The Wait Is Over: Where to Play Live Dealer Tables Games Online in Pennsylvania

The long wait for live dealer games at PA online casinos is over. Find out what took so long, what games you will find and where you can play them.

And just like that, after months of waiting, Evolution Gaming began its test run this week of the first live dealer options in Pennsylvania.

The company, which also operates in New Jersey, where it has at least seven affiliations, has had a conditional PA license since this past January. And it began the process more than a year ago.

The two-day test period for Evolution’s live dealer games ended at 9 p.m. Oct. 22. Following the soft launch, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved it for full-time operation.

Where to play Evolution live dealer games in PA

In PA, Evolution has partnership deals with several online casino operators. The first four casinos to launch came from Rush Street Interactive and Penn National.

Caesars and Parx are also expected to offer live dealer options soon.

Live dealer games on offer at PA online casinos

Evolution launched live dealer variations of blackjack and roulette, with more games to come. As of now, you can find:

  • Roulette Live
  • Blackjack Live
  • Infinite Blackjack Live
  • First Person Blackjack
  • First Person Roulette and Lightning Roulette

Also on the way to PA are:

  • Baccarat Live
  • Three Card Poker Live
  • Ultimate Texas Hold’em Live

Live dealer games follow approved rules, side wagers and payout tables, such as those found in a land-based casino.

Appeal of live dealer games

The live games’ appeal is the chance for social interaction, from the comfort of home and with social distancing.

Dealers are playing with real cards from a studio in Philly, while players make decisions from home. So in essence, the live dealer takes the convenience of gaming from home and adds the ability to play table games dealt by real-life dealers.

The long delay since licensing for Evolution

While the game is the same, the remote studio’s approval process was time-consuming, explaining the long lag time.

And while the company was established in New Jersey, it needed a PA studio and a secure server in the Keystone State.

As PGCB Director of Communications Doug Harbach told our sister publication, PlayPennsylvania:

“Testing and regulating live dealer studio games is similar to other online casino games from a technology standpoint and is actually similar in many aspects to table games in land-based casinos, except there is no cash or gaming chips and, of course, players are not physically present.

“Since there is a human element in this online gaming, the PGCB must license studio staff who operate the games as we would dealers in a land-based casino. Also, similar to table games setups at land-based casinos, we have to ensure adequate security and surveillance in the studio that allows us to monitor the live dealer and helps us ensure the operator conducts table game operations in accordance with PGCB regulations.”

Evolution Gaming expansion to PA

Evolution Gaming already had eight studios globally and more than 8,000 employees. The company trades on the Stockholm NASDAQ.

As a recruiting incentive, the company tells potential roulette employees they can earn tokens from an unlimited number of gamblers.

In NJ, Evolution offers slingshot roulette, baccarat, three card poker and ultimate Texas hold ’em poker. And it has the potential to offer even more games, according to its website.

James Stern, Evolution’s chief business development officer, said last year of the company’s expansion to PA:

“Demand for our Live Casino services in the US has been phenomenal. We are delighted to be further expanding our US operations by opening a stand-alone studio in Pennsylvania to serve both online operators and land-based casinos in the state.

“We continue to stay at the forefront, maximizing the opportunities in this exciting new market and growing together with our licensees.”

Caesars Online Casino in PA Offers Generous Sign-Up Bonus, Top Rewards Program

Caesars online casino in Pennsylvania allows iGaming players to link their Caesars rewards credits and offers a 100% deposit bonus up to $500.

In Pennsylvania, you’ll find more bridges than anywhere else in the world in Pittsburgh (446),  America’s first zoo (the Philadelphia Zoo) and lots of Wawas.

If you’re physically located in PA and 21+, you also have access to 11 online casinos. They are always adding games to libraries, and some promos change.

In a roundup of some of PAOC’s favorite online casinos, we break down:

  • Sign-up bonuses
  • Current online casino promos
  • Slots and table games
  • Reward programs

This month, we dive into what Caesars Online Casino is offering.

Caesars Online Casino PA

Caesars iGaming platform arrived in Pennsylvania through its partnership with Harrah’s Philadelphia in late April 2019. Its iGaming platform partner is Scientific Games.

How to play at Caesars Casino in PA: Desktop, iOS, Android

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New member sign-up bonus: Caesars is offering a 100% casino bonus match on the first deposit, recently increased to $500 for those who sign up here.

Caesars boasts one of the best rewards programs for online casino players in Pennsylvania. Caesars Rewards is an industry-leading loyalty system, and when you play online, you can earn Caesars rewards, including tier credits and rewards credits.

Users can link their existing Caesars Rewards account when logging into their Caesars Casino and Sportsbook Pennsylvania account.

  • Go to the loyalty details under “My Account.”
  • Click “Connect.”
  • Within 72 hours, your account will be updated to reflect any online credits during online play.

How to use Caesars Online Rewards

Caesars Online Rewards credits can be used to get cash back on the site, or you can transfer them offline to redeem them for comps at any Caesars Rewards casino or resort worldwide.

