Pennsylvania Online Gambling

Legal gambling options in Pennsylvania

It’s a great time to be a player and bettor in the Keystone State, with multiple ways to bet. Retail sports betting, PA online sports betting and online casinos are all fully operational.

Online poker is the most recent to join the fold. Legal online poker returned to PA on Nov. 4, 2019, as PokerStars–licensed under Mount Airy Casino–initiated a soft launch. As expected, it’s available for download on iOS and Android. More online poker rooms are expected to unroll in the coming months.

It has been a long time since the initial gambling expansion bill was passed by the Pennsylvania legislature. Amendments, political deal-making and the need to raise revenue for the budget combined to see a huge bill signed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

This bill expanded live casinos and lottery terminals, and allowed for live sports betting. It also regulated online gambling in Pennsylvania. Online sports betting launched May 28, 2019.

Legal gambling in PA includes support for people who may develop gambling problems. This comes under the “Responsible Gambling” regulations. You’ll find an outline of these, plus a history of gambling in Pennsylvania and an FAQ at the bottom of the page.

Best online gambling sites in Pennsylvania

The tables below outline the best online gambling sites currently welcoming players in Pennsylvania. You’ll find details on bonus offers and full reviews. With new sites coming online all the time, you should bookmark this page and come back frequently for an update on the best sites.

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This page is an introduction to the legal status of gambling in Pennsylvania. Below you’ll find a guide to the different kinds of legal online gambling. Sports betting, online casinos, poker, lottery and horse racing bets are all covered. This includes information on smartphone apps.

After that you’ll find information on the live gambling options in Pennsylvania. This expands the popular formats above to include bingo halls, charitable gambling and the controversial video gaming terminals.


HB 271 was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Oct. 30, 2017. This made online casinos and poker legal, and also approved online sports betting. Soon after, in May 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was unconstitutional. This triggered a clause in the Pennsylvania bill that made sports betting legal, too.

To operate legally, gambling sites need to be licensed. The first bunch of licenses was offered to the 12 existing land-based and racetrack casinos. Just like in New Jersey online gambling, companies looking to enter Pennsylvania need a local partner for their license.

This setup works for many casinos. While they have the brand recognition locally, few have experience with the technology or operations of online gambling sites. By partnering with global giants like FanDuelBet365 or 888, the casinos get to market quickly, with high-quality platforms.

It took around 18 months for the first legal gambling site to go live in PA, with the SugarHouse Sportsbook app. More followed, as both Parx Sportsbook and the BetRivers Sportsbook app went live in June, plus FanDuel Sportsbook in July.


You can play many of the slots you know from live casinos at the new Pennsylvania online casinos. These include popular titles like CleopatraWheel of Fortune and Quick Hits. There are also hundreds of titles developed by online-only studios. Many have big progressive jackpots, and gameplay every bit as enjoyable and interactive as the live games.

Add in table games, video poker and live dealer studios (where you bet on games dealt in real time and shown via a video stream), and you should find a lot of entertaining options at the PA online casinos.

Below is a list of the PA casinos most likely to unroll online sites in 2019. You can also read casino reviews breaking down what to expect these sites to offer in terms of bonuses, game selection and banking options.

List of PA casinos with the potential to open online casinos

PropertyOnline PartnerAndroidiOSLive Dealer
SugarHouse CasinoRush Street Interactive/KambiLiveLive (via GeoGuard)TBA
Parx CasinoGANLiveTBATBA
Bet Rivers CasinoRush Street Interactive / KambiLiveLiveTBA
Hollywood Online CasinoIGTLiveLiveTBA
Mount Airy CasinoThe Stars GroupLiveLiveTBA
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibetLiveTBATBA
Harrah's Online Casino888TBATBATBA

Based on the experience in New Jersey, expect a lot of free-play casino bonuses when the full list of online casinos in Pennsylvania roll out. These are small cash offers, simply for registering. For example, you get $20 in bonus cash, and can use it to play slots and (after a play-through target is met) withdraw the winnings.

