Slots take up more real estate in PA casinos than any other game because players love them.
Consequently, PA online casino sites begin going live starting on July 15, 2019, players will find more online slots available than anything else. In fact, players can expect to find the average PA online casino site hosting hundreds of different slot titles.
There will be everything from slots that are found exclusively online to online versions of the same slots you see at most PA land-based casinos.
The stakes will include everything from penny slots to high-limit slots.
Plus, you can expect to find online slots with fixed jackpots and others that offer the chance at some pretty big progressive jackpots that grow with every spin.
There will even be themed PA online slots based on hit music by legendary rockers, blockbuster movies, and some of your favorite TV shows.
The public can’t get enough of slots because they’re fun and often offer the opportunity to win big. The RTP isn’t as favorable as blackjack or video poker on most online slots, but the chance to strike it rich by winning a big jackpot is a real draw.
Playing Online Slots vs. Brick and Mortar
There really isn’t that much of a difference between the slots you’ll find at PA casinos and those at PA online casinos. In fact, most of your favorite slots at PA land-based casinos will make the transition to the online casinos.
The games are pretty much the same, but there are several reasons why playing online slots at a PA online casino is better than going to PA casino to play:
- It takes infinitely less time to log in to PA online casino than it does to get out to PA brick and mortar casino.
- There’s a cost saving as you’ll spend less on gas, parking, and other associated travel expenses by playing online.
- Changing slots can be done with the click of a button online, so there’s no more wandering around the isles of a PA casino looking for one you want to play.
- Payouts are instantaneous at PA online casinos, no matter how big. Therefore, there’s no need to validate a ticket or wait for a hand pay.
- PA casinos certainly have a lot of slots to choose from, but PA online casinos have more.
- PA online casinos have online versions of almost all your favorite slots and allow you to play them from the privacy of your own home.
Can I Play Real Money Slots Online?
You can definitely play real-money online slots in PA. PA online casinos will offer a huge variety of slots titles with demo versions that allow you to try them out. However, you can also play your favorites for real money any time you like.
Which PA Casinos Offer Free Slots?
All of the PA online gambling sites planning to launch in July 2019 have applied for and been granted slots licenses. This means they have plans in the works to offer a wide variety of online slots. Here’s a list of PA online casino operations already approved by the PGCB:
- Mount Airy/PokerStars
- Sands Bethlehem
- Valley Forge
- Presque Isle Downs
- Mohegan Sun Pocono
- Stadium/Philadelphia Live!
If you’re looking for a big payday playing slots, look no further than progressive jackpot slots. These are the ones with jackpots that grow with each and every spin and are often the largest available.
People play slots for a variety of reasons. However, they play progressive jackpot slots for just one: The opportunity to win big.
The types of slot games with progressive jackpots vary, as does the size of each jackpot. And when it comes to progressive jackpot slots, size matters.
The jackpots on a progressive slot will increase by a small amount with every spin. Then, once the jackpot is hit, it’ll reset back to a designated amount and begin growing again.
If it has been a while since the jackpot has been hit, that jackpot can reach high six or even seven figures.
However, it’s important to remember that so much of your cash is being siphoned off into the growing jackpot, a progressive jackpot slots other payouts are usually pretty small and payout less frequently than other slots. That makes the RTP on most progressive jackpot slots on the low end. That said, you should be playing progressive slots chasing life-changing money, not RTP.
There are really three types of progressive jackpot slots: network-wide progressives, area progressives, and stand-alone progressives.
Network-wide progressive slots are generally the ones advertising life-changing progressive jackpots. These slots are connected to others at casinos across the country. PA casinos monitor their own machines and get a share of the profits, but overall, these slots are run by a central network operator.
The progressive jackpots grow fast because there are so many players across the country feeding into it. However, that also means the chance of a local win is even smaller than usual.
Area progressives are similar to network-wide progressive slots in that the slots are run by a central network operator. However, the area where you’ll find the slots might be limited to PA only and is most certainly smaller than any network-wide progressive. A smaller area covered generally also means a smaller jackpot.
Stand-alone progressive slots offer progressive jackpots on that particular slot machine only. That means much slower growth for the jackpot, but also that it’s guaranteed to hit on that particular machine. A certain percentage of every bet is taken out and added to the jackpot that will ultimately be won by someone playing that slot.