Deposit and withdraw

Deposit methods at Caesars online casino:

  • ACH/eCheck
  • Visa/Mastercard/Discover
  • Play+
  • Online banking
  • PayNearMe
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia cage

Ways to withdraw:

  • ACH/eCheck
  • Caesars Casino and Sportsbook Play+ Card
  • PayPal
  • Cash at cage

Slots at Caesars Casino PA

Slots: 18 slot titles

  • 88 Fortunes
  • Pillars of Asgard
  • Rise of the Mountain King
  • Volts and Bolts
  • Celestial King
  • Zeus, God of Thunder
  • Dancing Drums
  • The Cheshire Cat
  • Kronos Unleashed
  • Monopoly Mega Movers
  • Montezuma
  • Spartacus, Gladiator of Rome
  • Bruce Lee
  • Starmania
  • Zeus
  • Zeus III
  • Mad Mad Monkey
  • Raging Rhino

Table games at Caesars Casino PA

Caesars will likely have additional table games offerings in the future, but for now, PA players can play online roulette.

  • American Roulette

More online poker coming to PA?

PokerStars has been the lone option for online poker in PA since it arrived in November 2019. However, PA poker players should soon have additional online options. Rumor has it Party Poker will soon launch in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, WSOP.com/888 is owned by Caesars Entertainment and will partner with Harrah’s Philadelphia to bring its platform to PA eventually.

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Know When to Hit Pause: PlayPause Strengthens Responsible Gambling in PA & Beyond

The new PlayPause tool from GeoComply enables tracking of self-exclusion across state lines, boosting responsible gambling measures in PA and beyond.

GeoComply is teaming up to make it easier to manage self-exclusion in the iGaming and online sports betting industries across jurisdictions.

The initiative, PlayPause, comes as part of Responsible Gaming Education Week.

The PlayPause tech is available free

The program is available free of charge to operators via a newly established nonprofit organization, Conscious Gaming.

Conscious Gaming is a philanthropic organization committed to utilizing advanced technology to propel social responsibility initiatives.

State self-exclusions lists can have unintended blowback.

Praise for the PlayPause option

Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Responsibility Cait DeBaun of the American Gaming Association commented:

“Responsible Gaming Education Week spotlights the best of the gaming industry. GeoComply’s PlayPause is an important addition to the responsible gaming continuum. This innovative solution solves for an important need while advancing consumer protections, empowering operators and supporting regulatory bodies.”

According to GeoComply, PlayPause will:

  • Empower operators to strengthen responsible gaming programs — and make more data-driven decisions.
  • Expand the protective self-exclusion bubble as players move from state to state, allowing protection to move with them.
  • Streamline the administrative burden by eliminating silos associated with numerous separate state-operated self-exclusion lists.

As Anna Sainsbury, GeoComply chairman and co-founder, explained:

“At GeoComply, we’re always looking for ways to leverage technology in a meaningful and responsible way. PlayPause is not only an important compliance tool, but a way we can unite the industry and regulators to deepen their shared commitment to responsible gaming and consumer protection.”

PlayPause coming to PA

The tool is rolling out in Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania is pleased to be at the forefront of a new responsible gaming tool, designed to strengthen consumer protection and take self-exclusion programs in a new direction,” said Elizabeth Lanza, director of the Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The PlayPause tool is a welcome addition everywhere, said Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling:

“The NCPG applauds the creation of PlayPause — this is a prime example of how technology and innovation can be leveraged to advance consumer protection and foster a more effective, responsible gaming framework across the gambling and sports betting industries.”

GeoComply said the new tool underscores its commitment to offering innovative solutions to streamline compliance with complex state regulatory requirements.

Tech comes at a time of explosive growth

The surging interest in sports betting underscores the interest in assuring responsible wagering.

PA sports betting handle reached nearly $365 million in August, setting a new all-time high. And online casinos had their best month ever, with $55.9 million in revenue.

FanDuel announced a marketing connection with Pat McAfee, a former NFL punter and now a sports talking head.

Then GVC and MGM added $250 million to Roar Digital, with much of that likely going toward marketing in the US sports betting sector.

And more is in the works.

Time to temper marketing?

In the face of all that, our sister publication LegalSportsReport recently pointed out that the US market could take some lessons from Europe, where marketing was too aggressive.

In that piece, David Briggs, the CEO of GeoComply, said marketing in the United Kingdom had gone overboard for a time with too much advertising.

He said the result was turning people off — or into opponents of sports betting.

AGA supports responsible gaming

The American Gaming Association highlighted several responsible gaming actions as the week came to an end.

  • NASCAR became the first professional league to partner with the AGA’s Have A Game Plan, Bet Responsibly campaign to educate fans about safe wagering practices.
  • The AGA activated the enforcement process for its sports betting marketing code, setting a high bar for responsible advertising by all operators and sportsbooks.
  • Congressional Gaming Caucus co-chairs Reps. Dina Titus of Nevada and Guy Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania penned an op-ed on responsible gaming in The Hill.
  • BetMGM reinforced its commitment to responsible gaming by hiring Richard Taylor as its new Responsible Gambling Program manager.

