Philadelphia Casino and Sportsbook List
As of 2017, Pennsylvania has legalized most forms of gambling including sports betting, online casinos, online poker, and daily fantasy sports, giving casinos in Pennsylvania the option to apply for licensing to add online and retail sports betting. So far, nine Philadelphia-area casino operators already paid the required $10 million licensing fee. Now, it's time to save the date with the launch of online casinos upon us. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board told gaming operators that licensed internet operators should be ready to go live with online gambling the week of July 15, 2019.
SugarHouse is the first online sports betting app in Pennsylvania, launched on May 28th, 2019 and is available for Android phones and desktop. PA residents can wager on all of the popular American sports as well as foreign sports like cricket and cycling.
List of Pennsylvania Sportsbooks getting ready to launch online July 15th:
Valley Forge Casino Resort
Owned by Boyd gaming and partners with FanDuel, a casino operating in New Jersey with a strong online/mobile platform. Valley has already established a relationship with the neighborhood market as well as the FanDuel daily fantasy sports brand. As one of the top online sportsbooks in New Jersey, players can expect the Pennsylvania app to be connected to their existing casino's promotional program, Valley Club.
The property received licensing approval Oct 31, 2018, and launched its sportsbook in January 2019. They are expected to launch online in July 2019. Harrah's has partnered with Scientific Games, who also run Caesars Entertainments casinos, so customers can expect something similar for the app.
The sister property to SugarHouse, both powered by Kambi, players can expect to see the iRush Rewards Program that is known in New Jersey as the premier online rewards program.
Mount Airy and BetStars
Partnered with The Stars Group, Mount Airy is expected to launch an online casino July 15, however, they have yet to submit an application to the PGCB which prevents them from taking things online.
Also powered by Kambi, players can expect the Parx online sportsbook to look similar to the Play SugarHouse app in New Jersey. Closed wifi network will be in place to allow players to wager on the casino floor as well as providing access to a shared wallet that can be used for the online casino platform and mobile sports betting.
Having partnered with William Hill for all sports betting operations, those in Philadelphia can expect similar to the app in New Jersey which offers multiple betting options.
Presque Isles Downs
Presque has partnered with Churchill Downs and will rely on software and brand from BetAmerica. Before anything, Presque still needs to establish its retail sportsbook before it launches online.
Every PA sportsbook needs to successfully launch a retail sportsbook before it can start with online betting.
Philadelphia Online Gambling Licenses
There are three gambling licenses in the state of Pennsylvania that each requires a separate application and allows operators to sell different games. Each license is sold at $4 million however, the first 90 game operators were given the option by the PGCB to purchase all three for $10 million. All casinos listed above, except for Rivers and Presque, took the package deal on all three.
PA gambling licenses cover the following areas:
- Online Slots games
- Online Poker and other P2P online games
- House-banked games
Only one online sportsbook is allowed per license, and sports betting license holders are locked to only one online site and/or mobile app.
On top of the $10 million for licenses, venues also have to pay:
- 34% tax on gross gaming revenue
- 2% local share assessment tax
- .25% federal excise tax on handle
This makes a total of around 41% of their profits that sportsbooks will be giving back and because of high fees and taxes, some PA slot licensees are choosing not to offer single-game sports betting both live and through the Internet.
Best Online Casinos in the PA Sports Betting Market
New Jersey reported 80% of wagers are accounted for from mobile betting accounts and takes in about 8-10 times more bets a month compared to Pennsylvania retail sportsbooks. With the number of casinos located in PA, it will not come as a surprise that many if not all will want to start offering sports betting.
SugarHouse and River Casino
Instead of waiting to launch in PA, Rush Street Gaming went ahead and launched the PlayHouseSugar brand in New Jersey, starting with an online casino then its online sportsbook in 2018. As Rush was first to launch it is expected to see benefits from the head start, especially with its mobile betting. The top two in the retail sports betting market (so far) are SugarHouse Casino and Rivers Casino located in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Another dominating sportsbook in New Jersey, FanDuel is looked at as a daily fantasy sports site. It is expected to take advantage of its partnership with Valley Forge Casino and control the PA market once it goes live. Known for its promotions and a broad variety of bets FanDuel is predicted to become one of the national leaders in the US sports betting scene.
South Philadelphia Turf Club
One of the first venues to offer sports betting in Pennsylvania, South Philadelphia Turf Club is situated within walking distance from every major Philadelphia sports team. While it will be making its profit off its sister location Parx Casino app, it is worth noting that this is one sportsbook with a significant edge over the rest of the retail market.
If things go as planned in PA, by the time football season starts it is expected that 4-6 more apps should hit the online sports betting market.
Upcoming Events in Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia Phillies officially announced that the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is coming to Philadelphia in 2026. The South Philadelphia Turf Club has been offering retail sports betting in Pennsylvania since January with another casino, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, currently under construction and is expected to open in 2020.
This means by the time the All-Star game has arrived in Philadelphia, 7 years from now, there will be two retail sportsbooks within walking distance of Citizens Bank Park and with the launch of PA sports betting online, fans will be able to wager legally with one hand.