Playing Slots on a Mobile App
When most PA online casinos open up in July 2019 they will do so with a mobile app attached. These apps are sure to offer access to a variety of online slots through mobile devices located inside state lines.
Coming soon to this section is a chart comparing each PA online casino, whether they offer a mobile app, and the number of games available via mobile.
Most Popular Slot Machines in Pennsylvania
1. Willy Wonka Series
The Willy Wonka Series is a group of five-reel and 40-payline video slots designed by WMS Slots based on the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film starring Gene Wilder.
Find a Golden Ticket inside the bars and win up to 5,000 credits. The Oompa Loompas on the paylines offer free spins as do the bonus Wonkavator elevators. One US player hit the slot for a $1.39 million network-wide progressive jackpot in 2014.
2. The Walking Dead Series
The Walking Dead Series is a group of six-reel, two-wheel, and 100-payline slots designed by Aristocrat Technologies and based on the popular zombie TV series The Walking Dead.
These are penny slots with a fixed $500,000 jackpot. The maximum $3 bet gives you a shot at the $500,000 jackpot. Game features include multipliers, bonus prizes, and video clips from the show.
Clue is a WMS Slots designed five-reel and 40 payline slot based on the classic board game of the same name.
Game features include a free spins round, a jackpot game, and a couple of bonus rounds. There’s even a bonus game that involves solving a crime just like the board game.
Solve the crime by unveiling cards with various clues to a murder – like Colonel Mustard, in the Dining Room, with the candlestick – to unlock the game’s biggest prizes.
4. China Shores
The Konami-designed China Shores is a five-reel and 30-payline slot featuring a Chinese theme.
Pandas are wild and game features include Action Stacked Symbols, 100-times your bet when you reveal five Ying and Yang bonus symbols and a Free Spins round. There’s also the choice of a Balance of Fortune awarding random cash amounts instead of free spins.
5. Zeus Series
The Zeus Series is a group of five-reel and 30-payline slots designed by WMS featuring a Greek Mythology theme.
The Lighting symbol is wild and Zeus symbols are the highest paying. There’s also a bonus based on several winning combinations. Plus, there’s a free games feature offering up to one hundred free spins.
6. Quick Hits Series
The Quick Hit Series is a group of Bally Technologies-designed five-reel and 30 payline slots. Bally’s has released a number games based on the same classic slot theme including Quick Hit Pro, Quick Hit Las Vegas, and Quick Hit Black Gold.
The game features series of classic slot symbols with a max payout of 2,500 credits. There is also a series of increasingly large progressive jackpots available.
7. Wonder Woman Wild/Gold
Wonder Woman Wild and Wonder Woman Gold are 5×4-reel video slot machines with 40 paylines designed by Bally Technologies and based on the 1970’s Wonder Woman TV show starring Lynda Carter.
The nostalgic TV show theme is present throughout with video vignettes, various imagery, and the theme song from the original show. Game features include a Free Spins Bonus Round, Wilds, Mystery Stacks, and a three-level progressive jackpot bonus.
Players win a progressive jackpot when progressive symbols are revealed. There’s no need to bet max to get there.
8. Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
The Johnny Cash slot is an ode to the legendary musician. It’s also a three-reel and ten-payline slot designed by WMS.
Features include a huge video board and wheel surrounded by a Ring of Fire. Plus, a soundtrack that includes some of Cash’s biggest hits.
The golden wild is the highest paying symbol.
Special features include “I Walk the Line” making the second reel wild. Plus, two bonus rounds in the “Ring of Fire” feature offering free spins and the chance to win one of four progressive jackpots. If you manage to walk away with the Grand Jackpot, you’ll win a prize worth $2,500 or more.
9. Monopoly Series
The Monopoly Series is a group of IGT-designed slots based on the classic board game that are a part of IGT’s Mega Jackpot series.
There are various versions of the Monopoly slots, including Movers & Shakers, Once Around, Advance to Boardwalk, Monopoly Plus, and Pass Go.
Monopoly Plus bears the closest resemblance to the board game.
All the slots include various bonus features and the chance to win the network wide progressive IGT Mega Jackpot.
10. Lightning Link Series
The Lightning Link Series is a group of four Aristocrat-designed slots that share features and a series of progressive jackpots.
