Some Pennsylvania Sportsbooks Offer Same-Game Parlays

Same-game parlays provide opportunities to diversify your bets at Pennsylvania sportsbooks this NFL season. Which apps have them available?

Pennsylvania sportsbooks are always on the leading edge of what they can offer to customers within the confines of regulations and laws in the state. This NFL season, that means more opportunities to create same-game parlays than ever.

By extension, the result of that is myriad more ways to diversify your plays on Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers games than ever. It’s important to note which PA sports betting apps give you these options, and which are most rewarding in doing so.

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What are same-game parlays?

The name pretty much explains it all. These are parlay wagers where all the legs of the bet are contained in the same sporting event. Traditional parlays involve at least two separate sporting events.

For example, suppose you wanted to bet on all of the following items for Sunday’s San Francisco 49ers at Eagles game.

  • Jalen Hurts to record a passing touchdown
  • Eagles over 13.5 points in the first half
  • Will there be a safety in the game? No

You could wager on all of those events individually. You might not get a very good return on them, however. Alternatively, you could combine all those bets as legs into one parlay wager. That could greatly improve your payout should the contest play out the way you want.

At the same time, your trade-off for that improved payout is higher risk. If Hurts doesn’t throw for a TD in the game, for example, it won’t matter if you guessed right on the other two items. The sportsbook would still grade your bet as a loss.

While these wagers function the same at the PA sportsbooks that offer them, there are some nuances in how to place them between apps. That includes some who offer incentives to try out the bet type.

One-game parlays at BetMGM PA Sportsbook

If you browse the Week 2 NFL lines on the BetMGM Sportsbook app, you’ll see orange text that reads “One-Game Parlay.” This is your invitation to craft your wager using your legs of choice. All you need to do is tap on the game you want to bet, then tap on the One-Game Parlay tab.

Within that tab, the options for inclusion in your parlay will appear. This will include a variety of the moneyline for the game, props, spreads, and totals. As you add legs and depending on which legs you add, your quoted odds will go up and down.

As soon as you are satisfied, decide how much you want to bet. Then finalize your wager. BetMGM is also currently offering NFL One-Game Parlay Insurance for its users. Place a parlay of at least four legs from any single NFL game. If you hit on all but one of your legs, BetMGM will give you the lesser of $25 or the value of your wager back in site credit.

BetMGM isn’t the only app offering easy navigation and a bonus for NFL same-game parlays, though. Make sure to compare the odds on your wager from multiple sports betting apps, like the next one on this list.

DraftKings’ new same-game parlay feature

DraftKings PA Sportsbook rolled this out just in time for football season and is making sure its customers are aware of the option. Again, navigate to the NFL weekly lines then tap on the game of your choice, perhaps the Las Vegas Raiders at Steelers. You’ll see an “SGP” icon on your screen. That’s your gateway.

Again, add however many and whichever legs from the game you like. Once you’ve gotten to the numbers you want, finish the bet and watch to see if you will cash out or if you’ve essentially just paid for the price of admission.

While DraftKings does have a special promo for same-game parlays on another kind of football (men’s UEFA Champions League soccer matches), there’s no deal especially for NFL bettors who place a same-game parlay right now. If you get better odds on your bet with DraftKings than on other apps, though, this might still be the way to go.

The next sportsbook on the list is offering a special for NFL same-game parlays. It doesn’t come with as much of a guarantee as BetMGM’s promo, though. There is less risk involved, however.

FanDuel loves parlays on NFL games

If it means a big return on a small wager, why would apps like FanDuel Sportsbook want to incentivize you to place parlays? It’s pretty simple math. For every one of these wagers that produces a big payout on a $5 bet, there are hundreds if not thousands of similar wagers that didn’t hit.

In the long run, FanDuel is going to win in the overwhelming majority of these bets. Does that mean they are sucker bets? Actually, no. If you are confident that every leg of your bet will hit based on your handicapping, why not get a better payout?

If you want to try out FanDuel’s same-game parlay feature for Thursday night’s New York Giants at Washington Football Team contest, navigate your app to that game, and then you’ll see a Same-Game Parlay tab. Create your bet, set your wager, and hope for the best.

Before doing so, though, you might want to check out FanDuel’s NFL Risk-Free Same-Game Parlay promo. This deal works very similarly to BetMGM’s. After opting into the promotion, place your parlay bet with real money with final odds of +400 or greater. Your wager only has to have three legs at minimum to qualify here.

If your bet loses, FanDuel will credit your account equal to the amount of your bet up to $10. That applies no matter how many legs fail. So, in theory, you could place a $10 same-game parlay, whiff on the entire thing, and get every “dollar” back.

It’s important to note that site credit isn’t real money you can withdraw, though. You’ll have to wager that credit to withdraw it and it expires seven days after issuance. The final app on the list here is the newest addition when it comes to PA operators with this option.

Penn National-Genius Sports deal clears way for same-gamers

Earlier this year, Genius Sports made waves in the sports betting industry by acquiring the coveted license to distribute official NFL data. In the US, access to that data is a must for any serious sportsbook contender. On Sept. 9, Penn National secured that access.

With the new data in hand, Penn’s Barstool Sportsbook has rolled out a new Parlay+ feature. In that tab on the app, you can opt to combine multiple legs from the same game and/or add in legs from other events, too.

As long as you’re sticking to your bankroll and placing wagers your research says are winners, same-game parlays are a fun way to enjoy NFL games even more. Because of the promos, now might be the best time to try out this bet type at PA sportsbooks.

