The PA Gaming Review: New Year, New Online Casino Games & A Divine Payout

Posted on January 8, 2020 - Last Updated on January 11, 2020

As we begin a new year of gaming in Pennsylvania, we take a deeper look at some interesting stories to start 2020. First, a look at promo credits given out at PA online betting apps to date and provide an update on our exhaustive online casino game tracker.

Also making this week’s top three is yet another large Divine Fortune progressive slot hit.

Promo credit up for grabs at PA online sportsbooks

Promo offers including sign-up and bonus offers vary from operator to operator and over time, so PlayPennsylvania reviewed the offerings since launch. Promotional dollars from the seven online sportsbooks are presented for comparison.

FanDuel has consistently doled out the most in promotional credits overall, awarding $9.3 million since it launched in September 2019. The operator has stated their promotional strategy is part of its goal of providing a first-class customer experience. It’s a winning gambit: FanDuel accounts for about 56% of the bets placed online in Pennsylvania.

The two Rivers – Rivers Philadelphia, formerly SugarHouse, and Rivers Pittsburghwere quite open-handed when they launched. Both neared or exceeded seven-figure promotional credits in both July and August. Those promo credits have dropped since then with neither topping $600,000 in October or November.

High performing Parx is taking a different approach to sportsbook promo credits. The operator ranks towards the bottom in terms of giving away free betting money.

Online casino games come and go, but you can track them

In the months since online casino games launched in Pennsylvania, PAOnlineCasino has tracked the additions and subtractions to the offerings at the state’s five online operators.

After 11 titles were added in December, the first week of the new year has seen the addition of six new titles, one at SugarHouse and five at Parx.

Five others disappeared from two operators, three from Parx and two from Unibet online casino. Three of those were blackjack games.

While it would be tedious if not impossible to keep track of all the games available on PA’s online casino apps on your own, we take care of it for you at our game tracker.

Divine Fortune smiles for the tenth time

Divine Fortune, the progressive slot that keeps on giving at SugarHouse, offered up yet another life-changing win for a lucky player just after the turn of the year.

Stephanie J., who wants to remain anonymous, collected $140,000 on a $1 bet made while visiting family over the holidays.

The slot title debuted this summer but has paid off an astounding 10 times already at SugarHouse. It isn’t exclusively a SugarHouse game, but that’s where the lion’s share of the winners have struck.

Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, the site’s operator, said:

“We love hearing how our players plan to use their winnings and how these jackpots will change their lives. This latest winner hitting the jackpot on a $1 bet also shows it doesn’t matter the amount you bet, anyone can win!”

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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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