SugarHouse And Penn National Get Online Gambling Licenses

SugarHouse And Penn National Get Online Gambling Licenses

Penn National and SugarHouse Approved for Online Gambling in PA

In today’s scheduled meeting by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board it was revealed by both Penn National Gaming and SugarHouse had been approved for their online gambling licenses. The approval means that both casinos have been green-lighted to offer online poker and an online casino consisting of table games and slots.

…and then there were five…

The two companies join three other Pennsylvania casinos, which were approved in mid-August at the last scheduled PGCB meeting. The five casinos that have been approved so far:

  • Greenwood Gaming’s Parx Casino, approved in mid-August
  • Mount Airy Casino, approved in mid-August
  • Caesars’ Entertainment’s Harrah’s Philadelphia, approved in mid-August
  • Rush Street Gaming’s SugarHouse Casino, approved September 12th
  • Penn National’s Hollywood Casino, approved September 12th

Each of the PA casinos that have thus far been green-lighted to offer online gambling filed license applications in mid-July. The four others that applied in mid-July — Stadium Casino, Sands Bethlehem, Rivers Casino and Valley Forge — have yet to be approved. In mid-August, Mohegan Sun Pocono and Presque Isle Downs and Casino also applied for licenses. Mohegan Sun Pocono applied for all three licenses (online poker, online table games and online slots) while Presque Isle opted just for online table games and slots.

The remaining two PA casinos — Lady Luck and Meadows Casino — have not applied for online gambling licenses in PA, opening up the opportunity for “qualified gaming entities” to apply. Of the 39 permits that were available at the beginning of the licensing process, seven remain.

So when does PA online gambling go live?

One of the key questions for players is “When does online gambling officially launch in Pennsylvania?” Despite the fact that five casinos have been approved, some key steps apparently still need to completed before Pennsylvanians can gamble online.

Most notably, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board must still give the final go-ahead before PA casinos can launch online gambling. With decisions on only five of thirteen license applications so far, it could be the state must decide on all applications — at least the ones that submitted before the July deadline — before turning on the switch.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is allocated 90 days from the time of application to approve licenses. That means that during October we will likely see the remaining four July applications approved while November will mark the deadline for the PGCB to decide on the Mohegan Sun Pocono and Presque Isle Downs and Casino applications.

In mid-October, the remaining licenses will be opened up to qualified gaming entities.

Given these timeframes, the next 2-3 months could produce some really groundbreaking developments. While the logistics of launching an online gambling site could possibly delay a launch for some casinos, we could at least see the state clear casinos to launch in the last couple months of 2018.