With the Pennsylvania online gambling industry finally on its feet and running, operators are starting to plan ahead. The Keystone state already has a vibrant online casino and sports betting environment, but live dealer games are still missing from the portfolio. Aiming to follow in the footsteps of New Jersey’s thriving iGaming market, Pennsylvania is likely to introduce live content soon.
- Live dealer games likely to enter Pennsylvania online casinos very soon.
- Evolution Gaming obtained a specific license for operations.
- The names of providers are keeping everyone in Pennsylvania on their toes.
Live Casinos Coming to Pennsylvania
The first signs of live casino content coming to Pennsylvania operators have been noted in the official licensing of Evolution Gaming. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board conditionally awarded the company with the title of Interactive Gaming Manufacturer. Evolution has been working hard to establish partnerships with the following casinos:
- Golden Nugget Atlantic City
- Betfair, Resorts Casino Hotel
- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City
- Ocean Resort Casino Atlantic City
- 888 Casino
The Impact of the Wire Act
The situation with the Department of Justice’s opinion of the Wire Act is still uncertain. Its implied power to restrict any cross-state limit gambling content could negatively impact providers such as Evolution Gaming. In other words, Evolution will most likely be expected to provide services by setting up another dedicated live casino studio in the state.
The same would have been true of Ezugi if the former company hadn’t purchased them just this January. While they continue working independently, there may be an imminent merge in place to make use of the ultimate potential of this live casino market.
Casino Operators Ready to Power Live Dealer Games
Pennsylvania players have been thrilled to get the full range of online gambling content on their respective casino brands. Nevertheless, live casino games remain a popular destination for enthusiasts willing to go online at offshore casino operators.
Players are expecting the regular titles found at live dealer portfolios. However, considering the two provider names opting to equip the industry, further variety is all but guaranteed.
Evolution Gaming received the recognition as the top interactive gaming supplier nine years in a row. Players can expect the regular variety of roulette, baccarat, blackjack, and craps tables. The operator has also been known to strive towards a 50% bigger studio than the one they just built in New Jersey.
With the Live! Casino and Hotel under construction, many think that Evolution would rather partner up with an operator that has a dedicated studio space.
Ezugi also has its strong points, although they focus on blackjack more than they do on poker. Partners of Ezugi in New Jersey have so far been able to benefit from the same regular content, as well as blackjack tables and “Over the Top” roulette.
This title allows online players to come face to face with real-life players and dealers at the partnering casino floor, as well as the actual roulette wheel.
New Jersey’s Influence in the Online Casino Market
New Jersey seems focused on the Pennsylvania live dealer launch. Many people are turning a comparative and contrasting eye at the pair. Despite launching online gambling back in November 2013, their live casino content came a whole three years later, in August 2016.
Such a lengthy timeline may be a bit discouraging for Pennsylvania enthusiasts, but all factors point out to a much faster turn of events on the new territory.
Evolution on Pennsylvania and US Live Gambling
The Chief Business Development Officer, James Stern, has come forward with an official statement following the first indicators of their expansion in Pennsylvania. He summarizes the company’s success so far on US territory, which shows the importance of their timely presence on the market.
Stern uses the chance to make an announcement, as well as an affirmation of their quality product and services:
We are delighted to be further expanding our US operations by opening a standalone studio in Pennsylvania to serve both online operators and land-based casinos in the state. We are looking forward to opening up our world-leading live casino portfolio to operators and players in the state of Pennsylvania. We continue to stay at the forefront – maximizing the opportunities in this exciting new market and growing together with our licensees.