These offers are then followed by generous 100% deposit match dealsloyalty point schemes and plenty of one-off and innovative promos.

Access to online casinos is via desktop / laptop computers or mobile devices.

Downloading Online Casino Apps

PA Online Casino AppsMobile apps are a popular way to access online casinos, sportsbooks and poker rooms.

What many players don’t realize is that you don’t have to have an app. The websites for the Pennsylvania gambling sites will respond to your screen size automatically. The gap between the downloadable casino apps and mobile website navigation is small — and as web design improves, it gets smaller all the time.

There are some advantages to downloading apps. They don’t use as much data, as the graphics and main code are already on your smartphone. This makes for a smoother experience when you only have mobile data.

The downside is the space on your phone.

Apple recently took a stance against gambling & online casino apps. While New Jersey gambling apps remain available, new apps were only being accepted if they are created using Apple’s own programming language. This certainly affected PA online casinos that would like to attract iPhone and iPad users.

SugarHouse introduced a solution to such a problem when it launched its online casino July 17 by using an app produced by geolocation company GeoComply, which is used by many legal gambling apps around the country.

When logged into their accounts via an Apple device, users are prompted to download “GeoGuard Location Validator.” After opening the app in order to very their locations, users can return to the browser and continue taking advantage of the SugarHouse online casino.

Down the road, other online casinos as well as betting apps could take advantage of this workaround in order to appeal to Apple users.

For Android users, the casino apps are not allowed by Google in the Play Store. Rather, customers will need to download direct from the PA online casino sites, dismissing any messages about “unknown sources” as you go.



While residents of the state have enjoyed online horse betting and daily fantasy sports for some time, the new PA sports betting sites have many more pro sport betting options.

You can place just about any bet that you could at a Las Vegas sportsbook — and enjoy innovations like the ability to bet on matches as they play out with “live betting.”

PA online sportsbooks have already shown that they are happy to offer free bets to new players. You can get $10 at the Parx simply for registering. SugarHouse and BetRivers offer quick and easy matched deposit bonuses instead. Terms and conditions for minimum odds and bonus play-through will differ between the sites.

Online Betting Sites Accepting Bets in Pennsylvania

Sugarhouse Sportsbook PA

The SugarHouse Sportsbook app is the perfect way for you to place sports bets while on the go. Apple customers will have to wait to download it from the App Store; for the time being the site can only be accessed by browser on iOS devices. Android users must download the app directly from Sugarhouse’s website. You can also bet from any PC or Mac.

Bet Rivers Sportsbook PA

A BetRivers app exists for Android customers but not iOS. Android customers must download the app directly from Rivers’ website. Again, you can’t bet on an iPhone or iPad right now, but you can from any Mac or PC.

Parx Sportsbook PA

The online sportsbook is easy to use and arranged quite well. It emphasizes live games as well as the top sporting events happening that day. Other lines will be organized by sports. These are listed on the left-hand column by the most popular choices. You will find all of the different markets listed below on the sportsbook.

FanDuel Sportsbook PA

The FanDuel Sportsbook app has a few features that frequent bettors find useful. For one, if you use the FanDuel app in New Jersey want to use the PA version, they can use the same account to play in both states. It even works for iPhone users. If you don’t yet have a FanDuel account, take advantage of the $500 risk-free bet sign-up promo.

What can I bet on in Pennsylvania?

The list of sports available to bet on is huge. The major leagues for football, baseball, hockey and basketball take center stage. College sports and minor leagues (of the Euroleague for basketball) are also featured. Within each sport, you’ll find futures, period betting and player props.

Outside of the big four, soccer (MLS and international leagues) is popular. GolftennisboxingMMA and motorsports also have multiple options. If you enjoy niche or country-specific sports, the PA betting sites have you covered there, too. The only thing you can’t bet on are things like the draft that are not directly considered sporting events, and esports.

You’ll be able to bet from your mobile devices via Android apps, or from any device using the responsive websites. You can opt for popular singles bets like the money line, totals or spreads. Also available are parlays or round-robins, player props, period betting or sport-specific bets.

