With the potential for Pennsylvania to pass an internet gambling bill within the 2016-17 legislative session being relatively high, 888’s online casino in New Jersey has teamed up with
PA’s Mount Airy Casino Resort to launch a new cross-border promotion with a $25 “no deposit bonus“ on the line.
888 and Mount Airy Casino are already partnered to provide an online gambling destination in Pennsylvania, if and when the appropriate legislation is passed. But since we’re not at that point yet, proliferating internet gambling in the Keystone is not on the agenda. However, efforts to trade customers between New Jersey’s legal online gaming market and Mt Pocono’s live casino resort is perfectly acceptable.
It’s a bit confusing, to say the least, but I’ll try to explain it as best I can.
Play Live in PA, Benefit Online in NJ
888 Casino in New Jersey is offering its online players – those physically located in New Jersey – a chance to redeem a $25 no deposit bonus. But to receive the bonus code necessary to claim the offer, they must either use a kiosk at the Mount Airy Casino Resort, located at 312 Woodland Road in Mt Pocono, PA, or visit the Mount Airy Casino website and click over to Promotions, where you’ll find a graphic advertisement for the $25 No Deposit Bonus for 888Casino.
Players who choose to claim the bonus code in person can make the trek from Mount Airy Casino Resort to New Jersey in about 45-50 minutes (under 30 miles), via the Delaware Water Gap. So long as a player is physically located within the borders of the Garden State (and of legal age, of course), they are eligible to play at 888’s NJ online casino, thus qualify them to use the $25 no deposit bonus.
Note that the free credits are only eligible for new members of 888 Casino, and may only be used to play the wide variety of interactive slot machines available. Table games and poker games via 888Poker are not eligible. The no deposit bonus is subject to 888Casino’s Welcome Bonus Terms and Conditions.
Future of PA Online Gambling Bill
It was hoped that legislators in Pennsylvania would pass HB 649 last month. Despite its approval by the PA House and Appropriations Committee, the Senate stalled, putting the measure on the shelf for the time being. However, the online gambling bill is expected to receive more attention once the session reconvenes from its summer break in mid-September.
With budget costs mounting, and online gambling projected to generate $400 million annually once matured, advocates are hopeful that Pennsylvania will become the fourth US state to legalize internet poker and casino gaming before the 2016-17 legislative session ends in June of next year.
If that’s the case – and many lawmakers in PA have called it at least “probable” – 888 and Mount Airy Casino will be perfectly positioned to enter the Keystone State’s online gambling market.