DraftKings Launches Online Casino in Pennsylvania

  • After application approval, DraftKings completed a two-day soft launch
  • The online casino offers slots, table games, and tons of other options
  • DraftKings now offers a sports betting app and an online casino in Pennsylvania  
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DraftKings has entered the Pennsylvania online casino market after securing regulatory approval and running a series of tests. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Launch follows state approval and soft launch

DraftKings has launched an online casino in Pennsylvania after being approved for a license and completing a series of tests.

The online gaming giant wasted no time in getting started in the state. DraftKings secured an interactive gaming operator license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday and immediately began testing ahead of an official launch just 48 hours later.

secured an interactive gaming operator license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

After receiving approval, DraftKings carried out a two-day soft launch. On the first day, the site ran from 2 to 10pm. On the second day, the site operated from 1 to 11pm. The new online casino is now available to Pennsylvanians 24/7.

Operating through Penn National’s Hollywood Casino

In Pennsylvania, online gaming operators must be partnered with a land-based casino. DraftKings already has a partnership in place with the Meadows for its sports betting site in the state.

For the company’s online casino, DraftKings has partnered with the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. This partnership came to fruition thanks to DraftKings’ national market access agreement with Penn National Gaming, the owner of the Hollywood Casino.

Tim Dent, chief compliance officer for DraftKings, commented on the relationship the brand has with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The executive thanked them for

their thoughtful leadership in creating a consumer-focused, competitive iGaming market.”

The launch of a DraftKings online casino marks the eighth online gaming operator to offer services in Pennsylvania.

Since launching online gambling in July 2019, Pennsylvania has seen its market continue to expand. Handles for online table games and slots continue to increase. Reports from March show that slots generated just over $385m in revenue, while table games (including online poker) brought in over $485m.

Going public after multibillion-dollar merger

News of DraftKing’s online casino launch in Pennsylvania comes just days after the company completed its multibillion-dollar merger with SBTech and Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corporation (DEAC). As we reported, DEAC shareholders decided to vote in favor of merging the companies.

With the merger now complete, the Nasdaq exchange will list DraftKings with the ticker symbol ‘DKNG’. The new company has been valued at $3.3bn.