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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: July 13, 2019

Next week, two of Pennsylvaina’s online sportsbooks are going to get some new friends– namely, matching online casinos. Both Parx and SugarHouse will be launching online casinos to go along on with their online sportsbooks.

On desktop, the two entities will ideally be integrated with shared wallets. On apps, the Apple woes mean integration might be tricky. It is also unclear so far if Android will require a second app download from Parx or if your existing Parx app is all you need.

Next week we should also look forward to the release of the first full month of sports betting numbers with an online betting app, SugarHouse, on the market. If it is anything like New Jersey, where 80% of betting is done online, we could see a big jump in revenu.

PA online casino update

PA Casino Updates

UPDATED: July 15, 2019

The Hollywood Online Casino launch is officially underway. It is not without its hiccups though. The big surprise was the limited numbers of table games. There were over 40 slot titles to choose from, but the only non-slot options were video poker and baccarat.

A couple of hours later, Parx began its opening day of testing with a few more gaming options, namely blackjack and roulette. There are still gaming elements missing from both, like live dealer games, craps, and other less popular table games like Let It Ride or Pai Gow.

These two will get a third competitor, SugarHouse, come Wednesday. What you will not see this week is any online poker sites in Pennsylvania though. While operators are working to have something ready in the near future, online poker is a lower priority than the much more lucrative online casino sites.

 

PA gambling launches

SiteOnline CasinoOnline Sportsbook
Sugarhouse Online Casino PAJuly 17, 2019 Yes, Sugarhouse Sportsbook PA
Hollywood Casino PAJuly 15, 2019 Summer 2019
Parx Casino PAJuly 15, 2019 Yes, Parx Sportsbook
FanDuel at Valley Forge CasinoSummer 2019Summer 2019
Harrah's PhiladelphiaSummer 2019Summer 2019
Presque Isle DownsSummer 2019Summer 2019
BetRiversN/AYes, BetRivers
Mohegan Sun Pocono20192019
Mount Airy/Fox Bet20192019

FAQs

Can I play online casino games for real money 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.

On July 15, the first crop of online casinos will roll out offering an array of online casino games, including:

  • Slot machines
  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Live dealer games

It may take a while for these games to all get up and running, but they will be available as they get approved and you can rest assured it will be safe and secure.

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.

As of May 2019, online sports betting is up and running for PA customers. PlaySugarHouse.com PA was the first sportsbook to launch online, followed by Parx, then Bet Rivers.

Which PA casinos plan on offering online gambling?

CasinoExisting online partnersProjected launch
Hollywood (Penn National)IGTJuly 15, 2019
ParxGANJuly 15, 2019
SugarHouseRush Street Interactive / KambiJuly 2019
Mohegan Sun PoconoKindred2019
Harrah's8882019
Valley ForgeIGT / GAN2019
Presque Isle DownsGolden Nugget2019
Mount Airy888 / PokerStars2019
Wind CreekN/AN/A
Stadium Park Philly Live! CasinoGANN/A
MGM Resortsbwin.partyN/A
Golden Nugget NJNYXN/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, 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 or PayPal
  • Prepaid debit card

Resources

Timetable for sportsbooks to launch

CasinoOnline SportsbookRetail Sportsbook
PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook PALive as of May 31, 2019 Dec. 15
Parx Casino SportsbookLive as of June 27, 2019 Jan. 10
BetRiversLive as of June 27, 2019 Dec. 15
FanDuel at Valley Forge CasinoSummer 2019March 13
Harrah's PhiladelphiaSummer 2019Jan. 24
Hollywood Casino at Penn NationalSummer 2019Nov. 17
Presque Isle DownsSummer 2019Summer 2019
Mohegan Sun Pocono2019Fall 2019
Mount Airy/Fox Bet2019By football season 2019

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.

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