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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: May 24, 2019

The cat is out of the bag. For those wondering what the hold up is with PA online sports betting launch, the answer may surprise you. The hold up is not with regulators nor operators. The culprit is actually the Apple App Store.

PA sportsbooks are having trouble getting their apps approved and into the App Store. Apple is cracking down on apps that are just “wrapped” versions of the product’s websites. The lack of native functionality is a point of contention for Apple.

The question remains: What will sportsbooks have to do to get into the App Store?

There is no set answer yet, but it seems like launching without an iOS option is not something properties in PA are willing to do as of yet.

PA online casino update

PA Casino Updates

UPDATED: May 20, 2019

There is a new player in Pennsylvania. Pala Interactive, which is based in California but runs online casino and poker sites in New Jersey got its conditional interactive manufacturer license last week.

Pala will work with Kindred, which is the sports betting and interactive partner for Mohegan Sun Pocono. In addition to Pala’s offering, Mohegan will eventually launch a Unibet-branded online sports betting app.

Other than that, it is relatively quiet on the online casino front. However, during a panel at last week’s ICE North America Conference, Penn Interactive VP of Strategy Jason Kaplan did admit he did not think Paypal would be licensed and available in time for online launch.


PA sportsbook launches

CasinoPGCB Approval DateRetail SportsbookProjected Online Sportsbook
Parx Casino SportsbookOct. 3Jan. 10June 2019
PlaySugarHouseOct. 31Dec. 15June 2019
BetRiversOct. 31Dec. 15June 2019
FanDuel at Valley Forge CasinoDec. 19March 13Summer 2019
Hollywood Casino at Penn NationalOct. 3Nov. 17Summer 2019
Harrah's PhiladelphiaOct. 31Jan. 24Summer 2019
Presque Isle DownsFeb. 6Summer 2019Summer 2019
South Philadelphia Turf ClubOct. 3Jan. 17N/A
The Oaks (formerly Valley Forge Turf Club)March 6March 12N/A
Mount Airy/BetStarsPending approvalN/AN/A
Mohegan Sun PoconoMay 15Fall 20192019


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 partnersInteractive application statusProjected launch
Harrah's888Conditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
Hollywood (Penn National)IGTConditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
Mount Airy888 / PokerStarsConditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
ParxGANConditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
SugarHouseRush Street Interactive / KambiConditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
Valley ForgeIGT / GANConditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
Presque Isle DownsGolden NuggetConditionally approvedJuly 15, 2019
Sands BethlehemN/AConditionally approvedN/A
Stadium Park Philly Live! CasinoGANConditionally approvedN/A
Mohegan Sun PoconoKindredConditionally approvedN/A
MGM Resortsbwin.partyApplication pendingN/A
Golden Nugget NJNYXApplication pendingN/A

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, 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


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