Pennsylvania’s growing online casino market continues to expand with more sites to come.
Pennsylvania gambling revenue reached an all-time high in 2019, with online casinos and sportsbook apps just beginning to play a significant role.
PA offers more online gambling options than any other state. That means more choices, but also more difficulty sorting through the state’s increasing number of online gambling sites. That’s why Gambling.com’s online casino reviews and guides can provide a valuable tool for PA players.
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|Hollywood Casino||97.5%||Play Now|
This European stalwart went live in late 2019 in a partnership with Mohegan Sun Pocono and featured a shared wallet with its sportsbook and a terrific selection of table games, including roulette and blackjack, plus enough top slots titles to keep you spinning.
The state’s first online casino to launch and its No. 2 in revenue in 2019. Features tremendous bonus offers when you sign up (no-deposit bonus included) and all the great table games and slot machines you would expect from such a heavyweight.
BetRivers just launched January 30th, 2020, and already has online gamblers taking notice with its attractive payouts. Operated by Rush Street Gaming (same as SugarHouse), the site offers plenty of slots, roulette and blackjack games, some with low minimum bets (10 cents)
No online casino did better in 2019 in PA than SugarHouse, which accounted for more than 30 percent of the state’s overall online gambling revenue. This powerhouse continues to add to its vast slots library thanks to multiple software partnerships and has plenty of variants of all the popular table games.
The list of legal PA online casinos operating at the start of 2020, licensing casino partners, software and launch date:
|Site||Licensing Casino||Date Launched||Software|
|Hollywood Casino PA||Penn National||July 15th, 2019||IGT|
|Parx Online Casino||Parx Casino||July 15th, 2019||GAN|
|SugarHouse Online PA||Rivers Casino Philadelphia||July 17th, 2019||Rush Street|
|PokerStars Casino PA||Mount Airy Casino||November 4th, 2019||PokerStars|
|Unibet Casino PA||Mohegan Sun Pocono||November 13th, 2019||Kindred/SG Digital|
|FanDuel Casino PA||Valley Forge Casino||January 24th, 2020||IGT/GAN|
|BetRivers PA||Rivers Casino Philadelphia||January 30th, 2020||Rush Street|
A closer look at each:
The first online casino to launch in PA is partnered with industry stalwarts Penn National and IGT, and was the state’s second-leading online gambling revenue producer in 2019. Among Hollywood’s table games are multiple roulette options, including European and French (less edge to the house than American roulette). Bonus offers include a player-friendly $25 no deposit to sign up.
State’s biggest land-based casino revenue producer has been less aggressive online, but is taking steps to close the gap. Parx Online plans to be first in the state to offer live dealer table games in blackjack, roulette and baccarat in early 2020. Parx also offers a deep library of slots from classics to progressive jackpots.
The lone PA online gambling operator to launch online poker. All varieties of table games are also offered, though the selection is more limited, except for video poker, which features multiple options. The PokerStars online casino app can be used for online casino gambling, poker and sports betting, with only one login required.
Rivers Casino Philadelphia partner was PA’s top casino revenue producer in 2019 for both online slots and online table games and accounted for more than one-third of the state’s total internet gaming revenue. SugarHouse offers an easy-to-clear bonus for new signups. Works with several software developers, so expect ever-expanding list of new slots titles and additional table games.
Longtime European online gambling operator partnered with Mohegan Sun Pocono to go live in November 2019. Unibet offers a shared wallet between casino and sportsbook and a solid selection of slots and table games, including several blackjack variants from single-player to multiple hands with low minimums.
Became the sixth online casino operator to operate in PA after launch on Jan. 24, 2020. It’s the first online casino under the FanDuel brand - its New Jersey operation is under the Betfair umbrella. Initially available with FanDuel Sportsbook iOS and Android apps, but not on desktop. FanDuel PA online casino opened with a modest selection of 12 slots and five table games, but expect those numbers to grow.
BetRivers launched in late January with a terrific array of roulette and blackjack options for online casino players, many with super-low minimum bets. It is operating under Rivers Casino Philadelpha’s gambling license and is owned and operated by the same company that owns SugarHouse, Rush Street Gaming. That means you can expect similar bonus offers and loyalty programs as offered at SugarHouse.
|Land-Based Casino||Launch Date|
|Harrah’s Philadelphia||January 22nd, 2007|
|Hollywood Casino at Penn National||February 12th, 2008|
|Lady Luck Nemacolin||July 1st, 2014|
|Meadows Racetrack & Casino||July 8th, 2010|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono||November 14th, 2006|
|Mount Airy Casino Resort||October 22nd, 2007|
|Parx Casino & Racing||December 17th, 2009|
|Presque Isle Downs & Casino||February 28th, 2007|
|Rivers Casino Philadelphia||September 23rd, 2010|
|Rivers Casino Pittsburgh||August 9th, 2009|
|Valley Forge Casino Resort||March 31st, 2012|
|Wind Creek Bethlehem||May 22nd, 2009|
|Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia||TBD|
Mini-casinos are smaller, satellite casinos, legalized as part of the state’s gambling’s expansion bill in 2017. The facilities can have as many as 750 slot machines and 30 table games. Five licenses were awarded through the auction process (raising $127 million for the state), though the PGCB subsequently rejected a recent proposal from one of the five. The state can issue as many as 10 mini-casino licenses, but a second round of auctions elicited no new bids. Mini-casinos cannot be located within 40 miles (amended from 25) of an existing or planned casino location.
