A Quick Guide To Online Casinos In PA

A Guide to Playing Pennsylvania Online Casinos

Online gambling has officially launched in the state in Pennsylvania with the opening of online casinos from PlaySugarHouse, Parx, and Hollywood Casinos! See chart below for full information on where online gambling stands right now!

How did we get here?

It all started in the middle of 2018 when ten Pennsylvania casinos applied to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) for some of all of the state’s three new online gaming licenses: online slots, online table games, and online poker. Since not all of the state’s thirteen brick and mortar casino operators opted to pay for the licenses ($4 million per or $10 million for the set), the PGCB opened up the market to Qualifed Gaming Entities (QGE). Golden Nugget and MGM stepped up.

That makes twelve casino operators who will eventually be getting into the online casino market in the Keystone State. Right now only three of them are up and running, but the rest will be joining throughout the year.

A breakdown of PA Online Casinos

Last verified: August 1, 2019

 

PA Online Casinos
CasinoOnline Gambling License CostOnline GamblingOnline Sports betting StatusOwnerB&M Casino Location
PlaySugarHouse Casino/Rivers Casino Philadelphia$10 million - poker, table games, slots, sportsbettingLAUNCHED July 17, 2019LAUNCHED May 2019Sugarhouse HSPFishtown, PA
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course$10 million - poker, table games, slots, sportsbettingLAUNCHED July 15, 2019Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing AssociationGrantville, PA
Parx Casino$10 million - poker, table games, slots, sportsbettingLAUNCHED July 15, 2019LAUNCHED June 2019Greenwood Gaming and EntertainmentBensalem, PA
Live Hotel and Casino$8 million - table games, slots (rescinded poker application), , sportsbettingLicense approved October 31, 2018Stadium Casino LLCPhiladelphia, PA (yet to be built)
Mount Airy$10 million - poker, table games, slots, sportsbettingLicense approved August 15, 2018Mount Airy #1, LLCMount Pocono, PA
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem$10 million - poker, table games, slotsLicense approved October 3, 2018Bands Bethworks Gaming LLCBethlehem, PA
Valley Forge Casino Resort$10 million - poker, table games, slots, sportsbettingLicense approved - October 3rd, 2018LAUNCHED July 2019Valley Forget Convention CenterUpper Merion Twp, PA
Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack$10 million - poker, table games, slots, sportsbettingLicense approved - August 15, 2018Chester Downs and MarinaChester, PA
Rivers Casino PittsburghRescinded application Application CANCELED (will use SugarHouse license)LAUNCHED June 2019Holdings Acquisition Co.Pittsburgh, PA
Mohegan Sun Pocono$8 million - table games, slots, sportsbettingApproved November 2018Downs RacingWilkes-Barre, PA
The Meadows CasinoN/AN/AGaming and Leisure PropertiesNorth Strabane Township, PA
Presque Isle Downs and Casino$8 million - slots, table games, , sportsbettingLicense approved October 31st, 2018Eldorado ResortsSummit Township, PA
Lady Luck Casino NemoclinN/AN/AEldorado ResortsFarminton, PA
MGM$10 million - poker, table games and slotsApproved as Qualified Gaming Entity" in January 2019N/AApplied as "qualified gaming entity"
Golden Nugget$8 million - table games, slotsApproved as Qualified Gaming Entity" in January 2019N/AApplied as "qualified gaming entity"

What this means for Pennsylvania players

The online gaming market in Pennsylvania will be robust, especially considering the online sportsbooks that are also being rolled out this year. Given the large number of casinos to be approved for licenses, there will be an abundant selection of online casinos for Pennsylvanians to play, ensuring the competition remains strong in the state.

Pennsylvania players will be the biggest benefactors of this competition. A lively online gambling market will likely mean better bonuses, promotions, improved software and superior customer service.

With the stakes so high, and a potential to expand as additional states regulate online gambling, casinos and software providers will be eager to make a good impression in Pennsylvanians through a superior product.

The best Online Casino in PA?

It’s too early to tell! There are some strong openers, though. Parx Casino’s online casino looks strong and so does the one by Hollywood Casino. Players shouldn’t overlook PlaySugarHouse either, operated under Rush Street’s SugarHouse Casino license. Right now players can get a great bonus there: a 100% up to $250 matching initial deposit bonus with a low 1x playthrough requirement.

When will online casinos in PA go live?

Three already have, and the rest are on the way!

Who can play on PA online casinos?

Online gambling will be available to Pennsylvania residents as well as visitors to the state if they are physically located in the state at the time of play. GPS software and IP address identification software will be used to ensure that players are located within the state will playing .

Players must be at least 21 years of age or older to play. Casinos will use an account management system to verify the age and identity of players.

Any other online gaming opportunities in Pennsylvania?

You can join the PA ilottery and play real money games today. New players even receive $5 free when signing up.