Online gambling has been in full swing in Pennsylvania for a few weeks now and new applications and sites are popping up on a regular basis. From the beginning, operators have been shorted a bit as iOS applications have been slow going. The Apple company has placed new restrictions on what is allowed involving gambling applications, and this has created a lack of iOS options in the state. Thankfully, a new app for iPhones and iPads has been launched, though players will have a lack of games on offer.
Hollywood Casino PA
The new online casino application in PA is brought to the industry by Hollywood Casino. The changes to the Apple guidelines have caused a slowing effect for such apps to be presented. For Hollywood, they seemed to have wanted to get their app out quickly, so even though it is launched, it offers only five games.
The app has four slot selections with Cats, Wheel of Fortune: Hawaiian Getaway, Cleopatra and DaVinci Diamonds. The only other game the app offers is the IGT Game King, a video poker suite. The app may be small but Hollywood at least has something out there for iOS users to be able to access their gaming options.
All games offered on iOS apps now have to be coded in native iOS instead of HTML5. Most games created today are in HTML5. This means casino programmers have been very busy trying to convert content so it can be acceptable for iOS applications.
For sportsbooks in the state, the operators have been able to find an option that will work for iPhones. For casino applications, the process is a bit harder. Before Hollywood Casino launched their offering, the only option was PlaySugarHouse and players had to download the GeoGuard application to be able to access gaming.
So, Hollywood Casino is officially the first operator in the state to launch a app in the Apple Store. For players to access the app easily, it is recommended that players visit the casino site and click on a specific link to the app.
Even though the Apple App does not have a ton of content, Hollywood does offer plenty of titles via their online casino site. The site has a total of 72 gaming titles, which includes a ton of slot content, plus table games like baccarat and roulette. The site also offers games with progressive jackpots such as Divine Fortune.
It will be interesting to see if Hollywood Casino will be able to get their new iOS app up to speed over the next few weeks. If they can manage to get more of the titles from their browser option to the app, they could easily take the lead as the top operator when it comes to online casino gaming in the state.
Over the next few months, we will get our first look at how well the sites are doing as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board release revenue reports from the new industry.