The mini-casinos are:
Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, mobile casino apps are becoming more popular, available, and even necessary for PA online players.
The most obvious benefit is convenience. With a PA mobile gambling app, players can place a casino wager or sports bet any time of day, from anywhere in the state (even at truck stops!). The apps are generally available on Android or iPhone and easy to download. Rapidly evolving technology means online casino app users don’t have to sacrifice speed, graphics or functionality. The apps are equipped to handle just about all casino games, including slots.
Licensed PA online casino, sportsbook and poker sites will help guide you to download the app through their website. You may be asked to download a geolocation location validator, which ensures you are wagering within state lines. That data is protected, so no need to worry.
You can also download PA gambling apps in the App Store and Google Play Store, though Apple’s decree that the app’s coding be native to the iOS system has created issues.
If you prefer to play on your computer, most PA online casino sites and sportsbooks are available through web browsers (Windows and Mac) with no download required.
Bonus offers, especially for new players, come in all shapes and sizes and sometime require a bonus code. Also, make sure you check out the terms and conditions for each. Some casinos will only allow a certain percentage of play at casino tables games to go toward meeting the wagering requirements (for example, 10 percent vs. 100 percent of slot play). Other casinos are more favorable to table game players and have no such limitations.
Note that PA online casino operators allow new players to claim an initial bonus only once, but a player can sign up at multiple sites and claim multiple bonuses.
There are plenty of options to fund your online casino account. While personal preference does play a role, there are some that have higher success (and satisfaction) rates.
Withdrawing your winnings should be just as easy and worry-free as when you make a deposit. These are the most popular cash-out options available at most PA online casinos.
In October 2017, Pennsylvania became the fourth state in the country to legalize online gaming when Gov. Tom Wolf signed bill H 271, a huge gambling expansion.
The bill allowed PA to offer more online gambling options than any other state, including online slots, table games, online poker, lottery, video gambling terminals, keno, fantasy sports and virtual sports. The bill also cleared the way for potential sports betting, which became a reality after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, enabling sports betting outside of Nevada.
PA’s first online sportsbook opened in May 2019, and online casinos launched two months later. Each online casino and sportsbook is partnered with a land-based PA casino.
PA wagering revenues climbed to a state-record $3.41 billion in 2019, which included the first results from online casinos and online sports betting. Five PA online casinos were in operation in 2019 and a sixth opened in January 2020. The year opened with eight PA online sportsbooks and more on the way.
Pennsylvania’s gaming options take another step forward as the commonwealth takes its first legal online casino as well as poker bet.
The Supreme Court strikes down the federal ban on sports wagering, allowing Pennsylvania’s already passed legalization bill to come into law. The first legal wager is placed in November of that year.
As a means to bolster state coffers, Gov. Tom Wolf signs a sweeping gaming expansion bill that allows online casino games, poker, sports betting and a host of other options, paving the way for the Pennsylvania gaming market to become one of the largest, and most influential, in the country.
Pennsylvania takes a major step for casino gambling, legalizing casino table games and creating the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The measure also approves up to 14 casinos in the state, of which 12 have already taken their first bets and a 13th, Live! Hotel & Casino Philadelphia, is scheduled to do so in 2020.
After more than a century of opposition, Pennsylvania finally expands its gaming laws to permit horse racing, slots and electronic table games.
PA online sports betting began on May, 31, 2019, when SugarHouse Sportsbook launched, about one year after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, clearing the way for sports betting outside of Nevada. The state allows only one sports betting “skin” (online partner) for each licensed casino operator.
To give you an idea of the popularity of online sports betting, PA sports bettors wagered a state record $342.6 million in December 2019. Nearly 87% of that total was via online and mobile betting. For the year, more than 70% of all sports betting handle was online.
