited to guests of the resort, resort membership holders, or anyone spending $10 or more on resort amenities. However, Valley Forge paid the state $1 million to allow it to offer open casino access in 2017.
The chance to add 250 more slot machines and 15 more table games, for $2.5 million and $1 million respectively, is still open to the property as well.
The casino may be small compared to others in PA, but the resort is anything but. It features two three-star hotels with 485 rooms and suites and a state-of-the-art conference center.
There are no less than seven dining establishments, a nightclub, and an outdoor pool and beach area with views of the Valley Forge National Historical Park right next door.
Thanks to a partnership with IGT, Valley Forge should bring a big game library to Pennsylvania. The company will operate as VFCasino.com.