The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board recently announced that beginning on April 16, and for a period of 120 days, licensed Pennsylvania Casinos can petition the board for an "Interactive Gaming Certificate." If approved, a Certificate Holder may be authorized to offer interactive gaming in three categories:
- Peer-to-peer interactive games where players compete directly against other players, like poker;
- Non-peer-to-peer interactive games where players compete against the dealer's hand, which simulate table games; and
- Non-peer-to-peer interactive games which simulate slot machines.
With this announcement, the board's process of issuing Interactive Gaming Certificates will begin as follows:
- In the first 90 days, only existing Pennsylvania casinos may petition to offer all three categories; at an authorization fee of $10 million.
- From 91-120 days, existing Pennsylvania casinos may petition to offer one or more categories; at an authorization fee of $4 million per category.
At the conclusion of the 120-day period, the Gaming Control Board may authorize a qualified gaming entity to file a petition with the board for an Interactive Gaming Certificate upon a finding of suitability. Act 42 of 2017 allows for a total of 13 Interactive Gaming Certificates for each type of online gaming for a total of 39 certificates.