Two More Casinos Approved For PA Online Gambling

Two More Casinos Approved For PA Online Gambling

Valley Forge and Sands Approval

Two more PA casinos have been approved to offer online gambling in PA by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday. The two casinos approved during the meeting were Sands Bethlehem and Valley Forge. With the addition of two casinos, there are now seven casinos that have been approved to offer online gambling in the state of Pennsylvania.

Each of the seven approved casinos will pay a $10 million license fee for the right to offer online poker, online table games and online slots. For the purposes of PA online gambling licensing, they are broken down in these three distinct game types.

The approved casinos so far:

Two different paths to online gambling

At the start of PA’s online gambling expansion nearly a year ago, it was assumed Sands Bethleham would not have much of an impact in the market given former owner Sheldon Adelstein’s negative position on online gambling. But that all changed in earlier this year when the casino was purchased by Wind Creek Hospitality.

Given Sands historical aversion to online gambling, there has been no speculation or precedent for who they might choose as a software provider for their online poker room and online casino.

In contrast to Sands, Valley Forge was always expected to apply for online gambling in PA. The company is rumored to partner with partypoker on online poker and an online casino.

Timeframe on launch

An online gambling launch in PA is getting very close. With seven out of the thirteen PA casino casinos approved for online gambling, the question of when to launch games now comes down to the PGCB and the whether casinos themselves will be ready once the final go-ahead is given.

During much of the year, the end of 2018 has been bandied about as a target date. With approvals now rolling in, it should soon become very clear soon whether PA players will be able to enjoy online gambling in 2018 or not.

One online gaming product that has launched that is getting a lot of attention — including some negative attention from PA casinos — is the Pennsylvania online lottery, which launched in May of 2018. Game offerings are expanding by the month with around two dozen games available as of October 2018.

Players can even try out the PA online lottery for free by using bonus code WINNER to receive a free $5 to try out the games. Players looking to make a deposit can receive a 50% up to $50 bonus.