March 14th, 2018


Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Commonwealth Tower, Strawberry Square
303 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

PA Gaming Control Board To Accept Interactive Gaming Petitions By Casinos Starting April 16th

HARRISBURG, PA: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today announced that beginning on April 16, 2018, 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 authorized to offer interactive gaming in three categories:

·         peer-to-peer interactive games where players compete directly against other players, like 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 as follows:

·         In the first 90 days, only existing Pennsylvania casinos may petition to offer all three categories; at an authorization fee of $10 million

·         From 91-120 days, existing Pennsylvania casinos may petition to offer one or more categories; at an authorization fee of $4 million per category

At the conclusion of the 120-day period, the Gaming Control Board may authorize 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.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in the PGCB’s Office of Hearings and Appeals located on the second floor of Strawberry Square Complex in Harrisburg.

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 You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.