Despite only a few live sports like Soccer’s Belarus and Nicaraguan Premier Leagues, and Table Tennis’ Czech, Ukrainian and Russian Leagues being available for live betting in the Pennsylvania online sports books, many players have switched to online casino gambling, where there have been no interruptions to playing for real money. Quite the opposite in fact – Pennsylvania’s online casinos are literally booming.
Mattias Stetz, the Chief Operating Officer of Rust Street Interactive the parent company operating PlaySugarHouse says they are seeing a plethora of traditional sports bettors migrating from to the sportsbook and over to the site’s online casino due to the number of sporting league cancellations and postponement of global events like the French Open Tennis, Motor Racing’s Formula 1 and Soccer’s English Premier League, Champions League, and of course, Euro 2020;
“We’ve seen quite a surge in online casino play. We expect that uptick to continue while Americans are being asked to stay at home looking for ways to be entertained. During this very difficult and unprecedented period of time while most are staying home, it’s nice that we can provide another outlet for entertainment and a chance to win life changing jackpots” Mr Stetz commented.
Other sites are seeing big boosts in their player numbers, including FanDuel Online Casino PA. For instance, on any given night, numbers through the Live Dealer Casino are up about 35% on average, despite the fact that online casino play appeared to be on the decline in Pennsylvania in early 2020. It’s clear that it’s a pretty much a straight switch from sports betting to online casino play.
Staying at home also increasing online casino play
Amid growing health and safety concerns, an increasing number of Pennsylvanians are also staying home, leaving only limited amount of entertainment options. There’s only so much Netflix and social media posts a person can consume, and consequently, Pennsylvanian residents are turning in number to legal online casinos, and its not only former sportsbook and bricks-and-mortar casino players. Many new online casino sign-ups are those who have never played casino games before.
All in all, it’s a perfect storm of great high-speed internet coverage, limited outdoor options and the quality of the online casino gaming experience now on offer in Pennsylvania.
More Pennsylvania players – Spending More
Low minimum buy-ins of as little as 10 cents on slots and classic casino table gaming options, or even free to play game simulations to learn the games before playing for real money allow for casual players to learn the various rules, formats, payouts and game play of different game types. Even more experienced and professional high roller bettors are also wagering larger amounts of money than usual and doing it more often.
Will the online casino boom lead to more online casinos?
Until the Pennsylvanian online casino market matures a little, we may not see new online casinos in the Keystone State anytime soon, but it doesn’t mean that they won’t boom across the rest of the United States.
In fact, one Morgan Stanley analyst is saying that with the sports leagues shut downs and casinos closing, we could see more states enact legal online casino play long before they may have considered it otherwise.
Morgan Stanley gaming analyst, Thomas Allen wrote recently;
“We believe that the impact of CoVID-19 could act to spur more states to legalize online casinos and sports betting”.
Thankfully, here in Pennsylvania we have great legal online casinos already, but any form of competition from other states is welcome as competition should only serve to improve everyone’s online casino gaming experience.