While every iGaming operator in PA fits into the online casino category, they don’t all offer the same variety of casino style games. In fact, most of them have chosen different software companies to represent their service.
Anyone familiar with the global internet casino market knows that there are dozens of major software brands, and many more third-party suppliers, serving up digital gambling amusements for the industry. Each company develops its own games. Operators can choose to license the software of one or more gaming studios, thereby offering a unique selection of titles to their customers.
When we think of casino games, we think of slot machines, blackjack, roulette, maybe baccarat or video poker. These are the most common games of all, and rest assured, every one of Pennsylvania’s recently authorized internet casino websites offers them. But the selection doesn’t have to stop there.
When state lawmakers decided to authorize iGaming, they took into consideration all of the games previously authorized for land-based operators, and extended the same verbiage of state law to their digital cousins.
While everyone generally understands what a slot machine is, the term “table games” can be incredibly vague. Fortunately, the Statues of Pennsylvania clarify what games are permissible by state law.
According to PA § 1103 Definitions:
“Any banking or nonbanking game approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The term includes roulette, baccarat, blackjack, poker, craps, big six wheel, mini-baccarat, red dog, pai gow, twenty-one, casino war, acey-ducey, sic bo, chuck-a-luck, Panguingue, Fan-tan, Asia poker, Boston 5 stud poker, Caribbean stud poker, Colorado hold’em poker, double attack blackjack, double cross poker, double down stud poker, fast action hold’em, flop poker, four card poker, let it ride poker, mini-craps, mini-dice, pai gow poker, pokette, Spanish 21, Texas hold’em bonus poker, three card poker, two card joker poker, ultimate Texas hold’em, winner’s pot poker and any other banking or nonbanking game.”
For further clarification, the following definitions are also provided:
“Any table game in which a player competes against a certificate holder rather than against another player.”
“Any table game in which a player competes against another player and in which the certificate holder collects a rake.”