PA Online Casinos Reach Record-High $55.9 Million Revenue in August

August was another hot month for PA online casinos, just topping the May record with slots, table games and poker netting nearly $56 million in revenue.

Online casinos in Pennsylvania generated gross revenue of nearly $55.9 million during August, an increase of $1.5 million over July’s revenue of $54.4 million.

And they set a new monthly record. PA iGaming’s previous peak revenue of $55.8 million for online poker, slots and casino games came in May.

Last August, the gross revenue for online offerings was just about $3.7 million. There was no online poker then, and many fewer online gaming options

Poker added $2.7 million to online revenue in August.

Online slot games accounted for $39.6 million and online table games just under $13.6 million.

Total gambling revenue tops $310 million despite reduced capacity

Overall August revenue was more than $310 million, according to Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) figures for total gaming and fantasy contests.

That’s despite continued reduced capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions.

During July, it was just under $283.1 million. That month was the first since virus restrictions began in mid-March in which all 12 casinos operated for most of the month.

The monthly figure is an increase of almost 6% over revenue generated in August 2019, when it was more than $293.4 million.

Sportsbooks roar back to life

PA sports betting handle reached nearly $365 million in August, setting a new all-time high and a 122% month-over-month increase in handle for the books. Taxable revenue was $18.4 million, up 126% over July’s $8.1 million.

Even with retail books reopened, 88% of wagers were placed online. FanDuel Sportsbook continues to dominate the space, taking in around 45% of all sports wagers placed online during the month. The operator also broke a single-month record for revenue with nearly $8.9 million via online alone.

DraftKings sportsbook was next best, accounting for 26% of all online bets, $86.8 million in handle and $1.1 million in revenue.

Poker continues slide from April peak

Online poker continued to slide despite the ongoing closure of in-person poker rooms, with August revenue at just above $2.7 million.

Online poker was at just under $3.0 million in July versus $3.2 million in June. In May, poker revenue was $4.6 million, slightly down from its peak of nearly $5.3 million in April.

PokerStars PA remains the only provider of online poker in the Keystone State.

August online casino breakdown by PA operator

A complete breakdown of August revenue, including slots and tables games by operator (online gaming license holder), can be found here:

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games Revenue
Rivers Philly* (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$17.1 million$15.2 million$1.9 million
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$8.7 million$4.4 million$4.3 million
Parx Casino$7.5 million$6.1 million$1.4 million
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & Fox Bet)$6.9 million$2.4 million$1.7 million
Penn National (DraftKings Casino)$6.6 million$3.4 million$3.2 million
Penn National (Hollywood Casino)$5.2 million$4.7 million$579,000
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$3.0 million$2.6 million$409,000
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$724,000$700,000$24,000
Wind Creek Casino$214,000$239,000($25,000)
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$33,000($50,000)$83,000
Live! Casino Philadelphia (launched Aug. 14)$25,000$24,000$600
Totals:$53.2 million$39.6 million$13.6 million

Rivers, Valley Forge and Parx tops in online revenue

Rivers Philadelphia, which is the combination of SugarHouse and BetRivers, topped the month of August with revenue of $17.1 million, with $15.2 million from online slots.

Valley Forge Casino and its operator FanDuel were second in overall online revenue with $8.7 million, split nearly evenly between slots and table games.

Parx Casino was third with $7.5 million, and it was second only to Rivers in slot revenue with $6.1 million.

Presque Isle Downs and its operator BetAmerica were next to last with just $33,000 in revenue after losing $50,000 on their slot play. They had online table revenue of $83,000 to offset the slot loss.

Live! Casino Philadelphia was the newby player, operating for just half the month of August. Unlike all the others, its physical casinos, in Philly and near Pittsburgh, are not yet even open. Live! had revenue of just $25,000, almost all of it in slots.

PlayLive! Now Live: Make It 11 Online Casino Operators in Pennsylvania

Live! online casino is now available in PA with a large selection of games, launching ahead of the forthcoming brick-and-mortar Live! Casino properties.

Priming the pump, the Cordish Gaming Group opened its PlayLive! Casino app earlier this month, making a bit of history.

It launched its Live! app well ahead of grand opening plans for brick-and-mortar casinos on both sides of Pennsylvania. That’s a first for PA online casino sites.

Online before Live! properties in Western and Eastern PA

PlayLive! is the first branded online gambling site that has launched a mobile site before the opening of its related physical casinos.

And it is Cordish’s first online venture.

A new Live! mini-casino near Pittsburgh is set for opening this fall. A full-sized casino in the stadium district of Philadelphia is expected for early next year.

And the company is making a bid to buy another available mini license on Sept. 2. That will take place during the upcoming Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board meeting.

