Parx Casino Urges Regulators to Limit Online Gambling Skins to One Per Casino

The property with the largest slice of the Pennsylvania casino market wants to put a strict limit on the number of online branded sites, or skins, each licensee can offer. Parx Casino is urging regulators to set a one-skin-per license limit.

Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, the owner of Parx, sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on January 30 requesting they change or clarify the state law to limit skins. As it is written, the law provides no explicit limitation on how many different gaming websites each casino who enters the online gambling market will be allowed to launch.

In the letter, Parx attorneys argue that the lack of a limit may pose challenges that regulators failed to predict. They claim that allowing licensed online operators in the state to sub-license to third-party providers and operate a variety of branded gaming sites, takes authority away from state regulators and gives it to the casinos.

In Pennsylvania, three different categories with different prices will be available to casinos that purchase interactive gaming certificates. Parx says all the categories should be bundled on the same skin. The letter to regulators specifies that categories like poker and casino games should be offered together on the same branded website.

Additionally, the attorneys say that allowing the software platforms that partner with casinos to launch their own branded operations in Pennsylvania would “improperly evade” the 13 licenses the law intended to permit. They claim this would allow the gaming platforms to reap all the benefits of the market for a fraction of the licensing fee.

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