When Pennsylvanian state authorities voted in online gambling back in 2017, they kept the option open for the state’s brick and mortar casinos to partner with online operators to help bolster the state’s iGaming industry.
Thanks to forward-thinking at the time, physical casinos in the state could effortlessly team up their online counterparts and mutually expand their portfolio.
This proved to be a massive boon for both parties as online operators got the fame and recognition required through strategic partnerships while offline casinos got a free entry into iGaming, without much hassle. Over time, the partnerships expanded and barely a handful of land-based casinos chose to stay out of the digital race. Here’s a list of the top five B&M and online casino partnerships in PA today.
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5 Most Prominent B&M and Online Casino Partnerships in Pennsylvania
- Rivers Casino Philadelphia – Rivers Philadelphia, the sole physical casino in the city, is owned by HSP Gaming and operated by Rush Street Gaming. In New Jersey, the business is partnered with Atlantic City-based Golden Nugget where it operates its own line of branded online casinos. Although the physical business changed its name from SugarHouse to Rivers Philadelphia in 2019, online operations are still carried out under the Play SugarHouse brand name.
- Wind Creek Casino – Formerly Sands Bethlehem, experts believed the business would never venture outside orthodox gambling avenues, let alone apply for an iGaming license. But clearly, the owners had other aspirations. In 2018, the state’s second-largest revenue generator offered to purchase the defunct Wind Creek Hospitality for $1.3 billion. A move that helped establish Wind Creek’s online presence in PA. The operation now offers a range of services including sports betting and online casino gaming.
- Valley Forge Casino – The biggest news to come out of the establishment was back in 2017 when the owners announced the new gaming expansion package, which included adding online casinos to their venture. The operators ran into pure gold with their partnership with FanDuel. While the latter gained access to a vast area of untapped resources, the former immediately rose to the top of Pennsylvania’s online gambling market.
- Harrah’s Philadelphia – Owned by Chester Downs & Marina, a subsidiary of casino behemoth Caesar’s Entertainment, Harrah’s launched Caesar’s online sportsbook in 2019 to mirror their own range of services back in New Jersey. The move was simple as Caesar’s is already partnered with 888 Casino. The firm is already well on its way to launching a WSOP-branded poker site along with 888.
- MGM Resorts – The second qualified casino to apply for a license in PA, MGM operates over a dozen online casinos in Las Vegas apart from a few other scattered around North America. It’s hardly surprising that MGM would want to make their presence felt in Pennsylvania. Since they’re already a force to reckon with in New Jersey via the strategic iGaming partnership with Borgata.