Players locate in the state of Pennsylvania have been anxiously awaiting the launch of online gambling services. Legislation was passed in late 2017 to allow online casino and poker gaming, yet no services have launched. By July, it is expected that operators will go online. To prepare, partnerships have been made. Just this week, FanDuel and GAN announced an expansion of their existing partnership, adding to the work they are doing to offer online gaming to players in the state.
The two companies have announced a material addition to their existing services which will allow the FanDuel to have access to more services from the top-rated B2B online gambling software provider. The announcement comes just weeks before the online gambling industry should be live in Pennsylvania.
The two first partnered in 2013 in New Jersey when online gaming became a reality. By the first of this year, the two companies announced they would be building upon their relationship to extend their contract together for an additional five year time frame. With the contract extension, GAN becam the platform provider for FanDuel involving online casino and account services for online sports betting in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Earlier this year, FanDuel started offering sports betting services in Pennsylvania in conjunction with Valley Forge Casino. The deal required wagering services to be offered both online and land-based. The FanDuel sports book has been in operation in the state since mid-March.
GAN has already gained one partner in Pennsylvania via a contract signed with the Parx Casino involving online gaming.
The extended partnership of FanDuel and GAN will help both companies further their growth in the United States. Offering online gambling services in yet another state allows both companies to secure a foothold and be readily considered in other states if legislation were to be passed to legalize online gaming.
All eyes are currently on the online gambling industry in Pennsylvania as it prepares to launch. With the launch, the state would only be the fourth to have operational online casino and poker gaming services. Other states are preparing to offer similar services, but Pennsylvania is expected to be the next to go live.
Everyone is wondering how they will compare to neighboring state New Jersey. The Garden State has secured the top spot regarding online gambling in the US, having a successful online casino and sports betting industry. They offer online poker as well but the game has yet to gain a stronghold like the other two sectors.
With FanDuel and GAN announcing their extended partnership, it is just one more announcement in a slew of news coming out of the state as we near closer to July 15th. This is the expected date in which the online gaming sites will go live, at least those that are ready. Regulators told operators a few months ago they had until the 15th of July to prepare for launch.