Pennsylvania Casino Guide
Pennsylvania legalized online gambling as of the summer of 2019, making it the fourth state to join the party after New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada. The Keystone state comes just second to Nevada with the largest gambling market in the United States.
Before 2019, gamblers in Pennsylvania were either playing poker in their friends' basement or driving to the closest brick and mortar to try their luck on a game of slots. Now that online gambling has been legalized in the state, players can skip the road trip and sign up for an online casino to play their favorite games.
Land-based casinos in Pennsylvania can hold up to 5,000 machines and offer games like video poker, slots, blackjack, roulette, three card poker, and craps, while online casinos have much smaller libraries but still offer the classics.
A player must be over the age of 20 and located in the state's borders to access an online casino or enter a brick and mortar. In terms of land-based venues, PA casinos can be put in one of four different categories and this decides what licenses are obtained and what can be legally offered to gamblers.
Online Casinos in Pennsylvania
While online casinos and poker have been legal in Pennsylvania since 2017, it took two years for the first casino to come out with an online platform. Compared to New Jersey who started launching online casinos way back in 2013, this is still new for the Keystone State, as land-based venues continue making deals with online operators to help in launching their platforms.
Players in Pennsylvania have a small selection of online casinos available at their disposal, but with at least five more casinos expected to launch in 2020, the online gambling market is only growing in the state.
List of Online Casinos in Pennsylvania
- SugarHouse PA Casino Online
- Parx Casino Online
- Hollywood Casino Online
- PokerStars Casino Online
- Unibet Casino Online
- BetAmerica Casino Online
- BetRivers Casino Online
- Fanduel Casino Online
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Online Casino Games in Pennsylvania
Any Pennsylvania casino that wanted to be able to offer an online platform was required to pay $10 million for an Interactive Gaming License package which included online poker, online slots, and casino table games. Some venues decided instead to opt for paying $4 million apiece, but so far more than half a dozen casinos in Pennsylvania are fully licensed for online gambling.
Online Slots in Pennsylvania
Slots are by far the most popular game found at any casino and make up over 85% of each online casino’s game library in Pennsylvania. Players have the option to play online slots in demo mode and not risk any money, or for real money after making the first deposit to the casino site. There is a great variety when it comes to slots, from the different types like progressive and traditional, game themes, and payouts, as some offer players huge jackpots that can go up to over $1 million.
Online slots are one of the few casino games that require little to no strategy and an impressively high return to players. The best way to spot a good online slot site in Pennsylvania is to look for the types of games offered, what your options for banking are, jackpots, and the number of pay lines.
The following is a list of the most common slot types a PA player will see online:
- 3 Reel
- 5 Reel
- Multimedia Slots
- Progressive Jackpots
Thanks to how far technology has come in today's world, online slots games feature high-quality effects and fit perfectly on any screen you choose to play on, whether that be a mobile or desktop device.
Online Casino Table Games in Pennsylvania
Casino table games consist of any game played on a green felt table, i.e blackjack, roulette, craps, and baccarat. Poker is another popular table game, so we have given the game its own section below. Each online casino in Pennsylvania offers different varieties of different table games, and some might not offer any at all at launch. Players will have the option to play for real money or free, which is very beneficial to new gamblers, as well as seeing some non-traditional games offered.
Online Poker in Pennsylvania
Online poker finally went live in Pennsylvania thanks to PokerStars teaming up with Mount Airy Casino. PokerStars PA is currently the only casino to offer online poker in the state, but other operators are expected to launch their own poker rooms later this year.
Online casinos with poker licenses in PA:
- Mount Airy
At PokerStars PA, you can choose between a selection of tournaments and cash games. Right now Pennsylvania does not participate in any shared pools with other regulated states, but that could change in the future.
Harrah’s Casino hasn't launched an online platform yet, but they have already established a partnership with WSOP.com and 888 to help power their online poker room.
Live Dealer Games in Pennsylvania
Like online poker, live dealer games are also very new for Pennsylvania online casinos! These types of games were only introduced to the US in 2016 when Golden Nugget launched in New Jersey.
Mobile Casino Apps in Pennsylvania
Most online casinos have launched mobile apps available to download for iOS and Android devices. Mobile casinos have the same features as your desktop sites and give you access to your online account, deposits and withdrawal, and bonuses and promos. Due to software for apps, the libraries are always smaller than the sites, but still offer most of the same titles.
To be able to play from a mobile on your casino you will need to download a Geo-Comply software so that the app can confirm you’re within Pennsylvania borders. You can access your account on mobile outside of the state, but will not be able to play for real money. SugarHouse was the first casino to install Geogaurd software in the site. This allowed iOS users access to the mobile site right at launch! Now, most online casinos in PA feature the same software and apps compatible for different devices.
Land-Based Casinos in Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Land-Based Casinos Map
You can easily see all casino locations by using our Pennsylvania casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.
To move the map of casinos in Pennsylvania, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.
Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location. If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino’s name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino’s website.
List of Land-based Casinos in Pennsylvania
Types of Casinos in Pennsylvania
There are three types of casinos in Philadelphia: two racetrack casinos, one stand-alone casino, and one hotel resort casino.
Pennsylvania passed legislation in 2004 to allow slot machines at 14 locations in the state.
- seven racinos
- five stand-alone casinos
- two hotel resorts
Some would say the best casino in Pennsylvania would be Parx Casino in Bensalem. The most popular stand-alone casino is Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. The most popular hotel resort casino is Valley Forge.
All of the casinos in Pennsylvania can have a maximum of 5,000 machines, except for the resort licensees, those two casinos are allowed up to 600. Additionally, all casinos in Pennsylvania are allowed to have table games.
Racetrack Casinos in Pennsylvania
There are two racetrack casinos in Philadelphia and both offer a variety of electronic gaming machines, as well as table games.
Stand-Alone Casinos in Pennsylvania
The stand-alone casino in Philadelphia, SugarHouse, offers electronic gaming machines and table games.
Additionally, another stand-alone casino - Live! Hotel and Casino - was recently launched. The $600 million project houses a 200,000- square-foot gaming floor and a 220-room hotel, plus a 1,000-seat music venue. The resort is located at 900 Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia.
Hotel Resort Casinos in Pennsylvania
Valley Forge Casino Resort, like all other casinos in Pennsylvania, offers a variety of gaming machines and table games.
Options for Gambling in Pennsylvania
Unless otherwise noted, all Pennsylvania casinos offer slots, video poker, craps, blackjack, roulette, three card poker, mini-baccarat and Pai-Gow poker. Optional games include: baccarat, poker, ultimate Texas hold ‘em, Texas hold’em bonus, let it ride, pai gow, big-6 wheel, Spanish 21, four card poker, Sic-Bo, Mississippi stud, and casino war.
The payback percentages on electronic gaming machines at all Pennsylvania casinos are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all Pennsylvania casinos.
Gambling Laws in Pennsylvania
The minimum gambling age is 18 for pari-mutuel betting and 21 at casinos. All Pennsylvania casinos are open 24 hours.
For more information on visiting casinos in Pennsylvania, or general tourism information, call their Office of Tourism at (800) 237-4363 or visit their website at www.visitpa.com.