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FanDuel’s First Eponymous Online Casino Goes Live In Pennsylvania

FanDuel Casino PA launch

The list of Pennsylvania online casinos grew again on Friday. Users of the FanDuel Sportsbook app were treated to a notification revealing online slots and table games newly available within the same interface. The new FanDuel Casino is available for iOS and Android devices.

The addition makes PA the second state in which FanDuel offers online casino gaming. However, it’s the first in which an online casino uses FanDuel’s own branding. In New Jersey, FanDuel retains the BetFair online casino branding it inherited from its parent company.

Valley Forge Casino is the land-based partner for FanDuel’s PA online gambling endeavors.

FanDuel Casino game selection at launch

FanDuel Casino has a limited array of games on offer for now. There are 12 slots titles at launch, with the trendy Divine Fortune being the early favorite.

It also has five table games, though these consist of two versions of blackjack and three versions of roulette. Each of these includes one “Touch” version designed specifically to make use of the capabilities of a smartphone’s touchscreen interface. This may be part of why FanDuel elected to go mobile-only and forgo a web-based client — though Apple’s prohibition on the use of HTML 5 for gambling apps may also factor in.

Online gamblers likely won’t be too bothered by the small selection, though. This has been the case for virtually every casino that has launched in the state, and the others have all been hard at work expanding their catalog as time goes on. FanDuel Casino should be no different.

And then there were six

FanDuel Casino’s launch brings the number of live Pennsylvania online casino to six. The others:

  • Parx
  • SugarHouse
  • Hollywood
  • PokerStars Casino (with Mount Airy)
  • Unibet (with Mohegan Sun Pocono)

SugarHouse is the largest of these, although PokerStars beats it for total revenue when its poker product is included. PokerStars is currently the only operator offering online poker in PA.

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Don’t expect FanDuel Poker any time soon…

Pennsylvania online gambling regulations allow its land-based casinos to apply for three types of licenses: sports betting, casino/slots, and poker. Valley Forge was among those which applied for all three.

That doesn’t mean we can assume that FanDuel has a poker product in the works.

Long before the PA market went live, it was common understanding that Valley Forge was partnering with partypoker. There’s no reason to assume that things have changed in that regard, though we still don’t know how long it will be before a possible partypoker PA launch.

Nor is it likely to be troubling to partypoker’s owner, GVC, that Valley Forge is using FanDuel for its casino vertical.

GVC has a formal partnership with MGM to offer sports and casino under the BetMGM brand. Although MGM doesn’t own a physical property in PA, it did secure qualified gaming entity status through its operations elsewhere so it can snap up one of the unclaimed online casino licenses.

Alex Weldon
- Alex is a freelance writer and artist living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He has been doing data-based analysis of the online gaming industry since 2016.
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