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The Lowdown On PA’s First Sportsbook: The Sportsbook At Hollywood Casino

The first-ever Pennsylvania sportsbook will officially open its doors at Hollywood Casino at Penn National on Saturday, Nov. 17.

While Penn Launches Sports Betting In PA, It Expands Into Michigan

Penn National is adding another casino and another state to its portfolio. The company is acquiring some of the rights to Greektown Casino in Detroit, MI.

MGM Has Grand Plans For PA Online Casino Business

MGM Resorts finally found a way into the Pennsylvania online casino market, applying as a qualified gaming entity to the PA Gaming Control Board.

PA Lottery’s Millionaire Raffle Back In Time For The Holiday Season

The popular PA Lottery game that gives you your best statistical shot at $1 million is back. Millionaire Raffle begins its eight-week run on Monday, Nov. 19.

Penn National Announces Mini-Casino Project Hollywood Casino Morgantown

The last of the mini-casino licenses finally has a plan. Penn National announced details for the project, called Hollywood Casino Morgantown.

Looks Like Hollywood Casino Will Edge Out Parx As PA’s First Sportsbook

Hollywood Casino thinks it can start taking sports bets as soon as mid-November, while Parx changes its timetable from November to "soon".

 

On Oct. 26, 2017, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed H 271, legalizing online casinos, sports betting, and the online lottery, amongst other things.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill into law on Oct. 30, making Pennsylvania the fourth state in the nation to authorize some form of online gambling.

In the case of PA, the law authorizes pretty much all forms of online gambling, including poker, table games, slots, online lottery, fantasy sports, and sports betting, now that the federal ban is overturned.

The two questions that come up most often in regards to PA online gambling are:

When will it happen?

What will the market look like?

When will online casinos and spots betting happen?

Online casinos coming Q1 of 2019

When it comes to online casinos, nailing down an exact launch date is tough, but it will be sometime in the first quarter of 2019. So far, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has approved nine PA casinos for their interactive gaming licenses.

Expect Harrah’s and SugarHouse to be at the forefront of online casino launch, hopefully as early as January 2019.

PA sports betting launched in November 2018

When it comes to sports betting, the news is much brighter. 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.

It initially looked as though Parx Casino would be the first to market, but Hollywood Casino at Penn National beat everyone to market. Its sportsbook, run by William Hill, officially launched on Saturday, Nov. 17.

What does the PA online casino market look like?

While sports betting is still something only six of the 13 licensed casinos are taking part in, most everyone is getting involved in the PA online casino industry 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 approvedConditionally approved
Hollywood (Penn National)N/AIGTWilliam HillConditionally approvedConditionally approved
MeadowsN/AIGTWilliam HillDid not applyHas not applied
Mount Airy888 / PokerStarsN/ABetStarsConditionally approvedHas not applied
ParxGANN/AKambiConditionally approvedConditionally approved
RiversSugarHouse / Rush Street InteractiveN/AKambiDid not applyConditionally approved
Sands BethlehemN/AN/AN/AConditionally approvedHave not applied
SugarHouseRush Street Interactive / KambiN/AKambiConditionally approvedConditionally approved
Valley ForgeIGT / GANpartypoker / GVCFanDuelConditionally approvedHave not applied
Stadium Park Philly Live! CasinoN/AGANN/AConditionally approvedHave not applied
Presque Isle DownsGolden NuggetNetEntSBTech, IGTConditionally approvedHave not applied
Lady Luck NemacolinN/AN/AN/ADid not applyHave not applied
Mohegan Sun PoconoN/APokerStarsN/AApplication pendingHave not applied
MGM Resortsbwin.partypartypoker / GVCN/AApplication pendingNot eligible
Golden Nugget NJNYXN/AN/AApplication pendingNot eligible

10 of 13 PA casinos taking part

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

Mohegan Sun Pocono is the last casino with an application for all three online gambling categories still pending.

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.

It makes sense Golden Nugget skips poker. It is the top NJ online casino operator and holds that status without offering any poker.

Don’t expect to see playMGM or Golden Nugget online casino live and online in January. Their application process only just closed on Oct. 31. That means the PGCB will approve their applications no earlier than at its Nov. 28 meeting.

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 the online lottery. Pennsylvania’s iLottery launched in May of 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!