Pennsylvania, West Virginia’s neighbor, joined the growing online sports betting market with the launch of SugarHouse Casinos’ online betting app on May 28, 2019, PlaySugarHouse.com.
PA launched its first sportsbook in Nov. 2018, making it the sixth post-PAPSA state to do so.
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.
Currently, PA is home to four online casinos, six online sportsbooks, and 12 retail sportsbooks.
Additionally, online poker recently launched in the Garden State when the global poker brand, PokerStars, joined the party. PokerStars includes a shared wallet and online casino through its partnership with Fox Bet PA.
To find out more information, you can also visit our sister site, PlayPennsylvania.com.
|Casino||Online Sportsbook Launch||Retail Sportsbook|
|PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook||LIVE: May 31, 2019||Yes|
|FanDuel Sportsbook (Valley Forge Casino)||LIVE: July 22, 2019||Yes|
|Parx Casino Sportsbook||LIVE: June 27, 2019||Yes|
|BetRivers Casino||LIVE: June 27, 2019||Yes|
|Fox Bet (Mount Airy Casino)||Live: Sept. 4, 2019||Yes|
|DraftKings Casino (The Meadows||Live: Nov. 4, 2019||Yes|
|Unibet (Mohegan Sun Pocono)||Live: Nov. 19||Yes|
|Hollywood Casino at Penn National||2019||Yes|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono||2019||No|
|Presque Isle Downs||2019||Yes|
|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 12 active sportsbooks in Pennsylvania:
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.
Rivers is currently operating out of a temporary sportsbook located on the south gaming floor. Its permanent space will be located in the center of the gaming floor and will be unveiled in the spring of 2019. Rivers Casino offers online sports betting through The BetRivers sportsbook app which launched in June 2019.
Hours of operation are:
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 Sportsbook is located in a temporary location near Skybox Sports Bar.
Presque Isle Downs partnered with Churchill Downs to open the BetAmerica retail sportsbook in late July for testing with a full launch in Aug.
Mount Airy casino opened its sportsbook at the beginning of the 2019 NFL season. Preceding its opening, its online partner, Fox Bet took its first online bets.
Mohegan Sun’s sportsbook opened in Sept. 2019. Partnered with Unibet aka Kindred, Mohegan also recently launched Unibet Sportsbook in Pennsylvania.
Meadows opened its retail sportsbook in Oct. 2019 and partnered with DraftKings for online sports betting.
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|
|Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course||Yes||Yes||Coming soon||LIVE: Summer 2019|
|Parx Casino||Yes||Yes||Coming soon||LIVE: Summer 2019|
|SugarHouse||Yes||Yes||Coming soon||LIVE: Summer 2019|
|Mount Airy Casino / Fox Bet||Yes||Yes||Yes||LIVE: Fall 2019|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono / Unibet||Yes||Yes||No||Live: Fall 2019|
|Harrah’s Philadelphia||Yes||Yes||Yes||Conditionally approved|
|Wind Creek Resort and Casino (Formerly Sands Bethlehem)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Conditionally approved|
|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|
|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 sports betting and any chat features are not available across state lines.