Online gambling proponents looking for signs that a new state will eventually join the trio that have already launched online poker and gambling regimes can find encouragement in the recent announcement that Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino is preparing to launch a free-play gaming website.
In collaboration with GameAccount Network, Parx expects to go live with its free-play offering in the final quarter of 2014. In a press release issued yesterday, the casino cited an online gambling study released two months ago by Econsult Solutions in which it was “recommended that the Pennsylvania legislature pursue the authorization of intrastate Internet gaming.”
While the likelihood of Pennsylvania legislators approving regulated online gambling in 2014 grows shorter each day, it seems a good bet that Keystone State lawmakers will do so eventually. Parx Casino is moving aggressively on that eventuality by launching a free-play gaming site in advance of regulation with the intent of making a transition to real-money play once legal authorization is granted.
Parx Casino, owned and operated by Greenwood Racing, boasts of leading Pennsylvania’s land-based gambling market with 150 table games and more than 3,200 slot machines. Greenwood CTO John Dixon expressed his excitement at joining forces with GameAccount Network and becoming “well-prepared in the event regulation of real money Internet gaming emerges in the State of Pennsylvania.”
GameAccount Network has established a number of partnerships in the U.S. led by an alliance with Betfair to operate regulated real-money online gambling via Trump Plaza‘s license in New Jersey. The other pairings that GameAccount is involved in include the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, Osage Casinos in Oklahoma, and the Empire City Casino in New York.