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Pennsylvania Online Gambling News

The latest on online gambling, sports betting, the iLottery, and more.

PA sports betting update

PA Sports Updates
UPDATED: Dec. 12, 2018

This week has been a busy one for PA casinos gearing up for sports betting! First, news broke that Presque Isle Down became the seventh casino to apply for a sports betting license.

That news took a backseat to the news that both SugarHouse and Rivers were launching their retail sportsbooks on Dec. 13. Tomorrow the number of sportsbooks in Pennsylvania officially jumps to three!

PA online casino update

PA Casino Updates
UPDATED: Dec. 8, 2018

Sports betting is starting to get up and running this year, but we would not expect the same for online casinos. In fact, with online sports betting trying to launch in the same timeframe, online casino might be so far back in the line Q2 is more possible than Q1.

In the meantime, MGM and Golden Nugget AC are still waiting to see if they have approval to move forward on applying for online casino licenses.

PA gambling revenue

Since the PA gambling expansion bill was signed into law in October 2017, the state has reaped plenty of monetary benefits from these new forms of gambling.

Total gambling revenue to date

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Sports betting revenue

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Fantasy Sports Revenue to Date

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FAQs

Is it legal to gamble online in Pennsylvania?

Yes, but you need to do so on a regulated online gambling site in the state. None of those have launched yet, but they will go live in early 2019.

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.

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). More often than not, they are tied to a land-based casino in the state as well.

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.

Eventually, PA casinos will be able to offer mobile and online sports betting. However, do not expect that until early 2019.

Which PA casinos plan on offering online gambling?

CasinoExisting online partnersProjected launchInteractive application status
Harrah's888Q1 2019Conditionally approved
Hollywood (Penn National)N/AQ1 2019Conditionally approved
Mount Airy888 / PokerStarsQ1 2019Conditionally approved
ParxGANQ1 2019Conditionally approved
Sands BethlehemN/AN/AConditionally approved
SugarHouseRush Street Interactive / KambiQ1 2019Conditionally approved
Valley ForgeIGT / GANQ1 2019Conditionally approved
Stadium Park Philly Live! CasinoGANN/AConditionally approved
Presque Isle DownsGolden NuggetQ1 2019Conditionally approved
Mohegan Sun PoconoN/AN/AConditionally approved
MGM Resortsbwin.partyN/AApplication pending
Golden Nugget NJNYXN/AApplication pending

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

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.

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, Neteller, or PayPal
  • Prepaid debit card

Resources

Timetable for sportsbooks to launch

CasinoPGCB Approval DateRetail Sportsbook LaunchOnline Sportsbook Launch
Hollywood Casino at Penn NationalOct. 3Nov. 17Q1 2019
Parx Casino SportsbookOct. 3January 2019Q1 2019
South Philadelphia Turf ClubOct. 3Q1 2019 (after Parx)N/A
Rivers CasinoOct. 31Dec. 13 soft launch,
Dec. 15 full launch
Q1 2019
SugarHouse CasinoOct. 31Dec. 13 soft launch,
Dec. 15 full launch
Q1 2019
Harrah's PhiladelphiaOct. 31January 2019Q1 2019
Valley Forge CasinoPendingN/AN/A
Presque Isle DownsPendingN/AN/A

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.