Pennsylvania online gambling just keeps growing. At the start of 2020, there are five online casinos and eight online betting apps up and running in the state. More are on the way, further bolstering the legal PA online casino industry. All told, at least eight PA casinos will launch online gambling sites.
What can we expect from these operators?
Taking a look at each casino’s PA online gambling plan and the companies they’ve partnered with can tell us a lot. It may even reveal who the potential leaders will be when online gambling becomes a reality in the Keystone State.
Map of existing Pennsylvania casinos
Many of these casinos will be involved in the online casino market too. Let’s take a look at the properties with online gambling plans:
Rivers Casino Philadelphia (formerly SugarHouse Casino) is owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming. The Illinois-based casino company also owns and operates Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.
PlaySugarHouse.com launched in NJ in September 2016. Since that time, it has developed a reputation for employing user-friendly proprietary software, uniquely structured bonuses, and a large game library. Additionally, SugarHouse launched online and mobile NJ sports betting on the site in August 2018. The casino introduced a Pennsylvania betting app in May 2019, then followed with an online casino app in July 2019.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has brought on IGT to provide a full suite of digital gaming products, including the platform, and services for the HollywoodCasino.com PA online casino site. The PA online casino runs under IGT’s PlayCommand digital gaming platform.
Additionally, Penn National has inked a deal with NetEnt to give HollywoodCasino.com access to NetEnt’s proprietary online casino game library of over 200 games.
Hollywood Online Casino was the first online casino in PA, launching in July 2019.
Parx Casino in Bensalem inked a deal with UK online gambling software designer GAN to launch PA online casino operations together. The site started taking action in July 2019.
Parx and GAN have employed sports betting tech from provider SBTech for its Parx PA sports betting platform which launched in June 2019.
Harrah’s Philadelphia applied for and received a $10 million PA Interactive Gaming Certificate to operate online slots, online table games, and online poker. It just has yet to launch any of those products. Nor has the property started online sports betting. It should start offering online sites in all categories at some point in 2020.
It is a Caesars Entertainment property. The company’s online division, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, already runs online poker site’s in Nevada and New Jersey. Plus, it also has various online casino sites in New Jersey that offer slots and table games. In fact, it already runs an NJ online casino site under the Harrah’s name in NJ.
HarrahsCasino.com employs 888’s Dragonfish online casino software platform. However, Caesars also employs the NYX Open Platform System on at least one NJ online casino site. It remains to be seen which it will use in PA.
Online poker will run under the WSOP.com brand and employ the same 888 software Caesars uses in NJ and Nevada.
Valley Forge Casino and Resort
Valley Forge Casino and Resort was not the first to launch an online sportsbook, but once it opened up FanDuel Sportsbook online in PA, it was just a month or two before the site solidified itself as the market leader.
FanDuel is running away with the sports betting market. However, Valley Forge’s online casino, VFCasino, is still waiting to launch. The casino has all of the PGCB approvals and a partnership with FanDuel’s online casino arm, Betfair, so expect a launch sometime in 2020.
Presque Isle Downs & Casino /BetAmerica
In 2019, Churchill Downs agreed to terms with sports betting and iGaming software supplier SBTech to roll out SBTech’s online gambling and sports betting software platform Chameleon360 across the US together.
The partnership produced the online sportsbook BetAmerica in December 2019, but the online casino product is still waiting in the wings.
Mohegan Sun Pocono / Unibet
The PGCB has approved the Mohegan Sun Pocono application for online slots and online table games and allowed it to drop its plans to launch online poker as well.
Mohegan Sun’s online gambling software partner is Unibet, a well known public company in Europe that has filed for similar online gambling licenses in New Jersey.
Mount Airy Casino Resort / PokerStars and FOX Bet
Mount Airy Casino Resort is the only PA casino with every online product launched and running in the state. The casino operates FOX Bet Sportsbook as well as the PokerStars PA online poker client and PokerStars Online Casino.
Wind Creek Bethlehem
The property formerly known as Sands Bethlehem is now fully in control of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Now that Wind Creek is under new ownership, the casino is doing a 180 on Sheldon Adelson’s harsh anti-online gambling stance.
The new management put in an application for sports betting in addition to its online casino and poker licenses. However, the property has yet to offer any insight on potential partners for those endeavors.
Taking a pass
The PA casino properties not applying for online gambling licenses in PA are all owned and operated by casino companies getting into PA online gambling through another property. This list includes:
- Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin (Churchill Downs)
- The Meadows Racetrack and Casino ( Penn National Gaming)
- Rivers Casino (Rush Street Gaming)
On the outside almost in
Two major casino companies have applied for entry into the PA online gambling market. These are:
- Golden Nugget
- MGM Resorts
Both are awaiting PGCB approval
Additionally, owners of the under-construction Stadium Casino have applied for an online gambling license. However, they are apparently waiting for the casino to open before going online.