Harrah’s Philadelphia may not be the biggest casino in Pennsylvania, but it has one of the strongest online brands out there. Its parent company, Caesars Entertainment, is the only gambling company with a presence in both Nevada and New Jersey.
Thanks to its online casinos in New Jersey, Caesars Casino and Harrah’s Casino, the corporation has experience with regulated gambling. Additionally, it has the strength of the World Series of Poker name with the online poker room WSOP.com.
Not only will Harrah’s benefit from the in-house Caesars Interactive Entertainment unit, but it also has a partnership with global online poker room 888 to use to its advantage.
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Like its sister sites in Nevada and New Jersey, the Harrah’s Philadelphia online casino will almost certainly be tied to the brick and mortar Caesars Rewards player loyalty program.
Caesars Rewards is a major selling point, as players in Pennsylvania can earn points playing online and redeem them at any of Caesars Entertainment’s land-based casinos across North America.
Unlike other local or regional casinos in the Keystone State, Harrah’s can promise rewards in Vegas and Diamond or Seven Star Total Rewards status for its high-volume players.
The two online casino platforms Caesars Entertainment uses in New Jersey actually have different software providers. Caesars runs on the Amaya Gaming platform. The deal gives Caesars Casino players a chance to play games from both IGT and ShuffleMaster, among others.
Meanwhile, 888 provides the casino platform for Harrah’s Casino. The Harrah’s game selection is not as vast as Caesars Casino. As such, it is not surprising that Caesars performs better than Harrah’s does when it comes to online casino revenue.
This means it is not exactly a no-brainer that Harrah’s Philadelphia’s online casino will use the Harrah’s Casino online platform. They could opt for the wider range of games available on Caesars. Or, like New Jersey, they could offer both.
Unfortunately for Harrah’s, there is debate regarding how many skins each online casino license can have. Some casinos, like Parx, want to limit each casino to one skin. Moreover, they want that one skin to feature the name of the actual Pennsylvania casino. If that were the case, Harrah’s has no choice but to embrace HarrahsCasino.com.
Should the extreme limits of skins go into effect, it could also hamper Harrah’s ability to operate its online poker site as WSOP.com.
While the skin limits are a possibility, they are far from certain or even likely at this point. With that in mind, let’s look at what kinds of games and features Harrah’s Philadelphia can offer given the full complement of options Caesars Entertainment utilizes in New Jersey.
If we know one thing about Harrah’s Philadelphia, it’s that Caesars Entertainment won’t let it go live without a mobile platform. Naturally, we can’t say for sure that a mobile casino app will go live in sync with the desktop site. However, we’d put good money on this operator offering one of the leading mobile gaming experiences at some point in the future.
To show you what we mean, let’s skip over to Caesars in NJ. First off, we can tell you there will not be an option for iOS users – only Android. An iOS option is in the works.
In terms of potential specifics, Harrah’s mobile casino is likely to feature 150+ games. Slots will form the backbone of the mobile package, but don’t discount the table games. Thanks to Caesars’ prowess in the software department and the company’s relationship with 888, you should be able to enjoy some innovative offerings.
Naturally, progressive jackpots and video slots will catch your eye. From Merlin’s Millions and Raging Rhino to Zeus III, all the industry’s major hits will be there. With regards to table games and video poker, you’ll not be short of options.
Blackjack featuring Vegas rules as well as formats is likely to be on the menu. Beyond that, roulette and video poker will also come in a variety of styles. However, where we think Harrah’s Philadelphia could make its mark is the “other games” department.
When you look at Caesars NJ, you’ll see that its “other games” lobby features a selection of scratchcards. If Harrah’s Philadelphia can integrate these into its mobile app, it’ll be onto a winner. As well as offering high-octane action and lucrative payouts, scratchcards are designed to be tactile (i.e., you scratch to win). This fits perfectly with the functionality of modern mobiles.