Many sportsbooks have promotions offering enhanced odds or parlay insurance for the biggest events each week.


PA iLottery CasinosCompared to other forms of gambling, the Pennsylvania state lottery has been running for a long time. The first draw took place in 1972.

Today you can enjoy multiple draws, daily picks games, instant play games and intra-state games such as Powerball. There is a state-run website known as the PA iLottery. This gives information on all the games. This does allow you to play instant games (like scratch cards), though the ability to buy draw tickets is not yet live.

The PA lottery is also responsible for Xpress Sports. These games resemble sports betting (and horse race betting), though they are virtual — more similar to keno than true sports. These are offered via video gaming terminals, which are proving to be contentious. Casinos are teaming up with politicians to challenge their legality.


Pennsylvania finally has online poker thanks to the launch of PokerStars on Nov. 4, 2019.

Ideally, online poker rooms in Pennsylvania will join player pools with sites from New Jersey and Nevada. The bigger pools give more choice to players. They allow the sites to run bigger tournaments and offer bigger promotions, too. For now, players should expect low-stakes games and a few test tournaments.

There is one poker site using sweepstakes gambling laws that is already available for Pennsylvania residents. Global Poker is open to players in most states — and works using “Sweeps Coins” to stay within the law.


Regulated poker rooms have partnerships between the major global brands and local casinos: PartyPoker partnered with Valley Forge Casino Resort, 888/ with Caesars, and PokerStars with Mount Airy Casino. You won’t be able to compete against the global player pools at these sites, though the software will look the same.

Expect a wide range of tournaments, cash games and sit-and-go’s. Poker formats will be dominated by no-limit Texas Hold ’em. Other games include pot limit Omaha and mixed games. As the combined player pools grow, more formats and higher stakes games will make an appearance.

While apps are available for online poker rooms, this format is best suited to devices with bigger screens. You can comfortably play many tables at once — and avoid the risk of losing signal and having your hand folded.


Making bets online on horse races has been legal for many years. This is due to a carve-out for pari-mutuel betting pools. There are three major US owned and run horse betting sites and apps covering Pennsylvania and most other states.

These are TVGBet America and TwinSpires. You are not restricted to bets on races at ParxThe Meadows and Penn National — these sites allow you to bet on tracks around the country. You will also be able to bet on international races, plus make special bets — for example on the winner of the Triple Crown.

Horse racing bets are pooled. This works differently from the bets at the new sportsbooks (where you can’t bet on horse races). You enter your bet, with the total amount bet on each selection divided among the winners. If you backed a favorite, there are more winners, so smaller returns. Returns can be boosted by betting on horses to finish in the correct order. You can go as high as 1-2-3-4 with the “superfecta” bet. Pools for consecutive races are also possible. The most popular format is a daily “pick 5,” with unclaimed pools being rolled over.

Another way to remotely place horse racing bets in PA is to use “off track betting” (OTB) facilities. These can be found at the six thoroughbred and harness tracks. You can also find OTBs associated with the racetracks. Parx has “Turf Club” branded OTBs, Penn National has two satellites and The Meadows a single one.

How to Gamble in Pennsylvania

This section is a directory of the places you can gamble in Pennsylvania. You’ll find overlaps. For example, the main casinos also include sportsbooks and poker rooms.


There are 12 licensed casinos in Pennsylvania. The recent gambling expansion also included licensing for five more “mini casinos,” and one more major one. These are not yet operational.