Qualify for Live! Rewards online

The online casino site is linked to the Live! Rewards customer loyalty program already in play at Cordish’s established casino properties. It allows Live! to begin to connect with PA guests before they can physically visit a Live! property in PA.

The program is free. Members qualify for benefits and perks on both PlayLive! and at all Live! Casino & Hotel properties.

Well-stocked site

The lively GAN-powered Live! site offers about 100 slot titles, plus table games and video poker.

And there are lots of incentives to start:

  • Up to $750 in deposit bonuses, plus 100 free spins. There is a 20x-playthrough requirement, and the offer ends on Oct. 4.
  • Bet $30 on the popular progressive slot Divine Fortune and get 30 free spins.
  • A leaderboard that offers 200 free spins.

Rob Norton, president of Cordish Gaming Group, explained in a statement:

“This site certainly illustrates our ability to enhance the traditional launch timeline of our new casino projects. PlayLive! will provide a sneak peek of our brand to the future guests of Live! Casino Pittsburgh and Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia.

“PlayLive! will enable us to connect with guests virtually until we can greet them physically. The site will definitely build buzz and excitement for what’s to come in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia soon.”

To that end, games are configured as they would be at Live! Casino properties, providing similar gaming experiences online to what customers will find in the live casinos.

The PlayLive! online lineup

Slots include the classics:

  • Wheel of Fortune: Triple Extreme Spin
  • Wheel of Fortune: Hawaiian Getaway
  • Jumanji
  • Cleopatra
  • 100,000 Pyramid
  • Da Vinci Diamonds
  • Triple Red Hot 777 Free Games

Table games at PlayLive!:

  • Blackjack
  • Four types of roulette
  • Baccarat

Video poker at PlayLive!:

  • Game King
  • Deuces Wild
  • Jacks Are Better

The site is now accessible on desktop, mobile and Android.

An iOS app is expected “in the coming weeks,” according to a customer rep.

The presence of Live! in PA follows the launch of Wind Creek’s online casino.

Online launch dates

  • Hollywood Casino: July 2019
  • Parx Casino: July 2019
  • SugarHouse (now Rivers Casino Philadelphia): July 2019
  • PokerStars (Mount Airy): November 2019
  • Unibet (Mohegan Sun): November 2019
  • FanDuel (Valley Forge Casino): January 2020
  • Bet Rivers (Rivers Casino Pittsburgh): January 2020
  • Bet America (Presque Isle): January 2020
  • Caesars: April 2020
  • Wind Creek Casino: July 2020
  • PlayLive!: August 2020

There’s no word yet on the launch for a sportsbook for Live! but a representative for Cordish confirmed that FanDuel is its sports betting partner. A launch by end of the year is quite possible, as a Live! executive previously predicted an online sportsbook by the end of August.

Online casinos remain hot in PA

Online casinos have been on a roll, generating gross revenue of $54.4 million during July. That’s 8.6% higher than in June.

Revenue then was $50.1 million. June and July were both down just slightly from PA iGaming’s peak revenue of $55.8 million in May.

Two brick-and-mortar facilities catering to gamblers recently reopened

Across the street from the Philly Live! Casino site, the South Philadelphia Turf Club has reopened since shutting down in mid-March due to the virus pandemic.

It could have reopened weeks ago, but the Parx Casino satellite facility chose to stay shut.

Also reopened to customers for the first time since the pandemic is the outdoor section of Xfinity Live! It’s a sports bar near Live! Casino and the stadiums, but without a retail gambling option.

What Are Live Dealer Games, and When Are They Coming to PA Online Casinos?

Live dealer games bring social interaction elements of the live casino to online gaming, but when will players in PA have the option?

Online casinos have been live in Pennsylvania for a little over a year. The safe, legal arrival of iGaming in the commonwealth pleased players and added much-needed tax revenue during coronavirus-caused shutdowns.

Slot libraries continue to grow, and currently there are 11 online casinos in PA.

However, there is something that is missing and it’s at the top of nearly every player’s wish list — live dealer games.

What is live dealer?

Live dealer games give you the chance to play casino table games, like blackjack, at home in real time with a live dealer.

Golden Nugget was the first to roll out live dealer in New Jersey in 2017. Since then, many more casinos have begun streaming live dealer. The most common games are blackjack, roulette and  baccarat.

What’s the difference?

If you play blackjack now at any one of PA’s online casinos, the cards are electronically dealt by a built-in random number generator (RNG).

Live dealer games are transmitted from a remote studio and livestreamed to computers and mobile devices. A dealer, just like if you were at a casino, deals the cards.

Some reasons players prefer live dealer:

  • Social interaction
  • Slower pace
  • More entertaining than playing against RNG
  • Trust playing a live dealer more than an RNG

Live dealer tutorial via PlayUSA

When is live dealer coming to PA?

There is no firm date when live dealer will arrive in Pennsylvania, but a number of operators have teased its launch.

Here is the “coming soon” timeline of live dealer in Pennsylvania.