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Rush Street Interactive Launches Exclusive Live Dealer Studio For Blackjack Players in PA and NJ

New BetRivers live dealer blackjack studios exclusively for players in New Jersey and Pennsylvania make getting to the action easier.

Blackjack players on BetRivers Casino or PlaySugarhouse Casino in Pennsylvania, get ready for some VIP treatment. Exclusive new BetRivers live dealer blackjack studios offers customers priority access to spots in the games going forward.

Users of the app in PA will now get to mingle with PlaySugarhouse Casino users in New Jersey as they place their bets. Both Rush Street Interactive (RSI) brands have answered customers’ calls for an improved experience.

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Changes for BetRivers live dealer blackjack games

When players on the BetRivers app access the live dealer blackjack tables in PA, they’re likely to notice some aesthetic changes. Instead of seeing branding for the company that produces the games, Evolution Gaming, they will see branding for BetRivers and PlaySugarhouse.

Evolution is still running these games, so there won’t be much if any change in function. The branding is just a signal that this studio is for RSI customers only. Currently, only RSI customers in NJ and PA have access to the studio.

This change is about much more than just keeping BetRivers’ logo in front of your face, though. Exclusivity is a big benefit. Evolution Gaming provides live dealer products for several online casino operators besides RSI.

In PA, those brands include BetMGM Casino, Borgata Casino, and PlayLive! Casino. As there are obviously only so many seats at each gaming table, that leads to high demand for spots in the games. This move equalizes the supply in a way by providing Rush Street customers their own tables.

Improved access to live dealer tables for PA players

Prior to this change, RSI users effectively had to “share” the Evolution studios with players from other casino brands. The investment in exclusive studios seems a result of customers expressing their dismay about that.

Richard Schwartz, CEO of RSI, commented in a press release:

“Since we initially launched our live dealer games with Evolution in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we’ve had requests from customers to offer exclusive tables with seats only available to players loyal to our brands. Now our players will have their own dedicated seats where they are able to chat and interact with not only our dealers but also other players in our online community, who can interact in real-time, adding a fun social aspect to the betting experience as if they were at a land-based casino.”

The new dual studios will each feature three blackjack tables. At this time, it isn’t clear whether these exclusive studios will offer other games in the future. Even on this level, though, there are some perks.

If you have a friend in NJ who you’d like to play alongside, for instance, the two of you are more likely to get in a game together now. As any experienced blackjack player knows, games go more smoothly when other players at the table have experience playing blackjack. The situation hasn’t improved for just Rush Street players, either.

More seats at the live dealer tables for everyone

By “removing” BetRivers and PlaySugarhouse users from the pool of players in the Evolution studios, the supply improves for everyone. All PA online casino players should find it a bit easier to get a seat at a blackjack table moving forward.

The same thing applies to RSI customers who play with other brands themselves. There are plenty of options in the Keystone State when it comes to live dealer blackjack. PA operators that offer such games besides the aforementioned brands include:

Players who have yet to try out BetRivers or PlaySugarhouse online casinos can take advantage of new customer bonuses like a 100% match of your first deposit up to $250. If blackjack is your game, there’s never been a better time to take a seat.

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DraftKings Teams With NextGen Stats To Offer Fastest NFL Player Betting Markets

NFL NextGen stats bets are live in Pennsylvania at DraftKings Sportsbook where you can bet on the fastest offense and defensive player.

Pennsylvanians have been able to bet on NFL futures for statistical leaders over the course of a season. DraftKings Sportsbook is taking that a step further, however, with NFL NextGen Stats bets.

Among the available wagers based on Amazon Web Services‘ and Genius Sports‘ tracking of NFL players are the fastest offensive ballcarrier and the player to record the fastest sack over the course of the 2021 regular season.

What are NFL NextGen Stats bets?

Integrating AWS technology, Genius Sports provides its customers with data covering every movement every player on the field makes during every game. Earlier this month, DraftKings became the first PA sportsbook to close a deal for access to that data.

Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports, commented:

“Genius is proud and delighted to partner exclusively with the NFL to establish a new era of digital fan engagement for professional sports leagues everywhere. Our technology leads the world in the convergence of official data, betting, streaming, and digital media and we are excited to bring our unique capabilities to the world’s preeminent sports league.”

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Betting on fastest ball carrier and fastest sack

DraftKings has wasted no time in coming up with a way to recoup some of its investment. Bettors in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey can bet on players in two NextGen markets right now.

In the DraftKings Sportsbook app, click on “NFL,” “Player Futures” then scroll to “Regular Season Fastest Offensive Player” or “Regular Season Fastest Defensive Player.”

For offensive players, the betting market is for “Regular Season Fastest Offensive Ball Carrier.” Which offensive player hits the top speed in the league while carrying the ball throughout all 544 regular-season games in the upcoming season will determine wagers in this market.

Regular Season Fastest Offensive Ball Carrier odds: 

  • Tyreek Hill: +500
  • Raheem Mostert: +650
  • Jonathan Taylor: +1200
  • Full odds listed on app

Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers DeVonta Smith and  Greg Ward are both listed at +6500. Running Back Boston Scott is +8000.

Pittsburgh Steelers include Chase Claypool (+10000)Anthony McFarland (+10000), Diontae Johnson (+25000), and JuJu Smith-Schuster (+25000)

On the defensive side, the market is “Regular Season Fastest Individual Recorded Sack.” The relevant measurement here is which defensive player gets the opposing quarterback to the ground after a snap over the same games.

