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Finally, Pennsylvania online casinos are a real thing.

More than a year and a half after legislative approval, legal PA online casino games became a reality on Monday. While PA sports betting apps went live this spring, it took another six weeks or so before the first casinos began to roll out.

They’re here now.

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Which PA online casinos launched?

Three PA online casinos went live this week:

Parx was the first casino we knew would open on Monday, but Hollywood beat them to the punch at 11 a.m. Both had running countdown clocks leading up to launch, and Parx followed later that evening. SugarHouse was a bit slower to launch, with Wednesday being the magical day.

Of course, many more online casinos are coming later this summer — and perhaps into the fall.

Hollywood Casino: First look

Updated Monday at 11:42 a.m.

The online casino is live, but anyone who was trying to register initially was getting “service unavailable.” Now, however, people are able to sign up.

You can only access the casino via desktops (PC and Mac) as well as Android devices. There is no availability for iOS (iPhone and iPad) at launch due to ongoing problems with gambling apps and the App Store with Apple. (See update below.)

The portfolio of games is pretty limited at launch, with 40 online slots, a video poker game with nine variations and baccarat. Somehow, there is no blackjack.

This pales in comparison to the number of game titles at most NJ online casinos that are active, but Hollywood will likely add more games in the near future.

Early indications are that the PA Gaming Control Board is a bit slow to approve game types, hence the relatively small catalog at launch. If other online casinos have small offerings, that would likely confirm that guess.

Hollywood does include several pretty popular slot titles, such as:

  • Cleopatra
  • Crown of Egypt
  • Da Vinci Diamonds
  • Wolf Run
  • Siberian Storm

Parx Casino: First look

Updated Monday at 11:59 a.m.

Make it two PA online casinos that are open for business. As expected, Parx revealed its interactive gaming platform to the public just before 3 p.m. local time.

Like Hollywood, Parx online casino is currently available only for desktop and Android mobile devices. That’s pretty much where the similarities end, however.

Parx has 191 slot titles in its library at launch, plus a Tournaments tab at the top. Table games are well-stocked too, including something called PokerBet. Some players have reported that payout tables for Parx online video poker are friendlier than those Hollywood debuted earlier in the day.

Parx also offers some slot titles that are popular elsewhere, like:

  • Amazon Jewels
  • Triple Diamond
  • Ninja Gold

SugarHouse Casino: First look

Updated Wednesday at 1:53 p.m.

Parx and Hollywood are both new to the online gambling space, so we learned a lot from their debuts. On the other hand: We mostly knew what we’d get from SugarHouse, which already had an online casino in New Jersey.

The PA platform rolled out as expected on Wednesday with a concise library. We count just 22 slot titles from NetEnt, with no table games or video poker machines available at the time of this update. Some of those slots are among the most popular in NJ, though, including:

  • Hotline
  • Starburst
  • Pyramid

SugarHouse is the first online casino brand to serve both PA and NJ, and  SugarHouse online sportsbook is active in both as well.

Can I bet in Pennsylvania?

Yes, you can, if you are:

  • Located in the state while attempting to deposit and wager.
  • 21 years or older.

What about PA online poker?

Despite some reports in the media that online poker would go live July 15, that is not going to be the case.

PA online poker is coming in the near future, but no one has made their exact plans known yet. That includes PokerStars, which figures to be a major player in the state.

Are there PA online gambling apps?

Its a surprisingly complex question, but the short answer is yes. PA online gambling is available on both Apple and Android mobile devices.

The Android situation is straightforward, with a standalone app requiring only a direct download from the corresponding PA casino website.

Things are a little more complicated with Apple, though. A policy change for gambling apps briefly left iOS developers in the dark, but GeoComply has a new workaround utility in the App Store. Download the GeoGuard Location Validator to access the web version of PA online casinos on your iPhone or iPad.

PA online casino bonuses

All three PA online casinos offer bonuses to new players.

If you use the link at the top of this page to sign up for SugarHouse online casino, they’ll match your first deposit up to $250. This 100% match bonus has a friendly 1x playthrough requirement.

- Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer -- including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner. He has played poker recreationally for his entire adult life and has written about poker since 2008.
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