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Pennsylvania residents have long dreamt about online gambling, when finally in 2017 the PA Senate approved a bill signed by Governor Tom Wolf to introduce interstate online casinos, online poker, daily fantasy sports (DFS) and other types of online gaming.

The types of gambling in Pennsylvania available today include, online poker, online casino games and slots, daily fantasy sports (DFS), video gambling terminals (VGTs), online lottery sales and sports betting

Sports betting in Pennsylvania

The state of Pennsylvania made sports betting legal, pending a change in federal law, as a part of the excessive gambling expansion project approved in October 2017.

The law permits wagering on both professional and college sports events in person at a bricks-and-mortar Pennsylvania gambling vendor, while legal online sports betting mobile betting is coming soon. Bettors must be at least 21 years old to make a wager, like in most parts of the USA.

The sports betting vertical seems much clearer than the situation with online casinos – the first retail sportsbook opened in November 2018 and Pennsylvania ended the year of 2018 with three sportsbooks in total. Betting apps are still a novelty and we can see more and more sportsbooks offering mobile wagering options.

Online Sports Betting in Pennsylvania

Even though the exact dates for the launch of respective casinos in unknown, we can estimate the timeline for retail and online sportsbooks introduction in Pennsylvania below with most places set to launch in 2019.


PGCB Approval Date

Live Sportsbook Launch

Online Sportsbook Launch
Hollywood Casino at Penn National
October 3 2018 November 17 2018
Q2 2019
Parx Casino Sportsbook October 3 2018
Jan 10 2019
LIVE (June 27 2019)
South Philadelphia Turf Club October 3 2018 Jan 17 2019 N/A
BetRiversOctober 31 2018 Dec 15 2018
LIVE (June 27 2019)
SugarHouse Sportsbook PA October 31 2018 Dec 15 2018
LIVE (May 31 2019)
Harrah’s PhiladelphiaOctober 31 2018 Jan 24 2019
Q2 2019
Valley Forge Casino December 19 2018 March 2019
Q2 109
Presque Isle Downs Pending Q2 2019Q2 2019
Valley Forge Turf Club October 3 2018 April 2019 N/A

Online Casinos in Pennsylvania

Once online casino companies will launch in Pennsylvania sometime in early 2019, players will no longer be limited to frequenting the local brick-and-mortar casinos. Online gambling including the iLottery, fantasy sports, poker will soon be able for users in a number of websites.

Already, ten land-based casinos have filed applications to offer slot machines and table games online, while nine of them have already been approved for interim permits:

Online casino Online poker
Estimated Launch
Harrah’s Philadelphia
YesYes 888/Scientific Games Mid-2019
Hollywood Casino
Yes Yes IGT Mid-2019
Mount Airy
Yes Yes PokerStars Mid-2019
Parx Yes Yes GAN/Kambi Mid-2019
Presque Isle
Yes NoSBTech 2019
Sands Bethlehem
Yes Yes TBD Unknown
Stadium Casino Yes NoUnknown Unknown
Yes Yes Rush Street Interactive Mid-2019
Mohegan Sun Pocono
Yes NoTBD/Scientific Games 2019
Valley Forge Yes Yes IGT/GAN/GVC/PartyPoke Mid-2019

MGM and Golden Nugget joined the list of applicants as the qualified gaming entities (QGE), the next step for both is to present their interactive license petitions.

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