Pennsylvania iGaming Could Be Up And Running By November
Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) revealed it would start accepting petitions from those state’s land-based casinos that wanted to run their own online gambling websites.
The application process will begin on April 16, when Pennsylvania’s land-based license holders will be able to apply for a total of 13 Internet Gaming Certificates.
Let The Applying Begin
All interested operators will have 120 days to submit their applications, while any licenses that remain free after that time frame will be given to outside entities.
The application process for gaming suppliers and manufacturer is scheduled to start two weeks earlier, on April 2. Online casino games have been divided into three separate categories: “peer to peer games”, such as online poker, slot machines, and table games.
A casino can choose one of the options for a fee of $4 million, or purchase all three of them for a total of $10 million.
Those operators that want to buy the whole package will be allowed to apply for a certificate within the first 90 days from the start of the application process. That means all those operators who want only one certificate will have 30 days to submit their applications.
It still remains unclear who are the “outside entities” mentioned by the PGCB, although PennBets believes this term refers to land-based casinos and online gaming operators in New Jersey, such as Golden Nugget or 888, which are candidates for a permit as well.
So far, only a couple of casinos have publicly revealed their online gambling plans. The casinos that have confirmed they will be applying are Parx Casino, Mount Airy Casino Resort, SugarHouse Casino and Rivers Casino.
Adam Small, President and Chief Analyst at PennBets estimated that state’s online gambling sites would be operational by November.