Yesterday reportedly saw American casino operator, Rush Street Gaming, become the latest to apply for a Pennsylvania iGaming license in hopes of soon being able to offer online players in the eastern state the ability to enjoy poker, slots and table games such as roulette.
According to a Monday report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper, the Chicago-headquartered company followed the likes of Penn National Gaming Incorporated, Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Incorporated, Stadium Casino and Mount Airy Casino Resort in paying a $10 million fee in order to apply for one of the Pennsylvania licenses before the July 16 deadline.
The newspaper reported that the iGaming license is expected to give Rush Street Gaming the ability to offer online games via its Rivers Casino Pittsburgh venue as well as its SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia once the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has finalized its technical requirements, which is a process that is expected to take several months.
According to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October saw Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf, sign expanded gaming legislation into law that made the state only the fourth to legalize iGaming. However, there remained some uncertainty as to how many of the jurisdiction’s 13 casinos would select to opt in before yesterday’s closing date due to the size of the application fee as well as the associated tax rates that many consider unworkable.
In the end, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino followed Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Mount Airy Casino Resort, Parx Casino and the under-construction Live! Hotel and Casino in applying for a local iGaming license before the deadline’s expiration. Pennsylvania casinos that missed this cut-off may still pay $4 million for ‘a la carte’ licenses that would give them permission to offer slots, poker or table games while any unclaimed licenses are due to be made available to out-of-state operators from August 14.
Finally, it was reported that the new licenses do not include sportsbetting, which the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is authorizing separately following the payment of an additional $10 million fee. Although no Pennsylvania casino has yet applied for permission to launch a sportsbook, Jeremy Kleiman from New Jersey law firm Saiber told the newspaper that the industry remains ‘enthusiastic’ about sports wagering but is still waiting to see detailed regulations.