Parx Casino, Harrah’s, Mount Airy Approved For Online Poker, Casino In PA

Parx Casino, Harrah’s, Mount Airy Approved For Online Poker, Casino In PA

Parx, Harrah's Mount Airy Approved for Online Gambling

Three of Pennsylvania’s casinos were officially approved to offer online gambling in the state on Wednesday, becoming the first casinos to be authorized to offer online gambling in PA.

The approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will allow the brands to offer the three main online gambling products authorized by the state: online poker, online table games and online slots. For licensing and tax purposes, Pennsylvania has chosen to separate online table games and online slots, although they will effectively be under the same online casino when they launch.

The three Pennsylvania casinos receiving licenses to offer online gambling this week were:

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Licenses (Approved August 15th)
Pennsylvania CasinoParent CompanySoftware Provider
Harrah's Casino PhiladelphiaChester Downs and Marina888
Mount AiryMount Airy #1 LLCPokerStars, 888
Parx CasinoGreenwood Gaming and EntertainmentGAN

What happens next?

Now that Harrah’s, Mount Airy and Parx have been given the go-ahead to offer online gambling, the three casinos must each pay a $10 million fee to PA to offer the three unique products. Despite the hefty price tag, the three licenses together were still a discount compared to the $4 million required per license after the mid-July deadline.

They will have 60 days to submit the fee for the license, which would be around mid-October. The state of Pennsylvania has yet to authorize a date when online gambling will begin, it is likely that Harrah’s, Mount Airy and Parx will be ahead of the pack or among the first casinos when the state allows the games to go live.

So why were these casinos first to be approved? The one consistent theme of the casinos that were approved on Wednesday is that they are have announced PA software partnerships or have long-standing relationships with the software providers that will work with the casinos on online gambling.

Mount Airy and Harrah’s have relationships with software provider 888 dating back a few years, with Harrah’s even offering online gambling in New Jersey and Nevada. Earlier this week, Mount Airy also announced they would be partnering with PokerStars (poker,casino) and BetStars (sportsbook). Parx Casino also has an agreement in place to offer online gambling and a sportsbook in PA with software provider GAN.

Pennsylvania players could conceivably be playing at real money online poker and casinos by the end of the year.

What about the other casinos?

Nine PA casinos applied for a license by the July 15th deadline, yet the PGCB determined that only the three casinos were ready in their August meeting. That leaves six casinos from the July 15th deadline and two casinos that applied for licenses at the $4 million price tag over the last month.

The next PGCB meeting takes place on September 12th, which would be the earliest that additional licenses could be approved. It’s safe bet to assume that the next month will continue to be busy for Pennsylvania online gambling partnerships leading up to the meeting, when its very likely that additional licenses will be approved.

Two meetings are also slated for October, before the board must officially decide the fate of the other six license applications from mid-July.