Pennsylvania Online Casino Games
As of July 15th, 2019, any player located within the borders of Pennsylvania and over the age of 21 can play their favorite casino games, legally, online! The summer of 2019 has been very exciting for the Keystone state as more PA casinos start to launch online platforms for desktop and mobile casinos, giving players all kinds of online gambling options. In order for a land-based PA casino to go online, they must apply for an Interactive Gaming License, which is broken down into three categories; online poker, online slots, and house-banked games. Good news for Pittsburgh players is that ten casinos have already applied and been approved for the packages with three accessible on the web and now available to wager on 24/7.
By the end of the year, we can predict that many more Pennsylvania casinos will be going online, including online poker rooms too. Due to all the partnerships forming between online casino brands and land-based PA casinos, gamblers can expect to start seeing more mobile apps, expanding game libraries and casino sites.
Casino Online Pittsburgh
Before any PA online casino can release a game library, it needs to be reviewed and approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Right now, players can find variations of blackjack, roulette, baccarat, slots, and poker all available from online casinos in PA and what’s better, is most of the games have a demo mode which allows players to test out titles for free before putting down any of their own money. Since all online casinos in PA are monitored by the PGCB and tested for fairness and integrity, players joining online casinos in the state can have a sense of security while gambling.
Online slots are by far the most popular game featured on online casinos in Pennsylvania, offering players hundreds of titles to choose from. Compared to slots found in the land-based casinos, online slots have much faster playtimes, instant payouts to players and many more slot games to choose from.
Right now, three casinos have launched online in Pennsylvania and each has a variety of slots for players to choose from, so long as they are located within the state borders.
- Hollywood Online Casino
- Parx Online Casino
- SugarHouse Online Casino
Players have two types of online slots they could play; progressive or traditional.
- Progressive - Very similar to traditional slots except for the fact that players have the chance to hit a huge jackpot on one spin when playing progressive slots, also known as jackpot slots.
- Traditional - Instead of players hitting a large jackpot on a single spin, traditional slots offer players in Pittsburgh static jackpots. Unless the player has chosen to wager a big amount, it is rare that anyone playing traditional slots will see earnings in the six to seven digits.
Anyone playing on a PA online casino will be able to search for their favorite slot titles using the filters on the site, as well as the number of reels, progressive jackpots, software developers, etc.
Types of online slot machines available on Pittsburgh online casinos:
- Bonus Video Slots
- Buy a Bonus
- Classic 3-Reel Slots
- Free Spins
- Pick’ Em Bonus
- Themed Slots
Players should also understand the Return To Player rate when playing online slots, which is basically the amount of money an online game will take in that eventually goes back to payout players. For example, if a slot has an RTP of 95%, then the house is taking a five percent edge and five percent will go to the casino for every bet placed. It also means that players will be paid back 95 cents out of every dollar put into the game, so if someone loses $300 on the selected slot then $285 will be paid back over time to other players.
RTP on slots is set by the casino so players want to be on the right side and the right time of the slots RTP to see winnings.
Online poker in Pennsylvania has a lot of potentials to do well in the online gambling scene due to the large population of over 13 million alone, not to mention the interest online companies have taken to moving into the Keystone state. Seven companies, including PokerStars and partypoker, have secured online poker licenses and have started partnering with PA casinos. 888 Poker has connections with Harrah’s Philadelphia and Mount Airy while PokerStars is also partners with Mount Airy. Pennsylvania is also expected to join the Multi-State Internet Gaming Association which allows players to combine pools in the states of Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Since the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board monitors all of the online casino sites in the state, the regulations for online poker are very strict. Sites will be required to verify the identification of players, and those looking to wager online must be at least 21 years of age and located within the borders of Pennsylvania. Online casinos will also be using geolocation to enforce these rules and game operators will be looking at an online gambling tax of 16 percent on gross revenue.
While online poker has not yet been launched in the state, casinos are building up to it and making sure the sites are secure and following the gambling regulations to a tee before they go live. Players can expect to see online poker sites from the following PA casinos as they start to go live:
- SugarHouse Casino
- Valley Forge Casino
- Parx Casino
- Mount Airy Resort Casino
- Hollywood Casino
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- Mohegan Sun Pocono
Online Table Games
As online casinos in Pennsylvania start to launch, each is bringing a selection of table games for players to wager on. From blackjack, roulette, and craps, players can expect to see different variations of each of these as well as nontraditional table games that will give players the chance to win even more.
Blackjack is one of the most popular games played in casinos around the world, mainly because of how high the chances are of the player beating the house. In PA, the rules are as followed for blackjack online:
- House edge is 0.40 percent, creating an RTP of 99.6%.
- Blackjack pays 3:2
- The dealer stands on a soft 17.
- Players can split on up to three hands, not including aces.
- Double down on any two cards and after splits.
- Late surrender occurs when the dealer doesn’t have blackjack and players can give up half the bet.
Roulette is another extremely popular casino game played around the world with easy to follow rules and nice payouts. The house edge is affected depending on which wheel is used; American or European.
- House edge for American roulette: 5.26% with an RTP of 94.74%.
- House edge for European roulette: 2.7% with an RTP of 97.3%.
Roulette is played with a wheel that has numbered slots in the colors red, black, and green. Players are placing bets on a single number, a group of numbers, and red or black. Once the wheel starts to spin, a ball is rolled in the opposite and whichever slot the balls lands in decides the outcome of the game and bets.
Baccarat can be played on three different table sizes but the gameplay remains the same.
- The dealer will hand out two hands with two cards in each; one to the Banker and one to the Player.
- Players must bet on who will have the hand closest to the value of nine, the Player or the Banker, or a tie.
- 10’s and face cards have no value.
- Aces have a value of one point.
- Remaining cards value is what is printed on the face.
There is a 5% commission charged on winning Banker bets, with an RTP of 98.94%. Player bets see an RTP of 98.76% and ties come to 85.6%.
Mobile Casino Pittsburgh
Online casinos launched in Pennsylvania have run into problems when it comes to availability for iOS devices. Apple changed its rules in terms of gambling apps and requires casino apps to be programmed in Apple’s language.
Good news for Android users is online casinos coming out with mobile apps have the links right on the site for mobile download; casinos will not be available for download through the Google Play store.
While casino apps will not feature nearly as many games as found on online sites, the apps work considerably faster when it comes to bonus downloads, slots, etc. Players can also manage their online casino accounts through the mobile app as well as make deposits and withdrawals and join promotions. Some online casinos will even offer bonuses that can only be claimed and used while playing on the mobile app.