Pennsylvania passed a law legalizing online casinos and poker in the fall of 2017.
How exactly it will all shake out is a matter for speculation, at least until the first operators actually enter the market. The high licensing fees and tax rates do not make it a no-brainer for all 12 existing casinos (and one planned) to launch every vertical.
Here’s a look at the current expectations for which properties will be involved in PA online gambling, and what software provider(s) they’ve partner with. This information is based on both educated guesses and confirmed/existing relationships.
Check out the latest piece rounding up what we know about current partnerships.
|Casino||Applied?||Likely to participate in online casino?||Potential or speculated partner||Likely to participate in online poker?||Potential or speculated partner|
|Mohegan Sun||Yes||Yes||Scientific Games||Yes||Scientific Games|
|Rivers||Yes||Yes||Rush Street Interactive||Yes||TBD|
|SugarHouse||Yes||Yes||Rush Street Interactive||Yes||TBD|
There’s every reason to believe these partnerships will carry over in PA.
Mohegan Sun Pocono
Mohegan Sun, best known for its brick-and-mortar casino in Connecticut, already has a foothold for online gambling in New Jersey. It runs online casino games under the license of Resorts AC; those casino games are powered by NYX.
Mohegan Sun in PA also runs its social casino via Scientific Games’ platform. Given that Scientific Games acquired NYX, that makes this partnership almost a given for PA.
In NJ, Mohegan operates alongside Resorts’ online poker operator, PokerStars. And the operator has hosted PokerStars live events in the past. At this point, though, it looks like PokerStars has a new partner lined up in PA.
In 2015, a partnership between 888 and Mount Airy came to light. The status of that partnership isn’t exactly clear today, particularly in light of the recent news.
Mount Airy announced a partnership with PokerStars in August 2018, paving a path into the market for The Stars Group. It will also leverage the BetStars brand for PA sports betting.
PokerStars previously indicated it wants to be one of the first sites to launch in the state.
Hollywood / Meadows
Penn National now owns both of these casinos, as of early 2018. Expectations of a Scientific Games partnership did not materialize, as the group revealed a deal with IGT in September.
Rivers / SugarHouse
Rush Street Gaming, the parent company of these Pittsburgh and Philadelphia casinos, already has its own interactive division, so we know where the online casino platform will come from.
Rush Street already operates a real-money online casino and sports betting platform via the SugarHouse brand in New Jersey, as well.
At one point, it appeared that Valley Forge had a deal in place with GVC/PartyPoker. Whether that’s still (or was) true likely won’t be known until licenses are purchased.