Pennsylvania is now the second largest state for commercial casinos.
There are no Indian casinos, Indian bingo halls or Indian gaming in Pennsylvania.
However there are two Native American tribes that own and operate gambling facilities in the state. Both are licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as commercial gaming operations. Neither is controlled by the U.S. Department of Interior.
The first tribe to invest in Pennsyslvania was the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut. It owns and operates the Mohegan Sun Pocono, a casino and racetrack located outside Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. the tribe purchased the property January 25, 2005.
The second tribe to invest in Pennsylvania was the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama. In May 2019 the tribe purchased the Sands Bethlehem for $1.3 billion and renamed it the Wind Creek Bethlehem. This is a state-licensed, commercial casino rather than a federally regulated Indian casino. it is managed and operated by Wind Creek Hospitality, the casino and entertainment operation of the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was created in 2004 to regulate slot machines and casino gambling in the state. Table games were added in July 2010.
The gaming board has licensed 11 slot machine casinos to operate in the state. Three of these casinos are Harness Race Tracks and three others are Thoroughbred Race Tracks.
Two casinos were existing hotel resorts, which are limited by the law to operate a maximum of 600 slot machines. All others can have up to 5,000 slot machines. The board is authorized to license another three casinos.
A new gambling law passed by the legislature and signed by the governor in October 2017 which greatly expands legalized gambling throughout the state. The provisions of the law include:
Select a casino on the list below for detailed information about the casino, the gaming offered, restaurants, entertainment, hotels, photos and websites.
Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack
777 Harrah's Blvd.
Chester, PA 19013
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse
777 Hollywood Blvd.
Grantville, PA 17028
Live! Hotel & Casino Philadelphia (2020)
900 Packer Ave (corner at Darien Street)
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301
Mohegan Sun Pocono
1280 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
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Mount Airy Resort and Casino
44 Woodland Rd.
Mount Pocono, PA 18344
Parx Casino & Racing
2999 Street Rd.
Bensalem, PA 19020
Presque Isle Downs Casino
8199 Perry Hwy.
Erie, PA 16509
777 Casino Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Rivers Casino Philadelphia
Formerly SugarHouse Casino
1001North Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Wind Creek Casino and Resort
Formerly Sands Bethlehem
77 Sands Blvd.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
July 15, 2019
Today the first online casinos in Pennsylvania were launched at two casinos. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course was the first by taking bets at 11AM. Parx Casino in Bensalem followed a few hours later. SugarHouse Casino will launch its gaming website on Wednesday.
In addition to being the first online Hollywood Casino was also first in the state to offer sports betting last November when it became legal.
Hollywood Casino's online games include slot machines, blackjack, roulette and craps. Live poker will follow soon when final approval is issued by the state.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was given licensing and regulatory authority over the state's online casinos on Oct. 26, 2017 after Gov. Tom wolf signed Bill H 271 to expand all gambling.
11.20.2015 4.4% Revenue Increase Reported for PA Casinos
11.19.2015 Parx Casino Prepares for Ribbon Cutting
08.04.2015 July Slot Revenue For PA Casinos Released
06.25.2015 Possible Slot Machines at PA Airport
05.20.2015 Hollywood Casino to be Fined by PA Gaming Control Board
02.16.2015 Possible Gaming Expansion in PA
02.04.2015 PA Slot Revenue Up in January
01.05.2015 Meadows Casino to Debut Game Made by Locals
Ground Broken for SugarHouse Casino Expansion
05.08.2014 Proposed Lawrence Downs and Casino Resort Gaines Attention
02.18.2014 PA Table Games Down from Last Year
02.05.2014 PA Slot Machine Revenue Report for January Released
Wynn no longer
seeks a Philadelphia casino license
11.01.2013 Strictly Slots Magazine Gives 17 Awards to Rivers Casino
10.16.2013 Gaming Revenue is Down for PA Casinos
07.16.2013 Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is Table Game Leader
06.27.2013 Lady Luck Casino Prepares to Open
06.05.2013 PA Smoking Ban Could Include Casinos
05.21.2013 Lady Luck Casino Will Open With Entrance Fee
05.17.2013 PA Table Games Revenue Up 9 Percent
04.05.2013 PA Slot Revenue Hits States Second Highest Revenue Record
Casino fined $15,000 for violations
12.06.2012 PA Slot machine revenue up from last year
11.16.2012 Possible new game tables to be added at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
08.17.2012 Gaming Revenue at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem released
