Mount Airy Among Nine PA Casinos To Apply To Offer Online Casino

Mount Airy Among Nine PA Casinos To Apply To Offer Online Casino

Mount Airy to launch online casino in Pennsylvania

Mount Airy was one of nine Pennsylvania casinos to apply for an online gambling license in the last week. Should the license for the Mount Pocono casino be approved it would allow the casino to offer online poker and an online casino with table games and slots.

If and when Mount Airy’s online gambling license be accepted — which is expected — the casino will have pay a $10 license fee to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. By applying for a license before the July 16th deadline, Mount Airy was able to receive a reduced rate for a license that covers the three products. Pennsylvania casinos will still be eligible to apply for a PA online gambling licenses at an increased rate of $4 million per license or $12 million for all three.

Now that applications have been submitted, the PGCB will take 90 days to decide whether to approve applications. This potentially means that Mount Airy and other online casinos could be introduced in the Keystone state by the end of the year. How is that for exciting?

Mount Airy is among a group of Pennsylvania casinos and racinos that have established partnerships with online gambling providers over the last few years. In 2015, the casino partnered with 888, a top casino in both Europe and the regulated market in the United States.

Notably, 888 has a strong presence as a software provider for online poker rooms and casinos in New Jersey and Nevada. 888’s experience in the U.S. makes the European company an appealing partner in Pennsylvania. It is expected that 888 will continue its partnership with Mount Airy while establishing additional agreements with other PA casinos (Harrah’s Philadelphia also has an established partnership with 888).

This partnership could be particularly beneficial to Mount Airy’s online poker room when it goes live. Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey recently engaged in a shared liquidity agreement which essentially allows online poker rooms with similar software to combine player pools, resulting in more games and larger tournament prize pools.

Since 888-powered poker rooms are already the largest online poker room in regulated states by a factor of two, 888 — and by proxy Mount Airy — will be eager to offer games to Pennsylvania and its 13 million residents to the mix.