Mohegan Sun Approved for Pennsylvania Online Gambling, Says No to Poker
Mohegan Sun received approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to operate online gambling. However, Mohegan Sun did not apply for an online poker permit. The approval was granted during the board's most recent meeting on Wednesday.
The Connecticut-based tribal gaming company was the first thing on the agenda for the PGCB on Wednesday morning. Mohegan Sun operates a casino in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The board reviewed Mohegan Sun's plan to use NYX and Scientific Games as technology partners to power its online games.
Mohegan Sun initially purchased a license to offer online poker in Pennsylvania but informed the board during the meeting on Wednesday that it was rescinding the license. The operator was late in applying for online poker licenses in the state and missed out on the window to purchase all three for $10 million.
Mohegan Sun may have decided to return its online poker license after PokerStars announced it would partner with Mount Airy Casino in Pennsylvania. Mohegan Sun is connected to PokerStars in New Jersey and was expecting to secure the same advantage in Pennsylvania.
The board accepted Mohegan Sun's request to return its license, making it the second casino operator in the state to change its mind after applying to decide not to offer poker.
The PGCB also addressed Stadium Casino, which requested an extension in opening the Live! Casino project in Philadelphia. Stadium told the board it would be the largest construction project the city has ever seen at up to $700 million. The company is aiming to open the casino in 2020.