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.
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.
|Site||Online Casino||Online Sportsbook|
|Sugarhouse Online Casino PA||July 17, 2019||Yes, Sugarhouse Sportsbook PA|
|Hollywood Casino PA||July 15, 2019||Summer 2019|
|Parx Casino PA||July 15, 2019||Yes, Parx Sportsbook|
|FanDuel at Valley Forge Casino||Summer 2019||Summer 2019|
|Harrah's Philadelphia||Summer 2019||Summer 2019|
|Presque Isle Downs||Summer 2019||Summer 2019|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono||2019||2019|
|Mount Airy/Fox Bet||2019||2019|
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:
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.
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.
There are three types of PA online casino licenses:
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.
|Casino||Existing online partners||Projected launch|
|Hollywood (Penn National)||IGT||July 15, 2019|
|Parx||GAN||July 15, 2019|
|SugarHouse||Rush Street Interactive / Kambi||July 2019|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono||Kindred||2019|
|Valley Forge||IGT / GAN||2019|
|Presque Isle Downs||Golden Nugget||2019|
|Mount Airy||888 / PokerStars||2019|
|Stadium Park Philly Live! Casino||GAN||N/A|
|Golden Nugget NJ||NYX||N/A|
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:
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.
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.
You do not. You do have to be physically located in the state to play, but residency is not required.
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:
|Casino||Online Sportsbook||Retail Sportsbook|
|PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook PA||Live as of May 31, 2019||Dec. 15|
|Parx Casino Sportsbook||Live as of June 27, 2019||Jan. 10|
|BetRivers||Live as of June 27, 2019||Dec. 15|
|FanDuel at Valley Forge Casino||Summer 2019||March 13|
|Harrah's Philadelphia||Summer 2019||Jan. 24|
|Hollywood Casino at Penn National||Summer 2019||Nov. 17|
|Presque Isle Downs||Summer 2019||Summer 2019|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono||2019||Fall 2019|
|Mount Airy/Fox Bet||2019||By football season 2019|
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 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.
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) 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.
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.