Parx and Hollywood Casinos in PA Launch, Testing Ongoing

Hollywood and Parx casinos inPA have begun testsOfficial launch expected laterthis week or next weekRush Street consolidates itsassets with a second state

Rush Street and GAN-poweredHollywood and Parx casino go ahead with an official brief testingsession in Pennsylvania which precedes the full-scale launch.

Pennsylvania’s Casinos Lunch in Full for theFirst Time

Pennsylvania’s casinos have startedlaunching their iGaming and poker products, with two properties, toname Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino and GreenwoodGaming & Entertainment’s Parx Casino ha 7BALL CC ving already startedon July 15, as expected.

Following multiple delays and thethreat of a belligerent U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ),all properties can finally roll out their products that includeiGaming products and poker options. The testing stage has alsobeen confirmed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board(PGCB), the regulatorresponsible for overseeing the industry in PA.

Withthe first tests concluded successfully, Parx and Hollywood will betested again today between 2PM and midnight and 10AM and 8PM localtime respectively. Both properties have struck deals with importantsoftware suppliers, to name IGTfor Hollywood Casino and GANfor Parx.

Casino Tests inPennsylvania to Continue

A third test willcome on Wednesday, July 17 when Hollywood Casino willopen its platform in a 12-hour window, between 8AM to 8PM local time.Should the test go without a hitch, the PGCB will give the finalgo-ahead for the properties to roll out their complete offer.

All tests will feature real gaming conditions whereby all participants will be allowed to register their personal accounts and place wagers online. Rush Street Interactive’s PlaySugarHouse.com will be launching tomorrow, July 17, under its new brand, Rivers Casino Philadelphia.

Rush Street is arelatively new name on the U.S. iGaming landscape. After a successfullaunch in New Jersey, Rush Street Interactive PresidentRichard Schwartz has welcomed the opportunity in Pennsylvaniasaying:

“We thank the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, for authorizing us to be a part of history this week in bringing our online sportsbook and casino to gaming enthusiasts in the state of Pennsylvania.”

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Mr. Schwartz alsonoted that Rush Street was now operating the same brands in both NewJersey and Pennsylvania, being the first such company to achievethis. How the PA market develops will be of particular interest.

For starters,Pennsylvania is one of the most populous states in the United States.The tax that companies had to pay for a license reached $10million as part of a discount package and up to $4 millionfor individual licenses if bought after the initial offering.

Pennsylvania voted and agreed on expanding its gambling verticals to include poker and iGaming products back in 2017 when Governor Tom Wolf signed the expansion package. Pennsylvania has over 10 properties that will be expanding in online casinos and poker.

Hopes are that theinclusion of Pennsylvania in online poker would help New Jersey,Nevada, and Delaware see their poker activities start turning betternumbers, courtesy of the shared-liquidity scheme that will nowinclude PA.