This makes Pennsylvania just the fourth state offering legal online casino gambling in the USA.
Gaining A Foothold
NetEnt gained its Interactive Gaming Manufacturer Conditional Licence from the Gaming Control Board of Pennsylvania in March 2019.
Under the terms of the licence, the Swedish provider will be permitted to supply its services and products to licensed operators within the state, and the application for a permanent licence is still ongoing.
The Pennsylvania population is nearly 13 million people, making it the 5th largest state in the country. It is now the largest state providing online gambling services, taking the mantle from New Jersey, which has a population of 8.9 million.
There is a long gambling tradition in Pennsylvania, with 13 brick-and-mortar casinos. It was in 2017 that Governor Tom Wolf signed a gambling package that included legalising online gambling to breathe new life into the state’s budget. Legal online casinos officially started for players in Pennsylvania this week.
NetEnt’s Partnerships In Pennsylvania
NetEnt’s first customer agreement entered them into a partnership alongside Penn Online Entertainment, LLC, which is the online sector of Penn National Gaming. This was followed by a partnership with Parx Online, and both these online casinos began operating on the very first day of legalisation. These two operations going live marked NetEnt’s entry into the Pennsylvania market.
NetEnt commented that they are proud to be among the online casino suppliers offering its games “right from the start”.
This news follows another important expansion milestone for NetEnt earlier in 2019 – the company gained a permanent licence from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. NetEnt has been a presence in the New Jersey market since 2015, and its approval for a permanent licence is the first of its kind in the USA. 2019 is looking like a good year for the Swedish provider.