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 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.

PA online sports betting launch dates

Casino Online Sportsbook LaunchRetail Sportsbook
PlaySugarHouse SportsbookLIVE: May 31, 2019 Yes
FanDuel Sportsbook (Valley Forge Casino)LIVE: July 22, 2019Yes
Parx Casino SportsbookLIVE: June 27, 2019Yes
BetRivers CasinoLIVE: June 27, 2019Yes
Fox Bet (Mount Airy Casino)Live: Sept. 4, 2019Yes
DraftKings Casino (The MeadowsLive: Nov. 4, 2019Yes
Unibet (Mohegan Sun Pocono)Live: Nov. 19Yes
Hollywood Casino at Penn National2019Yes
Harrah's Philadelphia 2019Yes
The Meadows2019No
Mohegan Sun Pocono2019No
Presque Isle Downs2019Yes
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 12 active sportsbooks in Pennsylvania:

  • Hollywood Casino
  • SugarHouse Casino
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
  • Parx Casino
  • South Philadelphia Turf Club
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia
  • FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino
  • Valley Forge Turf Club
  • Presque Isle Downs BetAmerica
  • Mount Airy
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono
  • Meadows Racetrack and Casino

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

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

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:

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

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

The Sportsbook is located in a temporary location near Skybox Sports Bar.

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

Presque Isle Downs BetAmerica Sportsbook

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 Resort Sportsbook

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.

  • Sundays: 10 a.m. to midnight.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

Mohegan Sun’s sportsbook opened in Sept. 2019. Partnered with Unibet aka Kindred, Mohegan also recently launched Unibet Sportsbook in Pennsylvania.

  • Sundays through Saturdays: 11 a.m. to midnight.

Meadows Racetrack and Casino

Meadows opened its retail sportsbook in Oct. 2019 and partnered with DraftKings for online sports betting.

  • Sundays through Saturdays: 10 a.m. 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
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race CourseYesYesComing soonLIVE: Summer 2019
Parx CasinoYesYesComing soonLIVE: Summer 2019
SugarHouseYesYesComing soonLIVE: Summer 2019
Mount Airy Casino / Fox BetYesYesYesLIVE: Fall 2019
Mohegan Sun Pocono / UnibetYesYesNoLive: Fall 2019
Harrah’s PhiladelphiaYesYesYesConditionally approved
Wind Creek Resort and Casino (Formerly Sands Bethlehem)YesYesYesConditionally approved
Valley Forge CasinoYesYesYesConditionally approved
Stadium CasinoYesYesNoConditionally approved
Presque Isle Downs and CasinoYesYesNoConditionally 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 sports betting and any chat features are not available across state lines.

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