Regular Season Fastest Individual Recorded Sack odds

  • Montez Sweat: +750
  • Chase Young: +900
  • Myles Garrett: +900
  • Full odds listed on app

Philadelphia Eagles with odds to record fastest sack are Brandon Graham (+3500) and Alex Singleton (+5000),

Pittsburgh Steelers odds include TJ Watt (+1200), Devin Bush (+1600),  Steph0n Tuitt (+7500), Cameron Heyward (+10000), and Joe Schobert (+10000).

NFL NextGen stats data

The NFL makes some of this data available to the public online. For example, the fastest offensive ballcarrier table for regular-season games will be updated weekly.

Mostert recorded both of the fastest two speeds last season. The top recorded pace was 23.09 miles per hour. Hill came in at number five on that list at 21.19 mph.

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard took just two seconds flat to record a sack last season. As this is the first time regulated sportsbooks are offering betting markets of this type, handicapping data isn’t available on the same level as more traditional wagers.

What might be easier to do is weed out data that isn’t relevant. Conventional wisdom might point bettors to which teams blitz on defense the most for players recording fastest sack times.

However, that actually might be fools’ gold. For example, Indianapolis ranked 31st in the NFL last season in terms of blitz frequency. Despite that, Leonard still recorded the fastest sack.

These season-highs can be as much the result of opponents badly missing an assignment as a clever play design or any tendencies. Still, these bets provide another way to wager on NFL games on DraftKings PA.

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DraftKings Sportsbook Introduces New Same-Game Parlay Feature In Pennsylvania

DraftKings’ same-game parlays have made their debut on the sportsbook app. What are they and how can bettors in Pennsylvania take advantage?

If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, then DraftKings Sportsbook has just paid FanDuel Sportsbook a compliment of the highest degree. A new DraftKings same-game parlay feature is available in the app and on the Pennsylvania sports betting website.

It’s a move that will make it easy for bettors to diversify their wagers. However, it’s important to note that these are still parlay bets and carry extra risk despite the same-game element.

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What are DraftKings same-game parlays?

They are essentially what the name suggests. It’s a parlay wager in which all the legs come from the same sporting event. An example using a Philadelphia Eagles game demonstrates the concept easily enough.

Say you want to put money down on Philadelphia’s regular-season opener in Atlanta on Sept. 12. You could just bet the Eagles spread or moneyline. However, there are so many more options with a same-game parlay. You could instead form a parlay using the following bets as legs:

  • Jalen Hurts Over 200 passing yards
  • Eagles +3.5
  • Will the Eagles score a rushing touchdown in the first half? Yes

This differs from traditional parlays because all the legs come from the same event. Traditional parlays involve legs from multiple sporting events. Until recently, those were the only type DraftKings allowed.

How do I use this new feature on DraftKings?

DraftKings has loaded a new feature on its app allowing bettors to easily create custom parlay wagers on select sporting events. While browsing the betting markets, look for the new “SGP” symbol.

Tapping on that will open a new dialogue box, with a “switch” you can “flip” to activate same-game parlay mode for the event you’ve chosen. At that point, you’ll need to decide what legs will compose your parlay and how much you want to wager.

Once you’re satisfied with your legs and the odds, add the wager to your betting slip. From there’s it’s a matter of finalizing your bet just like any other wager. While this provides a new way to enjoy betting on sporting events, it’s important to remember why this option exists and what it means for you as a gambler.

DraftKings plans to come out ahead

In the process of creating these same-game parlays, you’re likely to discover the potential payout if you win these wagers is far better than traditional bets. That’s the case as compared to if you bet each leg on its own, too.

The important thing to remember is that you have to give something to get something whenever you gamble. The better your payout gets, the longer your odds are. DraftKings didn’t make this change because it felt like giving bettors more money.

In fact, the exact opposite is the case. DraftKings likely saw how FanDuel has been reaping the rewards of offering same-game parlays.  In Illinois, for example, FanDuel’s win percentage was more than the next two operators’ (including DraftKings) win combined for June. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board does not break down monthly sports betting numbers by bet types.

A lot of that revenue came from bettors who placed same-game parlays and lost. It’s crucial to not forget about responsible gambling rules when enjoying the option to place a parlay wager on a single sporting event. DraftKings now enables you to do that.

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What Does DraftKings Purchase of Golden Nugget Online Gaming Mean For Pennsylvania?

A recently announced DraftKings Golden Nugget takeover has implications for the future of online casino gambling in Pennsylvania.

There’s so much inside baseball to the DraftKings Golden Nugget takeover that an MLB umpire might issue it a warning. However, there are also some nuggets that the average Pennsylvania online casino player should be aware of.

Those include what this means for the ongoing wait for one of the most popular online casino brands finally going live in PA, what could change with DraftKings Casino in PA, and whether the changes will be a net benefit to players.

Details of the DraftKings Golden Nugget purchase

On Monday, DraftKings announced an all-stock play for Golden Nugget Online Gaming (GNOG). Since Fertitta Entertainment spun GNOG off and took the company public last year, this might have been the desired result all along.

The value of the DraftKings stock that will change hands, upon regulatory approval, is around $1.56 billion. GNOG CEO Tillman Fertitta will be the recipient of most of that value. In addition, Fertitta will take a seat on DraftKings’ board.

The company expects the transaction to close sometime early next year. In exchange for the stock and giving Fertitta some say in the company, DraftKings gets one of the strongest online casino brands in the country.

