Bally Online Casino Receives QGE License Approval For PA Launch

Written By Corey Sharp on March 22, 2023
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Another Pennsylvania online casino is coming to the Keystone State. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) granted the Bally PA online casino petition as a Qualified Gaming Entity (QGE) to launch in Pennsylvania.

The PGCB permitted Bally online casino two online gaming licenses for online slots and table games. Bally will not offer peer-to-peer games and poker will not be available.

There are currently 18 online casinos in Pennsylvania.

PGCB grants Bally online casino QGE license

QGE status allows out-of-state operators to apply for an iGaming license without partnering with a land-based casino. It allows Bally online casino to move forward, though the land-based casino at Penn State is facing legal issues.

The PGCB reopened QGE applications on Jan. 3 and closed the period on March 3. Operators have a chance to petition for one of three certificates available, which include online slots, table games and poker.

Bally Casino was the first operator to petition for certificates on Jan. 3.

It’s only the second time the PGCB has opened QGE applications with the first coming in 2018.

Bally online casino launch is separate from State College mini-casino

Bally online casino still moved forward in wake of the operator’s legal disputes regarding the PA mini-casino near Penn State’s campus.

PlayLive! Casino is the only other online platform to launch before its land-based casino opened.

Bally Casino at State College is in the midst of a lawsuit because of a potential illegitimate bid Ira Lubert made to win the license in 2020.

Stadium Casino, which operates Live! Casino Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, lost the bid to Lubert and filed an appeal to the PA Supreme Court.

Available online casinos in Pennsylvania

Online CasinoDate of launch
Hollywood CasinoJuly 2019
Parx CasinoJuly 2019
PlaySugarHouse Casino (Rivers Philadelphia)July 2019
PokerStars (Mount Airy Casino)November 2019
Unibet (Mohegan Sun)November 2019
FanDuel (Valley Forge)January 2020
Bet America (Presque Isle)January 2020
BetRivers (Rivers Philadelphia)January 2020
Caesars (Harrah's Philadelphia)April 2020
DraftKings Casino (Hollywood Casino)May 2020
Wind Creek CasinoJuly 2020
PlayLive! (Live! Casino Philadelphia)August 2020
BetMGM (Hollywood Casino)December 2020
Borgata (Rivers Casino Philadelphia) Feb. 2021
Stardust Casino (Valley Forge Casino)April 2021
Barstool (Hollywood Casino) April 2021
Betway (Live! Casino Philadelphia) July 2021
PointsBet (Hollywood Casino)April 2022
Tropicana (Caesars)April 2023
Bally Casino (QGE petition)June 2023
Golden Nugget (QGE)August 2023
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Corey Sharp is the Lead Writer at PlayPennsylvania bringing you comprehensive coverage of sports betting and gambling in Pennsylvania. Corey is a 4-for-4 Philly sports fan and previously worked as a writer and editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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