January 2020:

Evolution Gaming signs agreement with Parx to power live dealer casinos in PA and NJ.

Parx players will be able to choose from a range of live dealer table games streamed from Evolution’s existing New Jersey studio and its planned PA studio.

Matt Cullen, senior vice president, interactive gaming and sports at Parx Casino, commented:

“Parx was the first Pennsylvania casino to offer RNG blackjack games online, so extending our online offering to include world-leading Live Casino from Evolution is a natural next step. Our online blackjack player base in particular will love Evolution’s Live blackjack offering, which includes Infinite Blackjack, with no limit on the number of seats available at the table, as well as several other blackjack variants. Overall, we are very confident that all the players types will be very excited by the rollout of Parx Live Casino in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.”

May 2020:

DraftKings launches its online casino.

According to a representative from DraftKings Casino, the PA platform will ultimately have 280 games. The rest of the library will roll out in stages and include live dealer games. The rep said:

“While we do not have an exact time frame, all 280 options will follow quickly after launch, including those that feature a live dealer and those that are DraftKings branded.”

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August 2020:

Evolution signs deal with PointsBet and says live dealer is coming to PA.

Evolution announced a deal with PointsBet, an Australian bookmaker. While unclear whether PointsBet plans to enter the PA online casino market, what was made clear is that an Evolution live dealer studio is coming to PA by the end of 2020. Currently, Evolution has studios in New Jersey, but it confirmed plans for new studios in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

August 28, 2020:

A press release on Aug. 28, 2020, confirmed a partnership between Evolution Gaming and BetMGM, which plans to debut online betting products in Pennsylvania before the end of the year. The arrangement will see BetMGM become one of the first in PA (and Michigan) to offer Evolution’s suite of live dealer games. BetMGM vice president of gaming Matthew Sunderland said:

“Evolution offers everything we need to enable our brands to roll out an extremely rich, world-class online live gaming experience across the US and their new state launches road map is very much in accord with our own alongside building on our current leadership position in gaming in New Jersey.”

Evolution Gaming Malta CEO Johan Nordstrom said of the partnership:

“We are honored to have been chosen by BetMGM to be partners in the fast-developing US live gaming market … This is a natural extension of our existing relationship with GVC Holdings’ brands.”

Live dealer games subject to lower tax rates

Players are clamoring for live dealer in PA. Obviously, providers and operators want to give them what they want. In addition, live dealer is a table game, so it’s taxed at a lower rate.

Pennsylvania online gambling tax rates:

  • Online slots: 54%
  • Sports betting: 36%
  • Online table games: 16%

Sebastian Johannisson, chief commercial officer at Evolution, commented:

“With table games subject to lower tax, our Live Casino is a very attractive proposition for operators too, as well as its wide appeal to players — both familiar with online and those having played in the bricks and mortar casino — offering a very important and significant contribution to operator revenues.”

Article updated on Aug. 28.

PA Online Casinos Top $50 Million in Revenue For Third Month Straight in July

It’s been a red-hot summer for PA online casinos, which posted their second-highest-ever revenue of $54.4 million in July, with the market still growing.

Online casinos in Pennsylvania generated gross revenue of $54.4 million during July.

That’s 8.6% higher than in June. Revenue then was $50.1 million. June and July were both down slightly from PA iGaming’s peak revenue of $55.8 million in May.

Offering a longer perspective on the astounding online growth, a year ago, when there were only three online wagering options available in PA, the monthly revenue was just $812,000. And the highest revenue pre-pandemic closures came in at $19.5 million (in February).

Total gambling revenue $283 million despite ongoing virus recovery

In the larger context, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board  (PGCB) figures show that total gaming and fantasy contests revenue generated during July was just under $283.1 million.

That’s a 0.6% increase over revenue generated a year ago, when it was $281.5 million.

July was the first time since state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions were put in place in mid-March that all 12 casinos operated for most of the month.

VGTs are back in the black, online poker continues a slide

With truck stop VGTs back in action in July and additional locations operating, those machines generated nearly $2.1 million in revenue.

The one down number was online poker at just under $3.0 million this July versus $3.2 million in June. In May, poker revenue was $4.6 million, down slightly from its peak of nearly $5.3 million in April. The sole site in the state remains PokerStars PA, with others expected to join soon.

Wind Creek, Live! new online players, with more to come

Wind Creek Bethlehem went live with an online casino on July 24 and generated just over $34,000 in revenue from online slots and table games for the month. Wind Creek’s Betfred-branded online sportsbook is expected to follow soon, possibly before the start of NFL. It’s also building a retail Betfred sportsbook.

A Live! online casino (PlayLive!) launched on Aug. 14 and will appear on next month’s revenue report. Sports betting should follow soon. And there are still more online betting sites on the way to PA.

Penn National, under the Barstool Sports brand, plans to launch retail and online sports betting in Q3.

Additionally, BetMGM/ROAR Digital is in the process of getting approval to launch an online casino, online sportsbook and online poker via partypoker, all expected before the end of 2020.

