Presque Isle Downs And Stadium Casino Approved For PA Online Gambling

Presque Isle Downs And Stadium Casino Approved For PA Online Gambling

Presque Isle and Downs

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved two more online gambling licenses in a meeting on Wednesday after allocating licenses to Presque Isle Downs and Stadium Casino. The announcement brings the number of PA casinos with at least one online gambling license to nine.

Two licenses from Presque Isle and Downs

On Wednesday, Presque Isle and Downs was approved to offer an online gambling product consisting of online table games and online slots at a price tag of $4 million per license. The company is choosing not to offer online poker, instead focusing on an online casino, which will be powered by SBTech.

Presque Isle and Downs intends to also go live in New Jersey by the end of the year through a partnership with Golden Nugget.

Stadium Casino goes from three to two

Stadium Casino was also approved for online gambling on Wednesday but revealed that they would be withdrawing their application for online poker. Doing so will allocate another license to a qualified gaming entity in November’s public drawing.

Despite Stadium Casino’s approval on Wednesday, online gambling is likely far off given that the company must first build a planned casino in Philadelphia. The company’s casino license has recently been the subject of sale rumors.

Approved online casinos in PA so far

So far, nine casinos located in PA have been approved to offer online gambling in Pennsylvania, with approvals coming in each of the last three months:

Approved in August:

  • Parx Casino
  • Mount Airy
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia

Approved in September:

  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National
  • SugarHouse Casino

Approved in early October:

  • Sands Bethlehem
  • Valley Forge

Approved in late October:

  • Presque Isle Downs and Casino
  • Stadium Casino

Next up: qualified gaming entities

Online gambling licenses were originally available to all of Pennsylvania’s thirteen casinos.

The application from Mohegan Sun Pocono — which was submitted in mid-August — has yet to be approved by the PGCB. Lady Luck and The Meadows Casino chose not to apply for any form of online gambling. Rivers Casino originally applied for a comprehensive license — online poker, table games and slots — but withdrew their application in early October. Presque Isle and Downs and Stadium Casino have only applied for online table games and an online slots license.

Because three of PA’s casinos have no plans to offer online gambling while another two have opted out of poker, eleven licenses are still up for grabs. These license are currently available to outside qualified gaming entities.

MGM received attention this week after showing interest in the licenses while other potential applicants include the likes of PokerStars and the Golden Nugget. Names will be announced in early November before a public drawing is held.