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Evolution’s First Person Craps Pulled From Pennsylvania Online Casinos By Regulator

Pennsylvania online casino users may have noticed something missing in recent weeks. One of what were only two online craps options in the state has disappeared, but only temporarily.

The game in question is First Person Craps by live dealer casino provider Evolution. Casino operators were instructed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) on March 29 to remove the game from their sites.

Online Poker Report reached out to the PGCB to ask what had happened and whether the game would ever return. The regulator’s response:

They [Evolution] were notified they must address some issues and re-submit the game to an independent testing lab.

Exactly what the problem is remains unclear. However, it’s probably something minor, or specific to Evolution’s Pennsylvania studio. The same game remains available at New Jersey online casinos, as well as gaming sites in Michigan, so it appears those states’ regulators are not concerned.

Multiple sites affected

Evolution is the only live dealer provider in Pennsylvania at the moment. Most sites in the state offer its products, including:

  • BetMGM
  • BetRivers
  • Caesars
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • Hollywood
  • PointsBet
  • PokerStars
  • SugarHouse
  • Unibet
  • Parx

However, not all of these were offering First Person Craps to begin with. BetRivers, FanDuel and DraftKings are all offering the game in other states, and presumably were in Pennsylvania as well. However, it isn’t part of the lineup at BetMGM or Unibet, for instance.

Like other games in Evolution’s First Person series, the game blends traditional RNG-based online gaming with a live dealer experience. Upon launching, the game offers players a purely digital form of craps, albeit one with slick 3D graphics and animation. The player is presented with a Go Live button, which takes them to an alternate version of the same game using live dealers, streamed from Evolution’s studio.

Though Live Dealer Craps may be gone for the time being, some PA sites – such as BetRivers Casino – still offer First Person versions of blackjack and roulette.

DK Craps pulls a disappearing act

DraftKings Casino launched its own craps game last year, developed in house. It was never available in Pennsylvania to begin with, but is in New Jersey, Michigan, Connecticut and West Virginia.

However, at some point this month it disappeared from those other states. A company representative confirmed to OPR that this, too, was expected to be temporary:

“We are aware of an issue that has caused DraftKings Craps to be temporarily disabled for our customers. We have a fix in place for the issue and anticipate bringing the game back online soon.”

Update (04/21): Indeed, DK Craps has made its return to the site. It was missing for approximately two weeks. An OPR reader informed us that he received an email from DraftKings stating that the game had been removed due to incorrectly resolved bets, and that he had received some minor monetary compensation from the site for the inconvenience. Other users who have played DK Craps may have received similar emails and reimbursement.

Can I still play online craps in Pennsylvania?

Live dealer craps may be on temporary hiatus from the Keystone State, but dice fans aren’t completely out of luck.

The MGCB clarified to OPR that one other option still exists:

Pala’s Diamond series craps is still available. These were the only two online craps games available in PA.

However, we did a quick check of all 18 Pennsylvania online casinos, and the only one we found offering Diamond Series Craps is Betway Casino.

So, if you’re living in PA and craving a game of craps from the comfort of your own home, Betway may be quite literally the only game in town.

Sign up for Betway Casino PA today to play Diamond Series Craps!

- Alex is a journalist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Now site runner for Online Poker Report, he has been writing about poker and the online gambling industry in various capacities since 2014.
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