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PA sports betting update

PA Sports Updates

UPDATED: April 17, 2019

The countdown to online PA sports betting might actually be nearing an end. For real this time. While online casinos will not go live until July 15, sports betting apps could be rolling out by the end of the month.

With the 76ers making a run in the NBA Playoffs and Bryce Harper mania well underway, getting online betting apps up and running could not come soon enough.

Now the question is who will get up and running first. Both FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge and Parx seem like top contenders. Parx has been trying to get up and running first for a while now, so they may have a head start.

FanDuel, on the other hand, is crushing in New Jersey with an already operational app, that one would assume transitioning to PA to go live shouldn’t be that difficult, so long as PGCB is on board.

The odds-on favorite to launch first though is SugarHouse, which has been an online brand in the Garden State for years.

PA online casino update

PA Casino Updates

UPDATED: April 17, 2019

The big day finally has an official date. Wednesday the PA Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced the official launch date of online casino. Pennsylvania online casino sites will launch en masse on July 15.

That gives the 10 land-based PA casinos pursuing online casinos three months to get everything in working order. Certainly, sites can go live after July 15. However, given the simultaneous rollout and the battle for market share, the big players should be ready to go.

Sands Bethlehem and Stadium Casino likely won’t be ready to go in July. However, expect SugarHouse, Harrah’s, Parx, and Hollywood amongst others.

What is also up for debate is how many casinos dedicate resources and time to online poker sites. While they are pressing ahead without a definitive answer in the Wire Act case, launching online casinos is a different matter than launching the much less profitable online poker sites.

PA sportsbook launches

CasinoPGCB Approval DateRetail SportsbookProjected Online Sportsbook
Parx Casino SportsbookOct. 3Jan. 10May 2019
SugarHouse CasinoOct. 31Dec. 15May 2019
Rivers CasinoOct. 31Dec. 15May-June 2019
Valley Forge CasinoDec. 19March 13May-June 2019
Hollywood Casino at Penn NationalOct. 3Nov. 17May-June 2019
Harrah's PhiladelphiaOct. 31Jan. 24May-June 2019
Presque Isle DownsFeb. 6June 1May-June 2019
South Philadelphia Turf ClubOct. 3Jan. 17N/A
Valley Forge Turf ClubMarch 6March 12N/A
Mount Airy CasinoPending approvalN/AN/A
Mohegan Sun PoconoPending approvalN/AN/A

FAQs

Is it legal to gamble online in Pennsylvania?

Yes, but you need to do so on a regulated online gambling site in the state. None of those have launched yet, but they will go live in early 2019.

What remains off-limits are offshore gambling sites. These sites are not regulated by the states, so they do not offer important consumer protections. They should be avoided at all costs.

How can I tell the difference between an illegal and legal online casino?

A legal Pennsylvania online casino is licensed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). More often than not, they are tied to a land-based casino in the state as well.

What kind of online gambling is legal in Pennsylvania?

There are three types of PA online casino licenses:

  • Online slot games
  • Online table games
  • Online peer-to-peer games, like poker

There are other types of online gambling available as well. The PA Lottery offers online lottery games that play like scratch-off tickets. The fantasy sports industry is also allowed to offer online and mobile fantasy events.

Eventually, PA casinos will be able to offer mobile and online sports betting. However, do not expect that until early 2019.

Which PA casinos plan on offering online gambling?

CasinoExisting online partnersInteractive application statusProjected launch
Harrah's888Conditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
Hollywood (Penn National)IGTConditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
Mount Airy888 / PokerStarsConditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
ParxGANConditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
SugarHouseRush Street Interactive / KambiConditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
Valley ForgeIGT / GANConditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
Presque Isle DownsGolden NuggetConditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
Sands BethlehemN/AConditionally approvedN/A
Stadium Park Philly Live! CasinoGANConditionally approvedN/A
Mohegan Sun PoconoKindredConditionally approvedN/A
MGM Resortsbwin.partyApplication pendingN/A
Golden Nugget NJNYXApplication pendingN/A

What kind of casino games will PA online casinos offer?

You can expect most of the popular games you would find at a brick and mortar casino in Pennsylvania. Most online casinos offer a wide range of slot titles, including many you have probably seen on the casino for.

As for table games, you can expect offerings such as:

  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Craps
  • Baccarat
  • Three Card Poker
  • Video poker
  • Pai Gow
  • Let It Ride

What kind of online poker games are available in PA?

At online poker sites, the majority of the games are going to be Texas Hold’em. There will be a range of options for what kinds of Hold’em games players can take part in.

Cash games offer a range of stakes, including much smaller stakes than you can find in a casino. Some stakes are as small as $.01/$.02, while the bigger end of the stakes tends to top off at $10/$20.

There are also Sit & Gos, multi-table tournaments, and some novelty games unique to each poker site. For example, WSOP.com offers Blast Sit & Gos, which take the standard Sit & Go and add a gambling element where players can win a big jackpot.

How old do I have to be to play online in PA?

If you want to play online lottery games or fantasy sports, you need to be at least 18 years old. The sites use things like your Social Security Number to verify your identity and age.

If you want to play at PA online casinos or take part in a PA online sportsbook, you will also need to have your age verified. And you will need to be at least 21 to play.

Do I need to be a Pennsylvania resident to play online?

You do not. You do have to be physically located in the state to play, but residency is not required.

How do I deposit money on a PA online casino site?

The specifics won’t be available until the casino sites actually launch. Generally, though, most online casino sites allow deposits via a range of options, such as:

  • Credit cards including Visa and MasterCard
  • Electronic checks (ACH deposits)
  • Cash deposits at the partner land-based casino
  • Online payment processors such as Skrill, Neteller, or PayPal
  • Prepaid debit card

Resources

Timetable for sportsbooks to launch

CasinoPGCB Approval DateRetail SportsbookProjected Online Sportsbook
Parx Casino SportsbookOct. 3Jan. 10May 2019
SugarHouse CasinoOct. 31Dec. 15May 2019
Rivers CasinoOct. 31Dec. 15May-June 2019
Valley Forge CasinoDec. 19March 13May-June 2019
Hollywood Casino at Penn NationalOct. 3Nov. 17May-June 2019
Harrah's PhiladelphiaOct. 31Jan. 24May-June 2019
Presque Isle DownsFeb. 6June 1May-June 2019
South Philadelphia Turf ClubOct. 3Jan. 17N/A
Valley Forge Turf ClubMarch 6March 12N/A
Mount Airy CasinoPending approvalN/AN/A
Mohegan Sun PoconoPending approvalN/AN/A

PA Lottery mobile app

In addition to playing online instant games, the PA Lottery mobile app has several other perks.

For example, you can scan your draw game tickets for winners using the app. You can also check the app for the winning numbers on all major jackpots.

Keno

Keno was the first element of gaming expansion to go live in Pennsylvania. The numbers game, which is run by the Pennsylvania Lottery, launched at bars and taverns across the state in May and is quickly growing in popularity.

Off-track betting

Pennsylvania has had off-track betting parlors for years. With the advent of sports betting though, these facilities will likely end up with a PA sportsbook as well. In fact, South Philadelphia Turf Club already has an application in.

Video gambling terminals (VGTs)

Video gambling terminals (VGTs) bring many of the fun and games of a casino to a single machine at Pennsylvania truck stops. These multi-game VGTs will launch soon at qualified truck stops around the state.

PA virtual sports

For those who want a sports betting-esque experience at any time, there are Xpress Sports from the PA Lottery. These games simulate virtual (and fictional) football drives or car races and allow customers to bet on the outcome.

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