East Coast Gambling Keeps Growing While West Virginia Waivers On Online Casinos

Written By Jessica Welman on March 26, 2017 - Last Updated on March 10, 2022
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The East Coast gambling scene keeps growing, so much so that these days the headlines are dominated by Pennsylvania and New Jersey, not Nevada.

This week was no exception.

New Jersey online casinos launched new programs and welcomed new competition from an unexpected source. Meanwhile, the eyes of the poker world were on Poker Night in America’s heads-up battle in Philadelphia.

Could upstate New York be the tour’s next stop?

The East Coast did not claim all of the news, though. West Virginia’s lack of progress on its online gambling bill likely means no new laws this year. However, with how much the brick and mortar and US online casino industry is changing, nothing can be said for certain.

Here is the scoop on all the big US gambling stories from the past few days:

New Jersey online casinos celebrate and get social

PokerStars NJ is in the midst of celebrating its first year in the New Jersey market. The birthday party includes deposit promotions, a tournament series, and several other special offers.

Does PokerStars have much to celebrate besides the milestone? The answer is a mixed bag.

Expectations for the global online poker leader were sky high when it came into New Jersey. After a brief bump to the New Jersey online poker economy, it seems the impact on New Jersey is minimal.

While PokerStars celebrates a milestone, the social casino market in New Jersey welcomes a new player. TEN Resort has not opened its doors in Atlantic City, but its social casino is up and running.

Online gaming provider GAN powers the new site. The company also powers the real money online casino for Betfair in New Jersey.

What is interesting about TEN’s social casino is that there is no brick and mortar casino to go with it. TEN and its owner, Glenn Straub, do not currently possess a gaming license. The launch plan for the property is to open without a casino, then later lease the gaming space to someone else who does have a license.

Poker Night in America draws headlines in PA and possibly NY

After months of anticipation, Poker Night in America livestreamed the heads-up grudge match between poker pros Cate Hall and Mike Dentale at SugarHouse Casino.

The Twitch stream generated good numbers for the channel, but columnist Marty Derbyshire suggests the buildup and battling on Twitter upstaged the final product. Agree or disagree, the grudge match is a good indication of the direction televised and livestreamed poker is heading.

There is also speculation of where Poker Night in America might be headed next. The newly opened Rivers Casino property in Schenectady, NY recently announced it will be bringing a poker series to New York.

The details are not available yet, as they are likely pending state gaming commission approval. Best guess is if the casino resort does bring a mainstream tour to town, it will be Poker Night in America.

The television show and live streaming company has visited the sister property in Pittsburgh, PA several times. Moreover, the Rivers Casino brand and Poker Night in America share a parent company, Rush Street Gaming.

West Virginia’s online casino effort quietly dies

The bill proposing online gambling in West Virginia was a bit of a surprise. What is less surprising is that West Virginia casinos have other priorities, other politicians are opposed, and the bill is on track to quietly die without much fanfare.

This does not mean there is no hope for iGaming advocates in the state.

Many states, like Pennsylvania, had similar failures early in the quest to regulate online gambling. It often takes multiple tries and several years before the measure gains enough support to move forward.

Are casinos moving away from gambling?

US Poker took a different look at casinos this week. Instead of focusing on gambling revenue or what is going on with casino slots or in the pits, the article looks at alternative revenue streams.

Night clubs, restaurants, retail, and quality hotel rooms are playing an increasingly important role in the financials of casino resorts. What does this mean for the future of the casino industry? Check out the piece and find out.

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Jessica Welman has worked as a tournament reporter for the World Poker Tour, co-hosted a podcast for Poker Road, and served as the managing editor for WSOP.com. A graduate of Indiana University and USC, Welman is not only a writer but also a producer. She can be found on Twitter @jesswelman.

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