Out of State Operators Can Now Apply for an Online Gambling License in Pennsylvania

The window for out of state gaming operators to apply for an online gambling license in Pennsylvania is officially open. Those interested operators that Pennsylvania deems “Qualified Gaming Entities” have until October 31 to submit applications.

The Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board announced plans to open the application process to gaming entities across state lines in September. Initially, there were only seven licenses available. Then one of the applicants, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, decided to withdraw its application bringing the available licenses up to 10.

The PGCB promises a degree of transparency and fairness in the process. It will publish a list of all applicants sometime after the window closes on October 31. The winners of the licenses will then be chosen through random selection.

To meet approval, applicants must be in good standing in another jurisdiction. They also must be held to similar player protections to Pennsylvania law wherever they currently operate.

Once the winners are announced, they will each have 60 days to submit their official application and pay the licensing fee. There are four poker certificates, three slot game certificates, and three table game certificates. Each will be worth between $4 and $12 million, depending on how many applications are received.

There is speculation that 888Poker, currently the only online poker brand able to take advantage of the interstate online player pool sharing agreement, could submit an independent application in Pennsylvania.

The brand is already expected to work with long-time partner Mount Airy casino, but would be forced to use the Mount Airy branding under state law. Obtaining a license independently would give 888Poker maximum visibility in every state with legalized online gambling.

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