The games include Happy Lantern, Magic Pearl, Sahara Gold, and High Stakes. Each features five-reels and 50 paylines. Each also has two special features including a free spins bonus game and the pearl symbols where the four linked jackpots await.
Software & Developers
Here’s a look at the top 5 software houses in the business:
The story of Bally Technologies started over 85 years ago with a wooden pinball game called Ballyhoo. Now it is a division of Scientific Games based Enterprise, Nevada that designs and manufacturers slot machines and other gaming technology.
Bally’s library includes popular slot titles like Quick Hit, Blazing 7s, Wonder Woman, and Michael Jackson.
Konami is a Japanese entertainment and gaming conglomerate that started out designing classic video games like Frogger. It has since expanded to include a casino gaming business in Paradise, Nevada that designs and manufactures slots.
Popular titles include China Shores, Diamond Point, and Dungeons & Dragons.
IGT is one of the largest designers and manufacturers of slots in the world. The company claims to be #1 in games and #1 in jackpots with over $6 billion in payouts to date.
Popular IGT network wide-area progressive slots include Megabucks, Wheel of Fortune, and the Blake Shelton video slot. IGT is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
NetEnt is a digitally distributed gaming systems supplier that works with some of the world’s most successful online gaming operators.
It’s list of award-winning games includes the Guns N’ Roses video slot, Planet of the Apes, and Jumanji.
High 5 Gaming
High 5 Games is one of the world’s leading content creators for the land-based, online, and social gaming markets.
Some of its most popular slot titles include Davinci Diamonds, Mega Hits Golden Goddess, and Noah’s Ark. The company has corporate offices in New York and New Jersey.
High 5 Games is one of the leading software suppliers to several of the New Jersey market’s top online casino sites.
Types of Slot Machines
Classic 3-Reel Slots
Looking for a feeling of nostalgia? Classic 3-Reel Slots offer the real old-school gaming experience you’re after. Line up the cherries or the sevens for the classic payday.
Bonus Video Slots
Bonus Video Slots turn the Classic 3-Reel Slots experience on its head. New technology allows these Bonus Video Slots to combine classic slots with popular themes and additional bonus games that take slot play to the next level
Many Bonus Video Slots offer a Free Spins feature allowing you to play for free and increase your winnings exponentially. Some even allow you to win more free spins from a free spin.
Pick ‘Em Bonus
Bonus Video Slots often feature bonus games with big prizes. The Pick ‘Em Bonus is one such game, allowing you to pick from a series of symbols revealing a prize underneath. Some of these prizes even include jackpots.
Buy a Bonus
Several Bonus Video Slots feature bonus games where the big prizes await. Some even include a Buy a Bonus feature allowing you to buy your way directly into the bonus game.
Stacked / Cascading Wilds
There are a number of Bonus Video Slots that feature Stacked or Cascading Wilds. This feature essentially spreads wild symbols across the reels increasing your chances of winning exponentially. This often leads to big wins and access to other bonus features as well.
Bonus Video Slots often feature bonus games with Bonus Wheels. This gives you the chance to spin a wheel for big prizes, which is quite often the path to triggering a progressive jackpot win.
Several Bonus Video Slots feature themes based on popular TV shows, films and musicians. These Themed Slots often offer various video content, top quality soundtracks, and some of the bigger progressive jackpots.
Understanding the Paylines
The object of a slot is almost always to line up the same symbols on the reels. The different ways you can do that depends on the number of paylines the slot includes. Plus, several slots allow you access to an increased number of paylines as you increase your bet.
Winning on a slot machine is always about luck, but the more paylines on offer, the more chances you have to win.
While the Classic 3-Reel Slots have pretty straightforward paylines you can see for yourself, Bonus Video Slots often feature hundreds that can be tough to find. However, most offer a chance to see how the paylines line up with the click of a button.
Understanding the RTP
RTP or a game’s Return To Player rate is the percentage of how much money a game takes in that it will ultimately pay back to players.
It doesn’t mean that RTP is guaranteed for each session. Or, that you’ll ever win playing that slot. It simply means that over time, for every $1 put into it, a slot will pay back that certain percentage to someone.
The opposite of RTP is the house edge the casino enjoys on a game.
For example, a slot may have an RTP of 95 percent. That means the house enjoys a five percent edge on that game and the casino will keep five percent of every bet over time.
