With all deference to the parochial Pittsburgh Steelers fans, the favorite NFL team in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Eagles are leading the way for the Keystone Stone when it comes to doing deals with online sportsbooks. Just last month, the Eagles announced a multiyear partnership with the Fox Bet PA sportsbook and straight off the back of that, PA’s favorite team has just announced another deal, this time with leading online sports wagering provider, DraftKings to become their official daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and sports betting partner.
Casinos in Pennsylvania are united in their pushback against the expansion of the Video Gaming Industry in the Keystone State. A recent State Senate Committee has heard a united voice against in a hearing on a new proposal to once again expand the state’s number of Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) and other non-casino wagering devices in Pennsylvania. The hearing is the latest move in an ongoing series of threats and counter thrusts since the global pandemic began.
The Barstool Sportsbook launched on 15 September and has had immediate and extraordinary success breaking all sorts of records in Pennsylvania. In its first full weekend, Barstool Online Sportsbook took in an astonishing $11 million in sports betting handle in the keystone State.
Geoprotection technology company Geocomply has announced the launch of its PlayPause multi-state responsible gambling tool using its unique tracing technology, to coincide with the recent Responsible Gaming Education Week. And the good news is that Pennsylvania will be one of the first states to benefit from the cutting-edge technology that should significantly strengthen the effectiveness of the online sports wagering industry’s responsible gaming programs.
It could have been bad. Very bad. Pandemic-related shutdowns in Pennsylvania, the nation’s number two commercial gambling state, conspired to hammer down casino revenue down by as much as 18% over the full financial year the state regulators, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced recently. However, it was a number held aloft and could have so much worse if it wasn’t for the onset of online casino wagering and sports betting.
Owner and operator of the Wind Creek Bethlehem casino resort, Wind Creek Hospitality, has become the latest company to enter the lucrative Pennsylvania online casino market with the launch of its online casino gaming platform powered by leading online casino software company, Pala Interactive.
The global pandemic and its associated health and economic crisis closed bricks-and-mortar casinos across the United States. Casino Game Tables were devoid of players, casino staff were temporarily laid off and the whirring electronic buzz of slot machines in casinos turned silent. However, some states were luckier than others.
Online Casino Gambling revenue is continuing to defy all odds in PA and topped $50 million again for the third straight month and was up 8.6% on the June numbers. According to the results submitted to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) by the operators in the Keystone State, the state has made a heady recovery in the first month of restart of most gambling operations, but again it is the online casino sector that is doing best.
NFL betting fans in Pennsylvania are pretty excited right now after months of being starved of sports, it’s a case right now of too much sport is barely enough with the NBA, NHL, MLB all on at the same time as America’s sporting passion, the NFL.