Rivers Casino withdraws PA online gaming application

Rush Street-owned property refused to rule out entering egaming further down the road

Rivers Casino has withdrawn its application for an interactive gaming licence in Pennsylvania, the state’s gaming regulator said on Thursday.

The withdrawal means the Pittsburgh-area property is not applying for any of the three online verticals, making these three license now available to outside bidders.

Rivers said it was not ruling out offering online gaming at some point in the future, but it was “taking additional time to explore the various options for doing so”.

Crucially, Rivers’ sister property, SugarHouse Casino, which is also owned by Rush Street Gaming, is already approved to offer online gaming, meaning Rivers could potentially run an online brand as a SugarHouse skin, thus saving the $10m license fee.

The operator told Play Pennsylvania it was still “actively pursuing a sports wagering certificate to offer both land-based and mobile sports betting”.

SugarHouse also has an application pending for PA sports betting, with the brand already live in New Jersey and Colombia on a Kambi platform.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will inspect license applications at its next meeting on October 31.