It also means that 95 cents of every dollar put into a game will be paid back to players. If you lose $300 playing that slot, it’ll eventually pay back $285 dollars of it to players, but that doesn’t necessarily include you.
Let’s say someone wins a $10,000 jackpot playing that slot. That means someone, or a group of someones, is going to lose over $10,500 playing the game to make up for it.
Casinos have the ability to set the RTP on a slot. Players simply need to be on the right side of a games RTP at the right time to win. Other than that, the real RTP and house edge will be realized over time with the house enjoying the set edge over the long haul.
Pennsylvania Slot Machine Laws
Pennsylvania legalized slot machines in 2006 granting one of now four types of licenses to casinos prescribing how many slots they can host:
- Category 1 licenses are for the state’s existing racetracks permitting each facility to host as many as 5,000 slots.
- The Category 2 licenses are for stand-alone casino operations permitting each facility to host as many as 5,000 slots.
- Category 3 licenses are for resort casinos permitting each facility to host as many as 600 slot machines. Category 3 licensees can now also pay another $2.5 million to the state to add up to 250 more slot machines.
- The Category 4 licenses are for mini-casinos permitting each facility to host as many as 750 slot machines.
PA law also ensures all slots in the state have an RTP of 85 percent or better.
Online casinos will launch in Pennsylvania in July 2019 offering hundreds of different online slot titles. These online slots will also have to offer an RTP of 85 percent or better in accordance with state law.
Owning a Slot Machine in Pennsylvania
You can buy an old classic slot and put it in your basement for fun in Pennsylvania. However, you must be 25 years or older, the slot must be from 1941 or older, and you can’t exactly open up a casino down there.
The machine should be used for fun only. Buying a slot and then letting people gamble on it is against the law, even if it’s just your friends playing.
PA Skill Games vs. Slot Machines
Skill Games in PA look a lot like slots. However, the games are variations of Tic-Tac-Toe and other games that require some type of skill to beat them.
You might find them in a gas station, convenience store, or sketchy skill game parlor as opposed to a casino.
The games reportedly involve some kind of actual skill whereas slot machines are based on luck alone. This is why some businesses in PA have been allowed to operate the games without a casino license.
Pennsylvania’s 2017 casino expansion laws tried to clarify the issue, but it remains unsolved.
Some Pennsylvania courts have ruled in favor of allowing the games and other cases against operators are still pending. For now, it remains a gray area.
Slot Machine FAQ
Can you win money playing slots online?
Starting July 15, 2019 at a variety of licensed PA online casinos you certainly can. Playing for real money on any other casinos site is illegal and you might have a tough time getting paid any money you might win.
Is it legal to play online slot machines?
Pennsylvania’s 2017 casino expansion laws made it legal for licensed operators to offer online slots to players inside the state. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has set July 15, 2019 as the date when the casinos will officially launch and legal online slot play will begin.
Which PA online game has the best payout rate?
The house edge for PA casino blackjack under PGCB rules is only .40 percent. That means the game has a an RTP of 96.6 percent. In other words, $96.60 of every $100 bet on Blackjack at a PA casino will be returned to players. If the same rules apply to online blackjack, it will be the PA online game with the best payout rate.
However, if any PA online casino offers Single-Deck Blackjack, that’ll beat it. Single-Deck Blackjack has an RTP of 99.83 percent, better than any other casino game in the world.
Are the slot machines online in PA fair?
PA online slots are powered by the same system and overseen by the same government organization as the slots in land-based casinos. That means that PA online slots are vetted in much the same way and are just as safe to play.
That organization is the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and while they don’t remove the house edge on slots, they do ensure it’s set at 15 percent or less.
The PGCB also puts the online slots through a rigorous testing process to ensure that everything is fair and above board.
What happens if I win a jackpot?
If you win a jackpot playing slots at an online casino in PA you should see the money in your account immediately.
Go through the quick and easy withdrawal process to get your hands on the actual money, but make sure you set aside some for taxes.
You are on the honor system to report this as income to the IRS. However, your net gambling winnings are taxable at a rate of 25 percent, no matter how and where you won it.
Can I use my players reward card?
This is online casino dependent. However, it appears that most PA online casinos will allow you to earn and redeem points at both their land-based and online casino partners.