On the first day that online casinos could launch in Pennsylvania, Parx Online Casino and Hollywood Online Casino debuted, with SugarHouse Online Casino PA ready to open on July 17. They may not be in their full form yet, with limited games and slots and no live dealer games currently, but expansion for all three casinos is on the horizon, including a potential rebranding of SugarHouse Casino Online PA as Rivers Philadelphia in the fall.
Let's take a closer look at these three new online casinos in Pennsylvania and their current offerings.
Hollywood Online Casino Opens Up With A Soft Launch In Pennsylvania
Hollywood Online Casino in Pennsylvania became the first online casino to launch in the state. It also became the first to run into some issues, as they had registration struggles at the start of their soft launch at 11 am EST. on July 15. They quickly remedied those issues, and players were able to register without issue.
Hollywood Gives New Customers A $25 No-Deposit Bonus Upon Signing Up
New players get a nice surprise that not many other places offer in PA offer, as the Hollywood Online Casino bonus code comes with a $25 no-deposit offer. You only have to play through the bonus once to withdraw your winnings, and you have 180 days to use all of the bonus money before losing it.
Games Offered At Hollywood Casino Online
As of their soft launch, Hollywood Casino has the following games on their site:
- 44 online slot games (no progressive jackpots)
- Video Poker
A lot of the well-known offerings that you could come to expect at neighboring New Jersey online casinos, such as blackjack, craps, and live dealer games, are not currently offered at Hollywood. We may have to wait for tweaks to blackjack, as the rules in the Keystone State are different than other states like New Jersey.
Parx Online Casino Offers Table Games At Launch
Starting their two-day soft launch on July 15 shortly after Hollywood is Parx, with a similar spread of games to play for new users:
- 40+ online slot games
- European Roulette
- American Roulette
- Video Poker
As you can see, Parx offers blackjack and gives their customers the choice of European Roulette and American Roulette. Blackjack is tweaked to abide by the rules stated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to offer a 3:2 payout when you get dealt Blackjack.
If you read our How To Play Roulette guide, you should already know to bypass American Roulette and go straight to European Roulette for a smaller house advantage, thanks to having just one green zero space on the wheel.
Parx Online Sportsbook Also Now Open For Bets In Pennsylvania
Opening up in late June, Parx Online Sportsbook is now connected with Parx Online Casino, giving players a one-stop shop for both casino games and sports betting. Their sports offerings are vast and easy to jump into, with many sports to choose from and types of bets to place.
Parx Online Casino Bonus Offers
While they don't have a no-deposit bonus as Hollywood Casino does, the Parx Online Casino first-deposit bonus is a quality offer. You can score a 100 percent match on your first deposit up to $500. There is a 20x wagering requirement with the following percentage breakdown for each gamet:
- Slots pay 100 percent
- Roulette pays 50 percent
- All other games pay 10 percent
You have 30 days from receiving the bonus to meet the requirements before losing the remainder of the bonus. As you can see, slot players benefit the most.
Parx Online Sportsbook Risk-Free Bet
Parx Online Sportsbook offers a risk-free bet. Deposit $10 or more and then make your first sports bet on the site up to $250 to qualify for the risk-free bet. If that wager loses, they will refund you with bonus money, up to $250. You only need to play through the bonus money once before you can withdraw cash.
SugarHouse Online Casino Will Begin Live Testing On July 17
SugarHouse Online Casino will become the third online casino in Pennsylvania to test their site when their soft launch begins on Wednesday, July 17. Unlike the three days that Hollywood Casino Online has for testing, both Parx and SugarHouse only need two testing days because of their successful experience in launching their online sportsbooks in the state.
Also note that RushStreet is planning on incorporating the SugarHouse brand into Rivers Philadelphia by Fall 2019. It is expected that Rivers Online Casino will launch in PA as well.
SugarHouse Online Sportsbook Having Successful Launch
Launching with BetRivers, SugarHouse was the first in Pennsylvania to offer sports betting. Even without much marketing for the first four days of the sportsbook launch, SugarHouse still took in $573,163 in total bets. Stretched over 30 days, that would add up to about a $4.4 million handle. Besides being a well-known brand within the Keystone State, the SugarHouse Online Sportsbook also benefits from having a 100 percent match first-deposit bonus, up to $250, with a one-time playthrough to be able to withdraw the bonus money. The sportsbook's early success could show the way for immediate success for SugarHouse Casino Online upon its launch.