- Hollywood and Parx casinos in
PA have begun tests
- Official launch expected later
this week or next week
- Rush Street consolidates its
assets with a second state
Rush Street and GAN-powered
Hollywood and Parx casino go ahead with an official brief testing
session in Pennsylvania which precedes the full-scale launch.
Pennsylvania’s Casinos Lunch in Full for the
Pennsylvania’s casinos have started
launching their iGaming and poker products, with two properties, to
name Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino and Greenwood
Gaming & Entertainment’s Parx Casino having already started
on July 15, as expected.
Following multiple delays and the
threat of a belligerent U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ),
all properties can finally roll out their products that include
iGaming products and poker options. The testing stage has also
been confirmed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
(PGCB), the regulator
responsible for overseeing the industry in PA.
the first tests concluded successfully, Parx and Hollywood will be
tested again today between 2PM and midnight and 10AM and 8PM local
time respectively. Both properties have struck deals with important
software suppliers, to name IGT
for Hollywood Casino and GAN
Casino Tests in
Pennsylvania to Continue
A third test will
come on Wednesday, July 17 when Hollywood Casino will
open its platform in a 12-hour window, between 8AM to 8PM local time.
Should the test go without a hitch, the PGCB will give the final
go-ahead for the properties to roll out their complete offer.
All tests will feature real gaming conditions whereby all participants will be allowed to register their personal accounts and place wagers online. Rush Street Interactive’s PlaySugarHouse.com will be launching tomorrow, July 17, under its new brand, Rivers Casino Philadelphia.
Rush Street is a
relatively new name on the U.S. iGaming landscape. After a successful
launch in New Jersey, Rush Street Interactive President
Richard Schwartz has welcomed the opportunity in Pennsylvania
“We thank the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, for authorizing us to be a part of history this week in bringing our online sportsbook and casino to gaming enthusiasts in the state of Pennsylvania.”
Mr. Schwartz also
noted that Rush Street was now operating the same brands in both New
Jersey and Pennsylvania, being the first such company to achieve
this. How the PA market develops will be of particular interest.
Pennsylvania is one of the most populous states in the United States.
The tax that companies had to pay for a license reached $10
million as part of a discount package and up to $4 million
for individual licenses if bought after the initial offering.
Pennsylvania voted and agreed on expanding its gambling verticals to include poker and iGaming products back in 2017 when Governor Tom Wolf signed the expansion package. Pennsylvania has over 10 properties that will be expanding in online casinos and poker.
Hopes are that the
inclusion of Pennsylvania in online poker would help New Jersey,
Nevada, and Delaware see their poker activities start turning better
numbers, courtesy of the shared-liquidity scheme that will now