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Pennsylvania Online Poker And Casino Partnerships

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 our best guesses on which casinos will be involved in PA online gambling, and what software provider(s) they would partner with. This information is based on both educated guesses and confirmed or existing relationships.

Check out the latest piece rounding up what we know. As more partnerships become official, this page and table will be updated.

Casino Applied? Likely to participate in online casino? Potential or speculated partner Likely to participate in online poker? Potential or speculated partner
Harrah's Yes Yes 888 Yes 888
Hollywood (Penn National) Yes Yes Scientific Games/NYX Maybe TBD
Lady Luck No Yes SBTech Maybe TBD
Meadows No Maybe Scientific Games/NYX Maybe Scientific Games/NYX
Mohegan Sun No Yes Scientific Games/NYX Yes PokerStars
Mount Airy Yes Yes 888 Yes 888/PokerStars
Parx Yes Yes GAN Maybe TBD
Presque Isle No Maybe TBD, possibly in-house Maybe TBD
Rivers Yes Yes Rush Street Interactive Maybe TBD
Sands Bethlehem (pending sale) Yes Yes TBD No TBD
SugarHouse Yes Yes Rush Street Interactive Maybe TBD
Stadium Casino Yes Yes GAN Maybe TBD
Valley Forge Yes Yes PartyPoker/GVC Yes PartyPoker/GVC

Here’s a closer look at some of the relationships and operators we know a little about:

Harrah’s

Harrah’s is owned and operated by Caesars, which is partnered with 888 in New Jersey and in Nevada. It also operates WSOP NJ and WSOP NV for online poker.

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.

Mount Airy

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.

Hollywood and Meadows

Penn National now owns both of these casinos, as of early 2018. The scuttlebutt says it will partner with Scientific Games, but that is not yet official.

PokerStars

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.

Valley Forge

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.