NINE PENNSYLVANIA CASINOS APPLY FOR ONLINE POKER LICENSES
The first deadline for Pennsylvania casinos to apply for interactive gaming licenses was early last week and nine of the state’s twelve casinos not only apply for poker licenses, but applied for all three gaming licenses: online poker, internet table games, and internet slots.
In Pennsylvania, the twelve land-based casinos (there are currently eleven, but one will open later this year) get first dibs on licenses. The application fee alone for each is US$4 million. For those who applied for all three by July 16th, though, the cost was US$10 million combined.
The following casinos filed petitions for all three licenses by the July 16th deadline:
– Parx Casino
– Mount Airy Casino Resort
– Live! Hotel and Casino (opening later in 2018)
– Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
– Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
– Valley Forge Casino Resort
– Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack
– Rivers Casino
– Sugarhouse Casino
The first three on that list applied before the deadline, while the rest filed at the last moment on July 16th. While there is no guarantee that they will be awarded interactive gaming licenses, one would think they all will.
The other three casinos can still submit their licensing petitions, but they will now have to pay the full US$12 million if they want all three. If there are still licenses available after August 14th, outside operators will be able to file petitions.