A Definitive Guide to Online Betting & Gambling in the Quaker State
Its cheers all around in the State of Independence, as Pennsylvania joins the list of the select few American States who have now legalized sports betting and online gambling after the overruling of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) is the governing body that is in charge of controlling all online and offline gambling activities in the state. According to their regulations, online poker, casino games, and slot games are all legal on both desktop and mobile devices.
Currently, existing offline service providers are tying up with online gaming companies to offer online sports betting, poker, and slots. Executive Director of PGCB, Kevin O’Toole, has set up a fast-track system, allowing new operators to get licenses very quickly. Gambling service providers interested in getting a license to operate in Pennsylvania can either pay $4 million for any one of the above three services or purchase licenses for the set at $10 million. Insiders reveal that ten more licenses are up for grabs in Pennsylvania.
In terms of tax rates, the state stands at 36% for online sports betting and 54% for online slots. Luckily for players and bettors, it’s the operators who need to bear the expenses; meaning costs of the online games will be significantly lesser than in other states. However, this does affect the payout rates and the odds for players.
Prior to making any bet, players and bettors need to first create an account with the preferred operator of their choice. The same account will be used by multiple operators any time a player visits a new operator to place a bet.
When it comes to the top operators to tap into when in Pennsylvania, bettors and players can visit websites of some of the top casino chains in the country. These include – Hollywood Penn National (powered by William Hill US), Harrah’s Philadelphia (owned & operated by Caesar’s Entertainment), Lady Luck Casino (to be acquired by Eldorado Group & Churchill Downs), Parx Casino (partnered with GAN and Kambi), Presque Isle Downs (soon to partner with BetAmerica), Rivers Casino and Sugarhouse Casino (partnered with Rush Street Interactive) Sands Bethlehem (to be bought by Poarch Band of Creek Indians), The Meadows Casino (owned & operated by Penn National), Valley Forge Casino (partnered with FanDuel), and Mohegan Sun Pocono (as-yet unlicensed).
Many new games are said to be released in Pennsylvania soon, like PlaySugarHouse by Rivers Casino and SugarHouse Casino and Party Poker by Valley Forge Casino, amongst others.