And finally, the  WSOP.com online poker site is also heading to PA, though the exact timeline is unclear. That would leave just Golden Nugget to launch online slots and table games, but that could happen sooner than expected as well.

July online casino breakdown by PA operator

A complete breakdown of July revenue, including slots and tables games by operator (online gaming license holder), can be found here:

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games Revenue
Rivers Philly* (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$15,459,938$13,923,955$1,535,983
Penn National* (Hollywood & DraftKings)$10,752,504$8,321,3482,431,156
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$8,405,186$4,402,474$4,002,712
Parx Casino$7,428,752$6,303,743$1,125,009
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & Fox Bet)$5,269,087$3,175,326$2,093,762
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$2,856,028$2,165,866$690,163
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$831,865$805,815$26,050
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$327,875$321,815$6,061
Wind Creek Bethlehem
(launched July 24)
$34,414$25,409$9,005
Totals:$54.4 million$39.4 million$11.9 million

Top iGaming sites in PA

Rivers Philly, which runs sister sites SugarHouse and BetRivers, had the top online revenue in July with $15.5 million. The majority came from slots.

Penn National, with Hollywood and DraftKings casinos, posted revenue of $10.8 million.

And Valley Forge‘s FanDuel accounted for $8.4 million.

Sports betting revenue

The statewide sports wagering revenue was over $8.1 million, with nearly $6.9 million from online sports betting and nearly $1.3 million from the still-recovering retail sportsbooks. That was up 22% over June revenue, with total sports handle up a whopping 85% month over month. In July, total handle was $164.8 million, compared to June’s $89.0 million.

The top two PA sports betting operators remain FanDuel (Valley Forge) and DraftKings (The Meadows). FanDuel took $69.7 million in bets in July, compared to DraftKings’ $39.6 million.

However, DraftKings was tops in total revenue at $1.9 million, with $1.8 million coming from online. FanDuel came in second with total revenue of nearly $1.4 million. It lost nearly $56,000 settling retails accounts, but made up for it with more than $1.4 million in online revenue.

DraftKings Casino App in PA ‘Designed With the iGaming Player in Mind’

DraftKings recently debuted a stand-alone online casino app in PA that caters to iGaming players with unique themed table games, and Live Dealer is coming soon.

DraftKings expanded its realm by launching a mobile casino app in Pennsylvania. Users can link accounts across DFS, sports betting and casino sites and have a shared wallet.

And now, the DraftKings stand-alone casino app is available on iOS.  However, it’s not available for Android.

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DraftKings Casino designed with ‘iGaming player in mind’

DraftKings online sportsbook operates in Pennsylvania through a partnership with The Meadows. The Meadows did not apply for an online casino license, so the DraftKings iGaming platform operates under Hollywood Casino’s license.

A DraftKings spokesperson explained to Play Pennsylvania the reasoning behind the stand-alone casino app:

“While our Sportsbook app caters to sports bettors, the DraftKings Casino stand-alone app is a more wholesome product designed with the iGaming player in mind. Irrespective of the annual sports calendar, DraftKings Casino leverages our unique, in-house technology and games to offer a best-in-market gaming experience.

“The new app allows us to focus on our strengths, including our dedicated DraftKings Live Dealer studio and best-in-class DraftKings-built game suite, and highlight market-leading promotions like our monthly $250K leaderboards.”

How to download

How to download the DraftKings Casino app in Pennsylvania:

  • Go to the App Store.
  • Type “DraftKings casino” in the search bar.
  • FYI, it will appear as “DraftKings Casino NJ,” but it’s the one for PA players too. Click “Get,” then “Install.”
  • Allow DraftKings Casino to use your location (allow while using app).

DraftKings Casino games

The DraftKings Casino app in Pennsylvania has 17 table games, Game King Poker and 30 slot titles.

The biggest difference from other online casinos in PA is that DraftKings has branded and themed table games like:

  • DraftKings Blackjack
  • Classic Blackjack
  • Single Hand Blackjack
  • Pride Blackjack
  • Christmas Blackjack
  • Retro Blackjack
  • Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Football and Hockey Blackjack
  • Lunar New Year Blackjack
  • DraftKings American Roulette
  • European Roulette
  • Basketball Roulette

For min and max bets:

  • Blackjack: Minimum bet $1.00, maximum bet $5,000

Baccarat: Minimum bet $1.00, maximum bet $10,000

Game King Poker: Minimum bet $0.20, maximum bet $200

“The response in Pennsylvania has been exciting,” said a DraftKings spokesperson. “Our players have clearly been waiting for DraftKings to launch our trusted gaming experience in the state, proving demand for something different in the market. So far, the most popular games have been DraftKings Blackjack and Roulette; land-based slot titles such as Cleopatra and Wheel of Fortune always prove popular.”

Live Dealer coming to PA

As of late July, no online casino in Pennsylvania offered Live Dealer. Live Dealer is a popular online casino feature that allows users to play games like blackjack in real time, with a real dealer, from home.

