One of the wild cards in the Pennsylvania online casino market is Valley Forge Casino. As early as 2015, the property started publicly supporting online gaming in the state. It is a smaller casino, one of two Category 3 resort casinos in the state. The five-year-old property features 600 slot machines and 50 table games.
Around that time, it also seemed like Valley Forge quietly obtained an online casino partner in bwin.party. While the European-based company admitted it had a PA partner, it was coy about who that partner was.
The best guess was that partner was Valley Forge, but there was never confirmation from either side that a partnership existed.
To make this sticky situation even more complicated, Boyd Gaming acquired Valley Forge Casino at the end of 2017.
Now the questions are twofold:
1. Does a partnership between Valley Forge and bwin.party (now GVC) still exist?
2. Does Boyd’s involvement change anything with the rumored partnership?
Those answers are not clear yet. What seems to be clear is that Valley Forge plans to be online and that Boyd Gaming is one of several companies trying to get into the PA iGaming market on the ground floor.
Valley Forge online casino platform
If Valley Forge still has a deal with GVC, we don’t have to hypothesize much about what an online casino product would look like. After all, we need to look no further than BorgataCasino in New Jersey. That is exactly what a GVC platform currently looks like because it is a GVC platform.
Boyd, in the meantime, does not have any in-house online casino team as of now, nor does it have a partnership with any online casinos.
The Borgata platform features 74 slot titles as well as several table games.
Browser and mobile-based play
In the regulated New Jersey online casino market, almost every online casino offers both a browser-based version of its online casino and a mobile app. BorgataCasino is no exception. In fact, what makes the site unique is that there is actually a downloadable casino client, which is rare for the Garden State.
One thing Valley Forge could improve upon if it does move forward with GVC is a mobile casino app. The Borgata app is limited to just a couple dozen games rather than the whole platform.
For browsers, clients, or apps, whatever Valley Forge comes up with, will need to meet certain ID and geolocation requirements. When signing up for an account, players will need to verify they are at least 21 years old. There will also need to be opt-out technology to help problem gamblers self-exclude.
Finally, these online casinos will all need geolocation technology to ensure real-money play is only taking place within Pennsylvania state lines.
Games at Valley Forge online casino
Valley Forge online video poker
Looking at BorgataCasino to get an idea of what kind of video poker offerings Valley Forge might offer, the sky seems to be the limit. Thanks to a partnership with IGT, the long list of games Valley Forge could offer on a GVC platform is as follows:
- Bonus Poker
- Double Bonus Poker
- Double Double Bonus Poker
- Jacks or Better
- Deuces Wild
- Deuces Wild Elite
- Regal Poker
- Double Regal Poker
- Double Double Regal Poker
- Five-play Poker
- Jester Poker
Blackjack at Valley Forge online casino
Not only is the video poker offerings on GVC robust, there are eight different Blackjack varieties to choose from as well. Now, that is in the New Jersey market, which has different regulations than Pennsylvania. In general, Pennsylvania gaming regulation is more stringent than other states.
As such, the varieties and side bets that are incredibly common online in New Jersey might not meet the regulations set forth for Pennsylvania online casinos.
Valley Forge online casino slots
With a 54 percent tax rate on online slots, they might not be quite the cash cow they are for NJ online casinos. Though, with tighter slots than any other state in the country, PA does profit on the gross revenue of slots more than the rest.
Nonetheless, it is worth noting the GVC portfolio features nearly 75 titles, including almost a dozen progressive jackpot slots.
Here is a look at some of the exclusive Borgata titles that Valley Forge could perhaps offer as well:
- Aztec Myths
- Black Knight
- Candy Store
- Festive Fortunes
- Glamour Puss
- Goanna Gold
- Going Nuts
- Jail Break
- Kung Food
- Melon Madness
- Pirates’ Booty
- That’s Magic
- Under the Waves
Other games at Valley Forge online casino
There are a few other table games to choose from on Borgata’s platform, but not a ton. Here is the complete list:
- Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker
Valley Forge online casino rewards program
When it comes to rewards options, things are about as up in the air as online software partners. As a Boyd property, it certainly seems as though Valley Forge will shift to the company’s multi-casino B Connected rewards program eventually.
For now, though, the property is still using its single-property Valley Rewards program.
Additionally, there is no clarity on whether or not an online platform would use its own rewards system or incorporate the land-based casino rewards system like MGM did for Borgata. Given that syncing is the norm, our best guess is that B Connected will eventually sync up with Valley Forge users’ online accounts.
Banking options at Valley Forge online casino
A Valley Forge online gambling site should be ready to accept:
- Prepaid Cards
- Electronic checks
- Bank wire
- Cash at the cage
Players should be able to receive payouts from Valley Forge online casino the same way they make deposits. Namely via electronic checks, wire transfers, traditional checks, Neteller, PayPal, and cash payouts at the casino cage.
Valley Forge online casino customer service
GVC’s Borgata platform allows players to contact customer support via a toll-free telephone line and through email. Most of the time, the site reps get back to player concerns within a day.
If Valley Forge adopts the same system, it would be missing live chat, which is a common and appreciated service feature on many other online casino platforms.