Gaming experts say four states are prime candidates for iGaming expansion.
During last week’s East Coast Gaming Congress (ECGC), a panel of industry experts, including Jeffery Millar, commercial director for Evolution, view Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and New York as states ready to legalize online casino gaming.
“I’m confident there’s plenty of room for growth,” Millar said.
Online gaming expansion plans
Currently, iGaming, which includes online slots and online table games, is legal in only six states. Those states are:
However, experts view the infrastructure created through the legalization of sports betting could help usher in this additional form of gaming.
“They already have regulators in place,” said Richard Schwarts, CEO of Rush Street Interactive. “They have servers in place. It’s quicker to start up a casino addition.”
Sports betting is legal in 31 states plus Washington, DC.
In addition to Schwarts and Millar, other panelists included:
- Howard Glaser, Global Head of Government Affairs and Legislative Counsel, Light & Wonder
- Luisa Woods, Vice President, Marketing, Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North
Looking at iGaming markets in other states
David Rebuck, New Jersey’s top gambling regulator, said, “the growth in this industry is still in its infancy stages in the US.”
Since launching online casino gaming nine years ago, New Jersey casinos have won roughly $4.79 billion, according to the American Gaming Association (AGA).
The Pennsylvania iGaming market debuted in 2019 and has since won $2.47 billion.
Other online markets include:
- Michigan iGaming – $2 billion (launched in Jan. 2021)
- Connecticut iGaming – $199.7 million (launched in Oct. 2021)
- West Virginia iGaming – $137.4 million (launched in July 2020)
- Delaware iGaming – $42.2 million (launched Dec. 2013)
New Jersey is currently in the process of extending its law permitting online gambling for another ten years. Democratic governor Phil Murphy told attendees last week he would sign the bill if it passed.