PropertyOnline PartnerOnline Casino?Online PokerOnline Sports Betting
Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin Woodlands Resortn/aNoNoNo
Meadows Casinon/aNoNoNo
Rivers CasinoRush Street Interactive/KambiNoNoYes
Harrah's Philadelphia888YesYesYes
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race CourseIGTYesYesYes
Mohegan Sun CasinoKindredYesYesYes
Mount Airy Casino888/PokerStarsYesYesYes
Parx CasinoGANYesYesYes
Presque Isle Downs CasinoGolden NuggetYesNoYes
Wind Creek Casino and ResortBetfredYesYesYes
SugarHouse CasinoRush Street Interactive/KambiYesYesYes
Valley Forge CasinoIGT/GANYesYesYes
Stadium CasinoNone confirmedYesNoNo
Golden NuggetNYXYesNon/a

Mini casino locations (licenses awarded, though not yet opened):

  • Greensburg (Stadium Casino)
  • Big Beaver (Mount Airy)
  • Shippensburg (Parx Casino)
  • Morgantown (Hollywood Casino)
  • York (Hollywood Casino)


Poker rooms are found in the bigger PA casino locations. There are no stand-alone cardrooms in Pennsylvania. Here is the current list:

  • Harrah’s Philadelphia
  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse
  • Meadows Racetrack and Casino
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort
  • Parx Casino and Racing
  • Presque Isle Casino
  • Rivers Casino
  • Sands Casino Resort
  • SugarHouse Casino


This area has seen rapid growth since the sports betting ban was overturned in 2018. There are now eight live sportsbooks, covering both casinos and OTBs. You will also find three online betting sites — with many more expected to follow as we go through 2019.

Here are the current live sportsbooks:

  • Rivers Sportsbook
  • SugarHouse Sportsbook
  • Parx Sportsbook
  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse
  • South Philadelphia Turf Club (OTB)
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia
  • Oaks Race & Sportsbook (OTB)
  • Valley Forge Casino
  • Presque Isle Downs
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono


You can buy lottery tickets for the PA state lottery and interstate draws like Powerball and Mega Millions at hundreds of retail outlets. The age restriction is lower than for other types of gambling, at 18 and over.

The Pennsylvania lottery website has detailed guides to the main different draw games on offer. These include the main match-six games as well as more regular games where you match from two to five numbers. There are always new variants appearing, including the millionaire raffle and treasure hunt games.

You can’t currently purchase draw tickets via the PA lottery website, though scratch-off style instant games are available.


Known as “VGTs,” these kiosks will be available in convenience stores and truck stops.


Pennsylvania has a rich history of horse racing. You’ll find thoroughbred and harness racing tracks, OTBs with simulcast races, plus three online horse racing sites. Here are the live betting venues in PA:

  • Penn National Racecourse
  • The Meadows Racecourse
  • Parx Racetrack and Casino
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia
  • Presque Isle Downs
  • The Downs at Mohegan Sun

Off-track betting in Pennsylvania:

  • Northeast Turf Club, Philadelphia
  • South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook
  • The Oaks Race and Sportsbook (formerly Valley Forge Turf Club)
  • Penn National Lancaster
  • Penn National York
  • The Downs at East Stroudsburg
  • The Downs at Lehigh Valley
  • Meadows Harmar


No separate state license is needed for charity gambling, which is handled at the county level. Any registered charity can hold small games of chance, usually bingo or raffles, as fundraisers. Before the 2017 gambling law changes, prizes were very limited — and the charities were unable to advertise the dollar value of those prizes. Limits have been increased for bingo to $500 for a single game up to $4,000 for jackpot games.

There are hundreds of bingo halls in Pennsylvania. They raise funds for both charities and civic organizations.


While most areas of gambling are seeing expansion and regulation, a new 2019 bill is fighting back against games of skill with cash prizes. This challenge is being spearheaded by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which estimates a significant loss of revenue. Skill games often take place in bars and malls — and are abundant enough to put a big dent in lottery revenues.


Live sports betting in Pennsylvania got off to a solid start. In their first month, the live books generated $32 million in wagers. With more books opening and online betting sure to boost revenues, this could well be the tip of the iceberg.

With a bigger population than New Jersey (12.8 million vs. 8.9 million), there is plenty of potential. A headwind is the higher tax rate. As sports betting rolls out to New York, revenue could be squeezed. There are also concerns that the lack of iPhone apps for the gambling sites could affect revenues.

In New Jersey, the explosion of online apps saw gaming revenues hit billions of dollars. This would be well within the projections for tax revenue used when the gambling legislation was signed in 2017.


