The summer wind blew another online casino into Pennsylvania, upping the total to 10.
Wind Creek Casino quietly launched its iGaming offering in late July. It is available via desktop (play.windcreekcasino.com) and Android.
According to Wind Creek Casino online customer service reps, the mandated soft launch was completed prior to the full launch, and the site is now available 24/7.
Wind Creek PA online casino
Through its iGaming platform partner Pala Interactive, Wind Creek PA online casino has a robust initial offering.
It features 77 slot titles. Some exclusive titles in Wind Creek’s slot library are:
- Bonanza Blast
- Da Vinci Diamonds Dual Play
- Pixie Garden
Wind Creek’s progressive slots are Divine Fortune and Jackpot Shores.
At the tables, there are three types of roulette, baccarat, two kinds of video poker and three types of blackjack with minimums from $0.50 to $10.
Another feature is the Dragon’s Lounge, which is home to:
- Divine Fortune
- Lucky Vegas Nights
- Panda’s Fortune
- Theme Park: Tickets of Fortune
- Wheel of Fortune: Triple Extreme Spin
- Wheel of Fortune: Hawaiian Getaway
How to fund your Wind Creek Casino account
Deposit methods at Wind Creek:
- VIP Preferred (e-check)
- Credit card: Visa, Mastercard
- Casino cage
- Wind Creek offers the option to set deposit limits
Ways to withdraw:
- VIP Preferred (e-check)
- Casino cage
- Check by mail
Promotion and rewards program
Wind Creek online casino’s initial promotion is a 100% match in bonus bets on the first deposit, up to $400. The requirement to receive the bonus bet is 1X play-through. So, if you make an initial deposit of $100, you must have combined wagers of $100 before being able to use the bonus bet.
When registering at Wind Creek online casino, existing Wind Creek Rewards card members can link their account. New users can create an account and start earning rewards.
Players can get points and loyalty levels though online and land-based casino play. At Wind Creek, Tier Points go toward increased loyalty levels in the Wind Creek Reward Program. Base Points can be traded in for online rewards and in-casino rewards.
Timeline of iGaming launches in PA
- Hollywood Casino: July 2019
- Parx Casino: July 2019
- SugarHouse (now Rivers Casino Philadelphia): July 2019
- PokerStars (Mount Airy): November 2019
- Unibet (Mohegan Sun): November 2019
- FanDuel (Valley Forge Casino): January 2020
- Bet Rivers Casino (Rivers Casino Pittsburgh): January 2020
- Bet America (Presque Isle): January 2020
- Caesars: April 2020
- Wind Creek Casino: July 2020
With Wind Creek’s iGaming platform’s debut, only one PA-based online casino licensee, the Cordish Companies Live! Casino brand, has yet to release its product.
Live! has properties under construction in Philadelphia and a suburb of Pittsburgh. Cordish recently expressed an interest in bidding on a newly available mini-casino license up for auction by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) in September.
Additionally, there are two qualified gaming entities (QGEs) approved to apply for iGaming licenses in Pennsylvania. Those are Golden Nugget and MGM, both expected to enter the PA market in the not-too-distant future.
PA Online casino revenue reaches all-time highs
Pennsylvania’s 12 land-based casinos closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was a long road back. The first ones reopened on June 9, but it took until July 17 for the final one, Rivers Casino Philadelphia, to start welcoming back guests.
Online casinos saw a surge in play in the spring, peaking at record-breaking numbers in May. They remained strong to start the summer. Slot revenue in June was $36.8 million, down just $2 million from May. Table games saw a relatively greater decline, going from $12.4 million in May to $10.0 million in June.
Rivers (SugarHouse and BetRivers) led operators in June with $15 million in total revenue, with $13 million of that coming from slots. FanDuel topped the tables with $3.2 million in revenue.
Wind Creek online and retail Betfred sportsbook to follow
Back in June, Wind Creek got approval from the PGCB to launch both retail and online sports betting, which it will do under the popular UK brand Betfred. Construction on the retail Betfred book should get underway later this month, with an original target opening date of late November.
An online app is to precede that grand opening, meaning PA sports bettors should have an online Betfred sportsbook in the coming weeks to go with the nine other online sports betting sites already live in PA.
Mobile sportsbook launches are also expected for Live! Casino and Hollywood (Barstool Sportsbook) in the coming months as the PA online gambling market approaches max capacity.