As of Monday, July 15, 2019, Pennsylvania will be the fourth US state to enter the Internet casino gaming industry. Indeed, the organization Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has just launched the first tests of betting applications accessible to users over 21 and members of the platform in question.
A selection of accessible games
According to the regulations in force, the entertainment options are only intended for adult players. Among the offers present, players will have access to slot machines and other compatible games on PC or mobile. Online Poker will come later in the game library while waiting for some arrangements. Their deployments will take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. following the decision of each operator.
The Philadelphia SugarHouse Casino is making the first tests next Wednesday. Other game providers are involved, reports PGCB Executive Director Kevin O’Toole. The launch of casino games and online sports betting will take place at the same time as the start of this year’s football season. In terms of offers, a wide range of games awaits users who favor practicality and fluidity with games dedicated to young players. The operators ensure a deployment aimed at a very specific objective, that of targeting a new audience who rarely frequent casinos. According to Michael Soll, president of gaming industry consultancy The Innovation Group, online gaming is hardly a replacement for casino gaming. He says studies show that this market is only 10%. Moreover, gambling establishments offer services in addition to the gambling hall, in particular recreational and entertaining activities. As for the casinos, the operators do not only advocate convenience, but also a full service in the face of still tough competition.
Access to online casino games provides many benefits to the operators as well as to the state. Indeed, the market generates substantial funds going directly into the State coffers. According to a report, the profits of a physical and virtual casino are not at all the same. For example, Atlantic City casinos have accumulated 82.6% of revenues, 14.4% for Internet games of which 3% comes from sports betting. As for the various controls, the regulators work jointly with the authorities to implement sophisticated verification and geolocation tools. Regarding gambling addiction, a betting limit has been put in place allowing players to regulate their bet as the session progresses.
In all cases, the organizations concerned guarantee compliance with the established rules. If things go right, the casinos will have the opportunity to tap the vein and operate at full capacity, 24 hours a day in the coming weeks to come.