In Pennsylvania right now, that doesn’t have much relevance. Despite being fully licensed and approved, Golden Nugget has yet to launch its online casino app in PA. Could DraftKings’ takeover hasten that launch? That depends on your frame of reference.

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Will DraftKings light a fire under Golden Nugget PA?

Given that regulators still need to approve this transaction, immediate action on this front is quite unlikely. It simply wouldn’t make sense to mobilize the necessary resources to launch in a new market with an ownership change pending.

However, once the acquisition closes, that might be a different story. It would also be illogical to invest over a billion dollars into a product and not activate every possible avenue for recouping that investment. The online casino market in PA represents one such avenue.

DraftKings could use its resources to immediately begin working on taking Golden Nugget online casino live in PA. That might include launching the casino under a name like “Golden Nugget Casino by DraftKings.” However, that’s pure speculation right now.

What seems less speculative is how the two brands could co-exist in PA under the same roof. In fact, PA online casino players have already seen this exact phenomenon already.

What BetMGM and Borgata tell us about the future

In PA, BetMGM Casino and Borgata Casino are the equivalents of “siblings.” MGM operates and owns both brands. For that reason, players on both apps often see identical promotions and the same exclusive game titles. Players on both apps also can participate in the M Life rewards program.

Once Golden Nugget is live in PA, players on that app and DraftKings Casino might see some of the same collaborations. Games that are exclusive to DraftKings Casino and Golden Nugget Casino might become available on both platforms.

Additionally, players might be able to earn and use DraftKings Crowns on either casino app. What seems quite certain is that if and when DraftKings does take Golden Nugget Casino live in PA, it will support that rollout with plenty of advertising and introductory bonuses for new customers.

The same thing will likely apply past the initial period in regard to promotions. There could be a lot of crossover between the two brands. Is the possible rollout of a DraftKings-owned Golden Nugget Casino in PA a win for DraftKings or players? The answer could be both.

The upsides of DraftKings purchase of Golden Nugget

DraftKings Casino is already among the market leaders in PA. If it launches Golden Nugget Casino and that brand starts taking market share away from competitors, that’s obviously a win for DraftKings.

As long as those competitors are determined to fight for that market share and not succumb to DraftKings’ pilfering, players stand to benefit from that contest. The sparring for position might mean more frequent and lucrative deals for players to get in on.

Naturally, should DraftKings become too much of a behemoth in the PA online casino game, that could have a detrimental effect on players’ bankrolls. The incentive to make games with a better return-to-player percentage, for example, disappears.

The parties that stand to lose the most from the DraftKings Golden Nugget takeover could be the other online casino providers in PA. For the here and now, players should just watch the news to see if DraftKings has any more to say about Golden Nugget’s future in PA.

FAQs About the New DraftKings NFT Marketplace

DraftKings is diversifying its business again. Going beyond sports betting and its online casino, the company has essentially created a way to convert deposits on its platform into its own “cryptocurrency.” It will all happen on DraftKings NFT marketplace which is planned for later this summer.

As the concept of NFTs and how to deal with them is probably new to many, the basics in plain English are here. It’s really quite a simple operation once you learn the verbiage and could present some opportunities for DraftKings users.

What is the DraftKings NFT marketplace?

Earlier this month, DraftKings announced a collaboration with Autograph, an NFT collection service. Autograph counts several professional athletes among its founders, such as:

  • Tom Brady
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Tony Hawk
  • Derek Jeter
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Tiger Woods

Lionsgate Studio, which has produced movie franchises like The Hunger Games and Saw, is also a founding member. With this deal, DraftKings becomes the exclusive seller of sport-related NFTs that Autograph provides.

Matt Kalish, DraftKings co-founder and president, said in a press release about the planned launch of the NFT ecosystem and exchange:

“The NFT boom has reinvented the collectibles industry and driven excitement to early-adopting audiences worldwide—including the DraftKings community. DraftKings Marketplace will sit at the center of this technological and cultural phenomenon, providing our immense existing customer base with an easily accessible experience that rivals all legacy marketplaces. This initial vision in collaboration with Autograph, and its coveted collection of official digital collectibles, is a vital first step as we enter the emergent NFT market. We aim to usher in this new era by introducing millions of collectors to this evolving space while providing beloved content through an intuitive interface built to win over the long term.”

So, what are NFTs? How can DraftKings users in PA use the platform? There are simple answers to those questions and many more.

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What does it mean for DraftKings customers in PA?

NFT stands for non-fungible token. That doesn’t mean the token is immune to athlete’s foot and other fungi. Non-fungible in this context means the token cannot be replaced by another identical item. Essentially, it means the token is one-of-a-kind or a 1/1 in collector terms and cannot be divided.

A better, but perhaps more technical description, comes from Georgina Adam of The Art Newspaper.

“NFTs are lines of code minted on a blockchain that represent a digital work ‘living’ on another platform on the internet.”

In this context, there could be a video of Osaka warming up before a match on Autograph. The NFTs on DraftKings Marketplace would give users a way to essentially convert that video into a cryptocurrency. With the authentication from Autograph, buyers can be assured the digital works are genuine.

Are NFT transactions legal in Pennsylvania? Yes.

As NFTs are a recent phenomenon, there is very little regulation around their creation and transmission. The same goes for DraftKings users in New Jersey. So, why are NFTs taking off in popularity among both creators and collectors? There are several reasons.

What is the value of NFTs?

NFTs have some advantages for people like Gretzky and Hawk. They provide ways to further monetize their celebrity. Additionally, they can produce any work the artist has the technology to make and store on the web.