|Online Sportsbook||Licensing Casino||Launched||Tech|
|BetRivers Sportsbook||Rivers||June 27th, 2019||Kambi|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Valley Forge||July 22nd, 2019||IGT/GAN|
|Fox Bet Sportsbook||Mount Airy||September 4th, 2019||Stars Group|
|SugarHouse Sportsbook||Rivers Philadelphia||May 31st, 2019||Kambi|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||The Meadows||November 4th, 2019||Kambi|
|Unibet Sportsbook||Mohegan Sun||November 13th, 2019||Kambi|
|Parx Sportsbook||Parx||June 27th, 2019||Kambi|
|BetAmerica||Presque Isle Downs||December 19th, 2019||SBTech|
The PA casinos, racetracks and off-track betting venues that offer sports betting:
|Casino or Racetrack||Sportsbook||Launch Date|
|Harrah’s Philadelphia||The Book||January 24th, 2019|
|Hollywood at Penn National||Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino||November 16th, 2018|
|Meadows Racetrack & Casino||The Sportsbook at the Meadows||October 2nd, 2019|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono||Unibet Sportsbook||September 27th, 2019|
|Oaks Race & Sportsbook||Oaks Race & Sportsbook||March 14th, 2019|
|Parx Casino & Racing||Parx Sportsbook||January 10th, 2019|
|Presque Isle Downs, Erie||BetAmerica Sportsbook||July 26th, 2019|
|Rivers Casino Philadelphia||BetRivers Sportsbook||December 13th, 2018|
|Rivers Casino Pittsburgh||BetRivers Sportsbook||December 13th, 2018|
|South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook||South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook||January 16th, 2019|
|Valley Forge Casino, King of Prussia||FanDuel Sportsbook||March 13th, 2019|
All professional and major college sports events, including those involving PA-based teams, motorsports, boxing, mixed martial arts and international sports events.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) oversees and regulates all land-based and online gambling in the state. The PGCB manages the 14 licenses available in the state and handles investigating license applicants and ensuring the integrity of electronic gaming equipment and regulatory protections.
Any legal PA online casino site must by licensed by the PGCB in order to operate in the state. Offshore casinos are not licensed or regulated by the PGCB, making them risky and worth avoiding. All Pennsylvania online casinos must be partnered with a land-based casinos in the state.
|Gross Revenue||Total Handle||Mobile Handle|
|Change||Up 124.3%||Up 121.5%||Up 107%|
Updated Sept. 17
Yes, but only at the sites listed here and not at illegal, offshore casino sites. PA became the fourth state to legalize online gambling in 2017. Two years later, PA online casinos, sportsbooks and poker were launched.
As long as you are betting with a legal casino operator that is licensed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, your betting account and wagers are safe.
21 years or older at online casinos and sportsbooks.
On July 15, 2019, when Hollywood Casino opened for business. Parx opened its online casino later the same day, followed by SugarHouse (now named Rivers Casino Philadelphia) two days later.
PA online casinos want to make it as easy as possible to deposit and withdraw funds. The most popular options are Play+, which was created for just this purpose; e-wallets such as PayPal and Neteller e-check bank transfer; PayNearMe, a service that allows bettors to go to participating 7-Elevens and CVS pharmacies with cash to get a voucher to fund their accounts; credit/debit cards; personal checks; and cash at the casino cage of the online casino’s land-based partner. Most of the options can be processed instantly or same day. E-checks can take 3-5 business days. Physical checks can take longer than that.*** (Add in Deposit / Withdraw table but only show casinos in PA) ***
Through geolocation technology and software, which tracks a player’s exact coordinates. The data is protected, so don’t worry. Mobile devices (Android and iOS) have a built-in capacity to determine user location. Players must be physically located inside the state of PA to wager.
In addition to federal tax payable to the IRS, Pennsylvania charges a 3.07% tax on gambling income.
Yes. PA online casinos offer free demo versions of their table games and slots. This allows players to sample and become comfortable with specific games before risking their money.
At the start of 2020, all PA online casinos had a sports betting app with the exception of Hollywood Casino, which will partner with William Hill when its online sportsbook goes live.
Any sporting event you want on the pro and major college levels, including PA-based teams. The list includes international sports and individual sports such as golf, tennis, boxing and mixed martial arts. Wagering on high school sporting events and esports is not permitted.
You can sign up on as many sites as you wish. PA online casino operators allow new players to claim an initial bonus only once, but a player is free to sign up at multiple sites and claim multiple bonuses.
Legal online casinos in PA must be licensed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Check Gambling.com or the PGCB website if you’re not sure. Offshore-based betting sites are unregulated and not recommended.
The PGCB regulates all slots, casino gambling and sports betting in the state. According to its website, the PCGB’s mission is “to protect the interest of the public by ensuring the integrity of legalized gaming.’’ Players can report any issues or complaints with a PA online casino operator to the PGCB.
An online casino license requires a $10 million fee for a full range of games (online slots, table games and poker) and a partnership with one of the state’s land-based casinos or racetracks. Applicants are also required to pay $10 million for a sports betting license. Online casino and sportsbook license applications must be approved by the PGCB. PA imposes some of the highest tax rates and fees on its online casino operators, including a 54% tax on slot machines (compared to 15% in New Jersey), 36% on sports betting (13% in NJ) and 15% on table games (15% in NJ). Higher tax rates are bad for bettors as it serves as a barrier to the market for new casinos, limiting choices.
Contact the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania; the PGCB helpline (1-800-GAMBLER); or Gamblers Anonymous. You can also contact the PGCB directly and ask them to instruct all state-regulated casinos to exclude you from playing for a period of time.
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