Pennsylvania offers out-of-state operators path into iGaming market

Pennsylvania offers out-of-state operators path into iGaming market

Friday, September 14, 2018 Posted by News Team
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Operators without a presence in the state will be apply to apply for seven iGaming licences

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) is to offer out-of-state operators the opportunity to apply for iGaming licences in the state after Penn National Gaming and SugarHouse had their applications approved. 

With the 2017 Pennsylvania gambling expansion bill allowing for three licences per casino - for slots, table games and peer-to-peer games such as poker - there are seven unclaimed licences of a possible 39. 

The PGCB will now accept applications for these licences from “qualified gaming entities”. 

It defines these entities as companies which currently hold gaming licences from either other US states or from a non-US jurisdiction that allows it to operate slot and table games including poker, either via land-based channels or online. 

There are currently two slot, two table games and three peer-to-peer poker licences available. Interested parties have a window starting October 15th and ending October 31st in which they can submit petitions for up to three licences. Applicants filing petitions for all three licences will be prioritised over entities applying for just one certificate. 

The opening-up of licences to out-of-state operators comes after Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino and Rush Street’s Sugar House Casino were awarded iGaming licences by the PGCB. 

Two casinos - Lady Luck Casino and Meadows Racetrack - have not applied for any of the licences on offer, accounting for six of the remaining licences, while Presque Isle Downs and Casino only applied for slots and table games licences. 

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