PA Online Casino Control Board Approves Three More Sportsbooks

Rich Migliorisi, Last Updated: November 27th, 2018 PA Online Casinos and PA Sports Betting
PA Online Casino Control Board Approves Three More Sportsbooks

The Pennsylvania sports betting market is on the verge of erupting. More and more casinos are obtaining licenses from the State regulators.

As of recently 6 casinos have received permission by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to offer sports betting services.

Earlier in the month, on Oct the 3rd, three casinos had their applications approved:

Hollywood Casino and Racetrack is one of the prominent players and is expected to be the first sportsbook to open doors in its retail location. The state rules required sportsbooks to submit an application for a minimum of 90 days before the launch date. Hollywood Casino which first filed their application can accept its first wager as early as 15th of November.

In it’s most recent meeting the PGCB approved three more license applications. Those belong to:

  • Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack
  • Rivers Casino
  • SugarHouse Casino

More are coming along the way. A total of 13 Pennsylvania casinos have filed in their applications for sports betting licenses.


Pennsylvania is following New Jersey’s example

The explosion of the NJ sports betting market and the huge success casinos have had over the last few months is encouraging operators to make a step forward into the emerging market.

It’s worth noting that a sports betting licenses comes at the eye-watering price of $10 million per property. Arguably, that’s not too much for brands like Caesars, or Penn National. However, it’s still a big sum of money and anyone willing to pay so much must mean business.

Rush Street Interactive obtained licenses for two properties - SugarHouse Casino and Rivers Casino.

Rivers was actually slated for approval on Oct the 3rd, but the company made a surprising turn to rescind their license application for a later date.

It appears that the company was not quite ready to get started, given it needs to coordinate two casinos, each coming with its proprietary online platform.

That said, both casinos took their licenses on Oct 31st, so we expect it’s business as usual for Rush Street Interactive.

The company also submitted a petition for Approval of a Shared Services Agreement between Rivers Casino and SugarHouse.

Given the success of SugarHouse Sportsbook in New Jersey, it may or may not be worth for the Rivers Casino to push out its iGaming platform. Since both casinos are working for the same owner, it may just be a better strategic decision for them to promote a single online platform.

It will be interesting to see how Rush Street interweaves both casino brands services and their services to extract their maximum potential.

Harrah’s will likely transfer its model from NJ to PA. The Caesars Interactive property had modest success in the neighboring state. But its parent company managed to secure a significant share of the market with several sportsbooks operating in New Jersey and Nevada.


More PA Online Casino Applications

Aside from online sportsbooks, there are been a few applications for interactive gaming certificates. Those come in three categories:

  • Slot type - Non-peer-to-peer games, where players only interact with a machine or game console.
  • Poker type - Peer-to-peer table games, where players interact with each other as well as with the game.
  • Blackjack type - Non-peer-to-peer-table games, where players only interact with the game and the dealer.

Interactive gaming licenses are entirely for online gaming. No physical locations or retail partner is required to support them. Valley Forge and Sands Bethlehem obtained such licenses on Oct the 3rd.

On the last PGCB meeting, Stadium Casino and Presque Isle Downs also received approval for starting online gaming platforms.

Stadium Casino made the news earlier in October when an underground source hinted that the project is in trouble. The property is still in construction and it was rumored that the two owners - Parx and Cordish - are looking to sell.

In July, Stadium Casino opened a mini-casino in Westmoreland Mall which set them back $40.1 million.

It’s interesting to see them push on despite the volatile state of their finances. Perhaps, the interactive gaming license will add to the value of the package and the investors will get a better return. We’re yet to see what happens on that front.

Presque Isle Downs applied for an interactive gaming license on the same day its acquisition deal with Churchill Downs’ was approved.

Pennsylvania is an important market for Churchill Downs’, which have been swift in their deal with Eldorado Resorts for the Presque Isle property. The operator is looking for a similarly quick entry into the PA online gaming scene.

The company commented in August that they are interested in stepping into sports betting as well, but that may take a back seat for the next few months.

Profile Pic.
About Rich Migliorisi

Long before taking on the role of Managing Editor for in 2018, Rich Migliorisi began his journey with a degree in Film & Broadcasting. Rich began his career as a film editor, but as a lifelong sports fan and an enthusiastic writer, he decided to also pursue a sports writing career in 2013. Rich was nominated by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) for Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year in 2013 for his editorial work. During this time, Rich simultaneously contributed to various sports publications and video editing projects, while also grinding poker for a living. In 2015, he was hired at MLB Advanced Media as a Senior Site Manager on Rich later joined in the same capacity, lending his talent to both operations until joining the team at BonusSeeker. His experience in sports and poker makes for a unique blend of expertise in the world of online casinos and sports betting.

MLB, NHL, The Fantasy Fix, Video Editor, Poker Player

This web page is purely for entertainment purposes only, and may contain paid advertisements for online casinos, poker sites, and sportsbooks (including DraftKings, FanDuel, and others.) When you play online or in person at casinos, you are always at risk to lose the money that you are wagering, and Bonus Seeker makes no claim or guarantee that you will win money. When gambling at a casino, only risk what you can comfortably afford to lose. You must be 21 years or older, and a US citizen to register at online casinos in New Jersey and other states in the US. Whilst we try to ensure that this information is correct, we do not warrant its accuracy or completeness. The information provided does not constitute advice and is intended only to provide general information. Bonus Seeker and its partners will not be responsible for any errors or omissions and we will not have any liability or responsibility for any loss that arises from any reliance placed on information obtained from this article including, but not limited to, the comments submitted by third parties. If you should require any advice for gambling-related problems, please CALL 1-800-GAMBLER.

© Copyright 2019 - All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy