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Pennsylvania Regulator Gives Nod to More Online Gaming, Mini Casino Developers

Pennsylvania has dedicated this year to quite the development and this could be seen by the recent announcements coming from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, part of the Penn National Gaming group received green light for its online gaming license application along with another casino operator – Rush Street Gaming. In addition to that, Penn National has now officially filed in its application for mini casino construction in York Galleria Mall and is contemplating on spot for its second satellite venue.

The casino developer and operator is known for its extensive gaming offerings and they are set to increase over the span of this and the following years. This Wednesday saw the approval of two more casino developers which would obtain the coveted 10-million Interactive Gaming Certificates. The scheduled meeting this Wednesday was anticipated by the gaming field since it had the potential to shape the upcoming years of Pennsylvania iGaming.

Online Gaming Permits Being Granted

The first of the two developers to receive the nod was Rush Street Gaming overseeing the management of SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. Since it applied for one of the all-encompassing online gaming permits, the casino developer would now receive the chance to manage the full range of iGaming offerings allowed within the borders of the state. As previously established, they would range from slot titles to table games offering a wide array of games, and online poker.

The casino developer has extensive experience in the online gaming field since it has such operation in New Jersey. The casino operator also develops its iGaming platform in Colombia. The second casino developer which received the coveted nod of the regulator was Mountain View, associated with Penn National. Hollywood Casino would utilize the new iGaming permit and have the full range of online offerings.

Online poker provided by the casino developer would be available sometime next year. What should be taken into account is that the casino developer would now team up with international giant IGT utilizing its iGaming platform. The two operators have now joined the already approved developers to the liking of Chester Downs and Marina, LLC, Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., and Mount Airy Casino Resort LP.

They are the management behind respectively Harrah’s Casino, Parx Casino, and Mount Airy Casino Resort, having received approval mid-August and already preparing for their future online operation. Upcoming scheduled meetings on 3rd and 31st October would see more operators receiving green light for their applications.

Mini Casinos Indeed Coming to Two Locations

In the meantime, Penn National confirmed that it has chosen a site for one of its mini-casino establishments. The southern area of Berks County has been chosen by the developer for the construction of a satellite casino venue. Morgantown, in particular, would provide the casino operator with easy accessibility from Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 176, guaranteeing a constant flow of gambling enthusiasts from the area of Philadelphia.

This Category 4 permit was obtained during the fifth mini-casino bidding in April which saw a significant drop in the rates of interest towards participation. It was then established that the minimum acceptable bid is $7.5 million, as to keep an eye on the gaping hole in the state budget. The winning bid proposed by Penn National then added only $3 to the minimum amount, securing the permit. With its help, now the Berks County area could very soon welcome a new mini-casino featuring up to 750 slot devices and 30 table games.

Simultaneously with this announcement, a second one was made, as Penn National officially filed in its application for a satellite casino venue in York Galleria Mall in Springettsbury Township. The building located on Whiteford Road could prove to be just the boost the casino operator needed, as this is a high-traffic area and potential casino patrons could easily make their way to Hollywood Casino York.

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 Author: Hannah Wallace

Hannah Wallace has been part of our team since the website was launched. She has a master’s degree in IT.