No longer are PA gamblers chained to their computers if they want to bet online, they now have the freedom to bet from nearly anywhere in the state via full-featured mobile casino apps. Below we break down all that PA’s mobile casinos have to offer.
Best PA mobile casino apps in 2021
List of all PA casinos with mobile apps
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Launching the same day as Parx in July 2019, Hollywood Casino was joint first to market in Pennsylvania. Hollywood’s online casino and mobile app are powered by IGT, an international gaming brand with decades of experience in the industry. The casino’s mobile offering is easy to get started with, and laid out cleanly. It came out of the gate stocked with popular slots and even a progressive, along with blackjack, baccarat, and video poker.
Parx is one of the highest-earning brick-and-mortar casinos in the state and is creating the online presence to match. Parx’s flagship online casino went live alongside Hollywood, however, it has yet to bring its real-money casino games to a mobile app. It currently offers separate mobile apps for both its sportsbook and horse racing products, as well as a social, free-to-play casino app.
The popular European casino operator Unibet has partnered with Mohegan Sun Pocono to bring its online casino to life. Unibet offers an Android app for download through its website that features a solid catalog of popular casino game titles. There is an iOS app as well, although it currently only offers sports betting, with support for the casino expected to follow soon.
PokerStars is partnered in PA with Mount Airy Casino near the Poconos, and launched its online casino operation in November 2019. The site, which is mainly known for poker, also offers a nice mix of traditional online casino games on dedicated iOS and Android apps, including slots, table games, video poker and more.
The number one online sportsbook added the first mobile only online casino in Pennsylvania in January 2020 for both iOS and Android powered devices. The online casino is only accessible via their sportsbook app and has a limited menu of games. FanDuel launched with only 12 options, but has been slowly adding more games since the launch. In early 2021, FanDuel did add their casino to the desktop as well.
DraftKings Online Casino debuted in May 2020 via their online sportsbook app and their browser-based desktop client. DraftKings launched with several table game and slot titles, but no jackpot slots like Divine Fortune. Despite being partnered with Meadows Casino for sports, DraftKings online casino is through a partnership with Hollywood Casino.
Caesars Online Casino quietly launched in April 2020 with an extremely limited slot library and no table games. The mobile app is available for both Android and iOS users. Caesar’s Online Casino in New Jersey has an impressive game selection, so it may just be a matter of time before they make upgrades to their PA product.
Wind Creek Casino
Wind Creek, formerly Sands Bethlehem, quietly launched their online casino in early August 2020, and currently only offers an Android app in addition to their desktop offerings. There are indications that an iOS app is on its way, and it may be delayed by Apples rigorous testing for online gambling apps.
BetMGM brought their popular online casino app to Pennsylvania in early 2021. Launching with an impressive library and apps for both iOS and Android users. The app is quick to load, easy to navigate and has everything you need at your fingertips via your mobile device or tablet.
Borgata Online Casino has been live in New Jersey since 2013 and the top earning retail casino has brought their talents over the Delaware River and into Pennsylvania. The Borgata Casino app is easy to use, aesthetically pleasing and chock full of betting options. Do all your banking and betting same as you would on the desktop.
PlayLive! Online Casino
Live! Casino, which was built in the heart of Philadelphia’s sports complex, opened its retail doors in early 2021. PlayLive! online casino went live in early August 2020, making them the first to go live online before opening their retail doors. Apps are available for both iOS and Android users.
More apps on the way
Golden Nugget is the top-earning online gaming licensee in New Jersey, and will soon offer its popular mobile app and virtual casino to Keystone State gamblers as well. Golden Nugget’s NJ product boasts a huge library of mobile games through the NYX platform. Due to its impressive Garden State success, it will likely continue with NYX gaming in PA, and is expected to launch a mobile casino soon within the state.
888, one of the biggest names in online gaming, is also expected to bring its casino products to Pennsylvania. 888 has already noted that it will be offering numerous types of roulette, blackjack, video poker, and an assortment of feature-rich slots. Like in New Jersey, 888 will offer a mobile app for easy on-the-go use in the state.
Supported mobile devices & platforms
With iOS and Android accounting for nearly all of the mobile phone market share, casino operators are quick to release apps capable of running on those devices. That includes not only mobile phones, but tablets as well.
PA gamblers can download iOS apps for several of their favorite online casinos straight from the Apple App Store. However, due to policies implemented by the company in 2019, some operators are experiencing delays launching dedicated apps, or have been forced to limit the number of games they offer, for now at least.
The problem stems from the fact that Apple now requires all of the games inside mobile casinos to be coded natively in Apple’s own programming language. That creates an issue, being that in the past, most online casino games were loaded in a simpler way, making it easy for developers to port their titles into iOS.
Now, each of those games must be written specifically for those devices, meaning more work for developers, and more limited game libraries for gamblers. But even so, PA casinos with iOS apps have found a way to offer a wide selection of games, especially the most popular titles, like NetEnt’s Divine Fortune progressive slot. In time, iOS game libraries will continue growing.
