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Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow: SugarHouse Transforming To Rivers Philadelphia

The popular Philadelphia casino SugarHouse is ditching the name and fully rebranding. Be ready to start calling it Rivers Philadelphia, effective this fall.

Tic-Tac-No: New Bill Comes After Dubiously Legal Skill Games In PA

A new bill with broad support from both the Lottery and PA police hope to clearly criminalize the legally gray games of skill in Pennsylvania bars.

How To Get The SugarHouse Sportsbook Sign-Up Bonus Twice

If you got a deposit bonus for signing up for SugarHouse NJ, don't worry, you can get the exact same offer again on its new PA betting app.

Pennsylvania Cashing In On Economic And Social Contributions Of Casinos

Casinos get a bad wrap as blights on communities, but PA casinos create jobs, outreach, and tax revenue for local communities.

Wind Creek Casino Is Officially On Its Way To Bethlehem

After more than a year, Wind Creek finally gets to set up shop. They are officially the new owners of what was the Sands Bethlehem casino.

Court Sides With Lottery On Wire Act, But iGaming Not Out Of The Woods Yet

On Monday, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission breathed a sigh of relief as US District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro sided with gambling interests. Specifically, the 60-plus page opinion found in favor of online gambling, lotteries and casinos and against the Department of Justice’s new Wire Act interpretation. Recall that New Hampshire previously sued the DOJ’s … Continue reading "Court Sides With Lottery On Wire Act, But iGaming Not Out Of The Woods Yet"

When will online sports betting in PA launch?

When it comes to PA sports betting, launch is coming even sooner. Perhaps seeing how much New Jersey, Mississippi, and other new markets with sports betting are raking in, sports betting is on track to beat online casinos to the Keystone State.

Pennsylvania got its retail sports betting market up and running on Nov. 17 when Hollywood Casino Sportsbook opened up betting. Now there are eight retail sportsbooks operations with three more on the way.

What will beat those three books to market are the first regulated PA online betting apps.  The PGCB says it will be ready to start live testing on the state’s first sports betting app by the end of April or early May.

When will online sports casinos in PA launch?

When it comes to Pennsylvania online casinos, there will be one simultaneous rollout date on July 15. The PA Gaming Control Board announced the date roughly 90 days out. That gives ample time for any operator aiming to launch on that date to clear testing and prepare a launch plan.

So far, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has approved ten PA casinos for their interactive gaming licenses. The only two potential new licensees still in the process are out-of-state applicants MGM and Golden Nugget. Both are approved qualified gaming entities. However, neither has been approved for a license.

What does the PA online casino market look like?

Most everyone is getting involved in the PA online casino and sports betting industries in one way or another. In fact, there are also several outside companies taking part.

Here is a look at all the companies involved in online casinos, who their partners are, and where they are in the process:

CasinoExisting online partnersPotential or speculated partner Sports betting partnersInteractive application statusSports betting application status
Harrah's888N/AScientific GamesConditionally approvedLaunched Jan. 24
Hollywood (Penn National)N/AIGTWilliam HillConditionally approvedLaunched Nov. 17
MeadowsN/AIGTWilliam HillDid not applyHas not applied
Mount Airy888 / PokerStarsN/ABetStarsConditionally approvedApplication pending
ParxGANN/AKambiConditionally approvedLaunched Jan. 10
RiversSugarHouse / Rush Street InteractiveN/AKambiDid not applyLaunched Dec. 15
Sands BethlehemN/AN/AN/AConditionally approvedHave not applied
SugarHouseRush Street Interactive / KambiN/AKambiConditionally approvedRetail: Dec. 15, 2018
Online: May, 31 2019
Valley ForgeIGT / GANpartypoker / GVCFanDuelConditionally approvedLaunched March 13
Stadium Park Philly Live! CasinoN/AGANN/AConditionally approvedHave not applied
Presque Isle DownsGolden NuggetNetEntSBTech, IGTConditionally approvedConditionally approved, launching April
Lady Luck NemacolinN/AN/AN/ADid not applyHave not applied
Mohegan Sun PoconoKindredN/AN/AConditionally approvedApplication pending
MGM Resortsbwin.partypartypoker / GVCN/AApproved QGENot eligible
Golden Nugget NJNYXN/AN/AApproved QGENot eligible

10 of 13 PA casinos taking part

PGCB has conditionally approved the following casinos for online slots, online table games, and online poker:

Two other casinos opted for online table games and slots licenses, but will not offer online poker. Those properties are Presque Isle Downs and the forthcoming Stadium Casino project.

That leaves three casinos sitting out for now. Rivers Casino initially applied, but rescinded its application. Lady Luck Nemacolin and The Meadows are not taking part, likely deferring to their sister properties of Presque Isle and Hollywood Casino respectively.

MGM and Golden Nugget hoping to get in the game too

With 11 leftover interactive licenses, PGCB opened up the application to qualified gaming entities (QGE) from outside of Pennsylvania.

Rather than partner with an in-state casino, MGM Resorts and Golden Nugget Atlantic City opted to apply. MGM is seeking all three categories of license. Golden Nugget, on the other hand, will not seek an online poker license.

In January, PGCB approved both as QGEs. Next up for the companies is to file petitions for interactive gaming licenses in the categories each are seeking.

PA online lottery is already an online gambling option

While casino lovers of PA count the days until launch, there is one way to pass the time. As part of the gambling expansion law, the state-legalized PA online lottery. Pennsylvania’s iLottery launched in May 2017 with a dozen or so online instant games.

These online instant games are like a scratch-off ticket you would buy at the store, but more interactive. Online instants often include bonus games in addition to the scratch-off component, allowing you to multiply your winnings on each ticket.

As part of the rollout, the PA Lottery also introduced a revamped PA Lottery mobile app. While you cannot purchase lottery draw tickets online just yet, you can use the app to play instant games, check winning numbers, and scan your draw tickets to find out if you have a winner.

You can check out the PA Lottery app today!