Harrah’s Philadelphia is one of nine PA casino license holders that applied for a license to operate all three forms of PA online gambling at a reduced cost of $10 million, just ahead of the state’s the July 16, 2018 deadline. In fact, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) granted Harrah’s Philadelphia conditional approval of its petition for an Interactive Gaming Certificate in August 2018.
Harrah’s Philadelphia online casino plan
Harrah’s Philadelphia is a Caesars Entertainment property. The company’s online division, Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE), was actually the first operator the PGCB granted approval for its petition for an Interactive Gaming Certificate in PA. The move comes as no surprise considering CIE is the only one of the first nine PA online gambling applicants that are already offering legal online slots, online table games, and online poker businesses elsewhere in the US.
CIE runs online poker site’s in Nevada and New Jersey. Additionally, it has various online casino sites in New Jersey that offer both slots and table games. Moreover, it already has an NJ online casino site running under the Harrah’s brand name.
Outside of HarrahsCasino.com in NJ, the following online gambling sites run under various CIE licenses:
- WSOP.com Nevada
- WSOP.com NJ
Most of these sites use software provided by Gibraltar-based online gaming operator and software provider 888 Holdings. The only outlier is the flagship Caesars Casino & Sports site, which switched to the NYX Open Platform System in 2016 and launched sports betting operations in the summer of 2018.
HarrahsCasino.com employs 888’s Dragonfish online casino software platform. This is the same platform utilized by 888 Casino around the world, and a variety of 888 casino and poker sites in New Jersey and Delaware.
Harrah’s Philadelphia gaming platform
Ordinarily, it would be expected that a Harrah’s-branded PA online casino site would follow suit. However, since there is no Caesars-branded casino in PA, CIE’s Harrah’s Philadelphia online casino plan could include more of a flagship operation. That would mean adopting the NYX Open Platform System and the addition of an online and mobile sportsbook.
Additionally, Harrah’s Philadelphia has applied for a PA sports betting license and is working with gaming tech firm Scientific Games Corporation on a plan for both online and retail wagering.
Adopting the NYX Open Platform System gives online casino operators the choice of a huge variety of casino games and slots. However, the 888 platform recently added new online casino content from both NYX and NetEnt, making its offering almost as large.
No matter what direction CIE takes the Harrah’s Philadelphia online casino product, it will be sure to include a variety of traditional online table games and a huge selection of online slots. It’s a formula that has been successful for CIE in NJ and the company won’t likely be trying to reinvent the wheel in neighboring PA.
If that is the case, that also means giving online players in PA the ability to convert online loyalty club points into Caesars’ industry-leading Total Rewards program. CIE’s NJ sites do it and the Harrah’s Philadelphia online casino should follow suit. Total Rewards points can now be earned and redeemed at more than 40 Caesars properties around the world and the program is increasingly moving online as well.
Signing up for Harrah’s online casino
Registration at HarrahsCasino.com in NJ is a simple and easy process. It takes just a few minutes and requires only a minimal amount of personal information.
One can expect that to be the case with the Harrah’s Philadelphia PA online casino product as well.
Bonuses and promos for Harrah’s
In NJ, new players at HarrahsCasino.com also get a welcome bonus that includes $10 in bonus money with no deposit required. It also includes a 100 percent match bonus of up to $300 on a player’s initial deposit.
The Harrah’s Philadelphia online casino product might offer more than that coming out of the gate if it wants to grab its fair share of the market. However, there are high taxes on online gambling in PA. So high they will likely prevent the operation from straying too far from these basic bonuses and promos. They might offer less in Pennsylvania to account for the tax rate discrepancy.
Deposits and withdrawals
HarrahsCasino.com in NJ claims to allow credit and debit card deposits. However, industry-wide problems with a number of issuing banks mean a lot of those transactions are declined.
The Harrah’s Philadelphia online casino will more than likely offer the same alternative methods of deposit HarrahsCasino.com does in NJ. Plus, they’ll accept credit and debit card deposits from issuing banks willing to work with online gambling operators.
PA deposits methods are likely to include:
- ACH bank transfers
- 7-Eleven Pay Near Me
- Cash at the Harrah’s Philadelphia casino cage
How a player can withdraw money will likely depend on the method of deposit initially chosen.
HarrahsCasino.com in NJ offers more than 370 different games. Classics like blackjack, roulette, and video poker are all there. Plus, HarrahsCasino.com has developed a reputation as one of the best places to play progressive slots. It was the first regulated NJ casino to award a seven-figure jackpot. The site now boasts as many as 19 progressive slot titles.
That’s a good reputation to have in the online gambling sphere and Harrah’s Philadelphia will likely look to build off it.
Progressive slots have become Harrah’s thing, although it also boasts as many as 340 total online slots. The Harrah’s Philadelphia online casino players will likely find something similar when it launches.
Some of the most popular progressive slot titles it will employ should include:
- Casino Reels (jackpot)
- Dino Stampede (jackpot)
- Ultimate Genie (jackpot)
- The Royals: Go Camping
- Ultimate Universe (jackpot)
Blackjack is the most popular casino game in the world, online and off. Harrah’s has two classic blackjack games in NJ and players should expect to find something similar in PA.
Harrah’s gives NJ players six different roulette options, with both American and European versions of the game represented.
Expect the same kind of thing in PA with a variety of limits as well.
WSOP.com online poker
Harrah’s Philadelphia’s PA online gambling plan also includes online poker. The brick and mortar property is home to a World Series of Poker-branded poker room and all signs point to it hosting a WSOP-branded PA online poker room as well.
Additionally, CIE’s WSOP.com sites in Nevada and New Jersey now share player pools with 888-powered sites in Delaware, thanks to an interstate online gaming agreement signed by all three states. In fact, it’s now the top revenue-generating online poker operator in all three states as a result.
Once it launches a WSOP.com PA online poker site, Harrah’s Philadelphia will be eagerly anticipating Pennsylvania joining that agreement, so it can expand in all four states. CIE already has the largest legal and regulated online poker network in the US, but PA signing the agreement should allow it to double in size.
That day isn’t just around the corner though. Expect it to be around two years before PA is ready to move forward on a compact.
About Harrah’s Philadelphia casino property
Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack is in the Philadelphia, PA suburb of Chester, on the western bank of the Delaware River.
The property opened as Harrah’s Chester in 2006. At first, it was solely a harness racing track. However, a 100,000-square-foot casino with slot machines opened on the property in 2007. Like almost all other PA casinos, Harrah’s Philadelphia added table games in 2010.
There are now close to 2,500 slots, 90 table games, and a 28-table World Series of Poker-branded poker room on the property. The 5/8-mile limestone racetrack on the property also hosts as many as 150 harness racing days every year.
The name was changed to Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack in 2012 in an effort to appeal to a broader customer base in Philadelphia.