Presque Isle Downs May Be Small But Has Big Potential For Churchill Downs

Presque Isle Downs & Casino, located south of Lake Erie, features more than 1,500 slots and table games, plus horse racing.

Recently, Churchill Downs purchased the property. This acquisition is a big plus for Presque Isle because Churchill Downs is a veteran of the online gambling industry in the US.

Since 2007, Churchill has owned and operated online horse racing wagering site TwinSpires. The plans for its PA online gambling site include using its BetAmerica brand, which already powers horse racing apps that offer betting.

Presque Isle plans to offer both an online sportsbook and an online casino option, but will not have them ready to launch until the back half of 2019.

Presque Isle Downs’s online casino platform

Churchill Downs is ready to go full force into the Pennsylvania online gambling market. Before purchasing the property, it inked a deal with SBTech to offer the platform, Chameleon 360, on its online casino sites.

Churchill Downs also signed a partnership with Golden Nugget in New Jersey and is moving ahead with plans to launch an online casino under the Nugget’s license.

At the moment, Presque Isle Downs only has licenses to offer online slots and table games. It did not move forward with an online poker license.

Presque Isle Downs’s online casino bonuses and promos

We don’t know much about the bonuses and promotional planning for Presque Isle Downs. However, the industry norm is to offer a welcome bonus and a first-deposit bonus to new registrations.

Considering the high slot-tax rate, there is speculation that these bonuses may be lower than the New Jersey counterparts. Time will tell, but Pennsylvania is looking like a competitive market and a comprehensive bonus plan to attract new customers is likely.

Presque Isle Downs’ online banking options

While payments can be tricky for online gaming sites, Presque Isle Downs should offer plenty of options for players to deposit and withdraw.

Some of these options may include:

  • ACH e-checks
  • Cash at the Presque Isle Downs’ cage
  • MasterCard and/or Visa credit/debit card
  • Neteller
  • PayNearMe at 7-Eleven locations
  • PayPal

Presque Isle Downs’ online casino game offerings

Slots

Online slots will still play a significant role in Pennsylvania despite a 54 percent slot tax. The Chameleon 360 platform will support hundreds of popular online slots from popular providers.

Some slots we can expect to see on the Presque Isle Downs’ site are:

  • Crystal Cash
  • Jack Hammer 2
  • Jurassic Park
  • Secrets of Atlantis
  • Stormin 7s
  • Terminator 2

Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the most popular games in the US. Indeed, we should expect to see a wide variety of games from Presque Isle Downs.

Some variations we could see are:

  • Atlantic City Blackjack
  • Classic blackjack gold series
  • Vegas single-deck blackjack
  • Vegas Strip multi-hand gold series
  • Multi-hand perfect pairs European blackjack

Roulette

With providers like NetEnt and Microgaming Software Systems, Presque Isle Downs should offer a few variants of roulette. Most sites feature at least American- and European-style roulette games.

American Roulette is like the tables you would find traditionally at brick-and-mortar casinos in the US. This style roulette has single zeros and double zeros. While this roulette still offers favorable odds, European-style’s odds are better.

European Roulette only features a single zero, essentially cutting the house’s edge in half.

There is another popular version, French Roulette, which offers even better odds to the players. French roulette also features a single zero, like European roulette, and players receive a 50 percent refund on their bet even money if “0” hits. The house edge in French roulette on outside bets is only 1.35 percent.

Furthermore, it’s possible we will see all three versions on Presque Isle Downs’ online casino. There may also be a few alternative styles like Three Wheel Roulette and Double Bonus Spin, too.

Other games

Presque Isle Downs, like most other sites, should offer a variety of other games. Some games you can expect to see:

  • Keno
  • Three-card poker
  • Let It Ride
  • No-commission baccarat
  • Slingo
  • Video bingo
  • Virtual sports
  • Video poker

Presque Isle Downs’ online casino loyalty program

It seems to be industry standard to offer some form of loyalty program for online casinos. Of course, Presque Isle Downs shouldn’t be the exception.

Currently, the brick-and-mortar players take part in the Eldorado’s One Club.

This rewards program offers players perks like free plays, free stays, discounted dining and more. However, now with Churchill Downs at the helm, the One Club will likely get switched out with a new rewards program.

It’s likely that a Presque Isle Downs loyalty program would include perks at Churchill Downs properties, but it is still too early to tell.

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