Pennsylvania online gambling is just weeks away. In October of 2017, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an unprecedented gambling expansion into law.
Since then, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has been working to set up several new regulated gaming industries, including:
- Online casino
- Online sports betting
- Online poker
Why so long to get things off the ground? Well, PGCB is starting from the scratch on most everything. Additionally, they are trying to deal with multiple gaming verticals at the same time.
What does that mean for players?
Unfortunately, it means it is going to take a little time to get everything up and running. The bright side is, things should start rolling out soon. Online sports betting should arrive in February. After that though, it sounds like it will be almost summertime before online slots, table games, and poker roll out.
Five things you need to know about Pennsylvania online casinos
Here is the latest on when online casinos might launch:
|Casino||Existing online partners||Potential or speculated partner||Interactive application status|
|Hollywood (Penn National)||N/A||IGT||Conditionally approved|
|Mount Airy||888 / PokerStars||N/A||Conditionally approved|
|Sands Bethlehem||N/A||N/A||Conditionally approved|
|SugarHouse||Rush Street Interactive / Kambi||N/A||Conditionally approved|
|Valley Forge||IGT / GAN||partypoker / GVC||Conditionally approved|
|Stadium Park Philly Live! Casino||N/A||GAN||Conditionally approved|
|Presque Isle Downs||Golden Nugget||NetEnt||Conditionally approved|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono||Kindred||N/A||Conditionally approved|
|MGM Resorts||bwin.party||partypoker / GVC||Approved QGE|
|Golden Nugget NJ||NYX||N/A||Approved QGE|
You can play from anywhere in Pennsylvania
You don’t have to live in Pennsylvania full time to play on an online gambling site. Anyone located within the state can play.
If you’re wondering how sites can tell where you are, the answer is geolocation. Sites use geolocation technology to determine exactly where you and your phone or computer are.
The location devices are extremely precise and go to great lengths to make sure no out of state people get in. In fact, the only time locations may be off are near the state lines, where you might get a false negative that you are just out of the state versus just inside it.
How do I set up an online casino account?
It only takes a few minutes to set up an account at most online casinos. A few things to know in advance. First, players at online casinos must be at least 21 years old. Additionally, you will be expected to provide a certain amount of personal information to confirm your age.
Typically, online casinos require:
- Date of birth
- Last six digits of your Social Security Number
Additionally, when you deposit and withdraw, you will need to provide info for your preferred method for these financial transactions.
Expect a wide variety of games
What is great about online casinos is that they run out of space. While brick and mortar casinos have finite supplies of different games and seats, online casinos can have hundreds of people playing blackjack at the same time.
Slots are the most popular game and you can expect online casinos to have some of the most popular slot titles.
There will also be most of the standard table games fare, like:
- Video poker
Eventually, you can also expect live dealer games, where a dealer in a studio deals the game like they would at a casino, bring the casino experience directly to you wherever you are.
Not every online gambling site is okay in Pennsylvania
Not all online gambling sites are created equal. What the PA gaming law does is allow for are intrastate regulated online gambling. Typically, most sites will be tied to a land-based Pennsylvania casino. All of the sites are also under the jurisdiction of the PGCB.
Make sure that the sites you play on are under PGCB jurisdiction. These are the following groups that will eventually offer online casinos: