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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:
|Casino||Existing online partners||Potential or speculated partner||Sports betting partners||Interactive application status||Sports betting application status|
|Harrah's||888||N/A||Scientific Games||Conditionally approved||Launched Jan. 24|
|Hollywood (Penn National)||N/A||IGT||William Hill||Conditionally approved||Launched Nov. 17|
|Meadows||N/A||IGT||William Hill||Did not apply||Has not applied|
|Mount Airy||888 / PokerStars||N/A||BetStars||Conditionally approved||Application pending|
|Parx||GAN||N/A||Kambi||Conditionally approved||Launched Jan. 10|
|Rivers||SugarHouse / Rush Street Interactive||N/A||Kambi||Did not apply||Launched Dec. 15|
|Sands Bethlehem||N/A||N/A||N/A||Conditionally approved||Have not applied|
|SugarHouse||Rush Street Interactive / Kambi||N/A||Kambi||Conditionally approved||Retail: Dec. 15, 2018
Online: May, 31 2019
|Valley Forge||IGT / GAN||partypoker / GVC||FanDuel||Conditionally approved||Launched March 13|
|Stadium Park Philly Live! Casino||N/A||GAN||N/A||Conditionally approved||Have not applied|
|Presque Isle Downs||Golden Nugget||NetEnt||SBTech, IGT||Conditionally approved||Conditionally approved, launching April|
|Lady Luck Nemacolin||N/A||N/A||N/A||Did not apply||Have not applied|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono||Kindred||N/A||N/A||Conditionally approved||Application pending|
|MGM Resorts||bwin.party||partypoker / GVC||N/A||Approved QGE||Not eligible|
|Golden Nugget NJ||NYX||N/A||N/A||Approved QGE||Not eligible|
10 of 13 PA casinos taking part
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- Hollywood Casino
- Mount Airy Casino
- Parx Casino
- Sands Bethlehem
- SugarHouse Casino
- Valley Forge Casino
- Mohegan Sun Pocono
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!