For buyers, NFTs provide a way to diversify investments. With names like these attached to the items the tokens are based on, the value of the tokens seems sure to appreciate over time. If owners can find a buyer, there’s a profit to be had.

How soon should PA DraftKings users expect to see this? The release says exclusive drops from Autograph will begin rolling out on DraftKings NFT Marketplace later this summer. Those initial drops for purchase with US dollars through DraftKings accounts will be titled the “Pre-Season Access.” Buying the first round will give premier access to future releases.

In addition to the tokens, DraftKings Marketplace will also act as a secondary resale platform for digital collectibles. The clear benefit for DraftKings in this deal is that it provides another way to collect customers’ money and thereby boost its stock ($DKNG) price.

Soon, DraftKings customers will have a chance to buy an exclusive, introductory batch of NFTs. In the future, Pennsylvanians might take their online casino winnings and buy NFTs with them instead of cashing out.

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PlayLive! Online Casino Launches Live Dealer Games In Pennsylvania

PlayLive! Casino live dealer games are now available in the app, offering a new online blackjack and roulette experience for customers.

The diversity of online blackjack and online roulette games for Pennsylvania online casino players has grown. PlayLive! live dealer games are ready for your perusal on the app and website right now. Although those options are currently limited to those two games, it’s a great step in the right direction.

Pennsylvanians who might have been waiting to try PlayLive! until it offered live dealer games, this is your chance to take advantage of the online casino’s welcome offer. For PlayLive! casino regulars, it’s another way to pad your rewards account.

Details of the new PlayLive! live dealer games

The Cordish Companies, owner of the Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia, announced the additions Monday. For those who may not be familiar with the concept of live dealer games, they essentially offer you a “seat” at a real gaming table with an actual human being running the game but you access it through an online app or website.

Players view the action through a live video stream. The game’s functions allow you to chat with and tip the dealer. You see your odds, potential payouts, and put down your wager all through the user interface. So, although you are potentially across the state, you still get the feel of being right there with the dealer at the table.

Because they allow players to access some of the best of both worlds, offering the convenience of online casino play while still delivering a lot of the in-person experience, these games are extremely popular. In turn, that’s the reason PlayLive! has worked with Evolution Gaming on adding them to its menu.

“We are always striving to elevate the gaming experience for our players, whether at our properties or in the comfort of their own homes, so adding live dealers to our PlayLive! app is a natural and exciting evolution for us,” said Cordish Gaming Group President Rob Norton. “There is nothing that compares to the excitement of a live dealer game. We look forward to extending that experience to our PlayLive! customers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Players can “take a seat” for live blackjack and roulette on the PlayLive! website or either its Android or iOS app. That gives Pennsylvanians another reason to try or return to the casino, which will reward you for your patronage.

Current promos for new and veteran PlayLive! online casino customers

PlayLive! offers several ongoing promotions, one of the best of which is for first-time depositors. PlayLive! will match your first deposit, at a rate of 125%, up to $750. In addition, new users get 25 free slot spins.

If you have or sign up for a Live! Rewards account and link it to your PlayLive! account, you get $25 in free slot play. Current limited-time promotions include:

  • Bet $100, Get $25: Opt-in then make at least $100 in bets on any eligible IGT slots. PlayLive! will credit your account with $25, which you can use on anything but live dealer games
  • Fast & Freedom Giveaway: Opt-in then link your Live! Rewards account to your PlayLive! account. For every 50 tier credits you earn between now and 11:59 p.m. on July 29, you’ll receive one entry for drawings set to take place at Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia. Prizes include $30,000 in slot play and new cars.
  • Lucky #77 Leaderboard: Opt-in then play any slot title(s). For each dollar you wager, you earn one point toward your standing on a weekly leaderboard. The top 10 placeholders and the account sitting in 77th place on Fridays in July get a share of $1,000 in bonus play.

With these additions, PlayLive! becomes the 10th PA online casino to offer some form of live dealer games. As the market continues to mature, it will be difficult to compete without this offering. Players can now decide for themselves how these games stack up to the competition.

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Stars Aligned: PlayStar Online Casino Set To Make Pennsylvania Its Second US Market

PlayStar online casino Pennsylvania is on the way thanks to deals with Caesars and the Gaming Innovation Group.

The “stars” have aligned for PlayStar online casino to make its way to Pennsylvania. It means that there’s no more question about whether Pennsylvania online casino players ever have an 18th option. It’s now just a matter of when. PlayStar online casino Pennsylvania has a path into the market and is now working on getting regulatory approval.

Assuming that licensure comes through, PA will be the second US jurisdiction to welcome PlayStar within its borders. The casino’s operator is confident that it brings something unique despite the number of competitors that have preceded it.

Details on PlayStar online casino Pennsylvania

Caesars is providing market access in this case. PlayStar recently announced that deal and the expansion of its collaboration with the Gaming Innovation Group.

“We are delighted to be partnering with GiG to power PlayStar’s expansion into Pennsylvania,” stated PlayStar CEO Per Hellberg. “With our preparations firmly underway for our New Jersey launch with GiG, it was a natural progression to leverage that work and replicate our casino offering over the border in Pennsylvania. This will mark the second market entrance for PlayStar in the USA with GiG and we’re looking forward to launching a casino experience like no other.”

Both GiG and PlayStar already have licenses for online casino operations in New Jersey. Ocean Casino in Atlantic City is providing a path into NJ for PlayStar. The company hopes to launch its product in NJ later this year. Currently, PlayStart is targeting the first half of 2022 for going live in PA.

