Mobile Casino Apps
In case Pennsylvania players needed something else to get excited about after the state legalized online gambling; we bring you, mobile casinos! Since July 2019, players have been able to play their favorite casino games online legally as four casinos launched online platforms. While we're still waiting for more casinos to go live, PA players currently have access to casino table games, video poker, online poker, and online slots, from their desktop or mobile device.
The great thing about PA mobile casino's is having the freedom to take your favorite casino game wherever you go, as long as you have a good connection and stay in the Keystone State. With mobile casinos, players have access to most of the same features you would find on the desktop version along with a few unique features like exclusive bonuses. Our guide breaks down what each casino in PA currently offers from their mobile platforms and what you as a player can expect when downloading a casino app.
Advantages to Mobile Casino
There are a lot of advantages to mobile gambling in Pennsylvania from being able to play wherever you want in the state, to promotions accessible only off your mobile app! In such a competitive market PA casinos are doing everything they can to attract potential players to their site and seeing as the most revenue is brought in from mobile gamblers, a strong mobile platform is key.
Games on mobile can be an advantage and a disadvantage. The pro is how well some games translate to your phone, like slots. While cell phone screens aren't very large, online slots fit perfectly on any phone screen and software providers have done a great job making sure these games are user-friendly and compatible. This is why you will see all PA game libraries stocked with slot titles.
This is probably the biggest pro when it comes to mobile gambling. Having a PA casino accessible on your cell phone means you are free to play from the game library anywhere in the state, as long as you can find and keep a good connection. While 4G works fine, we recommend trying to stick to WiFi as it is easier to verify the player's location and reduces any sort of glitches or bugs that could occur because of slow connection.
Account Management and Promotions
Not only do you have access to casino games, but the mobile version of PA casinos also provides players with access to their online accounts. This means, via mobile, players can deposit and withdraw, see the casino feed, contact support and Responsible Gaming, and claim bonuses. Keeping up with the competition, players can also expect to see promotions tailored specifically to those on mobile which can be claimed and used towards casino points or real money games.
Disadvantages to Mobile Casino
With all the pros, come a few cons for mobile gaming.
Desktop platforms of PA casinos will feature up to the hundreds in casino game titles, whereas mobile apps are a bit more limited. When a game transfers from desktop to mobile, it requires a completely new interface in order to be compatible with the phone which is something that takes time. This is the job or software and game designers who are already handling the desktop version, so it seems better to push out games already ready for mobile and focus on the desktop site while casinos in PA still get used to the new legislation.
As online gambling was legalized in the state of Pennsylvania, we saw Apple release some new policies affecting gambling apps. In order for a casino to be accessible to those on iOS devices, the app is required to use Apple's programming code. There is also a GeoGaurd app iPhone users can download to have access to the online casino apps, which tracks the player's IP address to verify where the player is located. Since launching July, a lot of online casinos have managed to get an app out for iOS users but the game libraries remain very small compared to the site.
PA Casino Apps
Since July, players in Pennsylvania have watched four casinos launch and continue to update and grow each of their platforms. SugarHouse PA, Hollywood, and Parx Casino all understand the importance of having a successful mobile-friendly casino, which is why each offers some sort of phone platform for players to try on. It took months after SugarHouse went live online but PokerStars has officially joined the PA party and brought an app compatible for Android and iPhone users right at the start. Did we mention online poker is also live in PA now, thanks to PokerStars?
SugarHouse was third to launch its online casino in July but the first to use GeoGaurd and provide access to its iOS users. In terms of the mobile casino, players will see an app very similar to the casino site with most of the same titles making up the SugarHouse game library and features like demo mode, banking, and opting in or out of promotions. To get a complete rundown of the app, you can visit the PlaySugarHouse site where players will also find a downloadable link. Seeing how well SugarHouse is doing in the New Jersey gambling market, we here in Pennsylvania are expecting some big things from the company.
Hollywood was first out of the gate to launch its casino online in the state, and with it came a pretty good mobile app that almost replicates its desktop version. Both iOS and Android users will find downloadable links on the casino site and have access to over 60 slot titles, which include:
- Divine Fortune
- Wolf Run
- Da Vinci Diamonds
Players also have access to casino games and features like a game filter, live feeds informing players about new jackpots won, and guides to your favorite game.
Parx landed right in the middle of Hollywood and SugarHouse, launching an online platform available just for Android users in July but, now updated, accessible to iOS users too. Powered by IGT, the Parx casino app features exclusive slots as well as a number of popular casino games. Players can receive daily bonuses just from signing in to the app along with free spins available on the slot games.
Here are a few games designed by IGT that players will find on the Parx app:
- Triple Diamond
- IGT Roulette
- IGT Blackjack
- Game King Double Double Bonus Poker
- Cash Coaster
- She's a Rich Girl
Players can download the app of the Parx casino site by following the download link.
PokerStars teamed up with PA casino Mount Airy to launch an online casino and brought online poker and an iOS-friendly app with it! The Pokerstars app has been getting rave reviews on its software and platform, and the fact that it features pretty much everything you will see on the desktop site. Just find a steady WiFi connection and download the app from the PokerStars site which will link you to the Apple or Google Store.
Geolocation software is used by every online casino in Pennsylvania in order to track a player's IP address and verify exactly where a player is located and playing from. This is to ensure no one outside of the state tries to sign up and if there is any doubt, will lose access to the online casino. Players will have the most success connecting in Pennsylvania using WiFi as while 4G provides a stable connection, you are more likely to run into some problems. Try and stay away from WiFi hotspots, public connections, and it's good to speak to an internet provider to understand if you have any other restrictions.
Players in the KeyStone state will find a GeoComply app in the App Store or Google Play and can follow the simple instructions to download the app. After that, accessing any online casino in the state should be no problem!