Pennsylvania, West Virginia’s neighbor, joined the growing online sports betting market with the launch of SugarHouse Casinos’ online betting app, PlaySugarHouse.com.
While West Virginia sports betting is on hold, bettors near the PA border might find solace that an online option is near.
Sports betting, both land-based and online, plus online casinos became legal in the fall of 2017 with the PA gambling expansion law.
PA launched its first sportsbook in Nov. 2018, making it the sixth post-PAPSA state to do so. There are currently eight sportsbooks operating in the Keystone State, with three additional in the queue.
All Online casinos in PA, were scheduled to launch on July 15, 2019, but only two made it official on that date: Parx Casino and Hollywood Casino.
The idea behind the simultaneous launch was to allow the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to focus on launching online sportsbooks, first then transition its efforts to online casinos.
To find out more information, you can also visit our sister site, PlayPennsylvania.com.
|Casino||Online Sportsbook Launch||Retails Sportsbook|
|SugarHouse Casino||LIVE: May 31, 2019||Yes|
|FanDuel Sportsbook (Valley Forge Casino)||LIVE: July 22, 2019||Yes|
|Parx Casino Sportsbook||LIVE: June 27, 2019||Yes|
|Rivers Casino||LIVE: June 27, 2019||Yes|
|Hollywood Casino at Penn National||Summer 2019||Yes|
|Harrah's Philadelphia||Summer 2019||Yes|
|Presque Isle Downs||Summer 2019||Yes|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono||2019||No|
|FoxBet (Mount Airy Casino)||2019||No|
|Live! Hotel & Casino||2021||No|
There are four PA casinos that have yet to submit an application along with the $10 million license fee. Two of those casinos indicate sports betting is part of their future plans:
That leaves The Meadows and Lady Luck Nemacolin sitting out – at least for now.
There are eight active sportsbooks in Pennsylvania.
Rivers Casino operates in Pittsburgh.
The Philadelphia area is home to four books:
There are three additional sportsbooks in PA:
Presque Isle Downs and Mohegan Sun Pocono received approval from the PGCB and will be opening in the near future. Mount Airy Casino recently applied for sports betting and is waiting to present to the PGCB.
The sportsbook at Rivers Casino is temporarily located on the south gaming floor. A permanent sportsbook, in the center of the main casino floor, is scheduled to open soon.
Rivers Casino sports betting app, BetRivers, went online in June 2019 and works in conjunction with PlaySugarHouse PA.
Hours of operation for Rivers Casino are:
SugarHouse Casino Sportsbook opened its betting windows on Dec. 13. The online app, PlaySugarHouse.com started with a two-day testing period. After which, the PA sportsbook was approved for full operations on Dec. 15.
Look for a name change in the near future. The casino’s owner, Rush Street, plans to rename the property to Rivers Philadelphia.
For now, though, it is still SugarHouse and its sportsbook has the following hours:
Parx Casino in Bensalem, just outside Philadelphia, accepted its first official bet on Jan. 8. It currently operates out of a temporary sportsbook, with a state-of-the-art venue opening in summer 2019.
Parx launched its online sportsbook at the end of June with a three-session testing period.
The sportsbook at Parx Casino has its windows open from:
Harrah’s Philadelphia is a Caesars property. Harrah’s opened its sportsbook a little later most. It opened for business on Jan. 24, after a two-day testing period.
The sportsbook is housed in temporary quarters while its permanent house is being built.
Harrah’s Philadelphia opens its betting windows on:
South Philadelphia Turf Club has the distinction of being located in some of the most coveted sports betting real estate in the City of Brotherly Love. It set up shop in the parking lots of Lincoln Financial Field, home to the Philadelphia Eagles, and Citizens Bank Park, home to the Philadelphia Phillies.
It is also a stone’s throw away from Wells Fargo Center, home to both the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers.
You can visit South Philadelphia Turf Club from:
Hollywood Casino Sportsbook is owned by Penn National. Penn National also owns Hollywood Casino Charles Town, West Virginia’s first regulated sportsbook.
The PA Sportsbook has a temporary location near the Skybox Sports Bar. Look for the permanent sportsbook to open later this year.
FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge accepted its first official bet on March 13, after two days of testing. Valley Forge is owned by Boyd Gaming and partnered with the popular FanDuel to supply sports betting to the casino.
FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge is open from:
Valley Forge Turf Club opened its sportsbook on March 12, when it began its two-day testing period.
Bettors can wager at Valley Forge Race & Sportsbook on:
The PGCB scheduled the launch of online casinos for July 15, 2019. Only two casinos, Hollywood Casino and Parx made the scheduled date, however. Expect PA casinos to continue coming online throughout the rest of the year.
PA offers three casino licenses, one each for:
Additionally, PA opened its online casino application process to qualified gaming entities (QGEs). Two casinos from New Jersey applied:
|Casino||Online Slots||Table Games||Online Poker||Status|
|Harrah’s Philadelphia||Yes||Yes||Yes||Conditionally approved|
|Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course||Yes||Yes||Coming soon||LIVE: July 15, 2019|
|Mount Airy Casino||Yes||Yes||Yes||Conditionally approved|
|Parx Casino||Yes||Yes||Coming soon||LIVE: July 15, 2019|
|Wind Creek Resort and Casino (Formerly Sands Bethlehem)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Conditionally approved|
|SugarHouse||Yes||Yes||Coming soon||LIVE: July 17, 2019|
|Valley Forge Casino||Yes||Yes||Yes||Conditionally approved|
|Stadium Casino||Yes||Yes||No||Conditionally approved|
|Presque Isle Downs and Casino||Yes||Yes||No||Conditionally approved|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono||Yes||Yes||No||Conditionally approved|
|MGM Resorts||Yes||Yes||Yes||Approved as QGE|
|Golden Nugget||Yes||Yes||No||Approved as QGE|
The three remaining casinos in Pennsylvania did not apply or withdrew their application for online casino gambling:
Yes, as long as you are over 21 years of age. Of course, you must be physically present in the state. That means you must cross over the border into PA to place a wager.
It’s simple to get started:
You can do all of that from your home in West Virginia. You may be asked to verify your identity, so be prepared with a government-issued ID.
Once your account is created, you’ll need to fund it. Before you do, you’ll want to understand your bonus options. Once your account is funded and you claimed your bonus, you can place a bet. Provided, of course, you made the trek to the other side of the border.
No. You can not place a sports bet in West Virginia. You must cross into PA territory before a real-money wager is accepted.
Yes. You can access your account and most features are available outside of PA. Remember, though, real money betting and any chat features are not available across state lines.