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Pennsylvania Online Gambling News

The latest on online gambling, sports betting, the iLottery, and more.

PA sports betting update

PA Sports Updates

UPDATED: June 24, 2019

Move over, PlaySugarHouse.com Pennsylvania. You’ve got to make room for not one, but two new PA online betting apps.

Parx debuts its online sportsbook for the first of three days of testing on Monday, June 24. Additionally, SugarHouse Casino’s sister property, Rivers Pittsburgh, will start testing its BetRivers app this week as well.

Before you get too excited — don’t expect an iOS solution for iPhone users yet. The problems SugarHouse encountered about getting app approval and changing app store guidelines persist.

PA online casino update

PA Casino Updates

UPDATED: June 21, 2019

Pennsylvania’s forthcoming online casinos can breathe a sigh of relief now that the Department of Justice says it will not prosecute anyone for Wire Act violations until at least 2020. As a recent memo explains, the enforcement of the new Wire Act opinion won’t get underway until the start of next year or the court case regarding the opinion is resolved, whichever comes later.

Meanwhile, our recent interview with PA Gaming Control Board Executive Director Kevin O’ Toole gave some insight into how online casinos are doing when it comes to the big July 15 launch day. Though rumors suggest few casinos will meet the deadline, O’Toole says there are no plans to change the date.

“It’s still the week of July 15. Those who get up and running with their sportsbook platforms, I think have a head start. It is basically the same platform, it just takes you into different segments of that platform.”

In the meantime, brick and mortar casinos are still experiencing steady growth. However, it would be inaccurate to suggest operators aren’t ready to get going with more online offerings to boost bottom lines.

PA sportsbook launches

CasinoOnline SportsbookRetail Sportsbook
PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook PALive as of May 31, 2019 Dec. 15
Parx Casino SportsbookSoft launch June 24Jan. 10
BetRiversSoft launch June 25Dec. 15
FanDuel at Valley Forge CasinoSummer 2019March 13
Harrah's PhiladelphiaSummer 2019Jan. 24
Hollywood Casino at Penn NationalSummer 2019Nov. 17
Presque Isle DownsSummer 2019Summer 2019
Mohegan Sun Pocono2019Fall 2019
Mount Airy/Fox Bet2019By football season 2019

FAQs

Can I play online casino games for real money 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.

On July 15, the first crop of online casinos will roll out offering an array of online casino games, including:

  • Slot machines
  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Live dealer games

It may take a while for these games to all get up and running, but they will be available as they get approved and you can rest assured it will be safe and secure.

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.

As of May 2019, online sports betting is up and running for PA customers. PlaySugarHouse.com PA was the first sportsbook to launch online, followed by Parx, then Bet Rivers.

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 or PayPal
  • Prepaid debit card

Resources

Timetable for sportsbooks to launch

CasinoOnline SportsbookRetail Sportsbook
PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook PALive as of May 31, 2019 Dec. 15
Parx Casino SportsbookSoft launch June 24Jan. 10
BetRiversSoft launch June 25Dec. 15
FanDuel at Valley Forge CasinoSummer 2019March 13
Harrah's PhiladelphiaSummer 2019Jan. 24
Hollywood Casino at Penn NationalSummer 2019Nov. 17
Presque Isle DownsSummer 2019Summer 2019
Mohegan Sun Pocono2019Fall 2019
Mount Airy/Fox Bet2019By football season 2019

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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