Golden Nugget Online Gaming (GNOG) is on track to launch in Pennsylvania in 2023, according to parent company DraftKings.
GNOG’s application for a Qualified Gaming Entity license has been pending with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) since 2020. But, earlier this month, DraftKings confirmed it expects integration of GNOG into its platform to be complete during the second half of 2023. The company executives on the application, including Jason Park, Paul Liverman, and Stanton Dodge, are already approved for licensure in Pennsylvania.
DraftKings officially completed the acquisition of GNOG in May, with Co-Founder and CEO, Jason Robins, saying it is part of the company’s strategy to “penetrate deeper into the iGaming market.” DraftKings and Golden Nugget already offer online casinos and sportsbooks in West Virginia and sportsbooks in Arizona, and are hoping Pennsylvania will prove a lucrative market.
Pennsylvania’s iGaming revenue is set to top $1 billion this month, making the state one of the top-three online gaming markets in the country, along with Michigan and New Jersey – a state where DraftKings currently operates two of the three biggest online casinos.
Notably, a Qualified Gaming Entity license will allow DraftKings to go live with GNOG in Pennsylvania while still operating from the Garden State. If it had instead opted for an iGaming Operator license, the company would have been required to enter a partnership in the state.