Golden Nugget Online Gaming (GNOG) will be the next online casino in the Keystone State now that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) unanimously approved granting it a license on July 26. GNOG will offer online slots and table games once it launches. That should happen within weeks, considering the license was the operator’s last regulatory hurdle.
Yesterday’s board approval provided GNOG with a qualified gaming entity (QGE) license. The special license is reserved for interactive gaming certificate applicants who don’t operate land-based casinos in the state. The only other QGE license-holder in Pennsylvania is Bally Casino.
During yesterday’s meeting, PGCB Executive Director Kevin F. O’Toole explained that the commonwealth houses more online gambling sites than land-based casinos.
O’Toole told the board yesterday:
As of the end of the Fiscal Year, June 30, 2023, there were 17 land-based casinos, 20 iGaming operators, 14 sports wagering operators …
Bonus reported yesterday that Pennsylvania was once again the top US online casino revenue generator. It saw $164.3 million in gross gaming revenue (GGR) in June 2023.
Once GNOG launches, it’s also expected to generate revenue. However, it’s difficult to tell if it’ll fare as well as it has in neighboring New Jersey, where Golden Nugget is at the top of the heap. Or if it’ll perform more like it has in Michigan, where GNOG is No. 5 of 15.
Golden Nugget Fans Waited 2 Years
Golden Nugget received its QGE status in March 2021.
Yet GNOG only heard PGCB Licensing Director Sean M. Hannon announce yesterday that the license was ready for the board to consider.
The board immediately unanimously approved GNOG’s license without comment.
Golden Nugget is known elsewhere for having more than 1,000 slot games. Each state has its own regulatory structure for approving games, so Pennsylvania will probably require reviews, as well.
However, gamblers may see GNOG’s popular slots, including:
- 88 Fortunes
- Divine Fortune
- Mercy of the Gods
However, it’s hard to divine exactly when that’ll happen.