Watch for Pennsylvania Online Casinos from July 15

Pennsylvania to launch First Online Casino July 15th 2019

For those hopeful that the launch of Pennsylvania online casinos was imminent when the Keystone’s State’s law passed back in 2017, they were unfortunately wrong. However, the wait will finally be over on July 15 2019 when PA online casinos no longer will be a fantasy, and my, how the PA online players are looking forward to it!

During the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) public meeting back on April 17, executive director Kevin O’Toole announced that a 90 day waiting period was sufficient for the 10 PA online casinos licensees to prepare to go live on July 15, 2019. That time is now almost up. Party on – its online casino time!

It’s encouraging to recall O’Toole’s warming words for the online casino sector. He is on the records as stating that online casino gaming is a “key component” of the Keystone State’s gaming plan;

“Staff has reviewed the estimated time that it would take for us and the industry to complete all necessary steps, and it is our view that 90 days would be adequate,” he said. “Accordingly, I have advised the 10 iGaming certificate holders and three iGaming operators that a coordinated go-live period for interactive gaming will commence on July 15, 2019.”

Approved Online Casinos & Online Poker Sites for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania casinos were originally charged $10 million for a license to offer online casino gambling. Those 10 Pennsylvania Online Casinos that will be ready to go when PA Online Casino gaming launches on July 15 are as follows;

  • SugarHouse Online Casino
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia Online Casino
  • Hollywood Online Casino
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono Online Casino
  • Mount Airy Online Casino
  • Parx Online Casino
  • Presque Isle Downs Online Casino
  • Sands Bethlehem Online Casino
  • Stadium Online Casino
  • Valley Forge Online Casino

Additionally, some PA online casinos will also be offering online poker in Pennsylvania including:

  • SugarHouse Online Casino
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia Online Casino
  • Hollywood Online Casino
  • Mount Airy Online Casino
  • Parx Online Casino
  • Sands Bethlehem Online Casino
  • Valley Forge Online Casino

888Casino and 888Poker expected to join the PA fray

Given the big international and New Jersey 888Casino network has close ties with both Mount Airy and Harrah’s Philadelphia, there is a good chance that 888Casino could also launch its online gambling operations (including its 888Poker site) in Pennsylvania complete with PA-exclusive branding.

With the PA online casino licensing regulations allowing Pennsylvania license holders to hold as many online sites and as many entries into the market as they wish, there is strong potential for Mount Airy to offer both 888Poker and 888Casino for the Keystone State’s online players.

Other than their offerings in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania sports betting market, the 888 parent company also works exclusively with WSOP.com across the U.S., providing quality poker software to online players in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware.

Pennsylvania Online Casinos expected to follow NJ’s success

Online casinos have been a runaway success in New Jersey and recently, May 2019 marked the second largest online casino revenue month in New Jersey history, generating $36.54 million. The revenue records could tumble even further in the Keystone State.

Pennsylvania has a 40% larger population base with nearly 13 million to just under 9 million for New Jersey, hence the incredible potential. Even more so if the Keystone State can find a way into the established Multi-State Internet Gaming Association (MSIGA) that has enabled Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey to combine their player pools.

A Pennsylvania entry into that group could see the potential player pool almost doubled, which would greatly increase the liquidity potential and grow the base as a whole for all states involved.

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