The Keystone State is killing it right now for gaming fans. Recent developments mean that Pennsylvania online gambling will be expanded, offering people within the state’s borders more variety.
There’s a lot to take in, so we figured we’d do a good explainer article so you can take in all the key information. Then you’ll be as ready as you can be to tackle Pennsylvania online gambling as you see fit!
When is Pennsylvania online gambling starting?
That, my friends, is a slightly complicated question.
As you may already know, you can already do limited online gambling in the Keystone State. For example, PA iLottery gives you the opportunity to do online scratchcards.
But what’s been happening of late is a serious expansion. Sportsbook has already arrived in Pennsylvania, much to the delight of sports fans.
Then from 15 July, you’ll also be able to access casino and poker games in Pennsylvania. That’s really great news for everyone who loves slots, because they’re included in the expansion.
What sites are going to be available for online gambling in Pennsylvania?
In total, there are 12 operators who hold licenses to offer Pennsylvania online gambling.
Much like the New Jersey regulations, you’ve got to have a physical online casino before you can qualify for a license. Here are the bricks-and-mortar casinos that have applied for and have successfully been granted licenses:
- Mount Airy
- Presque Isle Downs
- Stadium Casino
- Lady Luck Nemacolin
- Sands Bethlehem
- Moghegan Sun Pocono
- Valley Forge
Are there any Pennsylvania online gambling bonus codes?
As a matter of fact, there are. Or at least there will be very soon. And we know where to get one of the best ones.
We think we’re going to be very interested in PlaySugarHouse, who already have a presence in neighbouring state New Jersey.
So here’s some insider information. From 15 July, an exclusive PlaySugarHouse bonus code should appear on this page. If you’re going to sign up, definitely use it for a sweet sign up offer.
Who will be able to play slots online in Pennsylvania?
There are a two essential criteria for you to be able to qualify to play slots on a Pennsylvania gambling website. They are:
- You must be physically located within the borders of Pennsylvania while accessing the site
- You must be at least 21 years or older
Interestingly, that means you don’t necessarily have to be a PA resident. As long as you’re within the borders, you should be good to go.
At the same time, if you’re a Keystone State resident who’s on vacation, you can’t access these online gambling sites from outside the state.
But also keep in mind that the regular site rules and regulations also count. So for example if you’re barred from a casino or self-excluded, you won’t be able to play online.
Is this costing the casinos a lot of money to provide?
Not that we’re too concerned with profits for casinos, but in case you’re curious, yes it is costing a lot to get set up.
There are three separate licenses that casinos could apply for: slots, casino games and poker. They could either buy these separately at $4 million each, or buy all three for $10 million. Most casinos opted for the latter option.
Then once they’re set up and ready to go, they’ll also be taxed on their profits at a sky-high rate. Much higher than comparable taxes in New Jersey, PA casinos will have to shell out 16-54% in tax, depending on the type of game.
Interestingly, slots games are taxed at the upper band. For slots fans, that could be a blessing or a curse. There’s a chance that casinos will put less of a focus on slots because they won’t get as much of a return. But things could go the other way, they might try to attract as many people as possible to that side of the business so they make a decent amount of money on it.
In general, the high costs could make it less appealing for these casinos to continue with online offerings or fewer casinos will decide to dip their toe in in the future.
Having said that, growth is strong in New Jersey (albeit with much lower tax rates), so hopefully it’s profitable enough in Pennsylvania to keep the industry going strong.
Whatever happens, here’s hoping they invest in slots…