GiG’s online casino platform touts itself as employing mobile-first technology. Thus, it seems safe to assume that the PA PlayStar product will offer both Android and iOS apps. Of course, PlayStar is sure to accommodate players who prefer to use a desktop computer as well.

When the NJ product goes live, PA players will have a better idea of what’s coming to their side of the border. That launch will provide answers to several questions.

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What NJ products can tell us about the future

It’s still too early to make any definitive calls on several elements of PlayStar in PA. Those include:

  • Does PlayStar offer craps and live dealer games?
  • How many slot titles does the menu contain?
  • Terms of welcome bonuses and other offers
  • What kind of loyalty/rewards program will the casino include?
  • Which deposit and withdrawal methods does PlayStar offer?

Naturally, these facets of the product will differ somewhat based on regulatory differences between NJ and PA. Bet365 Casino also operates on the GiG platform in NJ, so that can afford some clues as to what PlayStar might look like.

Bet365 in NJ accepts a wide variety of payment forms, like ACH payments, debit cards, and PayPal. It has a competitive introductory offer for new customers of a 100% deposit match up to $500. Perhaps most notably, Bet365 does not offer any kind of loyalty or rewards program for its NJ online casino players.

Another way in which Bet365 may pale in comparison to its NJ competitors is the sheer volume of game titles. For example, it only offers one progressive jackpot slot game, Divine Fortune.

That doesn’t mean PlayStar won’t boast a robust selection in PA when it goes live, though. GiG says its platform is capable of handling a bigger load and is highly customizable for operators, including the capability for a rewards program. There’s no doubt that GiG and PlayStar are excited about getting into PA thanks to Caesars, too.

Another European company getting into PA

GiG, which operates out of Malta and is listed by two separate European stock exchanges, looks forward to expanding its business in the US. On top of NJ and PA, the company also has certification in Iowa.

“We are very excited to continue our expansion into the third US state, in particular Pennsylvania that has shown a tremendous amount of growth in the iGaming market in a relatively short time period,” said GiG CEO Richard Brown. “We also believe the plans that PlayStar have with the customer-centric and product-driven approach connect very well with GiG’s B2B offering and strategy and we look forward to helping them achieve their ambitions.”

In this way, GiG follows other European companies like IGT, which provides games for several PA casino operators, and Unibet. While they’re certainly not the first European gambling entity to enter PA, they are aiming to be the best.

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All Roads Lead to PA: Betway Online Casino Live And Packed With Slots and Table Games

After a brief test period, PA online gamblers have a 17th option for iGaming as the Betway online casino app is now live in Pennsylvania.

If 16 different Pennsylvania online casino options just weren’t enough for you, your time has come. Betway online casino is now fully live in PA and it offers an attractive bonus for new customers.

After a brief test period, the Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board approved the newest iGaming offering in PA.  The launch represents the third new online casino option to become available in PA this year. Stardust Casino went live in April, following Borgata Casino’s launch in February.

Betway is the seventeenth online casino in Pennsylvania and operates under the Live! Casino Philadelphia license. Despite being a latecomer to iGaming in PA, Betway’s quality could make it higher up the list for gamblers in the Keystone State.

Betway online casino welcome offer details

How to play at Betway online casino in PA: You must be 21+ and physically located in Pennsylvania. Betway online casino is available on iOS and desktop (pa.betway). While the company doesn’t yet offer an Android app, the website is functional on Android devices.

Welcome offer at Betway PA:  Betway is offering a 100% match of your first deposit, up to $1000.

Deposit methods: Visa, MasterCard, VIP Preferred e-check, Betway Play+, PayPal, PayNearMe

Withdraw methods: VIP Preferred e-check, PayPal, Betway+, Reverse withdrawal

Deposit limits: Users can set deposit limits either daily, weekly or monthly.

How to contact customer service at Betway:

Now that the technical stuff is out of the way, it’s time to get to the action. Betway busts onto the scene in PA with plenty of it, too.

Slots at Betway online casino PA

The menu of slot titles currently sits at 132 different games, several with progressive jackpots.

Popular titles that PA online slots players might be familiar with include:

Table games at Betway online casino PA

The array of table games is competitive as well. That includes baccarat, blackjack, roulette, and various poker variants. Multiple video poker titles are on the app, too.


  • Blackjack
  • Diamond Series Blackjack ($10- $1000)
  • Micro-stakes Blackjack (.50 -$100)
  • Small stakes Blackjack ($1- $500)


  • American Roulette
  • European Roulette
  • French Roulette
  • Roulette by IGT
  • Roulette Advances
  • Diamond Series Roulette

Live Dealer

Currently, Betway online casino  does not offer the popular live dealer.

Other table games at Betway casino

  • 3 Card Stud
  • Baccarat
  • Diamond Series Craps

Video poker

  • Game King Video Poker
  • Ten Play Draw Poker
  • Five Play Draw Poker
  • Deuces & Joker Wild
  • Deuces Wild
  • Triple Play Draw Poker
  • Jacks or Better

Acquisition could expand iGaming operations

Betway also launched Betway PA sportsbook  concurrently with its online casino. Betway is also live in Indiana and Colorado.

Betway’s online casino might not stay confined to just PA for long, though. In turn, expansion could improve the product for Pennsylvanians in the future. Betway has a pending acquisition agreement in place for the Digital Gaming Corporation. That company already has market access in ten US jurisdictions, including New Jersey.

