Valley Forge is a small hotel resort with a casino that is located near King of Prussia. It is one of two Category 3 resort-casino, and the only Category 3 casino which will eventually offer an online casino product.
For now, there is no firm launch date for its online casino.
Category 3 means Valley Forge is a resort-casino. Resort-casinos are restricted to 600 slots and 50 tables but are allowed to have an attached hotel.
Valley Forge’s online casino platform
Valley Forge has long supported the idea of online gaming in Pennsylvania. It was suspect that Valley Forge had partnered with bwin.Party (now GVC Holdings).
However, at a Pennsylvania Control Gaming Board (PGCB) meeting on Oct. 3, 2018, Valley Forge listed its strategic online casino partners. They are:
- IGT, for online gaming platform design
- GAN, for player account functions and management
- GeoComply, for geolocation services
- Aristotle, for age and identity verification services
- FanDuel, for sports betting
IGT is a familiar name in the New Jersey market, but only as a game provider. This will be its first foray into US online gaming as a platform provider.
The GAN account software is featured in New Jersey at Oceans Online Casino and Betfair. It is also known that Parx Casino will be using GAN in the Pennsylvania market.
Valley Forge was recently purchased by the Boyd Gaming Corp., who has publically shown support for the great potential of Valley Forge in the Pennsylvania iGaming market.
Valley Forge’s online casino bonuses and promos
We don’t know much about Valley Forge’s potential bonuses and promotions. It is likely that it will offer new registrations a no-deposit bonus and then an initial deposit bonus.
While it is still up for debate whether or not Pennsylvania bonuses will match New Jersey’s due to the difference in slot-tax rate (54 percent versus 17 percent, respectively), there will be some form of bonus to have players try Valley Forge’s online offerings.
Valley Forge’s online casino banking
While payments can be tricky for online gaming sites, Valley Forge should offer plenty of options for players to deposit and withdraw.
Some of these options may include:
- ACH e-checks
- Cash at the Valley Forge cage
- MasterCard/Visa credit/debit cards
- PayNearMe at 7-Eleven locations
Valley Forge’s online gaming offerings
Despite the 54 percent slot-tax rate, we can expect slots to play a major role in Pennsylvania, especially at Valley Forge with IGT as a partner.
In New Jersey, IGT is one of the top game providers. It has hundreds of games to likely be featured at Valley Forge alongside slots from other top providers in the industry.
Some of IGT’s most popular games are:
- Wheel of Fortune
- Wolf Run
IGT offers a slew of blackjack games across the New Jersey market. Players can expect to see the following at Valley Forge:
- Blackjack with hot streak bonus
- Multi-hand blackjack
- Power blackjack
- Progressive blackjack
- Vegas blackjack
With IGT as a partner, there will be no shortage of options for roulette. While Valley Forge will likely offer several variants of roulette, we can expect to see three staples: American, European, and French.
American roulette is much like the wheels at traditional US casinos, has a double zero.
European roulette features a single zero and has better odds for the player.
The best odds are in French roulette, which also features a single zero. In French roulette, players receive a 50 percent refund on their even money if “0” hits. The house edge in French roulette on outside bets is only 1.35 percent.
Some titles we can expect to see at Valley Forge’s online casino:
- American roulette
- European roulette
- French roulette
- Three-wheel roulette
- Double bonus spin roulette
- Triple bonus spin roulette
With the favorable tax rate and set precedence from New Jersey, we can expect to see some additional games at Valley Forge. These include:
- Let It Ride
- No-commission baccarat
- Pai gow poker
- Virtual sports
- Video poker
Valley Forge’s online poker
Early rumors had Valley Forge partnered with bwin.Party, which would have hinted toward a partypoker/Valley Forge poker product. However, those rumors have proved false. We now know Valley Forge will be using IGT as a platform provider.
Valley Forge holds the full license suite and can be a player in the poker community despite not having a poker room on property. IGT created a poker product in 2016 that is said to be user-friendly and customizable. This would be an excellent opportunity for IGT’s poker product to make its grand US debut.
Valley Forge’s online sports betting
Valley Forge landed a partnership with one of the most recognized names in online sports betting, FanDuel. This partnership puts them in line to be the top provider of sportsbook in Pennsylvania.
This past summer, European sportsbook powerhouse Paddy Power bought a controlling share of FanDuel. It quickly struck a partnership with Boyd Gaming to offer sports betting in the legal online market. This is an exciting partnership that should make waves in Pennsylvania.
The FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino launched shortly before March Madness in 2019. The online version of the book should go online in June or JUly.
Valley Forge’s online loyalty program
As mentioned above Valley Forge has partnered with GAN to provide account functions and player management.
It will likely employ a loyalty program catered to the Pennsylvania casino market. It’s also possible Valley Forge will integrate its loyalty program with its existing rewards program.
Valley Forge’s brick-and-mortar rewards program is called the Valley Club. This program tracks players play and then rewards them with a variety of on-property perks. Many online casinos in New Jersey have successfully integrated their online and property programs.