PA Gaming Review: Coronavirus Closures Statewide; PGCB Says Online Casinos To Stay Open

Written By Kevin Shelly on March 18, 2020 - Last Updated on April 10, 2024
Coronavirus closures across PA

In a week of bad news about coronavirus closings, online casinos in Pennsylvania are still open for business.

Gov. Tom Wolf ordered a state shutdown of all nonessential businesses on Monday, meaning all racetracks and brick-and-mortar casinos, some of which had already shuttered, beginning with Valley Forge Casino. That property is in a virus outbreak hotspot.

Virus disruptions leave online wagering untouched

Meanwhile, you can check for virus closure updates on PlayPennsylvania.

For now, Pennsylvania’s 12 brick-and-mortar casinos closed for at least two weeks. Casinos also closed in neighboring New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware.

But Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) spokesman Richard McGarvey followed the closing announcement for PA casinos by saying:

“To this point the PGCB is not aware of any disruption of online services.”

Pennsylvania has eight online casinos up and running, and many are currently offering specials and deposit bonuses.

There are nine PA sports betting, but with most sports shut down or at least curtailed, betting options are a bit scant for now.

More ripples affect construction, Kentucky Derby

In other coronavirus ripples, construction on two Penn National mini-casinos halted as the company’s stock took a major beating.

Horse racing in PA remains in the gates for now, as the Kentucky Derby is postponed until September, the month when the Pennsylvania Derby is usually run. No word yet on that race, which has a $1 million purse.

And finally, a bit of luck, but hurry

PlaySugarHouse‘s online casino, offered through Rivers Philadelphia, is offering a special promo through Thursday, March 19 at 11:59 EST.

The deposit bonus entitles you to a 25% match of your deposit up to $250 in bonus money.

Just use the code BONUS250 to redeem the offer.

And for those new to this top PA online casino, you can sign up through our links here for an enhanced deal. On your first deposit, SugarHouse online casino will match your deposit 100% up to $250.

Speaking of luck, the Divine Fortune progressive slot hit across the river in New Jersey on St. Paddy’s Day for a woman who wagered $2 and won $278,802.58 at PlaySugarHouse.

The game is responsible for more mega jackpot payouts than any other progressive slot in the Garden State and the same game has hit major jackpots 12 times in Pennsylvania since last summer.

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Kevin C. Shelly is an award-winning career journalist who has spent most of his career in South Jersey. He's the former assistant city editor of The Press of Atlantic City, where he covered the casino industry and Atlantic City government as a reporter. He was also an investigative, narrative enterprise, and features reporter for Gannett’s Courier-Post.

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