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 casinos actually apply for and pay for online gambling licenses in the coming months. The high licensing fees and tax rates for online casinos do not make it a no-brainer for all of the state’s 12 existing casinos to enter the market in every vertical.
Here’s a look at our best guess at whether casinos will be involved in PA online gambling, and what software provider they would partner with, based on educated guesses and existing relationships. As the partnerships become official, this page and table will be updated.
|Casino||Likely to participate in online casino?||Potential or speculated partner||Likely to participate in online poker?||Potential or speculated partner|
|Hollywood (Penn National)||Maybe||Scientific Games/NYX||Maybe||NA|
|Mohegan Sun||Yes||Scientific Games/NYX||Yes?||PokerStars|
|Rivers||Yes||Rush Street Interactive||Maybe||NA|
|SugarHouse||Yes||Rush Street Interactive||Maybe||NA|
Here’s a closer look at some of the relationships and operators we know a little about:
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. Whether that means anything for PA remains to be seen.
In 2015, a partnership between 888 and Mount Airy came to light. While something could have changed in the past two years, this appears to be one of the partnerships we can take to the bank.
With or without Mohegan, PokerStars is going to find its way into the PA market.
PokerStars has indicated it wants to be one of the first sites to launch, even without a firm partnership lined up (at least publicly).
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 via the SugarHouse brand in New Jersey, as well.
At one point, it appeared that Valley Forge had a deal in place with GVC/bwin.party. Whether that’s still (or was) true likely won’t be known until licenses are purchased.