When live in both NJ and PA, Betway will be a player in arguably the two most mature iGaming markets in the US. The DGC acquisition also gives Betway rights to the entire complement of that studio’s online casino titles. To compete in NJ, Betway will have to offer a full complement of live dealer games and craps. Doing the same in PA could help it grab market share as well. Currently, Betway does not feature live dealer titles.

As other jurisdictions legalize iGaming, the incentive on Betway to offer a better product grows larger. It’s possible success story will begin in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Online Casinos Packed And Ready For Summer 2021 With Promos and Bonuses

With the onset of summer just a few days away, Pennsylvania online casino promotions are ready to help players stay cool as the temps rise.

Pennsylvania casinos are resuming normal operations and dropping mask mandates for vaccinated guests. But that doesn’t mean PA online casinos aren’t still vying for gamblers’ attention. On the contrary, Pennsylvania online casino promotions and bonus offers are heating up.

Limited-time deals for in-app play on Blackjack, roulette, slots, and video poker are ready for your perusal right now. Given the volume of legal casino apps in PA and how eager their operators are to secure your wagers, summer 2021 looks to be a great time to be an online gambler in PA.

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To get a good grasp of what options are available to supplement your iGaming enjoyment in the Keystone State, the following items are pertinent:

  • Expansions in catalogs of available games
  • June online casino promos
  • Reward programs
  • Sign-up bonuses

Pennsylvania online casino promotions for BetMGM and Borgata players

While these brands maintain separate customer rolls due to operating under different licenses, MGM owns both brands. Thus, you’ll see many of the same features and games on both apps. The least of those isn’t participation in MGM’s M Life Rewards program. You can earn points in that system on both/either app(s).

Current promotions: The Coin Flip promo is currently active on both apps. It’s pretty straightforward, too. Call which side a virtual coin will land on and if you’re right, you get prizes of site credit in various denominations. Both apps are also offering a Play & Earn promo with extra rewards of up to $200 but on Borgata PA Casino, that promo is only good on Thursdays. BetMGM is also running a deal around the Fjord of Riches Roulette Pro SP. Wager at least $10 and you will get $5 in free play.

New member sign-up bonuses: BetMGM PA Casino offers $25 in free play to all new accounts and a 100% match of your first deposit up to $1,000. Borgata’s introductory offer is identical on the first deposit match but the initial free play is just $20.

Reward program: As previously mentioned, players on both apps can participate in MGM’s M Life Rewards program. Gameplay earns points at the same rate on either app, so there’s no advantage to playing one over the other if this is important to you.

Slots: BetMGM offers 180 different titles from producers like IGT, NetEnt, and SGC. Borgata’s catalog of slots slightly bests that with 185 different options. Among them are several games with progressive jackpots. Those include Mercy of the Gods, Loot’En Khamun, Dead Sea Scrolls, and the exclusive MGM Grand Millions. As of June 18, jackpots on many of the progressive titles sat at over $214,000.

New slots: Recently added titles available on both apps include 5 Treasures, Bounty Raid, and Smokin’ Triples.

Table and card games: Several standard versions and variants of Blackjack and roulette. Minimums start at just $0.25.

Does BetMGM and Borgata Casino in PA have live dealer? Yes.

Video poker: Variants of poker available on these apps include 5-, 10- and Triple-Play Draw Poker. Minimums in those games start at a mere dime.

Caesars PA Online Casino

Caesars online casino has been up and running in PA for just over a year, launching in April of 2020.

Current promotions: Throughout the month of June, Caesars is offering a $15,000 Casino Bonus Play Giveaway. Visiting the app’s “My Bonuses & Offers” tabs gives players a daily chance at a share of $15,000 in free play.

New member sign-up bonus: First-time deposit match at a 100% rate up to $2,021.

Reward program: Players can link their Caesars Rewards accounts to earn tier rewards on the app. New customers can also register for Caesars Rewards through the app.

Slots: 91 different titles with games representing studios like Bally, IGT, and NetEnt.

New slots: Games that Caesars has recently added include Gonzo’s Quest, Lightning Leopard, and Monopoly Big Spin.

Table and card games: Baccarat and Blackjack in both live dealer and video formats. Caesars also offers Casino War to players. Minimums for the three Blackjack games start at $0.10. The three baccarat titles have a minimum of $1.

Does Caesars Casino in PA have live dealer?: Yes

Video poker: Four-Card, Let It Ride, and Three-Card variants are available on the app with plays available for as little as a dime.

DraftKings PA Online Casino

On May 1, 2020, DraftKings Casino in PA joined the state’s iGaming roster. It could soon become the first and only PA online casino to offer craps.

Current promotions: For the entire month of June, DraftKings offers the Pride Month Lossback. Players who play the exclusive DK Pride Blackjack game get 25% of their net losses back in site credit, up to $100. Also, every Tuesday in June from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., DraftKings offers a special leaderboard with various prizes.

Every weekday this month from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., DraftKings has a “Happy Hour” leaderboard with special prizes as well. Finally, DraftKings’ Summer Leaderboard Legends Series has begun for which players can secure a share of $5 million in prizes for ranking on.

New member sign-up bonus: $45 Free + 100% match of your first deposit, up to $1,500.

Reward program: Players can earn Crowns for gameplay and referrals. They can then exchange Crowns for DK Dollars (site credit) and other prizes offered at certain times.

Slots: DraftKings has a massive library of 162 slot titles including Cleopatra, Wheel of Fortune – Triple Extreme Spin, The Wild Life and Smash the Pig. Four Mega Jackpots titles have progressive jackpots that sit at $733,000 as of June 18.

