A New PA Online Casino: BetMGM Soft Launches For Three-Day Test

Posted on December 1, 2020 - Last Updated on December 19, 2020

BetMGM is getting down to business in Pennsylvania for the first time with online gambling.

The company begins three days of a soft launch for its online casino in PA on Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m., then 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Should all go well, it will go fully live on Friday. It will be the 13th interactive casino in Pennsylvania for online gamblers. We’ll have more details about the BetMGM PA online casino as it goes live.

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Welcome offer for BetMGM

The welcome offer for the newest PA online casino includes $25 in free play and a 100% deposit match up to $1,000. The offer is good through January 31, 2021.

There’s a standard list of fine print you can find once you sign in and make a deposit.

BetMGM is running a PA Launch Party Sweepstakes promotion. Entries are earned for every $20 wagered on slots or table games. The more you play, the more entries you earn.

At the end of the first week, one winner will receive a luxury pickup truck valued at $32,750. The winner gets drawn on Dec. 8.

BetMGM sportsbook still to come

For now, BetMGM, a partnership of GVC Holdings under the ROAR Digital brand, has not yet moved to launch its online sportsbook option, despite having just made a deal with the Steelers as their first gaming partner. BetMGM is live in several states with online sports betting apps.

Also, poker is potentially around the corner for BetMGM, though the timetable remains unclear.

ROAR already operates Partypoker in New Jersey, setting it up to operate Partypoker PA eventually. PokerStars PA has been the only online poker room operating in the Keystone State since November of 2019.

BetMGM rolling out problem gambling tech at the same time

Not coincidentally, GVC Holdings, which works with BetMGM, is rolling out detection technology called PlayPause to identify players who exhibit potential early signs of problem gambling behaviors. That comes after GVC announced its Sustainability Charter earlier in November.

The exclusion tool PlayPause was developed by the nonprofit Conscious Gaming, powered by geolocation company GeoComply.

Under Penn National skin

BetMGM initially planned to enter the market as a qualified gaming entity, a category for companies without a physical presence in PA. But that would have meant it could not eventually enter the sportsbook market.

BetMGM instead entered the market as an online casino “skin” under Penn National‘s iGaming license.

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Kevin C. Shelly is an award-winning career journalist who has spent most of his career in South Jersey. He's the former assistant city editor of The Press of Atlantic City, where he covered the casino industry and Atlantic City government as a reporter. He was also an investigative, narrative enterprise, and features reporter for Gannett’s Courier-Post.

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