Android casino apps don’t face the same restrictions as iOS apps, however, they can’t be downloaded directly from the Google Play store. That’s not an issue though, since, unlike Apple, Google allows gamblers to download online casino apps directly from a casino’s website.
Some sites are able to detect which device a visitor is using automatically and will direct them to download the app upon visiting the site.
For now, Android apps have somewhat of an advantage over iOS, being that they can include games which would need to be excluded from iOS versions.
That means you can find plenty of slots, table games, video poker titles and more inside your preferred casino’s Android offering.
Due to Apple restrictions, some casinos have found a workaround by allowing gamblers to play directly through the mobile Safari browser, much like they can on the desktop version of the site. The experience is a bit clunkier than it would be with a dedicated app, but not all that painful nonetheless. In order to get started, players will need to open the site in their browser, then download a separate geolocation app, which verifies that they are within the borders of the state while they play.
In our testing, we had a little trouble with this set up, although the majority of the time, the experience was smooth. Hopefully, the process can be streamlined even further in the future.
PA mobile casino bonuses
Pennsylvania’s online casinos court new customers with welcome bonus packages which, depending on the terms, can be quite lucrative. To receive the maximum amount possible, we always suggests that you create your account via the bonus links and promo codes on this website.
Fortunately, it does not matter whether you sign up your account on the main desktop website or directly from your mobile device. Players can complete the entire process without even touching a computer, right from their phones or tablets.
In some cases, when you click one of our links, you’ll be sent to a page on the casino’s website directing you to sign up an account. Others will take you directly to the iOS App Store or send you to a screen where you can download the Android version. Either way, rest assured that you will still receive any welcome bonus advertised, no matter what device you use to create your account.
What’s more, some sites have been known to offer exclusive bonuses which can only be obtained by mobile customers. These incentives aren’t as common, but it’s a nice treat for mobile users when they do occasionally pop up.
Mobile casino app game selection
When you open up your online casino app, you’ll be treated to a diverse array of game titles and game types. However, you’ll probably also notice that your choices are more limited than what can be found on the operator’s desktop website.
This is because game developers need to rethink the game’s user interface and coding architecture so it will play nice on mobile devices, while providing a pleasant user experience.
Fortunately, porting games to mobile has become more of a priority, due to the fact that we now spend so much time on our smartphones and tablets. That means there are plenty of games to choose from.
Slots are the most abundant type of game at any online casino. The game lends itself perfectly to online play, and designers can take advantage of computer processing power to create some truly creative and exciting titles.
Virtual slots make up the majority of games on mobile casinos as well. While not all games have gotten a mobile makeover, you can usually find a large chunk of desktop titles on the app, especially the most popular games.
These can include Jackpot Slots, which can pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars, or more standard games. In fact, a large number of six-figure winners in PA and neighboring New Jersey have won their mammoth prizes right from their smartphones. It makes no difference if you play on mobile or via a desktop computer — if you hit the progressive jackpot, you will get paid no matter what device you happen to be using.
A few examples of popular traditional titles which can be found on mobile include:
- Blood Suckers
- Jack Hammer
- Fruit Shop
- Twin Spin
- 88 Fortunes
Blackjack is another mobile casino favorite with interfaces that have usually been reworked to display nicely on small screens.
As it is one of the most popular games aside from slots, you’ll find a large selection of mobile blackjack variations. On any given casino app, you might encounter several different blackjack titles, which usually vary only slightly. For example:
- Single hand versus multi-hand play
- Variations in minimums or maximum bet sizes
- Differences in rule sets, like no hitting after splitting aces
- Single deck versus multiple decks
- Different graphical interfaces
While the roulette user interface can get a little crowded on a smartphone screen, it is still popular enough to warrant casinos offering a number of different mobile versions of the game.
While some casinos may only carry American roulette, which features two zero slots, others carry the more favorable European version (one zero slot), or even French roulette. If provided with the choice, stick with European roulette, which offers better odds due to its solitary zero slot.
Other table games
On PA mobile casinos, the choices don’t stop at the most traditionally popular games. If you look around, you can find even more variety. Right from your smartphone or tablet, you can jump into games like baccarat, Casino Hold‘em, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Let it Ride, Slingo or even Virtual Sports, depending on the operator.
Live Dealer games became a sensation when they first launched in the U.S. on Golden Nugget Casino in 2016. Later, competitors also adopted the games, and eventually added them to their mobile apps.
Mobile Live Dealer games are played directly on the casino app against a real-life dealer being filmed in real time inside of a dedicated studio.
They offer the social aspects of the live casino experience, while providing the comfort of betting from wherever you like. Live Dealer games have not yet launched in Pennsylvania, but we certainly expect them to in the near future.
We will likely see the following Live Dealer games become available on PA casino apps:
- Casino Hold‘em
- Ultimate Texas Hold’em
- Three Card Poker
Video poker fans will also have their fill on mobile devices, with many sites offering all of the most popular Game King classics and more. Video poker looks decent on mobile, but let’s face it, even on desktop most titles could use a graphical refresh.
