Golden Nugget Launches As 20th Pennsylvania Online Casino

Written By Corey Sharp on August 24, 2023 - Last Updated on October 16, 2023
Golden Nugget just officially launched as the 21st PA online casino.

Another PA online casino has been added to the mix. Golden Nugget Casino PA, after conducting a testing period with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), is the 20th platform to launch in the Keystone State.

Besides the tremendous growth opportunity in Pennsylvania, the newest operator has a lot in its favor. Golden Nugget is owned by DraftKings and has a strong retail presence in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which is familiar to players living in eastern Pennsylvania.

Golden Nugget PA online casino now available following soft launch

The newest PA online casino completed a soft launch with the PGCB and is now fully live.

“We’re thrilled to announce that Golden Nugget Online Gaming’s mobile casino is now available to customers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Matt Kalish, President, DraftKings North America, in a press release. “The app is powered by our leading technology, which dynamically brings hundreds of popular casino games and exclusive content to our customers’ fingertips. Pennsylvanians will be able to enjoy superior customer service, rewarding promotions, and a smooth interface while playing on Golden Nugget Online Gaming.”

Golden Nugget is the third online operator to enter the PA market this year. Tropicana Casino PA launched in late April and Bally Casino joined the state in June.

The PGCB also approved Golden Nugget’s petition to operate in the Keystone State in June. The PGCB then licensed the operator during a July board meeting. PGCB Director of Communications, Doug Harbach, told PlayPennsylvania on July 26 that Golden Nugget had to conduct testing with the board before it could launch.

It was a long road for Golden Nugget to enter the market after applying for licensure through the PGCB’s Qualified Gaming Entity (QGE) process in October 2018. An operator does not need to partner with a land-based casino in the state to launch online as a QGE.

What to expect with Golden Nugget Casino Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania players can expect Golden Nugget to look a lot like DraftKings Casino PA. Golden Nugget’s online casino is structured with the same colors and tabs as DraftKings’ homepage.

Golden Nugget also has many DraftKings-branded games, such as:

  • DraftKings Blackjack (for football, basketball and baseball)
  • DraftKings Digits
  • DK Rocket
  • DraftKings Roulette March Mania
  • DraftKings NBA Slam Dunk Roulette

The new PA online casino is on the same technology stack as DraftKings.

The brand has a strong presence in New Jersey and Michigan. New Jersey also does not break down revenue by operator, however, Golden Nugget was the first platform to launch in the Garden State. The Golden Nugget Atlantic City license produced $41.8 million of June revenue, leading the state. Golden Nugget Michigan generated the fifth-most revenue in June ($6.9 million) behind BetMGM, FanDuel, DraftKings and BetRivers.

Golden Nugget clearly has merit to operate a successful online casino in Pennsylvania. It also doesn’t hurt to benefit from DraftKings’ games and technology stack.

List of available PA online casinos

Online CasinoDate of launch
Hollywood CasinoJuly 2019
Parx CasinoJuly 2019
PlaySugarHouse Casino (Rivers Philadelphia)July 2019
PokerStars (Mount Airy Casino)November 2019
Unibet (Mohegan Sun)November 2019
FanDuel (Valley Forge)January 2020
Bet America (Presque Isle)January 2020
BetRivers (Rivers Philadelphia)January 2020
Caesars (Harrah's Philadelphia)April 2020
DraftKings Casino (Hollywood Casino)May 2020
Wind Creek CasinoJuly 2020
PlayLive! (Live! Casino Philadelphia)August 2020
BetMGM (Hollywood Casino)December 2020
Borgata (Rivers Casino Philadelphia) Feb. 2021
Stardust Casino (Valley Forge Casino)April 2021
Barstool (Hollywood Casino) April 2021
Betway (Live! Casino Philadelphia) July 2021
PointsBet (Hollywood Casino)April 2022
Tropicana (Caesars)April 2023
Bally Casino (QGE petition)June 2023
Golden Nugget (QGE)August 2023
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Corey Sharp is the Lead Writer at PlayPennsylvania bringing you comprehensive coverage of sports betting and gambling in Pennsylvania. Corey is a 4-for-4 Philly sports fan and previously worked as a writer and editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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