The number of Pennsylvania online sportsbooks have now tripled. After completing nearly simultaneous soft launch testing periods last week, Parx Casino and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh subsequently launched the Keystone State’s second and third online sportsbooks, respectively.
In a press release issued by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), director of communications Doug Harbach announced:
“More and more transactions are being done online, whether it’s buying something, whether it’s making reservations, and now it’s gambling.”
SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia went live with the state’s first online sportsbook, PlaySugarHouse.com, on May 31.
Abiding by PGCB regulations, Parx Casino in Bensalem Township began a three-day soft launch testing period for its online / mobile sportsbook platform on June 24.
After the PGCB monitors signed off on the latest Pennsylvania online sportsbooks offerings, the site – powered on the backend by London-based gaming firm Game Account Network (GAN) – officially opened for 24/7 full-scale wagering on June 27.
In a statement, John Dixon – who serves as chief operating officer for parent company Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. – praised GAN as the perfect partner for the Parx online / mobile sportsbook rollout:
“GAN has now ably demonstrated its abilities with both its overall platform and sports betting integration capability. By leveraging GAN’s proven platform, Parx Casino has rapidly deployed internet sports betting, integrated with our XCLUB on-property rewards program, to become the second internet sports betting operator to launch in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
GAN’s chief executive officer Dermot Smurfit issued his own statement celebrating the company’s expansion within Pennsylvania’s potentially lucrative online / mobile sports betting market:
“Following the launch in Pennsylvania earlier this week, GAN now offers clients a premium Platform equipped with multiple options for integrated legal Sports betting. We look forward to pairing this seamlessly alongside Gan’s market-leading Internet casino product that utilizes our patented technology for leveraging on-property reward programs.”
Per estimates from international gambling industry analyst Regulus Partners, Pennsylvania online sportsbooks and other sports wagering verticals are expected to generate $189 million in “win” revenue over the first 12 months of operation.
The Parx online / mobile sportsbook app is available on Android devices, but a recent adjustment to the Apple App Store’s gambling policy has delayed iOS integration.
Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, part of the Illinois-based Rush Street Gaming family, began its own two-day soft launch testing period on June 25.
That was followed by a successful full-scale launch of BetRivers.com on June 27, giving Rush Street Gaming – parent company of SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia – two of the state’s operational online / mobile sportsbooks.
Bill Keena – general manager of Rivers Pittsburgh – issued a statement announcing the debut of BetRivers.com:
“This summer marks Rivers Casino Pittsburgh’s tenth anniversary. We’re celebrating one decade while planning ahead for the next. Full-service online, mobile and in-casino sportsbooks are where the industry is headed, and thanks to our Team Members, we’re already there.”
Rivers Pittsburgh’s vice president of gaming Andre Barnabei followed up with a statement on the immediate interest for Pennsylvania’s latest online / mobile wagering product:
“In about the first hour and a half we had over 300 accounts set up and we had at least a hundred people place a wager so far in the first hour and a half.”
Rush Street Interactive president Richard Schwartz pointed to the upcoming National Football League (NFL) season as a prime reason for sports bettors to sign up for a BetRivers.com account:
“It’s an exciting time for Pennsylvania sports fans. With NFL preseason just a month away, game days this fall will be next-level.”
Like the Parx online / mobile sportsbook, BetRivers.com is awaiting clarity on the Apple App Store’s gambling policy before integrating iOS functionality.