Rivers Casino makes a u-turn on PA online casino

Rivers Casino has withdrawn its application to offer online gaming services in the state of Pennsylvania.

Rivers Casino has withdrawn its application to offer online casino services in the state of Pennsylvania.

 In a press release, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced three additional gaming certificates, which were made available by the Rivers Casino exit.

The PGCB now have a total of 10 licenses available including four peer to peer gaming licenses, three online slot licenses and three online table game licenses.

Rivers Casino sister site SugarHouse Casino has already been approved for PA online gambling. Both brands are operated by Rush Street Entertainment.

It is unknown as to why the brand has decided to back out of their original plan. It is well documented however that Pennsylvania will boast some of the heaviest gaming taxes in America.

Speaking to PlayPennsylvania, Rivers Casino did leave the door open to re-enter the PA online casino race, stating:

"Rivers Casino Pittsburgh intends to provide iGaming to Western Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth; however, we’re taking additional time to explore the various options for doing so. Rivers is actively pursuing a sports wagering certificate to offer both land-based and mobile sports betting.”

The application withdrawal saves Rush Street $10 million in licensing fees. SugarHouse and Rivers are also currently pursuing sports betting applications within the state. They will of course have competition from Parx Casino's sports betting ambitions; the PA casino recently became the second applicant in the state.

PA online casinos are expected sometime in early 2019 with an original estimation of late 2018. An expansion of gambling was voted in by the public during a 2017 referendum. 

This included the capacity for PA online gambling and a new set of perks for existing land-based casinos. This included new builds for satellite mini casinos.

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