Gambling legislation in Pennsylvania today is progressive — a big contrast to the conservative (almost puritanical) historical approach. The first steps came in 2004. That year saw the Pennsylvania Racehorse Development and Gaming Act passed. It followed failed attempts in 1993-94 and 1999. This act established the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which still oversees gambling in the Keystone State.

With no racecourses operating (the initial slots and casino licenses were limited to them), it took a few years to get moving. By 2009, government revenues from gambling were second nationwide — behind only Nevada.

Gambling expansion was discussed in 2013 through 2016 — though it would be 2017 that saw the next steps. HB 271 was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on Oct. 30, 2017. It expanded casino licensing, allowed VGTs and set up a regulatory framework for online gambling. Sports betting was dependent on a legal challenge outside of the state. New Jersey successfully appealed the PASPA ruling, setting up both live and online betting on sports in 2018.

With the legal framework in place, the first live retail sportsbooks opened in November 2018. This was followed by the launch of the SugarHouse branded online sportsbook in May 2019, followed soon after by a host of other brands.

Online casinos launched on July 15, 2019, and the state’s first online poker product hit the market Nov. 4, 2019.

PA daily fantasy sports

Daily fantasy sports, or DFS, has been regulated in Pennsylvania since 2017. The change was part of the same bill that allowed online gambling and poker. Moreover, after the Supreme Court ruled against the federal ban on sports betting in the New Jersey sports betting case, Pennsylvania was able to apply for legal wagering at the casinos and racetracks in the Keystone State.

The first DFS site launched in May 2018. Since then, nine more sites have gotten their licenses and opened for business. They are:

  • Boom Fantasy
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • FantasyDraft
  • Fantasy Football Players Championship
  • FastPick
  • Sports Hub
  • Scout Fantasy Sports
  • Yahoo Fantasy

DFS’s tax rate is vastly lower than that of sports betting. DFS pays only 15 percent of revenue in taxes, less than half of the 36 percent that sports betting must pay.

PA mini-casinos

The next wave of casino properties that will open (aside from Stadium Casino) will be Category 4 casinos. These casinos, authorized by a gambling expansion in 2017, will also be known as “mini-casinos.”

These so-called mini-casinos are only permitted to host a maximum of 750 slot machines and 30 table games. Mini-casinos must also operate far enough from existing casinos that they don’t steal any business.

The law provides for up to 10 Category 4 casino locations. However, potential operators have only applied for 5 of them so far, and it seems unlikely that more applications are to follow.

So, these are the five locations with planned mini-casinos. They are (with the site’s owner in parenthesis):

  • York (Penn National)
  • Greensburg (Stadium Casino LLC)
  • Big Beaver (Mount Airy)
  • Shippensburg (Parx Casino)
  • Morgantown (Penn National)

There are no firm opening dates for any of these Category 4 locations. You can keep track of the specifics of each mini-casino auction on our sister site, PlayPennsylvania.


PA online lottery

The online lottery is a state-run piece of gambling expansion. The Pennsylvania Lottery already offers lottery tickets for popular drawings like Powerball and Mega Millions at hundreds of retailers across the state.

Like online casinos, participants do not have to be Pennsylvania residents to play the PA iLottery . However, they must be physically within the state’s borders. Players must also be at least 18 years old.

Currently, the only online games available online are instant games, which are essentially online scratch-off games. There is potential for more games in the future though.

In May, the Lottery began to offer the monitor game Keno. Later, on Aug. 16, the Pennsylvania Lottery launched the sports-betting variant Xpress Sports virtual sports on its land-based video lottery terminals (VLTs). These machines simulate a fake race with animation, allowing players to bet in advance on the results.

The Lottery Commission does not plan to offer virtual sports online at launch, but it is possible the concept may go online in the future.


With the new forms of PA online casinos & gambling, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has updated its self-exclusion policy to include this area.

Problem gambling affects a minority of players. This can lead to destructive patterns of behavior, and counseling or treatment may be required. If you are concerned about problem gambling, either for yourself or someone else, you’ll find a self-assessment questionnaire on this page, provided by the nonprofit Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania.

