Pennsylvania Online Gambling News

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PA sports betting update

PA Sports Updates

UPDATED: Dec. 12, 2019

As the year winds down, it looks like no more new sites will launch before 2019 closes out. However, the existing crop of seven online sportsbooks is rolling out the odds boosts and promos around things like the Army-Navy game or the recent Monday Night Football showdown between the Eagles and the Giants.

The revenue report for November sports betting numbers is due any day now. When it comes out, expect the PA market to eclipse $1 billion in bets taken. It is a great milestone to hit as the industry celebrates its first birthday.

PA online casino update

PA Casino Updates

UPDATED: Dec. 12, 2019

Online casinos may not be making too many headlines, save for yet another Divine Fortune jackpot winner. Online poker, on the other hand, continues to dominate the headlines even though there is just one operator.

The PA Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) is blowing the numbers and expectations out of the water. So much so that PokerStars PA upped the guarantees not once, but twice. We broke down how the first Pennsylvania online poker series compared to the first big NJ online tournament series to see how the Keystone State is faring.

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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. There are now five online casino sites to choose from, with more on the way.

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

The PA online sports betting scene is alive and rapidly growing. Betting on phones is already more popular than retail sportsbooks just a couple months after launching. With several apps to choose from, be sure to take advantage of the best promo offers as sites battle to grab market share.

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.

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 online casino games for real money 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 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 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.

Which PA casinos plan on offering online gambling?

CasinoLaunchBonusAndroid app?iOS access? 
PlaySugarHouseJuly 2019$250YesYesPlay now!
Hollywood (Penn National)July 2019$25 freeYesYesPlay now!
UnibetNov. 2019$10 freeYesYes Play now!
PokerStars CasinoNov. 2019YesYes
ParxJuly 2019YesNo
Harrah's2020--
Valley Forge2020--
Presque Isle Downs2020--
Wind CreekN/A--
Stadium Park Philly Live! CasinoN/A--
MGM ResortsN/A--
Golden Nugget NJN/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.

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 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

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Online sportsbook options

CasinoOnline SportsbookRetail SportsbookBonus 
DraftKings (The Meadows)Live as of Nov. 2019 Yes$25 freePlay now!
FOX Bet (Mount Airy)Live as of Sept. 2019 Yes$20 freePlay now!
FanDuel Sportsbook PA (Valley Forge)Live as of July 2019 Yes$500Play now!
PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook PALive as of May 2019 Yes$250Play now!
Unibet (Mohegan Sun Pocono)Live as of Nov. 2019 Yes$20 freePlay now!
BetRivers Online SportsbookLive as of June 2019 Yes$250Play now!
Parx Casino SportsbookLive as of June 2019 Yes
Caesars Sport (Harrah's Philadelphia)2019Yes
Hollywood Casino at Penn National2019Yes
BetAmerica (Presque Isle Downs)2019Yes
Wind Creek2020No
Live! Hotel & Casino2020No

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 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 (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 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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