New slots: DraftKings recently added several games like Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx, KGB Bears, and Monopoly Utility Trails to its slot catalog.

Table and card games: DraftKings offers a variety of themed Blackjack, baccarat, and roulette titles. Pai Gow and War are also among the table game options. Minimums start at a dime for Blackjack, a quarter for roulette, and a dollar for baccarat.

Does DraftKings Casino in PA have live dealer?: Yes

Video poker: Starting at just a dime minimum, DraftKings has four different video poker games. Those titles include 5-Play Draw, 10-Play Draw, Game King, and Triple-Play Draw variants.

FanDuel PA online Casino

Pennsylvania is ground zero for this brand, as FanDuel PA Casino made its global debut in PA on Jan. 24, 2020. It has since spread to other markets but it all started in the Keystone State.

Current promotions: For the month of June in PA, FanDuel offers a different promotion for four of the five weekdays. Wednesdays currently don’t have a specific promo tied to them. The other four weekday-specific deals are:

  • Mondays – FanDuel will comp losses while playing live dealer games up to $20
  • Tuesdays – Earn a special bonus for playing Blackjack
  • Thursdays – FanDuel will comp losses on video table games up to $10
  • Fridays – Opt-in and get $10 of free play on the Triple Diamond slot game

New member sign-up bonus: FanDuel will cover 100% of your losses over your first 24 hours of play after registration with site credit, up to $200.

Reward program: FanDuel Points earn you free play and other prizes offered on a limited-time basis simply for playing the available catalog of games. Players can also work their way into different tiers of the FanDuel Players’ Club with frequent play.

Slots: FanDuel’s extensive offering of games includes the popular progressive jackpot titles 88 Fortunes, Divine Fortunes, and Golden Goddess. Altogether, FanDuel currently offers 90 different slot titles on its app.

New slots: Newer games on the menu include Cleopatra Gold, Lobstermania 2, and Jungle Spirit Call of the Wild.

Table and card games: Baccarat, Blackjack, and roulette await players on FanDuel. FanDuel offers three different baccarat games, six Blackjack options, and three types of roulette. War is also available. Minimums for these games range from a dime to a dollar.

Does FanDuel Casino in PA have live dealer? Yes

Video poker: Game King and Ultimate Texas Hold’Em Plus.

Stars Casino by PokerStars

All the way back in November 2019 Stars Casino PA by Pokerstars became one of the Pennsylvania online casino promotions OGs. It hasn’t stopped rolling out the deals over nearly two years in the market since.

Current promotions: Stars Casino offers Daily Blackjack Insurance for the month of June. For your first five hands of Blackjack play every day during the month, Stars Casino will credit your account with half of your net, up to $25. There are also other regular deals that all players can get in on. These include daily bonuses for log-ins and social media interactions.

New member sign-up bonus: The Bet $1, Get $50 Casino Bonus is just for new players. As the name suggests, wager at least a dollar on any game, and Stars Casino will credit your account with $50 in promotional value.

Reward program: Players can earn Stars Rewards credits by playing games and completing other actions. Stars Rewards give players free play and other prizes based on accumulation and limited-time offers.

Slots: Stars Casino boasts several exclusive slots such as Cobra Cash, Flamin’ Elle, and The Imperial Kitchen. The diversity of 89 titles also includes popular progressive jackpot games like Divine Fortune and Mercy of the Gods. As of June 18, the jackpot on Divine Fortune sat at over $129,000.

New slots: Among the fresher items on this menu are Dark King Forbidden Riches, Hotline 2, and Twin Spin.

Table and card games: In addition to Atlantic City Premium Blackjack, players will find baccarat and three different roulette games. Minimum bets range from a dime to a dollar within this category.

Does Stars Casino in PA have live dealer?: Yes

Video poker: This is a strength for Stars Casino as the choices in this category are robust. 10 different variants of video poker are available, including Aces & Eights, Deuces Wild, and Jacks or Better.

Unibet Casino

Unibet Casino is also one of the first brands to go live in PA, as only four others preceded it. Since then it has worked to keep up with all the competition, maintaining an impressive array of games and promotions.

Current promotions: On the casino side in PA, Unibet offers a weekly leaderboard just for table games with $3,000 in prizes. Also, Unibet gives customers a 25% bonus when they make deposits on Thursdays.

New member sign-up bonus: $10 in free play just for registering your account then a 100% match of your first deposit up to $750.

Reward program: Unibet doesn’t yet have a standing rewards program for players in PA. However, its standing promotions act in lieu of such a program.

Slots: Titles exclusive to Unibet include A Girl’s Best Friend, Barnyard Frenzy, and Candy Blast. Several progressive jackpot games are also available. That includes the exclusive Jackpot Shores, the value of which rests at more than $302,000 on June 18.

New slots: Perhaps the most popular newer game is the Eagles Online Slot, which also boasts a progressive jackpot in addition to being officially licensed by the Philadelphia NFL team. Other slots new to Unibet include Cleopatra Gold and Dragon Palace.

Table and card games: An Eagles-branded Blackjack title adds to the menu of two other Blackjack games. Players can also choose between baccarat and seven different roulette games. Unibet also offers War.

Does Unibet Casino in PA have live dealer? Yes

Video poker: Four-card and Let it Ride embody the modest array of video poker games.

With all these promotions, the summer of 2021 could be a busy if not lucrative one for PA online casino players. Players who like to hunt bonuses certainly have no lack of options across these and other PA online casino apps.

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