Friday, 19th, July 2019, saw NetEnt, a Swedish online casino content supplier, announced that it had been live in Pennsylvania since the first day the market was regulated in the state.
Early this week, three PA’s authorized online casinos went live and this marked the beginning of a new era in the development of betting and the state’s gaming industry. The recent moves have seen PA become the fourth state in the US with legal digital casino gambling.
On March 2019, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) granted an Interactive Gaming Manufacturer Conditional License to NetEnt. Under the license, the supplier would offer its products and services to the locally licensed operators as its permanent license goes under review by the regulatory body.
PA stands as the fifth-largest state in the States with a population of about 13 million people. As it stands, the state is the largest in the provision of online gambling services with New Jersey taking the second position with a population of about 8.9 million people.
PA boasts of long gambling traditions with players being welcomed to 13 brick-and-mortar casinos. 2017 saw a comprehensive gambling package signed by Gov. Tom Wolf and under the package, the state would boost its budget via the legalization of online sports betting and gambling.
The past fall has seen PA’s first retail sportsbook going live while the first digital betting operations having their launch in late May. On Monday 15th, July 2019, the state kicked off the regulated online casino gaming operations.
NetEnt went on to partner with local operators after the application of its license with the regulators. The supplier announced a deal with Penn Online Entertainment, LLC, which is Penn National Gaming’s online gambling arm.
At the start of this year also, the supplier made another customer agreement with Parx Online, Parx Casino’s iGaming operator.
Last Monday, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course became the first legal PA’s online gaming operation when it soft-launched its online casino. Parx Casino’s online casino would later start soon after the launch. With the two properties going live, NetEnt also marked its local market entry.
Welcoming the latest milestone, Erik Nyman, NetEnt’s Americas Managing Director was pleased with the opening of PA’s market and would go on to say, ‘We are one of the few online casino suppliers offering our games right from the start.’ He finished by saying that he believed the PA players would appreciate their ‘award-winning online casino games’.
NetEnt in New Jersey
The start of the year also saw the supplier complete another milestone after securing a permanent license to operate in New Jersey. However, the supplier had been operating in the market since September 2015 after the local regulators granted a transactional waiver to supply online casino games in the state. This would happen as they waited for their permanent license application review by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
Since then, the supplier has been working together with other authorized operators in the provision of their products in the state. With the New Jersey regulatory body granting a permanent license, this is a huge step to the company as it looks to expand its market share. The permanent license was the company’s first of its kind in the US.