BetMGM soft launches online casino in Pennsylvania

BetMGM is the latest online casino operator to offer online casino gambling in the Keystone State.

BetMGM, the online casino brand operated by Roar Digital, the joint venture between GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts International, has soft-launched in the state of Pennsylvania.

BetMGM’s soft launch in Pennsylvania

The online casino brand began its soft launch testing period in the Keystone State on Tuesday and will run for three days. A full launch of the casino product will follow on Friday 4 December.

During BetMGM’s soft launch phase, the online casino will have limited hours of operation and only offer a handful of games available. This is standard practice when it comes to launching new online gambling products in Pennsylvania.

Once testing is complete, an official announcement will be made, the casino will be operational 24 hours a day and it is likely that more games will be added to the online casino.

BetMGM marks the thirteenth online casino brand to launch in Pennsylvania, which is quickly catching up with New Jersey when it comes to the number of active casino brands.

BetMGM in Pennsylvania

BetMGM’s online casino launch in Pennsylvania comes more than 16 months after the state’s casino market went live. This is mainly due to BetMGM’s decision to partner with the Borgata casino in New Jersey, which is owned by MGM Resorts, instead of a local casino.

Borgata and Golden Nugget have both obtained a qualified gaming entity certificate from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. These are made available to out-of-state casinos due to some eligible in-state operators not purchasing a licence.

However, BetMGM recently changed its mind and launched in the state under a partnership with Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino, instead of the Borgata’s certificate.

Online casino in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s online casino market went live in July 2019 with just three online casino brands. The next wave of online casinos, Unibet and PokerStars launched in November and since then several other online casinos have slowly launched in the state.

Thanks to the gradual roll-out of casino platforms, organic growth of the vertical and the closure of land-based casinos in March, Pennsylvania’s online casino market has seen rapid growth and continuous growth. 

According to the PGCB’s October figures, online casino operators in the state processed $2.1bn in bets.

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