Harrah’s set to launch iGaming in Pennsylvania
Harrah’s granted Casino and Racetrack was among three casinos in the state to be granted an online gaming license this week, while a fourth has finally taken up the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s offer to apply for a sports betting license.
The PGCB awarded Interactive Gaming Certificates, or “IGaming” Certificates, to Chester Downs and Marina LLC, operator of Harrah’s Philadelphia, as well as Parx Casino operator Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc. and Mount Airy #1 LLC, operator of the Mount Airy Resort Casino.
“Once it’s up and running, anyone can establish an account online,” said PGCB spokesman Doug Harbach. “They can do it in the casino, but they can also establish an account online and they can participate in any casino game – table games, slots and even peer-to-peer poker.”
Harbach added that the service will only be available to those 21 years or older and within state boundaries. Online gaming would allow someone from Delaware County to play the online table games offered by Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie without making the six-hour drive, he said.
The PGCB has received applications for the certificates from 11 of Pennsylvania’s 13 casinos and Harbach anticipates approving each at upcoming board meetings. Applicants can seek approval for non-peer-to-peer table games, non-peer-to-peer slots, or peer-to-peer poker for $4 million apiece, or pay $10 million for all three licenses.
With the applications on file, Harbach said the state could reap $110 just in licensing fees. He was not sure what the expected take from online gambling could be year-over-year, but expects it will ramp up as operations come online. The state has implemented a 54-percent tax on gross online revenues for slots and 16 percent on table games, he said.