PA Online Casinos
Pennsylvania’s much-anticipated online casino industry kicked off in July 2019. Unlike sportsbooks, PA online casinos are allowed to partner with unlimited “skins” (online gambling brands), and since all but one casino has purchased a license to offer some form of iGaming (along with outsiders Golden Nugget and MGM), you have plenty of choices for betting online.
List of PA online casinos
|FanDuel Casino||Valley Forge||FanDuel||Jan. 20, 2020|
|Stars Casino||Mount Airy||The Stars Group||Sept. 4, 2019|
|DraftKings Casino||Hollywood Casino||Kambi||May 3, 2020|
|Unibet Casino||Mohegan Sun||Kindred/SG Digital||Nov. 13, 2019|
|BetRivers Casino||Rivers Pittsburgh||Rush Street||Jan. 15, 2020|
|Hollywood Casino||Hollywood Casino||IGT||July 15, 2019|
|Caesars Online Casino||Harrah’s Philadelphia||Scientific Games||April 21, 2020|
|Borgata Casino||Rivers Philadelphia||GVC||Feb. 24, 2021|
|BetMGM Online Casino||Hollywood Casino||GVC||Dec. 4, 2020|
|Parx Casino||Parx||GAN||July 15, 2019|
|Wind Creek Online||Wind Creek Casino||BetFred||August 1, 2020|
|PlayLive!||Live! Casino||GAN||August 12, 2020|
|Betway||Live! Casino||GAN||June 28, 2021|
|PointsBet Casino||Hollywood Casino York||PointsBet||April 13, 2022|
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PA Sports Betting
PA brick-and-mortar sportsbooks began launching in the spring of 2018, with Hollywood Casino at Penn National leading the charge and several others following right behind. Online sports betting websites and apps took a bit longer to get up and running, with Play SugarHouse debuting in May 2019, followed over the next two months by BetRivers, Parx and FanDuel.
As it stands now, more than a dozen PA casinos have shelled out the $10 million required to purchase a sports betting license, meaning that you will have at least that many online sportsbooks to choose from.
PA Sportsbook List
|PA Sportsbook Apps||Licensing Casino||Tech||Launched|
|BetRivers Sportsbook||Rivers Casino Pittsburgh||Kambi||June 27, 2019|
|betPARX||Parx Casino||PlayTech||June 27, 2019|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Valley Forge||IGT/GAN||July 22, 2019|
|FOX Bet Sportsbook||Mount Airy||Stars Group||Sept. 4, 2019|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||Hollywood Casino at the Meadows||SBTech||Nov. 4, 2019|
|Unibet Sportsbook||Mohegan Sun||Kambi||Nov. 13, 2019|
|BetMGM Sportsbook||Hollywood Casino Morgantown||GVC Holdings||Dec. 17, 2020|
|Sportsbook at Wind Creek (Betfred Sportsbook)||Wind Creek Casino||Betfred||Dec. 23, 2020|
|Betway Sportsbook||Live! Casino Philadelphia||GAN||Jun. 28, 2021|
|PointsBet Sportsbook||Hollywood Casino York||PointsBet||Feb. 7, 2022|
|SugarHouse Sportsbook||Rivers Casino Philadelphia||Kambi||May 31, 2019|
|Barstool Sportsbook||Hollywood Casino||Kambi||Sept. 15, 2020|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Harrah’s Philadelphia||Scientific Games||March 10, 2020|
frequently asked questions
The law legalizing iGaming in PA authorizes Internet slots, table games such as blackjack and roulette, online poker and sports betting. All verticals are now live, with new sites coming online steadily.
What’s more, there is a significant likelihood that PA poker sites will eventually pool liquidity with online card rooms in other legal U.S. poker markets. Already, New Jersey has merged its player pools with Nevada and Delaware, so adding PA is a natural extension.
Daily fantasy sports and online lottery were also legalized as part of the expanded gaming bill. Both went live in May 2018.
True sports wagering became legal in Pennsylvania late in 2018, and the first real-world sportsbooks launched in November and December of that year. Online sportsbooks began launching in late spring of 2019.
Online casinos use third-party geolocation software companies to verify that their real money patrons are indeed within the borders of the state and outside the casinos. When playing from a desktop computer, gamblers will be prompted to install a small web browser extension which verifies and sends back a notification to the casino that the player is physically inside PA. A similar check will be made on mobile gamers with features built into iOS and Android casino apps.
Yes, curious patrons can play for free on PA gambling sites in a few different ways. First, most casino sites offer demo/play money versions of their games so patrons can get a taste of the action without risking real money.
Another way to play for free is to take advantage of the free money sign up bonuses which several PA iGaming sites offer. These types of bonuses usually range from $10-$30 and are awarded to players for simply creating an account at a gambling site.
The deal is meant to entice potential customers to check out the casino site without having to make a deposit, giving them the chance to win real money in the process.
