Rivers Casino and 8 others apply for online gambling licenses in Pa.
HARRISBURG — Nine casino owners in Pennsylvania — including Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino — are seeking licenses to operate casino-style gambling online.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said the applications came in ahead of Monday’s close-of-business deadline for the state’s casino owners to get a license at a discount of $10 million.
Pennsylvania last year became the fourth state to legalize online gambling, joining Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware.
In addition to Rivers Casino on the North Shore, applications came from the owners of Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem; Hollywood Casino in suburban Harrisburg; Mount Airy Casino Resort in northeastern Pennsylvania; Valley Forge Casino Resort, Harrah’s Casino and Parx Casino in suburban Philadelphia; and SugarHouse Casino and Live! Hotel and Casino in Philadelphia.
Owners of Pennsylvania’s remaining four casino licenses have another 30 days to apply, but they’ll pay a premium of $12 million.