Parx parent group applies for first Pennsylvania online licence

News on 13 Jul 2018

Online gambling industry observers have been speculating for weeks on which Pennsylvanian land casino licensee will be the first to apply for an interactive gaming licence, and when.

At one point there really appeared to be a singular lack of interest from existing operators.

That all ended this week when one of the most vociferous opponents to expanded gambling, Parx Casino parent group Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment filed an application for a full online licence with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

Parx intends to offer all three interactive licence categories – online table games, online slots and a peer-to-peer licence that would permit it to offer games like online poker. The going rate for all three is $10 million.

The listed online gambling technology provider GAN will partner with Parx on the project; the companies have an existing agreement from 2015 covering promotional play-for-free action (see previous reports).

GAN has similar agreements with Betfair’s online casino and the new Ocean Resort online casino, both in Atlantic City.

The 90 day window reserved for existing casino licensees in Pennsylvania to apply for online licensing closes on July 15, so Parx has lodged its application in time. Once the 90 days are over the fees are likely to rise, with each category costing $4 million.

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