Therefore, if Harrah’s Philadelphia can offer mobile scratch games, you’ll be able to enjoy a truly immersive gaming experience.
Harrah’s Online Casino NJ doesn’t have the best search functionality. The casino games lobby is fairly rudimentary, and the category headings are lacking in some respects. Now, we’re not saying you can’t find what you’re looking for. However, when you compare the site to some Garden State standouts, it’s not the most efficient or intuitive.
The one saving grace for those waiting on the release of Harrah’s Philadelphia Online Casino is CaesarsCasino.com. That site is a little slicker and, even though it’s not perfect, navigation is a little better. If we’re going to offer the developers one piece of advice, it would be to add more filters. Category headings are great, but if you can’t sort games and drill down into specifics, it makes it hard to find what you’re looking for. Indeed, with dozens of table games to choose from, instant access is important.
That issue aside, Harrah’s Philadelphia Online Casino should feature all the classics. Blackjack, roulette and video poker will be on the menu. Again, for this operator to get ahead, we’d like it to take inspiration from Caesars NJ. If the developers at Harrah’s Philadelphia can replicate Caesars’ “other games” lobby, the possibilities are endless. In addition to scratchcards, a page like this would allow the team to include virtual sports, Slingo and even things such as keno.
Finally, the one notable absence from Harrah’s New Jersey is live dealer games. At this stage, it’s not clear whether the Pennsylvania site will fill this void. In our opinion, if it doesn’t, it runs the risk of losing ground to its PA online casino peers.
Free play or real money slots, Harrah’s Philadelphia Online Casino will have both. Like its New Jersey counterpart, this site will want to attract a broad spectrum of players. This means offering a spread of slots that cover all betting limits.
For those who want to have fun, the demo games will provide the perfect introduction to the action. For those looking to turn bets into prizes, real money spins should start from the $0.01 mark. Now, before we speculate on the slots Harrah’s Philadelphia will offer, it’s important to note that bets are often based on a single payline.
Therefore, when it says the minimum bet is $0.01, this means that’s the smallest amount you can stake on a single payline. What you’ll then find is that the game may have 15 paylines. From there, if you can’t adjust the number of active paylines, you’ll have to pay at least $0.15 per spin. So, once you start scanning the Harrah’s Philadelphia online slots lobby, make sure you remember this.
In terms of the spinners you’re likely to see, many of the top titles from IGT will be there. Some of our favorites from Harrah’s New Jersey are Family Guy, Cleopatra, and Da Vinci Diamonds. Alongside IGT’s finest, WMS and NextGen will also bring the heat. From the former’s Raging Rhino to the latter’s Merlin’s Millions, Harrah’s slots lobby will certainly be well-stocked.
If we’re being critical, a few more progressive jackpot slots would be nice, as would some filters. Of course, the developers at Harrah’s Philadelphia may have already noted the shortcomings of their New Jersey cousin. However, if they haven’t, you may struggle to find the jackpot games among the 200+ slots available.
No online casino is complete without crowd favorite Blackjack. Players love the table game because it offers some of the best odds in the entire casino. The odds can vary across a wide array of Blackjack variants though. Factors like side bets, decks in the shoe, and when a dealer has to hit or stand.
Harrah’s Casino offers only standard Blackjack, while Caesars Casino spreads five different versions of the game, including European Blackjack and Vegas Blackjack.
If its sister sites in New Jersey is any indication, Harrah’s Philadelphia’s online casino will offer video poker. The Harrah’s Casino online site offers the following variants:
Caesars Casino has a wider range of video poker options. All told, Caesars offers 21 different versions of online video poker games.
Harrah’s online gambling site should be ready to accept:
Players should be able to receive payouts from Harrah’s Philadelphia online casino the same way they make deposits. This is likely to include electronic checks, wire transfers, traditional checks, Neteller, PayPal, and cash payouts at the casino cage.
Caesars Entertainment takes customer service very seriously. For its online gaming offerings, it offers the following kind of support: