In mid-September, the Penn National-owned Hollywood Casino was approved to offer online gambling in PA. Now the Harrisburg-based casino has inked partnerships with two major online gambling suppliers, IGT and NetEnt.
The two partnerships come as Penn National readies to go live with games in the state, either sometime later this year or in early 2019.
By partnering with two major casino providers HollywoodCasino.com, like many online casinos, will work with multiple software providers to bring games to players. IGT will serve as a primary platform for HollywoodCasino.
IGT to provide Hollywood Casino platform
The deal signed with IGT is a big deal for Hollywood Casino, as it is one of the biggest online casino software providers in the world, offering games to players in over 100 countries. The deal signed by IGT with Hollywood Casino is for five years.
In a press release from last week, the company announced that they would provide HollywoodCasino with a “full suite of digital gaming products, including the platform” to serve Pennsylvania players. IGT offers products that include an online casino, poker, bingo, “instant” games and even sports betting.
While we don’t yet know what Penn National will specifically offer through IGT, one thing is clear — IGT will be a major part of the HollywoodCasino. The software provider offers over 125 casino titles alone.
NetEnt deal adds additional games
NetEnt is a Swedish online casino software company that offers games to over 200 online casino websites in jurisdictions such as Sweden, Malta, Ukraine and Gibraltar. The partnership with Hollywood Casino marks the first deal NetEnt has made in Pennsylvania.
Although the platform that Hollywood Casino goes live in Pennsylvania has not been announced, NetEnt offers over 100 online casino games according to their website — which players can try out from the NetEnt website. NetEnt also offers a variety of Live Casino games featuring live dealers with games including blackjack and roulette.
The games offered through NetEnt look to be a supplement to those offered by IGT.
Penn National looks to lead in Pennsylvania
Penn National Gaming has been one of the most active Pennsylvania gambling companies since the state passed a comprehensive gambling expansion one year ago.
In the first half of the year, the company purchased not one but two Category 4 licenses, which authorize the company to operate so-called mini-casinos. Penn National has announced mini-casino locations in the Springettsbury Township as well as a location around West Cocalico, with a specific site yet to be determined for that mini-casino.
Over the summer, Penn National Gaming was one of the first to apply for an online gambling license, which was approved in September by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
This fall, they applied and were approved to offer sports betting in the state. According to statements made at the time, they hope to go live with sports betting sometime in the early part of the year.