Pennsylvania Online Gambling Is Finally Launching–Get The Dates Here

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on April 25, 2019 - Last Updated on March 7, 2022

Pennsylvania gaming enthusiasts have been patiently waiting for legal online gaming–and it’s finally beginning to unroll.

Months after land-based sports betting launched, online sports bettors and casino players are finally getting the chance to try their luck this summer.

The first Pennsylvania mobile sports betting app is now live

SugarHouse Sportsbook officially began live testing on May 28, making them the first to the Pennsylvania mobile sports betting finish line. Though the app is not available on iOS, bettors can find it on Android and web browsers on desktop and mobile.

More sportsbooks such as Parx and FanDuel, are expected to follow SugarHouse in the coming weeks.

Pennsylvania is the fourth state with mobile sports betting and fourth state with legal online poker.

Pennsylvania joins Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada with legal online gambling.

Pennsylvania online casinos

In April, Kevin O’Toole, executive director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), announced iGaming would begin on July 15.

Here is more from O’Toole:

“Staff has reviewed the estimated time that it would take for us and the industry to complete all necessary steps, and it is our view that 90 days would be adequate. Accordingly, I have advised the 10 iGaming certificate holders and three iGaming operators that a coordinated go-live period for interactive gaming will commence on July 15, 2019.”

The long road to PA online gaming

Eighteen months ago, Gov. Tom Wolf signed H 271, an expansive gaming package.

Ten of the state’s 13 casinos have secured permits to offer table games and slot machines online. Seven of the 10 will also have online poker.

Licenses to offer all three (slot machines, table games and poker) had an initial price point of $10 million.

Other provisions in the bill allow for:

  • Satellite casinos
  • Video gaming terminals at truck stops
  • Tablet games at airports
  • Online lottery
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Pennsylvania mobile sports betting joins retail sportsbooks

Land-based PA sports betting began in November 2018 when Hollywood Casino launched its retail sportsbook.

Retail sports betting in the Keystone State took in more than $44 million in wagers in March. Toss mobile wagering into the mix, which has dominated in nearby New Jersey, and Pennsylvania instantly becomes a major player in the sports betting market.

Sports betting licenses were $10 million each. There are several PA sportsbooks, many anticipating going online soon, following SugarHouse.

Presque Isle Downs opens its retail sportsbook on June 1.

Doug Harbach, communications director for the PGCB, told Legal Sports Report operators would begin testing soon.

“We expect to begin live testing of the online sports betting app for at least one of the approved casino vendors within the next two-three weeks,” Harbach said.

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Nick has had stints in Chicago and Washington, D.C., writing about politics, financial markets, and sports betting. He graduated from Texas Tech University and completed his master's degree in journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

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