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Three Additional Interactive Gaming Certificates Available for Qualified Gaming Entities

George Miller

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Three Additional Interactive Gaming Certificates Available for Qualified Gaming Entities
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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced that three additional interactive gaming certificates have become available following the withdrawal of an application for these games by a qualified Commonwealth casino.

The withdrawal, by the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, included requests to offer all three types of interactive gaming: peer-to-peer (poker games in which patrons play directly against each other); non-peer-to-peer simulating slot machines; and non-peer-to-peer simulating banked table games (wherein the patron plays against the house – e.g. blackjack). This results in a total of 10 certificates now available for Qualified Gaming Entities that wish to offer interactive gaming in the Commonwealth.

In an earlier process provided in Act 42 of 2017, the Commonwealth’s 13 slot machine licensees had the first opportunity to apply for and obtain the 39 available interactive gaming certificates (13 in each of the three types). That process ended with 32 of the certificates claimed with seven remaining for Qualified Gaming Entities. The withdrawal now leaves 10 available in a process in which Qualified Gaming Entities seeking these available certificates can file a petition with the Board beginning October 15, 2018 and ending October 31, 2018.

The number of now available certificates in each game type are:
4 – peer-to-peer simulating poker
3 – non-peer-to-peer simulating slot machines
3 – non-peer-to-peer simulating banked table games

The process and key dates for Qualified Gaming Entities to petition the Board remain the same and is outlined in a document that can be accessed in the Quick Links section of the agency’s website homepage, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, under the link “Notice: Interactive Gaming Qualified Gaming Entity Licensing Process.”

Statement from Rivers Casino Pittsburgh:

“Rivers Casino Pittsburgh intends to provide iGaming to Western Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth; however, we’re taking additional time to explore the various options for doing so. Rivers is actively pursuing a sports wagering certificate to offer both land-based and mobile sports betting.” – stated Jack Horner for Rivers Casino Pittsburgh.

 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, along with oversight of new gaming initiatives created through amendments to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act recently approved by the signing of Act 42 of 2017.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 17,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

 

Source: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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New Jersey Governor Signs Bill which Allow Golden Nugget to Take NBA Bets

Niji Narayan

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill which allows the Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget casino to accept bets on most National Basketball Association (NBA) games.

Tilman Fertitta, a billionaire from Texas, is the owner Golden Nugget casino. He also owns the NBA’s Houston Rockets team. When New Jersey lawmakers legalised sports betting last year, a provision in the law banned team owners from placing or accepting bets on any games involving their sport.

“We’re grateful, and appreciative that people eventually realized this was an overreaction. It allows us to compete,” Steve Scheinthal, general counsel for the Golden Nugget’s parent company, Houston-based Landry’s Inc., said.

The ban on all NBA bets cut badly into the Golden Nugget’s New Jersey sports betting business. A gambler wanting to place bets on football at the Golden Nugget had to go somewhere else to bet on basketball, making it much less likely he or she would visit the Golden Nugget at all for sports betting.

“It was like going into a boxing ring with one arm tied behind your back. You just can’t compete that way. It gave everyone a year’s head start on us,” Scheinthal said.

 

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Kentucky AG Andy Beshear Reveals Plan for Casinos, Sports Betting Across State

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Kentucky AG Andy Beshear Reveals Plan for Casinos, Sports Betting Across State
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Andy Beshear, the Democratic candidate of Kentucky gubernatorial election, has unveiled his plan to expand gaming and bring casinos, sports betting, fantasy sports and potentially online poker into the Bluegrass State.

Beshear, the state’s current Attorney General, faces Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin in the November general election. Bevin has spoken out against gaming, especially as an option to increase funding for public pensions.

Beshear’s plan resembles what Illinois officials pushed through in their state earlier this year. While Illinois already had casino gaming, the new law expands the number of casino licenses available and allows sports betting across the state. Illinois plans to use the revenue stream to shore up the state’s infrastructure and fund pensions.

Kentucky is one of the 10 states in the US without a commercial or tribal casino. The border states of Kentucky such as Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio have casinos or racinos located just across the Ohio River near major population centres in Kentucky. Beshear said that the state loses out on $500 million in tax revenue annually to its neighbouring states.

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Blackstone Group to Buy Bellagio and MGM Grand

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Blackstone Group to Buy Bellagio and MGM Grand
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Blackstone Group is going to buy the Bellagio and the MGM Grand, two of the biggest properties owned by MGM Resorts. Blackstone is in talks with MGM Resorts regarding this.

After buying, Blackstone would then lease the property back to MGM Resorts, who would continue to run the day-to-day casino operations.

By selling the property to Blackstone, MGM would free up needed capital to build a $10 billion resort in Japan. Early estimates have MGM receiving roughly $7 billion for the two casino resorts.

Blackstone has made a splash in the gaming market over the last several years. It purchased the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas in 2014 for $1.73 billion and acquired Spain-based Cirsa Gaming Corp in 2018 for $1.8 billion.

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