Pennsylvania Online Gambling News

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PA sports betting update

PA Sports Updates

UPDATED: Nov. 4, 2019

DraftKings is up and running in Pennsylvania, which means there are now six PA online sportsbooks to choose from. DraftKings Sportsbook, in tandem with The Meadows, began the first of three days of testing on Monday.

Pending full approval from the PA Gaming Control Board, the sportsbook will be fully launched with 24/7 operations on Thursday, just in time for the TNF showdown between the LA Chargers and the Oakland Raiders.

Like FanDuel, DraftKings has a singular sportsbook app that works in every state the sportsbook operates. So, if you have an account set up from DraftKings in New Jersey, you are all set to log in and get started in PA with your NJ balance in a matter of minutes.

PA online casino update

PA Casino Updates

UPDATED: Nov. 4, 2019

Rejoice online poker fans! PokerStars Pennsylvania finally arrived! The client began the first of two days of testing on Monday. During the restricted testing period, there are a handful of tournaments and a wide range of cash games, albeit getting opponents in some of the lesser-known games may prove tough.

In addition to the poker site though, the state also gets another online casino. PokerStars Casino launched testing with 44 slot titles and three table games, including blackjack. The casino is accessible from within the poker client, as is FOX Bet Sportsbook.

Like DraftKings, PokerStars also launched with both iOS and Android apps available for PA users.

PA gambling launches

SiteOnline CasinoOnline Sportsbook
Sugarhouse Online Casino PAJuly 17, 2019 Yes, Sugarhouse Sportsbook PA
FanDuel at Valley Forge Casino2019Yes, FanDuel Sportsbook PA
BetRiversN/AYes, BetRivers
FOX Bet / Mount AiryNov. 4, 2019 Yes, FOX Bet
The Meadows2019Yes,DraftKings Sportsbook
Parx Casino PAJuly 15, 2019 Yes, Parx Sportsbook
Unibet / Mohegan Sun PoconoLaunching Nov. 12Launching Nov. 12
Hollywood Casino PAJuly 15, 2019 2019
Harrah's Philadelphia20192019
Presque Isle Downs2019Fall 2019
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. There are now four 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

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 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?

CasinoExisting online partnersLaunchAndroid app?iOS access?
SugarHouseRush Street Interactive / KambiJuly 17 2019YesYes
Hollywood (Penn National)IGTJuly 15, 2019YesYes
Mount Airy888 / PokerStarsNov. 4, 2019YesYes
ParxGANJuly 15, 2019YesNo
Mohegan Sun PoconoKindred / UnibetNov. 12, 2019YesNo
Harrah's8882019--
Valley ForgeIGT / GAN2019--
Presque Isle DownsGolden Nugget2019--
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. 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, 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 Yes
FanDuel Sportsbook PA (Valley Forge)Live as of July 22, 2019 Yes
BetRivers Online SportsbookLive as of June 27, 2019 Yes
Parx Casino SportsbookLive as of June 27, 2019 Yes
FOX Bet (Mount Airy)Live as of Sept. 4, 2019 Yes
DraftKings (The Meadows)Live as of Nov. 4, 2019 Yes
Unibet (Mohegan Sun Pocono)Launching Nov. 12Yes
Harrah's Philadelphia (Casesars Sport)2019Yes
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Fall 2019Yes
BetAmerica (Presque Isle Downs)Fall 2019Yes
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 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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