The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is granting interactive gaming licences.
US.- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced that starting today (16th March) and for a period of 120 days, licensed Pennsylvania Casinos can petition the Board for an Interactive Gaming Certificate. If approved, a Certificate Holder may be authorised to offer interactive gaming in three categories.
The three categories are: peer-to-peer interactive games where players compete directly against other players (e.g. poker); non-peer-to-peer interactive games where players compete against the dealer’s hand, which simulate table games; non-peer-to-peer interactive games which simulate slot machines.
With this announcement, the Board’s process of issuing Interactive Gaming Certificates will begin a long certificating process. In the first 90 days, only existing Pennsylvania casinos may petition to offer all three categories at an authorisation fee of US$10 million. From 91-120 days, existing Pennsylvania casinos may petition to offer one or more categories at an authorisation fee of $4 million per category.
At the conclusion of the 120-day period, the Gaming Control Board may authorise a qualified gaming entity to file a Petition with the Board for an Interactive Gaming Certificate upon a finding of suitability. Act 42 of 2017 allows for a total of 13 Interactive Gaming Certificates for each type of online gaming for a total of 39 certificates.