Pennsylvania Casinos and Gambling

Pennsylvania is one of the newest states to start offering casinos. They created a gambling board in 2004 and now have over ten casinos and racinos (a combination of a race track and a casino) in the state.

When the gambling board was created in 2004 the state authorized 14 licenses for sites to offer slot machines. Other casino games, including table games were authorized in 2010 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Here’s a list of casinos and race tracks in Pennsylvania with a short overview of each.

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Casinos and Race Tracks

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack – Located in Chester, Pennsylvania, Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack has slot machines, video poker, blackjack, craps, sic bo, roulette, baccarat, poker, Let It Ride, three card poker, four card poker, Pai Gow Poker, big six wheel, and a race book. It also has a race track with live seasonal harness racing. The property offers a number of dining options, ranging from an upscale steak house to casual cuisine and cafes and stores. You can also find entertainment and shopping on the property.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National – The Hollywood Casino at Penn National casino is located in Grantville, Pennsylvania, and has 45,000 square feet of gambling space. It offers blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, three card poker, Let It Ride, four card poker, poker, Spanish 21, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em, Fortune Pai Gow, big six wheel, and a race book. It also has a race track with year round thoroughbred racing and a number of restaurants.

Lady Luck Nemacolin – Located in Farmington at Nemacolin, Pennsylvania, Woodlands Resort has slots, video poker, blackjack, poker, big six wheel, baccarat, craps, and roulette. The resort has 318 hotel rooms. Unlike most casinos, you have to jump through a few hoops before playing. You must be staying at the resort, using the amenities (there is a fee), or be a member to enter this casino.

The Meadows – Located in Washington, Pennsylvania, the Meadows offers slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, three card poker, four card poker, poker, and big six wheel. It also has a race track with a race book and year round thoroughbred racing. Dining is available on the property. Eating options range from a buffet, to fast food outlets, to upper scale steak houses. In a fairly unique twist, there’s also a bowling alley at this casino.

Mohegan Sun Pocono – Mohegan Sun Pocono is located in Wilkes-Barr, Pennsylvania and has 82,000 square feet of gambling space. The casino features slot machines, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, three card poker, Let It Ride, Mississippi Stud, Spanish 21, poker, and big six wheel. It has 238 hotel rooms and pa wide range of dining options. You can also wager on live harness racing year round.

Mount Airy Resort & Casino – Located at Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, the Mount Airy Resort and Casino has 68,000 square feet of gambling space. The casino offers slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, Pai Gow, Pai Gow Poker, three card poker, Let It Ride, baccarat, poker, four card poker, and Spanish 21. The property has 200 hotel rooms, restaurants, a spa, and a golf course.

Parx Casino – Situated in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Parx Casino features slot machines, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, sic bo, Pai Gow Poker, three card poker, four card poker, poker, and big six wheel. If you want to bet on horses there’s also a race track with year round thoroughbred racing. Dining is available on site.

Presque Isle Downs and Casino – This casino is located in Erie, Pennsylvania and features slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, Mississippi Stud, Pai Gow Poker, three card poker, four card poker, Let It Ride, and poker. Presque Isle Downs and Casino offers restaurants on the property and has seasonal thoroughbred horse racing.

Rivers Casino – Situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the Ohio River, Rivers Casino has slot machines, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, Mississippi Stud, baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, three card poker, poker, big six wheel, casino war, and four card poker.

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem – Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Sands Casino Resort offers blackjack, video poker, slots, roulette, craps, baccarat, Pai Gow, Pai Gow Poker, three card poker, poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, casino war, big six wheel, and sic bo. It has various dining options and a food court and a hotel with over 300 rooms and a spa. Additionally, there’s an outlet shopping mall at the casino featuring a number of well-known stores.

Sugar House Casino – This 45,000 square foot casino located in Philadelphia features slot machines, craps, baccarat, roulette, blackjack, video poker, Pai Gow Poker, three card poker, four card poker, poker, Pai Gow, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em, and Spanish 21. You’ll also find four restaurants.

Valley Forge Convention Center Casino – Valley Forge Convention Center and Casinos is located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The casino is 33,000 square feet and offers slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, baccarat, Pai Gow, Pai Gow Poker, roulette, Spanish 21, three card poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em. To enter the casino you must be a guest at the hotel, a member, or you can purchase a gift card (conditions apply).

Lottery

Pennsylvania residents can play the state run lottery or the national Powerball or Mega Millions drawings. Additional lottery games available include Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Cash 4 Life, Cash 5, Match 6, Treasure Hunt, Instant Games, and Millionaire Raffle.

Slot Machine Ownership

If you live in Pennsylvania you can own antique slot machines that are 25 years old and older only.

Conclusion

Pennsylvania offers casino gambling around the largest cities in the state and is close enough to large populations on the east coast to draw in gamblers from out of state. The casino in the Pittsburgh area is close enough to both West Virginia and Ohio to attract players from both states.

If you’re traveling to Pennsylvania and have extra time plan a stop at one of the casinos. All of the casinos are fairly new because they’ve only been available since the 2000’s.

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