Online Casino And Sports Betting in PA

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.

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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.

PA online sports betting launch dates

Casino Online Sportsbook LaunchRetails Sportsbook
SugarHouse CasinoLIVE: May 31, 2019 Yes
FanDuel Sportsbook (Valley Forge Casino)LIVE: July 22, 2019Yes
Parx Casino SportsbookLIVE: June 27, 2019Yes
Rivers CasinoLIVE: June 27, 2019Yes
Hollywood Casino at Penn NationalSummer 2019Yes
Harrah's PhiladelphiaSummer 2019Yes
Presque Isle DownsSummer 2019Yes
The Meadows2019No
Mohegan Sun Pocono2019No
FoxBet (Mount Airy Casino)2019No
Live! Hotel & Casino2021No

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:

  • Stadium Casino
  • Sands Bethlehem

That leaves The Meadows and Lady Luck Nemacolin sitting out – at least for now.

PA land-based sportsbooks

There are eight active sportsbooks in Pennsylvania.

Rivers Casino operates in Pittsburgh.

The Philadelphia area is home to four books:

  • SugarHouse Casino
  • Parx Casino
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia
  • South Philadelphia Turf Club

There are three additional sportsbooks in PA:

  • Hollywood Casino in Grantville, PA
  • FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, PA
  • Valley Forge Turf Club in Oaks, 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.

Rivers Casino

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:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. to midnight

SugarHouse Casino Sportsbook

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:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. to midnight

Parx Sportsbook

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:

  • Monday: 1 p.m. to midnight
  • Tuesday-Friday: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. to midnight

Harrah’s Philadelphia Sportsbook

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:

  • Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. to midnight
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to midnight

South Philadelphia Turf Club

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:

  • Monday-Friday: Noon to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Hollywood Casino Sportsbook

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.

  • Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. to midnight
  • Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to midnight

FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino

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:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Valley Forge Turf Club

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:

  • Sundays-Tuesdays: noon to 10 p.m.
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays: noon to 11 p.m.
  • Fridays & Saturdays: noon to midnight

PA online casinos

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:

  • Slots
  • Table games
  • Poker

Additionally, PA opened its online casino application process to qualified gaming entities (QGEs). Two casinos from New Jersey applied:

  • Golden Nugget
  • MGM Resorts
CasinoOnline SlotsTable GamesOnline PokerStatus
Harrah’s PhiladelphiaYesYesYesConditionally approved
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race CourseYesYesComing soonLIVE: July 15, 2019
Mount Airy CasinoYesYesYesConditionally approved
Parx CasinoYesYesComing soonLIVE: July 15, 2019
Wind Creek Resort and Casino (Formerly Sands Bethlehem)YesYesYesConditionally approved
SugarHouseYesYesComing soonLIVE: July 17, 2019
Valley Forge CasinoYesYesYesConditionally approved
Stadium CasinoYesYesNoConditionally approved
Presque Isle Downs and CasinoYesYesNoConditionally approved
Mohegan Sun PoconoYesYesNoConditionally approved
MGM ResortsYesYesYesApproved as QGE
Golden NuggetYesYesNoApproved as QGE

The three remaining casinos in Pennsylvania did not apply or withdrew their application for online casino gambling:

  • Lady Luck Nemacolin
  • Rivers Casino
  • Meadows Casino

FAQs About Betting in PA

Am I allowed to place a sports bet in PA?

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.

How do I get started with a PA online sportsbook?

It’s simple to get started:

  1. Download the online sportsbook
  2. Create an account

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.

Can I bet on PA apps in West Virginia?

No. You can not place a sports bet in West Virginia. You must cross into PA territory before a real-money wager is accepted.

Can I access my PA app in West Virginia?

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.

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