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.
Quickly catching up on neighboring New Jersey, the Keystone State now has 11 live online casino sites for its residents and many gaming visitors to choose from.
As part of the partnership, Pala Interactive will provide Wind Creek with its online player account management system and a real money casino. In addition to the online casino offering, Wind Creek will be adding Pala Interactive content to its existing free-to-play social casino platform.
First Wind Creek Online Casino – Next, the Sportsbook
Wind Creek was able to get its online casino up-and-going after the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved the launch of the online casino platform at the end of July.
As mentioned above, Wind Creek said that this recent launch represented the first phase of a unique multi-phase real money and social casino plan that it will be implementing for its patrons over the coming years.
The next phase of the ground breaking program will be joining the Pennsylvania sports betting mix. As we originally reported back in June, Wind Creek has teamed up with Betfred USA, the U.S. division of prominent British bookmaker Betfred and Scientific Games Corporation to deliver their unique and established sports betting experience to fans in the Keystone State. It is widely anticipated that Wind Creek expects to launch the sports betting side of the operation later this coming fall.
It’s significant that the online casino should launch first and perhaps an indication that Wind Creek management see that the global pandemic may not be done with affecting professional sports just yet.
Commenting on their partnership with Pala Interactive and the launch of their online casino, Wind Creek Hospitality President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Dorris said that Pala has been great in supporting their needs throughout the preparation for the online casino’s debut;
“Pala Interactive has been a great partner supporting our needs throughout the preparation for this launch. We are impressed by the quality of their online gaming platform, their knowledge and guidance related to all matters necessary to securing regulatory approval, supplier content, payment and other relevant supply agreements. Together we are positioned to deliver our customers a state-of-the-art online gaming experience and we look forward to a long-term and successful relationship,” he said.
What is on the Wind Creek Online Casino Site?
Although the Wind Creek Online Casino site will grow appreciably over time, at time of the launch, the latest PA online casino includes 77 slots titles, seven table games and two varieties of video poker for its patrons. Those games will back up the arrival of the Betfred online sportsbook, and there is an option to extend into an additional online poker site should Wind Creek so decide. Wind Creek Casino was among those that elected to shell out $10 million for the rights to offer the full package of licenses, including slots, tables games and poker.
Players can take advantage of promotions at the online casino site as well as become a member of the Wind Creek Rewards bricks-and-mortar program. Players who are already members of the program can easily link their account to their online one. Players can gain and combine points from both online casino gaming and the land-based venue. It’s a unique concept and it will be interesting to see if the sports betting platform is also included in the points program.