A press release from DraftKings announcing the app said that customers in PA “will soon have access to the custom DraftKings Live Dealer Studio which will operate 24/7.”

When asked in mid-July about a possible time frame for the arrival of Live Dealer, a DraftKings spokesperson said they expect it to be made available within the next few months.

May Online Casino Promos, Sign-Up Bonuses, New Slot Titles And More

May is here and the spring specials are in the air at PA online casinos. Find the latest sign-up bonuses and promos for the month here.

With brick-and-mortar casinos closed for the time being in Pennsylvania, players are turning to online casinos to play from home, with games like:

  • Video poker 
  • Roulette 
  • Slots 
  • Blackjack 

After all, PA is one of four states with legalized online casinos. Just in the past month, DraftKings and Caesars launched their online casino iterations. With their addition, the state now has 10 online casinos, giving residents a wide variety of iGaming options.

Here is your May rundown of online casinos, including:

  • Summary of sign-up bonuses, online casino promos and reward programs
  • New casino slot titles
  • Progressive jackpot summary
  • New online poker tournament series

May online casinos sign-up bonuses, promos and rewards

In late April and on May 1, the Keystone State welcomed DraftKings Casino and Caesars Online Casino.

DraftKings Casino

Sign-up bonus: Risk-free 24 hours up to $200 in losses.

Current promotions at DraftKings:

  • Daily slots: Play $5 on Da Vinci Diamonds, get $5.
  • Lunch Special: Wager $5 on blackjack from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and receive $5 in credits.

Caesars Online Casino

Sign-up bonus: Get a 100% match of up to $300.

Rewards: Earn Caesars Rewards for online play. If you have an existing Caesars Rewards account, link it to the online casino for more tier and rewards credits.

Unibet Online Casino

Sign-up bonus: Get $10 free and a 100% deposit bonus up to $500.

Current May promotions: 

  • Table game race: Wager $1 on table games, receive 1 point toward the leaderboard.
  • Weekly casino deposit reload: Get a 25% bonus, up to $50, on Thursday first deposits.

PokerStars Casino

Sign-up bonus: Match deposit bonus up to $1,500 and up to $1,000 in slots.

Current May promotions: Star Rewards Showdown Winner Takes All: a royal flush collects up to $2,500.

Hollywood Online Casino

Sign-up bonus: First deposit match bonus up to $500. New accounts get $25 just for signing up.

Current May promotions: May Flowers login bonus and wager bonus.

Rewards: mychoice Rewards.

PlaySugarHouse

Sign-up bonus: First deposit bonus matched 100% up to $250. New members get chances for spin-to-win gives up to $250 for same-day free play.

Current May promotions: Earn double loyalty points and/or bonus store points for table games.

Reward program: iRush points and bonus store points for every wager.

BetRivers Online Casino

Sign-up bonus: First deposit bonus matched 100% up to $250. New members get chances for spin-to-win gives up to $250 for same-day free play.

Current May promotions: Earn double loyalty points and/or bonus store points for table games.

Reward program: iRush points and bonus store points for every wager.

Casinos unveil new slot titles

Tired of playing the same old, same old? BetRivers, PlaySugarHouse and PokerStars Casino debuted some new slots titles this month.

BetRivers Online Casino

During the month, BetRivers released 15 new slot titles:

  • Pharaoh Sun
  • Dancing Drums
  • Bruce Lee
  • Elements: The Awakening
  • Ultraviolet
  • Montezuma
  • Dazzle Me
  • Conan
  • Celestial King
  • Double Cherry
  • Zeus
  • Raging Rhino
  • Kronos Unleashed
  • Go Bananas
  • Rise of Maya

BetRivers now offers a total of 101 slot titles.

PlaySugarHouse

Meanwhile, PlaySugarHouse introduced 14 new slots titles to its library this month:

  • Pharaoh Sun
  • Dancing Drums
  • Celestial King
  • Zeus
  • Montezuma
  • Elements: The Awakening
  • Conan
  • Go Bananas
  • Ultraviolet
  • Double Cherry
  • Raging Rhino
  • Kronos Unleashed
  • Rise of Maya
  • Bruce Lee
  • Dazzle Me

PlaySugarHouse presently has a total of 101 slot titles.

PokerStars Casino

Ten new slots titles debuted at PokerStars Casino this month:

  • Jumanji
  • Wild Bazaar
  • Conan
  • Mercy of the Gods
  • Double Stacks
  • Dazzle Me
  • Butterfly Staxx 2
  • Go Bananas
  • Elements: The Awakening
  • Rise of Maya

There is now a total of 63 slot titles in PokerStars Casino’s library.

PA’s current progressive jackpot payouts

Here at PA Online Casino, we are always keeping an eye on progressive jackpots, particularly the famed Divine Fortune Mega Progressive Jackpot.

