Pennsylvania Approves 2 More Casinos for Online Gambling

State regulators in Pennsylvania awarded two more interactive gaming certificates to state casinos this week. Presque Isle and Stadium Casino both received approval to offer online gambling, though neither casino will have an online poker portal.

Presque Isle owner Churchill Downs announced plans to partner with BetAmerica for their online software and branding during the approval hearing for Presque Isle's interactive gaming licenses. Both Presque Isle and Stadium Casinos only applied for certificates to offer online slots games and online table games.

Their decisions to leave out poker were likely influenced by the lackluster performance of the poker vertical in neighboring New Jersey's online market. Online poker operators in New Jersey hit a low point last month, reporting the lowest revenue totals in the history of the market.

One of the two new licensees, Stadium Casino, initially planned to offer online poker. Stadium requested to drop poker from its petition during the hearing. Though the casino has a license to operate it has yet to be built. Its owners are reportedly seeking permission to sell their license to another operator.

Also during the hearing, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced a newly-developed system that will alert online gamblers in the state when they have been online for an extended period. The alerts are called “reality checks” and are part of the state's responsible gaming practices.

The window for out-of-state gaming operators to apply for online gambling in Pennsylvania closed on Wednesday. New Jersey's Golden Nugget Casino got its application in before the deadline. Golden Nugget joins MGM Resorts as the only two “Qualified Gaming Entities” to apply.

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