PlayStar appeared to be one of the next operators in line to enter the online casino market in Pennsylvania. However, the operator’s entry is on hold, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).
There are 20 PA online casinos in the Keystone State. PlayStar becoming the 21st seems up in the air.
PlayStar bid to enter PA online casino market has ‘no timeline for moving forward’
Despite PlayStar looking like it was next to join the Pennsylvania online casino market, those plans have halted.
When inquiring about PlayStar’s launch status, PGCB Director of Communications Doug Harbach told PlayPennsylvania:
“Playstar is currently on hold with no timeline for moving forward.”
Harbach did not elaborate on why, that is all the information available at this time. PlayPennsylvania also did not get a response after reaching out to PlayStar’s public relations team.
Why PlayStar PA casino online could be on hold
When an operator goes through the process of launching a platform in a new state, it could take several months, or even years to complete.
Without getting much information from the PGCB or PlayStar itself, it’s difficult to pinpoint what the holdup is. There could be multiple factors.
However, one large component could be the hiring of a new CEO. Earlier this month, PlayStar announced Peter Ekmark as the new company chief executive officer. It does appear that expansion is on Ekmark’s mind, though. In a press release, he said:
“Having already overseen incredible growth in our first year of operation, I’m confident we as a team can use the extensive iGaming and business management experience I’ve accumulated to help PlayStar cement its position in New Jersey and also expand into other regulated states.”
Perhaps once Ekmark becomes settled as CEO, PlayStar could be full steam ahead in Pennsylvania.
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PlayStar expectations in the Pennsylvania online casino market
PlayStar online casino is only available in New Jersey, where there are nearly 30 different platforms to choose from. PlayStar is not going to compete with the likes of DraftKings Casino PA, FanDuel Casino PA or BetMGM Casino PA.
However, smaller operators have proven they can create a niche within the market.
PlayStar is one of four operators partnered with Ocean Casino Resort in New Jersey. Despite the Garden State breaking down revenue by license, Ocean Casino Resort recorded $4.4 million in September revenue. It’s difficult to project what PlayStar’s contribution is, however, it doesn’t appear to be much.
The last three launches in Pennsylvania include Bally’s, Golden Nugget and Tropicana. Each operator has proven it can survive, and even flourish, in what is considered the most robust market in the country.
If PlayStar enters the Keystone State soon, it will have a long ladder to climb to reach the top.