The Unbuilt Philadelphia Stadium Casino Is The Latest PA Online Casino Applicant

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A trio of casinos made their intentions known to offer Pennsylvania online gambling on Friday, including the planned Stadium Casino in Philadelphia, Online Poker Report confirmed on Friday night.

That makes three online casinos…

PlayPennsylvania confirmed two other petitions that came on Friday, from Parx Casino and Mount Airy.

Sunday is the deadline for casinos in the state to petition for full online casino licenses in which they can offer all forms of online gambling. The license to offer online poker, slot machines and table games comes at a cost of $10 million.

More casinos are likely to petition before the end of the weekend.

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Stadium Casino is the third

Despite not even having a physical location yet, Stadium Casino LLC made its intentions known to get into the online gaming business. Stadium is being built near the professional sports facilities for the city of Philadelphia, including the Phillies, Eagles, Sixers and Flyers.

The facility is a joint project from Cordish Companies and Greenwood Racing. The former is involved in casino around the country, including Maryland Live! The latter owns Parx Casino.

Stadium, in its petition, notes it is having trouble complying with the required information:

Stadium’s current status and lack of an operating casino is so material because it renders Stadium a square peg to the interactive gaming petition process’ round hole, and deprives Stadium – presently – of the ability to provide various items of required information.

For example, Stadium does not currently have any employees and, as such, cannot identify those which will be involved in the conduct of interactive gaming, identify how many employees will be hired for such purposes, or provide an updated hiring plan. Likewise, without an operating  casino, Stadium is unable to provide detailed site plans of its planned interactive gaming restricted area or to rely on its record of operation in satisfying other elements of the petition requirements.

So while an online casino may not be forthcoming soon, Stadium Casino does want to be involved in the market.

- Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer -- including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner. He has played poker recreationally for his entire adult life and has written about poker since 2008.
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