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Pennsylvania opens process for new online-only casino licences

| By Zak Thomas-Akoo
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) will begin accepting petitions for operators who wish to apply for an igaming certificate in the Keystone state without being tied to a land-based operator.
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The businesses operating in jurisdictions outside of the Pennsylvania can now apply to become a Qualified Gaming Entity. The designation will allow the operator to obtain one of three categories of igaming licence that are available in the Commonwealth.

Historically, only companies with a brick-and-mortar presence, along with online operators with a market access agreement with such a casino, have been eligible to apply to offer online gaming. However, the PGCB periodically allows for out-of-state entities to petition to be allowed to offer games of chance in the state. The first petition occurred in late 2018, making this the second time the state’s regulator has opened the process.

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