Beginner’s Guide To Pennsylvania Online Casinos: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on April 16, 2020

New to PA online casinos?

Many of the same games at brick-and-mortar casinos are available on your phone and computer from the comfort of your home.

Still, it’s okay to have questions about iGaming whether you are a newcomer or a regular player. Here’s a basic guide (FAQ fact sheet) to online casinos in Pennsylvania.

Where are online casinos legal?

They are legal in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Nevada has online poker but no mobile gaming.

How do operators know where I am?

By the power of geolocation. It pinpoints players’ locations by tracking their IP address and triangulating their WiFi signal.

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What are the online casinos in Pennsylvania?

With brick-and-mortar casinos closed to slow the spread of coronavirus, are online casinos still operating?

Yes. However, BetAmerica fell victim to a worldwide cybersecurity attack on March 27 and remains offline at time of writing.

How can I tell if the operator is legit and the site is real? What should I look for?

Whether you are accessing the application via browser or the app, scroll to the bottom. There, you should see the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board seal and an iGaming license number in the fine print.

Is mobile gaming fair?

The state-mandated RTP (Return to Player) in PA is 85% for all slot games and video gaming terminals (VGT) at truck stops. The average RTP for Pennsylvania slots is about 89%-90%. The percentage will be higher or lower depending on the game, but most operators list that information in the game description. 

What games can I play at mobile casinos in PA?

iGaming operators’ libraries are home to a number of popular slot titles found at land based casinos. Game King Video Poker remains a favorite. PA is still in the early stages of interactive gaming but table games have attracted the majority of the action.

Table games available include:

  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Baccarat

Will more games be added or is this it?

Operators continuously add games. For instance, FanDuel added twelve new titles in early April.

Does Pennsylvania have live dealer games?

Not yet. But Parx is on its way. In early 2020, Evolution Gaming signed an agreement with Parx to power live dealer casinos in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Other operators are sure to follow suit. Stay tuned.

What about poker in Pennsylvania?

PokerStars PA, through its partnership with Mount Airy Casino, is Pennsylvania’s first and only real-money poker operator. More are likely on the way. PlayPennsylvania exclusively broke the news of the much-anticipated PokerStars launch in the Commonwealth in October.

If I have funds in my sportsbook account, can I play with that? Or do I have to fund a separate account for casino?

These sportsbooks are seamlessly integrated with their respective online casino platform.

No, you do not need separate funds for the casino.

What are the best sign-up bonuses?

PlayPennsylvania breaks down sign-up bonuses and best features for each online casino here.

How can I deposit funds to an online casino?

  • Credit and debit cards
  • Electronic check (ACH)
  • Personal check
  • Wire transfer

How do you withdraw from PA online casinos?

E-check or paper check are most common.

Is it safe to play on public wifi?

No, says a cybersecurity expert. Public wifi is an open signal and hackers can:

  • See your internet traffic
  • Monitor your internet traffic
  • Possibly intercept and steal your credentials
  • Confiscate your gambling accounts, checking, or credit accounts

What are some responsible gaming features?

Legal online casinos in PA have options like deposit limits and “cooling off” periods. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board recently launched a new website www.ResponsiblePlay.PA.gov to go along with 1-800-GAMBLER.

Also, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), an advocacy organization for people and their families affected by problem gambling, has a plethora resources. The NCPG recommends setting time and financial limits and sticking to them. If you find yourself unable to do so, there are a number of resources at your disposal for help.

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist. She covers the Pennsylvania gambling industry with an emphasis on sports betting, online casino/poker and the lottery.

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