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

PA sports betting update

PA Sports Updates

UPDATED: July 22, 2019

Apple customers, your cups runneth over. Not only do you now have the ability to bet on your iPhones via PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers. Now you have a second option, FanDule Sportsbook.

FanDuel began its three days of testing supervised by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) on Monday. After a few delays, it launched with quite a few big surprises.

Most notably, your money on your New Jersey account can be used in Pennsylvania no problem. The reason it is so easy? Both the iOS and Android apps are the same as what players in New Jersey use. If you have an existing account in NJ, it may take a while to get verified to go on your iPhone app, but several new players are up and running on iOS just fine.

If you feel like retail sportsbook is more your speed, we have your bases covered there too. Presque Isle Downs’ BetAmerica Sportsbooks will open its doors to Erie, PA customers on July 24 for two days of testing of its own. In addition to the sportsbooks’ tellers, there will also be 50 branded kiosks spread throughout the casino.

 

PA online casino update

PA Casino Updates

UPDATED: July 17, 2019

The Hollywood Online Casino launch kicked things off. It was not without its hiccups though. The big surprise was the limited numbers of table games. There were over 40 slot titles to choose from, but the only non-slot options were video poker and baccarat. They added roulette later in the week though, which is encouraging.

A couple of hours later, Parx began its opening day of testing with a few more gaming options, namely blackjack and roulette. There are still gaming elements missing from both, like live dealer games, craps, and other less popular table games like Let It Ride or Pai Gow.

These two got a third competitor, SugarHouse PA, Wednesday. And while it brought the smallest library of games with it, PlaySugarHouse did bring the first means for Apple users to get on a Pennsylvania online gambling site.

What you will not see this week is any online poker sites in Pennsylvania though. While operators are working to have something ready in the near future, online poker is a lower priority than the much more lucrative online casino sites.

 

PA gambling launches

SiteOnline CasinoOnline Sportsbook
Sugarhouse Online Casino PAJuly 17, 2019 Yes, Sugarhouse Sportsbook PA
Parx Casino PAJuly 15, 2019 Yes, Parx Sportsbook
Hollywood Casino PAJuly 15, 2019 Summer 2019
FanDuel at Valley Forge CasinoSummer 2019Yes, FanDuel Sportsbook PA
BetRiversN/AYes, BetRivers
Harrah's PhiladelphiaSummer 2019Summer 2019
Presque Isle DownsSummer 2019Summer 2019
Mohegan Sun Pocono20192019
Mount Airy/Fox Bet20192019

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 rolled out offering an array of online casino games, including:

  • Slot machines
  • Video poker
  • Roulette

The current list of live online casino sites stands at:

  • PlaySugarHouse PA
  • Parx Online Casino
  • Hollywood Online Casino

It may take a while for other games to get up and running, but they will be available as they get approved, and you can rest assured they 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). All Pennsylvania online casinos will have an overt and pronounced connection to a land-based Pennsylvania casino.

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.

As of July 2017, online casinos are offering slots and table games as well. There is no online poker just yet.

Which PA casinos plan on offering online gambling?

CasinoExisting online partnersLaunch
SugarHouseRush Street Interactive / KambiJuly 17 2019
Hollywood (Penn National)IGTJuly 15, 2019
ParxGANJuly 15, 2019
Mohegan Sun PoconoKindred2019
Harrah's8882019
Valley ForgeIGT / GAN2019
Presque Isle DownsGolden Nugget2019
Mount Airy888 / PokerStars2019
Wind CreekN/AN/A
Stadium Park Philly Live! CasinoGANN/A
MGM Resortsbwin.partyN/A
Golden Nugget NJNYXN/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

Launch began with a limited number of options, but expect online casinos to add more and more titles as they gain approval form PGCB.

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

CasinoPartnerOnline SportsbookRetail Sportsbook
PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook PAKambiLive as of May 31, 2019 Dec. 15
Parx Casino SportsbookKambiLive as of June 27, 2019 Jan. 10
BetRiversKambiLive as of June 27, 2019 Dec. 15
FanDuel Sportsbook PA (Valley Forge)FanDuelLive as of July 22, 2019 March 13
Harrah's PhiladelphiaScientific GamesSummer 2019Jan. 24
Hollywood Casino at Penn NationalWilliam HillSummer 2019Nov. 17
Presque Isle DownsBetAmericaSummer 2019Summer 2019
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet2019Fall 2019
Mount AiryFoxBet2019By 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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