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PA Sports Updates

UPDATED: August 11, 2020

MLB has returned, and the Phillies and Pirates got off to slow starts. To make matters worse, the Phillies’ first opponent, the Marlins, had several players and staff test positive for COVID-19, putting the Phillies season on pause. But they’re back, hovering around .500.

The NHL and NBA seasons are also underway, but the Penguins‘ dreams of another Stanley Cup are back on ice until next year. But the Flyers‘ hopes remain very much alive. The Philadelphia 76ers are also still in contention, despite injuries piling up. Additionally, the NFL season is right around the corner, with fingers crossed everywhere that pro football will not be derailed.

June sports betting handle in PA was $89 million (up from $77.5 million), with revenue of $7.9 million (up from $4.8 million in May). With the return of major live sports in PA, August and beyond should return sports betting to its pre-pandemic levels.

FanDuel Sportsbook remains the top operator in the state, making up $32.8 million of PA sports handle and $2.8 million in revenue in June.

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PA Casino Updates

UPDATED: August 11, 2020

Even with most land-based PA casinos reopening during the month of June, PA online casinos stayed strong, bringing in $50 million in revenue (including $3.2 million from online poker). It was down only slightly from its peak of $55.8 million in May ($4.6 million from online poker).

And the Pennsylvania Lottery posted impressive 2019/20 fiscal year revenue of over $1 billion, despite virus setbacks of some traditional lottery products.

PokerStars PA continues strong, but is down from its record April and May months. The Bounty Builder Series should provide a boost for July revenue. The progressive knockout tournament series paid out nearly $2 million in prize pools in July. PA may soon have another operator or two in the mix, too as partypoker and WSOP.com look to launch.

A late July Wind Creek online casino launch brings the total PA online casino operators to ten. Those options now also include a stand-alone FanDuel casino app and also a DraftKings casino app. Additionally, DraftKings promised to launch live dealer games in the near future, which would be a first for PA.

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Nine of the 13 PA casinos will offer some form of online casino gaming. The week of July 15, the first three sites launched. By Super Bowl, there were eight online casinos live, with more on the way.

Online Lottery

As of January 2020, tickets for draw games can be purchased through the PA Lotto online. They also offer several dozen online instant win games via browser or mobile app on the iLottery platform.

Online Sports Betting

The PA online sports betting scene is alive and well with eight sportsbooks live. Betting on phones is far more popular than retail sportsbooks and is still growing. With several apps to choose from, be sure to take advantage of the best promo offers as sites compete for market share.

Mini Casino

This new category of casino, called mini-casinos or satellite casinos, can host up to 750 slots and up to 30 table games. There are five currently in development.

Online Poker

There are currently eight PA casinos intent on launching online poker sites in the state, but only one is up and running. The era of PA online poker began on Nov. 4 when PokerStars PA opened up for business.

Fantasy Sports

The gambling expansion law cemented the legality of fantasy games and daily fantasy sports in PA. Now, popular sites like FanDuel, DraftKings, and Yahoo are regulated by the state and PA residents can enjoy them without worry.

FAQs

Can I play real money casino games online in Pennsylvania?

Yes, but you need to do so on a regulated online gambling site in the state.

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
  • PokerStars Casino
  • Unibet Casino

Most sites don’t offer the same game selection as you may find at New Jersey online casinos. Game providers getting up and running in Pennsylvania is taking quite a long time, as the providers need to set up new servers in PA before they can offer games.

How can I tell the difference between a legal and illegal 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 type of online gambling is legal in PA?

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 November 2019, online sports betting is up and running for PA customers with six online sportsbooks. They are:

  • PlaySugarHouse
  • FanDuel Sportsbook PA
  • BetRivers
  • FOX Bet
  • DraftKings Sportsbook PA
  • Parx Online Sportsbook

In November, online poker also launched in Pennsylvania when PokerStars PA started accepting customers on Nov. 4.

What kind of online casino games can you play in Pennsylvania?

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.

PokerStars, which is currently the online poker site up and running in PA, offers Hold’em as well as some of the lesser-played games like Stud.

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. PokerStars offers stakes up to $25/$50 NLH, but those tables are rarely occupied.

There are also Sit & Gos, multi-table tournaments, and some novelty games unique to each poker site. For example, PokerStars offers Spin & 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 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

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Online Sportsbook Options

PA Lottery Mobile App

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

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 are also able to offer sports betting. Currently, both the South Philadelphia Turf Club and The Oaks offer a retail sportsook in addition to off-track betting options.

Video Gambling Terminals (VGT)

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 are in the process of launching at qualifying truck stops across 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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