Online Gambling in PA takes key step

Pennsylvania To Begin Accepting Online Poker And Casino License Applications On April 2nd

While much of the attention focuses on Pennsylvania’s mini-casino auctions — another one is set for Thursday — the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced on Tuesday that it would begin accepting license applications for “interactive gaming” and “video game terminals” on April 2nd.

Manufacturers, interactive gambling service providers and suppliers are among the entities that can participate in the application process. Online Poker Report notes that the license applications appear to be focused on technology operators — notably software providers — who will be involved in bringing online gambling to the state.

Interactive Gaming refers to online gambling while video game terminals refers to Pennsylvania’s truck stop gaming machines.

As part of Pennsylvania’s online gambling expansion passed in October, up to 13 licenses will be allocated to existing Pennsylvania casinos. The 13 licenses — which are available for both casino and poker products — are equal to the number of brick and mortar casinos in the state. Should any PA casinos choose to pass on a license, the licensing process will open up to other companies.

Timeline likely changed

Tuesday’s announcement marks a key step in Pennsylvania’s efforts to go live with online gambling. An application acceptance date has yet to be announced for license applications. Once the state announces approved licenses and launches games, Pennsylvania would become the 4th state to offer online gambling, following Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey.

So when can we expect Pennsylvania online gambling? New Jersey — a comparative market to Pennsylvania — went live with their online poker and casino games nine months after passing a landmark online gambling bill. If Pennsylvania were to follow a similar timeline that would make the games available sometime this summer. However, with applications submissions set for early April, it is likely that Pennsylvanians will have to wait until at least mid to late summer for the process to play out.

This is all speculation; however, as any planned timelines have been kept close to the vest.