Either way, you won’t have trouble finding your favorites:
- Jacks or Better
- Bonus Poker
- Double Bonus Poker
- Double Double Bonus Poker
- Deuces Wild
- Joker Poker
Perks of mobile
- Play from nearly anywhere: Smartphones have revolutionized the way we interact with the web, and now make it possible to gamble online without the need for a desktop computer. With mobile betting apps, players can access their favorite games so long as they are within the borders of the state (or not at a PA land-based casino, per regulations) and have access to an Internet connection. With the freedom to play on-the-go, mobile casinos can potentially turn any boring situation into a thrilling experience, especially if the cards fall in your favor.
- Slots translate well to mobile: Smartphones weren’t made with online casino games in mind, obviously, but some games, like slots, are a natural fit for small screens. Developers have done a great job of porting popular land-based and desktop slots to mobile devices, creating a simplified user experience through innovative design. For this reason, mobile slot libraries are often relatively large, while table games, which don’t normally translate as well, are usually limited. Slots are generally the most popular games at online casinos, so the wide variety of titles available on mobile is a welcome bonus.
- Full-fledged account management: Modern mobile casino apps give players access to most, if not all of the account management functions they enjoy on desktops. Patrons can set their preferences, make deposits and withdrawals, opt in and out of promos, activate responsible gaming measures and more by doing nothing more than tapping on their mobile screens.
- Mobile-specific promos: In an effort to introduce players to their mobile offerings, some casinos offer promotions and bonuses which can only be attained through play on mobile apps. Taking advantage of the constant stream of promotional goodies offered by online casinos is a must when fighting against the house edge, so every penny counts.
Drawbacks of mobile
- A cluttered experience: While slots may look great on mobile devices, some games need a bit more breathing room. Table games like roulette and craps seem cramped on a smartphone screen due to the sheer amount of graphics and betting options that need to be displayed. Video poker is another format which developers are still struggling to lay out elegantly inside mobile apps. For that reason, these types of games can sometimes be difficult to play, and imprecise finger taps could even lead to unwanted action. On the flip side, blackjack is becoming more and more optimized for smartphone and tablet devices.
- Smaller game selection: Porting a desktop or brick-and-mortar game to a mobile device isn’t always a simple process. Designers sometimes have to rethink the entire interface for smaller screens, a project which might not be high on a developer’s to do list. The extra work involved, coupled with the inherent issues in designing mobile table games serves to limit mobile libraries overall.
- More frequent disconnects: Due to the nature of cell phone signals, and the fact that mobile phones are constantly on the move, disconnecting during online casino play is sometimes an issue. Not to fear though! While playing online casino games, this is nothing more than a mere annoyance, because as soon as you log back in, your hand or spin will continue exactly where you left off. When playing peer-to-peer poker, however, this could be an issue, as hands are auto-folded after a certain period of inactivity. Now that most mobile casinos allow connecting via both Wi-Fi and data networks, this has become less of a problem.
Frequently asked questions
How do casino apps know that I am inside Pennsylvania?
PA iGaming sites rely on geolocation technology to pinpoint the exact location of a player and verify that they are physically inside the borders of the state. The software, built by companies like GeoComply, is highly accurate and very hard to fool. On a desktop computer, players are required to download a small add-on to complete the verification process. But mobile players don’t need to download anything in addition to the app, due to the fact that modern iOS and Android phones already have geo-tracking technology built-in.
Is there anywhere inside PA where I can’t play?
Ironically, PA regulators, in their wisdom, decided to prohibit real money online casino wagering from inside any of the state’s land-based gambling venues. This means that even a player sitting inside the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course could not bet real money via the Hollywood Casino online gambling app, a strange and limiting rule which nevertheless must be followed by operators.
Do I need Wi-Fi to play at a mobile casino?
While Wi-Fi may make your connection more stable, it is not required to play at most mobile gaming sites. Players can now gamble virtually anywhere as long as they have access to mobile network data.
Can I create or fund my PA online casino account from outside the state?
It is not necessary to be inside PA to create or fund a gambling site account. However, you will not be able to make a bet for real money until you are within state borders. So if you were, say, planning a trip to Pennsylvania, you could sign up an account from home and make a deposit before arriving. Everything would then be set up for you to begin playing as soon as you cross into the state.
Are mobile poker and sports betting apps available as well?
PA Lawmakers have legalized online poker, sports betting, and online casinos. Many licensed sites currently offer mobile apps for all three verticals. Some operators have separate apps for poker, casino, and sports, while others have combined these products together. Apps featuring multiple game types can be advantageous due to a shared wallet.
Can I play at PA mobile gaming sites for free?
Most online casinos games come equipped with a demo mode setting, which allows players to try out the title at no risk, betting nothing but play chips. Out-of-state gamblers can usually test out games the same way, although some sites have been known to deny the option to those not geo-tracked inside state borders.
There are other ways of playing for free which don’t involve play money. One such method is to take advantage of so-called no deposit bonuses, promos which award players with a small amount of real cash to take the casino for a test drive.
What happens if I disconnect during a spin or bet?
Don’t worry, even if you happen to lose connection with the online casino, your game will be frozen and resume once you are able to re-connect. You won’t lose track of or forfeit any wagers in the process.