Pennsylvania Online Gambling News

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PA sports betting update

PA Sports Updates

UPDATED: Aug. 16, 2019

The numbers are in and it is a record month for the sportsbooks. July generated $59 million in bets, roughly two-thirds of which were placed online. That means, in less than three months, online has overtaken retail as the preferred way to bet in Pennsylvania.

SugarHouse led the pack, but keep in mind July featured only a week of operations for New Jersey market leader FanDuel. Given FanDuel’s new partnership with MLB, it could easily pick up more market share come August.

There could be new competition in the August sports betting revenue report too. According to our recent chat with PA Gaming Control Board spokesperson Doug Harbach, Mount Airy and its online offering FoxBet should be next up to launch sometime in the next couple of weeks.

 

PA online casino update

PA Casino Updates

UPDATED: Aug. 19, 2019

The first revenue report is in for online casinos and the big takeaway appears to be iPhone or bust. In July, PlaySugarHouse PA captured over half the market in large part because it was the only PA casino site with iPhone access.

The three sites combined for $812K in revenue over less than three weeks. The number seems small, but given this not a full month of data, sites are still not available on iPhone, and game libraries are fairly limited, it is not surprising.

Also not surprising? The DOJ is moving forward with an appeal in the New Hampshire Lottery Wire Act case, which means the battle for online gambling in the US is far from over.

PA gambling launches

SiteOnline CasinoOnline Sportsbook
Sugarhouse Online Casino PAJuly 17, 2019 Yes, Sugarhouse Sportsbook PA
FanDuel at Valley Forge CasinoSummer 2019Yes, FanDuel Sportsbook PA
BetRiversN/AYes, BetRivers
Parx Casino PAJuly 15, 2019 Yes, Parx Sportsbook
Hollywood Casino PAJuly 15, 2019 Summer 2019
Harrah's PhiladelphiaSummer 2019August 2019
Presque Isle DownsSummer 2019Summer 2019
The Meadows20192019
Mohegan Sun Pocono20192019
Fox Bet (Mount Airy)20192019
Live! Hotel & Casino (opening Dec. 2020)20212021
Online Casino

Nine of the 13 PA casinos will offer some form of online casino gaming. The week of July 15, the first three sites launched. Currently, the available online casinos are SugarHouse, Hollywood, and Parx, though SugarHouse is the only one available on both Apple and Android.

Online Lottery

The PA Lotto still isn’t selling draw games tickets online, but players can take advantage of several dozen online instant win games via browser or mobile app.

Online Sports Betting

Any of the 13 licensed Pennsylvania casinos can apply for a $10 million sports betting license and 11 have. That license allows them to offer a retail sportsbook as well as a single online betting skin. Additionally, it allows for retail books at off-track betting facilities and mini-casinos operated by the licensee.

Mini Casinos

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, with five of the $7.5 million licenses still unclaimed

Online Poker

There are currently eight PA casinos intent on launching online poker sites in the state. While online casinos got up and running in July, online poker appears to be weeks, if not months, behind its counterpart.

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

  • PlaySugarHouse
  • FanDuel Sportsbook PA
  • BetRivers
  • Parx Online Sportsbook

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 partnersLaunchAndroid app?iOS access?
SugarHouseRush Street Interactive / KambiJuly 17 2019YesYes
Hollywood (Penn National)IGTJuly 15, 2019YesNo
ParxGANJuly 15, 2019YesNo
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 Yes
FanDuel Sportsbook PA (Valley Forge)FanDuelLive as of July 22, 2019 Yes
BetRivers Online SportsbookKambiLive as of June 27, 2019 Yes
Parx Casino SportsbookKambiLive as of June 27, 2019 Yes
Harrah's PhiladelphiaScientific GamesSummer 2019Yes
The MeadowsDraftKings2019No
Hollywood Casino at Penn NationalWilliam HillFall 2019Yes
Presque Isle DownsBetAmericaFall 2019Yes
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet2019No
Fox Bet (Mount Airy)FoxBetAug./Sept. 2019No
Live! Hotel & CasinoN/A2021No

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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