In the past, Boyd Gaming operated online in the state of New Jersey with their share of the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City. The company was no longer involved in the iGaming industry after selling their interest in the Borgata to MGM Resorts International. We may now see Boyd enter the online gambling industry once again with their recent acquisition of Valley Forge Casino Resort. The casino is located in Pennsylvania, a state that just recently legalized online gaming.
Poker And Casino Gaming Licensing For Grabs
Poker and casino gaming licensing will be up for grabs beginning in the New Year, with existing operators having first pick. With Boyd now owning the Valley Forge gaming venue, they will have the ability to obtain licensing to offer slots, table games, or poker, all if they so choose.
In a statement regarding the recent acquisition, CEO and President of Boyd Gaming, Keith Smith, commented that with the recent passage of gaming expansion legislation in Pennsylvania, there will be new opportunities for Boyd to drive incremental growth at the casino via the expansion of slot capacity plus the introduction of new gaming options.
Boyd To Offer Online Gaming
The gaming expansion that will allow Boyd to offer online gaming will also allow the Category 3 license held by the Valley Forge Casino to add more slot games for a one-time fee. Boyd obviously plans on paying this fee in order to offer even more gaming options to their visitors.
2018 will bring about these new changes and it will not be surprising to see Boyd acting fast to include the new games. When the online licensing process begins, we will have to wait and see if Boyd Gaming shows interest and if they are among the first to get in on the online poker and casino action. Only a few more days remain in 2017, with all eyes on Pennsylvania as they begin to get started in expanding in several areas of their gaming industry.