PA Casinos: Top Online Casinos in Pennsylvania
Table Of Contents
- PA Online Casinos: 2019 List
- What Games are Legal on PA Online Gambling Sites?
- How the PA Gambling Licensing System Works
- Who Will Offer Online Gambling in Pennsylvania?
- How Many PA Online Casinos There Will Be in 2019?
- Who Can Play on PA Casinos?
- Will PA Be a Ring-Fenced Market or Will It Share Liquidity with Others?
- PA Online Casino Bonus Offers
In 2019, the state of Pennsylvania (PA) became the fourth in the United States to legalize online Casinos and online Poker games and to offer legal Internet gambling games to US players.
On this page, you find everything there is to know about online Casinos in Pennsylvania.
From the operators who obtained the license to offer real-money gambling in PA to the companies that run their software and those who operate brick-and-mortar Casinos - everything is right here.
Do keep in mind that the process of establishing a proper legalised online gambling market in PA has just started.
Most gambling operators have yet to launch their PA online Casino platforms or to apply for a Pennsylvania online gambling license.
We update this page weekly to give you all the latest online gambling news and information about online Casinos in Pennsylvania.
Whether you are looking to play the first real money online Casino games in PA or you are simply interested in industry news about the development of the fourth legalised gambling market within the US, bookmark this page to make sure you don't miss any of the latest updates.
PA Online Casinos: 2019 List
As of February 2019, at least seven online Casinos said to be ready to launch real-money gambling games in Pennsylvania within the second quarter of the year.
In the table below, you find all details about the projected launch dates for all the PA online Casinos that are expected to go live before June 2019 and offer casino and poker games to Pennsylvania residents and more.
|PA Casino Site||Online Partner||Launch Dates||PGCB Application|
|Hollywood Casino (Penn National)||IGT||Mid-2019||Approved|
|Mount Airy||888, PokerStars||Mid-2019||Approved|
|Sugarhouse Casino||Rush Interactive, Kambi||Mid-2019||Approved|
|Valley Forge||IGT, GAN||Mid-2019||Approved|
|Presque Isle Downs||Golden Nugget||Mid-2019||Approved|
In addition to the seven operators above, there's also a number of other online Casinos that have secured a conditional approval by the PGCB to operate in the upcoming PA regulated online gambling market. These are:
|PA Casino||Online Partner||Launch||PGCB Application|
|Stadium Park Philly Live! Casino||GAN||Unknown||Approved|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono||Kindred (Unibet)||Unknown||Approved|
|Golden Nugget NJ||NYX||Unknown||Approved|
What Games are Legal on PA Online Gambling Sites?
Before you open your first account to play at online gambling sites in PA, let's have a look at what is going to be available to Pennsylvania residents.
Once PA Governor Tom Wolf signed the bill into law, online Poker, online Casino games, sports betting, and Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) became (theoretically) possible in Pennsylvania.
Further discussions and clarifications about the taxes on online Casino winnings in PA and the games that will really be allowed on PA Casino platforms generated this list of the gambling games that are officially allowed in Pennsylvania.
- Online Table Games
- Online Slots Games
- Online Poker
- Sports Betting
- Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)
- Video Gaming Terminals
- Tablet Gaming (but only within specific authorised areas)
How the PA Gambling Licensing System Works
As it's often the case when it comes to online gambling, the legislator created a strict and rigorous system to issue licenses to operate in PA and offer gambling games to PA players.
Following the approval of the H 271 bill, there are now three distinct gambling licenses in the state of Pennsylvania.
Each license needs a separate application and allows operators to offer different games. The three PA gambling licenses cover the following areas:
- Online Slots games
- Online Poker (and other P2P online games)
- House-banked games
The three PA gambling licenses have to be purchased separately for $4m each.
The PGCB, however, allowed PA Casino operators to purchase a bundle that includes all three licenses for a fixed fee of $10 million.
Note: This offer is no longer available as it was limited to the first 90 after the licensing process opened.
Out of the 13 Casinos that met the requirements set to apply for a PA gaming license, the following eight ponied up $10m each to secure all three licenses:
- Stadium Casino
- Mount Airy
- Sands Bethlehem
- Hollywood Casino
- Valley Forge
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- Sugarhouse Casino
The Presque Isle and the Mohegan Sun Pocono decided to enter the market securing only a license for Slots and table games.
All the licenses / permits to offer real-money gambling games in PA are valid for five years.
Who Will Offer Online Gambling in Pennsylvania?
Applicants for a license to launch a PA online Casino or to offer online Poker games in Pennsylvania need to be already land-based Casino licensees.
As some of the brick-and-mortar operators currently in PA decided not to enter the PA online gambling market, the PGCB chose to allow some "Qualified Gaming Entities" to enter the application process.
As it happened during the online gambling expansion in New Jersey, many international online operators decided to ink partnership deals with PA Casinos to operate the online side of their business.
How Many PA Online Casinos There Will Be in 2019?
Despite the cap set by the PGCB on the number of licenses to offer online Gambling games in Pennsylvania, the number of PA online Casinos that will be live in 2019 remains unclear.
Right now, there are 39 licenses up for grabs. The licenses are split as follows.
- 13 licenses to offer Casino table games
- 13 licenses to offer online Slots
- 13 licenses to offer online Poker games
What is unclear, however, is how many sites the license holders will operate.
Following the NJ experience, it's reasonable to expect most license holders to launch more than one single website - resulting in a number of PA online Casino far larger than the number of licenses available today.
Who Can Play on PA Casinos?
Like it happened in New Jersey, any individual who is at least 21yo can play on PA Casinos.
Online gambling in Pennsylvania is not limited to PA citizens.
Anyone in Pennsylvania will be able to play real money games on licensed PA online Casino sites.
Will PA Be a Ring-Fenced Market or Will It Share Liquidity with Others?
As of February 2019, we are waiting to receive more information about this point.
However, many believe that PA will share liquidity with the states of New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware (to be confirmed).
PA Online Casino Bonus Offers
As we wait for the first gambling options to become available to Pennsylvania residents and other individuals in the state, we also wait to know what type of bonuses PA online gambling sites will offer at the launch.
Looking at what happened when Casino and Poker landed on NJ online Casino gambling sites, we tend to think that most of PA online gambling sites will publish promo codes to claim no deposit bonuses for video poker, Slot machine and live dealer games.
NJ Online Casino sites made a significant use of no deposit Casino bonus offers and promo codes to sign up players - oftentimes connecting online bonuses to other perks that could be collected at their brick-and-mortar establishments.
Once the legal online gambling market will start to peak up in PA, we expect to see a significant number of promotions that will combine playing at Pennsylvania online casinos and at land-based ones.
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