07.16.2012 Foxwoods gaming license revoked, new casino up for bid
07.09.2012 24 Hour Poker Room and More Gaming at Mount Airy Casino Resort
06.25.2012 Reality TV Stars to appear at Parx Casino
06.04.2012 Pennsylvania Casinos Revenues from Slots Up from Previous Year
04.19.2012 Presque Isle Downs & Casino Racetrack Excels in Safety
04.03.2012 Pennsylvania Beats Atlantic City as Second Largest Casino Market
01.04.2012 PA Earns $108.3 Million from December Casino Revenue
12.20.2012 Pennsylvania could become the East Coasts New Gaming Center
09.23.2011 25K Poker
Tournament hosted by Presque Isle Downs and Casino
09.20.2011 Pennsylvania Casino Tax revenue is Higher than last year
09.07.2011 New Event Center to be added to Bethlehem's Sands Casino Resort
09.02.2011 Pennsylvania Slot Revenue not affected by Hurricane
07.21.2011 State Approves Poker Room for Presque Isle Downs & Casino
05.17.2011 PA Gaming Control Board Reports Increased Table Game Revenues
04.27.2011 Rules for gaming at Commonwealth casino released for public
04.26.2011 Philadelphia Casinos are operating more table games
04.14.2011 Nemacolin Woodlands wins Final resort casino license
04.10.2011 Purposed Gettysburg casino is opposed by residents
03.23.2011 Pennsylvania's Casino to have public hearing before license renewal
03.22.2011 Gambling Forum suggests Philadelphia is Casino Saturated
03.10.2011 Valley Forge Convention Center granted Gaming License
02.16.2011 Table Game Revenue January Report Released
01.10.2011 Foxwoods petition to save gaming license
01.04.2011 Pennsylvania Slots Casino Revenue Increases Nearly 13% in December
12.29.2010 Home Owners will
receive Tax Cuts by Casinos
12.02.2010 Pennsylvania slots revenues increase 8%+ in Nov
11.04.2010 24 table poker unveiled at Parx
11.01.2010 Rivers Casino named Best Overall Casino in Pennsylvania
09.17.2010 SugarHouse Casino sneak peak video
08.25.2010 SugarHouse Casino opens Sept 23
08.17.2010 Mount Airy Casino plans new outdoor amphitheater
08.04.2010 Gettysburg Casino steps closer to construction
07.08.2010 Table games open
at Pennsylvania Casinos
07.02.2010 Mount Airy opens smoke-free slots room
06.10.2010 Dates for Pennsylvania table games
05.05.2010 Meadows approved for table games
04.10.2010 Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs expanding this summer
04.09.2010 State OK's table games at 3 more casinos
04.08.2010 Wynn abandons Philadelphia casino plan
04.06.2010 Steve Wynn outlines plans for Philadelphia casino
04.01.2010 New expansion plan for Parx casino
03.17.2010 Rivers Casino
asks for 86 table games
03.14.2010 SugarHouse Casino seeks to add 42 table games
03.04.2010 Wynn will invest $250 Million in Philadelphia Casino
02.25.2010 Steve Wynn to take over Foxwoods Casino Philadelphia
02.01.2010 Pennsylvania casinos will add gaming tables
01.28.2010 Pennsylvania slot market surpass Atlantic City
12.21.2009 Parx Casino
opens in Bensalem
11.24.2009 SugarHouse Casino construction digs up ancient artifacts
11.22.2009 Sands adds 250 slot machines, two restaurants and a bar
08.31.2009 Foxwoods Casino
Philadelphia plan gets 2-yr extension
08.26.2009 Meadows Casino payouts hit $1 billion
08.18.2009 Pennsylvania casinos want to add table games
08.09.2009 River Casino celebrates grand opening
07.30.2009 Rivers Casino
opens in Pittsburgh August 9
07.22.2009 Reading-area hotel seeks license for 500 slots
07.21.2009 Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs prepares for table games
05.22.2009 Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem opens its doors
05.13.2009 Rivers Casino installs first slot machine
04.15.2009 Meadows opens
04.06.2009 SugarHouse seeks interim casino
03.27.2009 SugarHouse Casino gets first major building permit
03.20.2009 The Meadows to open permanent casino April 15
03.12.2009 Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem opens May 22
permanent casino to open in April
01.26.2009 Pennsylvania adding 10,000 slots
01.25.2009 Casino plan developing for The Gallery at Market East
01.06.2009 Huge Meadows Casino opens in Spring
12.17.2008 Rivers Casino
clears major hurdles
12.09.2008 PA casinos thriving despite economy
11.19.2008 Nutter signs zoning for casino at Gallery
10.08.2008 Foxwoods Philadelphia Casino Dec 2009
09.11.2008 Foxwoods & city officials eye downtown casino site
08.25.2008 SugarHouse Casino wins PA Supreme Court ruling
04.30.2008 Hollywood Casino
plans more slots and tables
04.28.2008 Casino Concerns In Pittsburgh
04.24.2008 Hollywood Casino Adds More Slots
04.24.2008 Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs Hiring 700
04.16.2007 Meadows $155 million expansion approved
04.10.2008 Casino Opponents Take To The Streets
for PhiladelphiaPark Casino in Bensalem
02.09.2008 Sneak peak inside Pa's largest Casino
02.08.2008 Hollywood Casino Tour
12.28.2007 Legislators Sue
to Block SugarHouse Casino
12.26.2007 New Casino at Pocono Downs (Summer 2008)
12.19.2007 Final Approval for Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack
12.11.2007 Groundbreaking for Pittsburgh's Majestic Star Casino
11.08.2007 Expansion Plan Approved for the Meadows Racino
10.23.2007 Mount Airy Casino Resort Opens