PA Online Casinos

PA Online Casinos

PA online casinos took a huge step forward in 2018 when ten of Pennsylvania’s thirteen casinos applied for online gambling licenses that cover online poker, online slots, and online table games.

Online casino gambling has begun in the state as of July 2019. By years end, Pennsylvanians will have a wide variety of online gaming sites to choose from, each competing for their business.

List of PA Online Casinos

Last Updated: October 1, 2019

Below is where each of the 13 PA casinos stands in regards to online gambling and sportsbetting in Pennsylvania.

CasinoOnline Gambling StatusOnline Gaming ProductsSportsbetting (including online)
Parx CasinoLAUNCHED - July 15 2019Online poker, table games, slotsLAUNCHED - January 8, 2019, Philly Turf Club launched January 17, 2019; Valley Forge Turf Club Launch March 14, 2019. ONLINE SPORTSBOOK- Live June 2019
Mount AiryApproved August 15th, Launch TBAOnline poker, table games, slotsAPPLIED: March 29, 2019
Stadium CasinoApproved October 31st, rescinded online poker applicationtable games, slots
Sands BethlehemApproved October 3rd, Launch TBAOnline poker, table games, slots
SugarHouseLAUNCHED - July 15 2019Online poker, table games, slotsLAUNCHED - December 13, 2018. ONLINE: Live May, 2019
Rivers CasinoRescinded application October 4thN/ALAUNCHED - December 13, 2018. ONLINE - Live June, 2019
Harrah's PhiladelphiaApproved August 15th, Launch TBAOnline poker, table games, slotsLAUNCHED - January 24, 2019
Valley Forge CasinoApproved October 3rd, Launch TBAOnline poker, table games, slotsLAUNCHED - March 13, 2019; ONLINE SPORTSBOOK - Live July 2019
Hollywood Casino at Penn NationalLAUNCHED July 15 2019Online poker, table games, slotsLAUNCHED - November 17, 2018
The Meadows CasinoNot AppliedN/A
Mohegan Sun PoconoApproved November 28th, launch TBA online table games, slotsAPPROVED: May 15, 2019
Presque Isle Downs and CasinoApproved October 31st, Launch TBAOnline table games, online slotsLaunch delayed
Lady Luck CasinoNot AppliedN/A
MGMApproved January 2019 as "Qualified Gaming Entity"online poker, table games, slots
Golden NuggetApproved January 2019 as "Qualified Gaming Entity"table games, slots

The original ten casinos that submitted applications each applied for $10 million licenses that cover a suite of online gambling products: poker, table games and slots. The original deadline to apply for these licenses was July, 16th 2018.

The remaining PA casinos had until August 14th, 2018 to apply for licenses at a price of $4 million for individual product licenses (poker, table games, and slots). Now that both deadlines have came and went, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has decided to open up additional applications to outside Qualified Gaming Entities for the remaining licenses.

Which will be the best PA Online Casinos?

It’s probably a bit premature to crown winners in the PA online gambling market just yet, but there are certainly casinos that seem to have a leg up on the competition, either by sheer size in the state or by relationships that have been established with software providers.

The frontrunners

Parx Casino – The biggest casino in PA is one of the first online casinos to go live in PA and has an edge on the field by being one the most recognizable brands in the state. On top of this fact, Parx has an established relationship with software provider GAN, who currently provides the software for the play money online casino and mobile app. Parx launched their online casino on July 15, 2019.

PlaySugarHouse -Using the license of SugarHouse (soon to be Rivers Casino Philadelphia) Rush Street, the parent company of both SugarHouse and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh operates under the PlaySugarHouse brand. Rush Street has been running this online casino brand successfully in New Jersey for the past few years. The Rivers Casino is the third largest casino in Pennsylvania while SugarHouse is number eight. PlaySugarHouse launched their online casino on July 17, 2019.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National – Hollywood Casino was the first to launch a legal retail sportsbook in PA and is clearly interested in being at the forefront of the online gaming market as well. They were officially the first online casino to launch in the state as well, opening their virtual doors at 11am ET, July 15, 2019. 

Harrah’s Philadelphia, owned by parent company Caesars Entertainment who currently run a successful online casino with online poker in both Nevada and New Jersey through a strong partnership with 888. The partnership should allow the brand to take advantage of merged liquidity agreements in other states when they become available. They are licensed for online gaming and expected to launch in the summer of 2019.

Mount Airy also has an established partnership with 888 since 2015, also making them a good bet in Pennsylvania. Shortly before their license was approved by the PGCB, Mount Airy announced a major partnership with PokerStars to offer an online casino and online poker room and with BetStars to offer a sportsbook. They are licensed for online gaming and expect to launch sometime in 2019.

Other applicants

Sands Bethlehem was somewhat of a surprise in the first round of Pennsylvania license applications given that they were owned by staunch online gambling opponent Sheldon Adelson. But with a $1.3 billion takeover by Wind Creek Hospitality and as one of Pennsylvania’s top casinos, new ownership is eager to jump into the online gambling market with both feet.

Valley Forge Casino is licensed for online gaming and expected to launch sometime in the summer of 2019.

Presque Isle Downs is licensed for online slots and table games (no online poker) and expected to launch sometime in the summer of 2019.

Mohegan Sun Pocono is also licensed for online slots and table games only (eschewing online poker). They are expected to launch sometime in 2019.

Stadium Casino although their Philadelphia site is still unbuilt, they are licensed for online gaming. It is unknown when they will launch.

MGM and Golden Nugget are two out-of-state operators that have been tentatively approved to offer online casino gaming in Pennsylvania under the Qualified Gaming Entity provision of the PGCB. They are still working on their official licenses but are expected to enter the market soon.

The abstainers

Not all of Pennsylvania’s 13 eligible casinos applied for online gaming licenses — The Meadows Casino, Lady Luck Casino, and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh are sitting on the sidelines. Rivers Casino’s abstention makes sense. As mentioned above, parent company Rush Street will use SugarHouse’s license to reach the state’s online players. No need to pay twice.

The other casinos must think either the taxes and fees are too high, or that their market share would be too low to attempt the venture.

When will PA Online Casinos launch?

The launch process has already begun. Three online casinos (Hollywood, Parx, and PlaySugarHouse) launched in July of 2019. More are on the way!

What about sports betting?

In early 2018, sports betting wasn’t even legal in Pennsylvania, but now it’s a new and exciting marketplace. In July of 2018, the PGCB opened up 13 sports betting licenses at a cost of $10 million per license and nearly all of PA casinos have applied to offer sports betting.

The first casinos were approved in early October while others were approved later that month. Hollywood Casino launched the first sportsbook in November and other casinos have suit into 2019.

Online and mobile sports betting lagged behind, but eventually launched in May 2019 with the opening of the PlaySugarHouse sportsbook. BetRivers and the Parx were the next to open, as sportsbooks are eager to launch online sportsbooks before the start of the 2019 NFL season.

Other online gaming options in PA?

If none of these strike your fancy, you can always play the PA online lottery, which went live in Pennsylvania in May of 2018. New players can receive a $5 free bonus to try out the selection of engaging games.