It is now official. Online gambling will launch in Pennsylvania on July 15. The state’s Gaming Control Board made the announcement during a meeting Wednesday. As a result, the Keystone State will be the fourth one in the US to legalize online casino games and poker.
Seven casinos got the approval to offer online casino and poker in the state, including:
- Mount Airy Casino Resort
- Valley Forge Casino
- Hollywood Casino
- Sands Bethlehem
- Sugarhouse Casino
- Parx Casino
- Harrah’s Philadelphia.
Marina District Development Company applied for the right to offer online gambling in the state.
The launch of online casinos comes more than a year after lawmakers passed the law legalizing them. Also, online sports betting will be coming before the launch of online casinos. In fact, the PGCB told gambling news sites that said sports betting will be available in the state within two to three weeks.
Online Gambling and Sports Betting
Initially, online gambling and sports betting were expected to launch in early 2019. However, the DOJ’s new opinion on the Wire Act delayed the launch. Due to the new ruling, the state changed its online gaming infrastructure to stay within state borders. As a result, Pennsylvania players can’t join multi-state user pools.
Pennsylvania regulators ensure that its rules and regulations adhere to federal law. That’s why the state postponed the launch of its online sports betting and casino. In addition, they made sure operators adhere to the principles of the new DOJ opinion.
The announcement is a big step for casino operators that ventured into sports betting. You can also expect companies offering pay per head demo to showcase their software and services to would-be bookies in the state.
According to pay per head reviews, more than 80 percent of sports wagers placed in New Jersey came from online bets. Industry observers expect the same to happen in Pennsylvania.