A wide array of banking methods are already available at PA online casinos and sports betting sites, making it easy for nearly anyone to make a deposit or withdrawal. As these sites mature, even more methods will be added. Here are a few common deposit types we have seen so far:
- Instant eCheck (ACH)
- Cash at the cage in the casino
- Online banking transfer
- Branded Play+ cards
- Visa/MasterCard credit cards
- Cash at 7-Eleven/CVS/Family Dollar
- Bank wire transfers
- Paper checks
Withdrawals can be made using some of the methods mentioned above.
Minimum deposit amounts are almost universally set to $10 in PA, whereas the maximums vary depending on a variety of factors. These include the deposit method used, reputation with the bank, and VIP status, amongst other things. Certain methods can allow for deposits of up to $10,000 per day, while average maximums for methods like ACH and prepaid cards range from $500-$2,000.
PA iGaming sites are available for play directly through popular web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari, on both Windows and Mac operating systems, with no download required. Some casinos and sportsbooks might also provide the additional option of a standalone software client, though this isn’t as common anymore except for online poker.
Gamblers can also play on mobile through free, dedicated apps for iOS and Android devices. Some sites offer the option to play directly from mobile web browsers without the need to download any apps at all, but this is rare for mobile devices.
To play for real money, PA gamblers must be 21+ years old (18+ for lottery games) and must be physically located inside the borders of the state during their online gaming session.
There is one caveat to this rule, which is players are prohibited from wagering real-money on an online casino site from within any of the state’s 12 land-based casinos. This stipulation does not apply to online sports betting,
Patrons do not need to be residents of Pennsylvania in order to play, and will be able to do so even if they are just passing through the state for a short period of time.
When signing up, patrons will need to provide their personal information, which will be submitted for a “Know Your Customer” check. This process will verify a player’s ID and age, while checking their credit history through credit bureau databases.
It is possible that people with certain criminal convictions may be barred from gambling online in PA, as is the case in New Jersey.
You can sign up for as many regulated online casinos, sportsbooks, and poker sites as you please, as long as you only create one account per license holder. Playing on multiple sites can be advantageous, considering that nearly all offer attractive free money sign up and first time deposit bonuses to new players. Just don’t get in over your head.
In addition to free money sign up offers, many PA casino sites offer match bonuses for first time depositors.
These incentives are quite a bit larger than sign up awards and can range from $100 all the way up to thousands in bonus cash. Each site has unique terms and conditions on how the bonus can be cashed out, so please read over our reviews or check the site carefully.
For instance, before a bonus is cleared for withdrawal, casinos often require players wager the amount of the bonus by a certain multiple. For example, a site could offer a 100% match bonus up to $500 with a 20X play through requirement, meaning, if you deposited $300, you would receive $300 in bonus money, but would be required to wager $6,000 in total to unlock the full bonus amount.
And sometimes, different games contribute at different rates. Online slots almost always contribute at 100%, yet play at table games and video poker may contribute less toward the wagering requirement.
Just like at PA brick-and-mortar casinos, players have the option of banning themselves from online gambling entirely for a period of one year, five years or for life. Visit the PGCB’s website for more info on the self-exclusion process.
Other responsible gaming measures are built into PA online gambling sites as well. Those include options to limit losses to a certain amount, limit gameplay to a certain period of time or activate a “cool off” period, which will prohibit play for a specified timeframe.
Finally, websites in Pennsylvania provide abundant warning materials on the dangers of gambling addiction with prominent links to resources for anyone that needs help.
All of Pennsylvania’s land-based casino operators were eligible to apply for online slots, table games, or poker rooms licenses, and also had the option of purchasing a package that covered all three at once. Following the close of an initial exclusivity period, qualified third-parties were able to apply for permits as well. Two took advantage, with MGM applying for both online casino and poker licenses, and Golden Nugget submitting a petition for an online casino license only.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), the agency which has overseen PA casinos since 2004, is in charge of regulating the state’s iGaming industry.
PA Online Poker Sites
Pennsylvania poker players’ patience finally paid off with the launch of PokerStars PA in November 2019. Just over two years after the state’s gaming expansion package was signed into law, the virtual cards finally hit the air. PA poker players immediately hit the felt in droves as Pennsylvania became the fourth state with legal and regulated poker within its borders.
PA Poker Sites
|Online Poker Site||Casino Partner||Software Provider||Status||Launch Date|
|PokerStars||Mount Airy Casino Resort||PokerStars||LIVE||Nov. 4, 2019|
|BetMGM Poker||Hollywood Casino Morgantown||partypoker||LIVE||April 27, 2021|
|Borgata PA Poker||Valley Forge Casino||partypoker||LIVE||April 27, 2021|
|WSOP.com||Harrahs Philadelphia||888||LIVE||July 12, 2021|