Here are the current progressive jackpots as of May 12:

BetRivers Online Casino

  • Mercy of the Gods Jackpot: $47,044

PlaySugarHouse

  • Divine Fortune Mega Progressive Jackpot: $129,040

FanDuel Casino

  • Divine Fortune Mega Progressive Jackpot: $51,121
  • Mercy of the Gods Jackpot: $47,250

Hollywood Online Casino

  • Divine Fortune
  • Mercy of the Gods

PokerStars Casino

  • Divine Fortune Mega Progressive Jackpot: $64,935
  • Mercy of the Gods Jackpot: $47,447

Unibet Online Casino

  • Divine Fortune Mega Progressive Jackpot: $64,370
  • Jackpot Shores Jackpot: $101,013

PokerStars PA kicks off Pennsyl-MANIA this weekend

Check out the new tournament by PokerStars PA launching this weekend on May 17.

A $250,000 guaranteed prize pool with a $200 buy-in, Pennsyl-MANIA is the largest prize pool ever in PA for an online poker tournament.

Pennsyl-MANIA is a two-day event starting on Sunday, May 17, at 5 p.m. ET. It plays until Level 20 and then resumes on Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m. ET.

New Online Slots In PA: Scientific Games Debuts Popular Titles At PlaySugarHouse And BetRivers

Looking for some new online slots in PA? Check out our reviews of three new titles from Scientific Games, available now at PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers.

Rush Street Interactive, the operator of BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com, today announced a partnership with Scientific Games.

The American corporation is an industry leader in gambling products and lottery services across the world. As a testament, Scientific Games offered secure instant lottery tickets back in 1974.

Thanks to the new partnership, Scientific Games’ most popular online slots are now available at two PA online casinos.

Top 3 most popular Scientific Games online slots

1. 88 Fortunes slot game review

Richard Schwartz, the president of Rush Street Interactive, states:

“88 Fortunes is already the most popular slot out of more than 550 slot games on PlaySugarHouse.com in New Jersey, and we expect Pennsylvania players will love playing it online just as much.”

In fact, 88 Fortunes is already a land-based casino player favorite at Rivers Casinos located in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

So, without further ado, here’s a mini-review of 88 Fortunes. The name itself, 88 Fortunes, gives away the theme: Chinese, with plenty of good luck or fortune symbols.

You will find yourself immersed in an environment of red and gold colors. The 88 Fortunes game caters to players who love Chinese culture and music, but mainly to those who love good fortune.

Some key features of 88 Fortunes:

  • Minimum to maximum bets: $0.88-$88 per spin. As the name 88 Fortunes implies, eight is an auspicious and lucky number in Chinese culture.
  • 243 paylines or ways to win
  • Four jackpots: mini, minor, major and grand
  • Free spins that can trigger more free spins, meaning you theoretically can free spin indefinitely.
  • Three Fu Bat symbols (Chinese symbol with red ribbon) triggers the pick-and-click game to win a jackpot.

Lastly, the return to player (RTP) is high at 96%. Scientific Games rates the volatility as being medium. Overall, 88 Fortunes draws you in with the graphics, music, theme and high RTP.

2. Spartacus™ online slot review

This online slot game features Spartacus, the famed Roman gladiator.  Notably, the game’s claim to fame is the Colossal Reels, which is just a fancy way of saying there are two sets of reels on the game screen.

What’s more, the sound effects feature a baying crowd and lots of fighting.

Markedly, look for these fun elements of Spartacus:

  • Main reel: 5×4 grid
  • Colossal reel: 5×12 grid
  • 100 paylines
  • Wild Spartacus: Gladiator of Rome logo: If this symbol covers the whole main reel, it transfers to the Colossal reel for more chances to win.
  • Hit three Scatter Coliseum icons for eight free spins, four scatter icons for 12 free spins and five scatters for 20 free spins.

Spartacus has an RTP of 95.94%. As a whole, Spartacus is visually appealing and creates an immersive environment.

However, it would be nice to have some type of bonus feature or game for players. On the other hand, it is understandable why this is a popular slot game.

3. Starmania® online slot review 

Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight.

Starmania features an outer-space theme with multicolored stars.

Some gameplay features of Starmania:

  • Five reels and 10 paylines 
  • A wild symbol substitutes every symbol except for the bonus. It can be stacked on reels but will only appear on reels two, three and four.
  • Land three bonus symbols to trigger free spins.
  • Ten free spins are awarded for every time three bonus symbols hit. Free spins can be retriggered.
  • Gamble with the “Hearts and Clubs” button for either 2x or 4x the winnings. Guess the color of the card to double your winnings. If you guess the suit, get 4x the winnings.

As a whole, Starmania felt like a more classic online slot, and although it is visually appealing, the sound effects grew a bit overwhelming. However, the high RTP of 97.867% caused us to overlook any gripes we had with this slot game.

Responsible gaming

Make sure you are gambling responsibly.

For any help or questions associated with problem gambling and other resources to ensure that you are practicing responsible gaming, visit the PGCB’s new website, responsibleplay.pa.gov.