Gamblers in Pennsylvania can exclude themselves from the gaming areas of the casinos. This can be done at the PGCB officecasinos or via registered treatment providers. Individuals can exclude themselves for one year, five years or a lifetime. For the one- and five-year options, people need to cancel the exclusion — if not, then it remains in place. A form with descriptive information and a current photo is required as part of this process.

Online there are extra tools for problem gamblers above and beyond simple exclusions. There are shorter timeout optionsbet and deposit limits, and full self-exclusion. Each online gambling site will have a responsible gambling page. The page will list links to local assistance organizations, a questionnaire, and instructions on how to exclude / set limits.



You’ll be able to bet on sports, play casino games / slots, enjoy online poker, bet on horses and play state lottery games online.


Geolocation technology has become very accurate. While there were some issues close to the state border in New Jersey on launch, these have since been resolved. IP address information and Wi-Fi are used. For mobile devices close to the border, you could also install extra software to verify that you are in Pennsylvania if there are issues.


You need to be 18+ to bet on horses (or enter a racetrack casino) and to buy lottery tickets. For other forms of gambling and land-based casinos, the minimum age is 21.


Anyone 21+ who is within the Pennsylvania state lines can gamble online. There is no requirement to be a permanent resident.


The first online casinos are expected to go live in July 2019.


Yes. There will be a lot of competition between the casino brands, and a lot of opportunities to grab a welcome bonus. These take several forms:

  • Free play bonuses: Small amounts (for example $20) simply for registering
  • Matched first deposit bonuses: Usually a 100% match to your first deposit
  • Comp / loyalty point schemes: Online gambling sites will reward your play, often using tiered loyalty schemes
  • Promos / special offers: It is worth keeping an eye on the “promotions” pages for extra deals


The initial gambling licenses was awarded to holders of full casino / slots licenses.


Responsible gambling is part of the licensing requirements for online gambling sites. They need to provide information, links to help organizations and tools for timeout / bet limits / self-exclusion. A complaints process via the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board could be used to flag any issues with the sites.


Some credit cards will be accepted by PA gambling sites, and PayPal should be included eventually. Banks sometimes decline transactions for online gambling, so if your initial credit card is declined, try another option.


No. Accounts are limited to one per person and one per physical location / household. This is to prevent bonus abuse. Detecting multiple accounts is very simple, and those accounts will be locked.


Pennsylvania has a high tax rate for gambling activities compared to other states. This is an effective rate of 36%, in addition to a $10 million license fee. While this caused controversy when introduced, it has not prevented the sale of licenses.


Yes, gambling winnings are taxed at 3.07%.


Yes. You will find several OTBs around the state. These are listed in the article above.


At the moment SugarHouseParx and BetRivers all allow play via mobile devices. There are Android apps, and the websites automatically adjust to your screen size. Apple recently made betting apps move to the company’s own proprietary code, meaning there will be a delay before iOS betting apps appear.


With 12.8 million people living in the Keystone State — and a big sports fan base — the market for online gambling in Pennsylvania could be huge. Based on figures in New Jersey, this is likely to generate multiple billions of dollars a year in revenue. The 36% tax rate means that the state coffers could get a welcome boost.

Pennsylvania is the up-and-comer in the gambling market, operating casinos, a lottery, and offering both onsite and OTB wagering on horse races. And, as of October 2017, online gambling is legal in Pennsylvania.

Legal gaming began in Pennsylvania in 2004, allowing slot parlors to operate virtual lottery terminals (VLTs), which are centralized slots. Six years later the state expanded licensing to include poker. Currently, there are 12 casinos throughout the state offering over 25,000 slots and 300 poker tables.

Horse racing takes place at only two tracks, but wagering is available onsite and at off-track betting (OTB) venues.

In October 2017, Pennsylvania became the fourth state in the US to allow online gambling. Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law an expansive gaming package that authorizes online slots, online poker, online table games, daily fantasy sports, sports betting, VGTs, and more.

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