How to Sign Up for an Online Casino Account in Pennsylvania

As online gambling comes back strong for USA players, people have many questions about where to play, who can play, and how to play online.

The rules are different from the old days. While the federal government is still being stingy with loosening the rules for online gambling, states are jumping into the industry.

Most states offer lottery games you can play online.

But players want more action than that.

They want blackjack, roulette, poker, and slot games.

The good news is that anyone can join an online Pennsylvania casino.

The not-so-good news is that you must be physically within the state’s lines to play for real money.

Who can gamble online at online Pennsylvania casinos?

Age verification is required to gamble online in Pennsylvania.

The minimum age for casino gambling in Pennsylvania is 21. The minimum age for pari-mutuel betting, lottery games, punch boards, raffles, and bingo is 18.

Because they offer slot and table games, you must verify you are at least 21 years of age to join a licensed online casino.

Any legal resident of the United States may create an account, but players must be physically within the state when gambling for money via Pennsylvania-licensed online casinos. Your location is determined by the IP address to which you connect to the Internet when you sign into the casino.

Gamers must have an account with the online casino to play for real money.

How to sign up for an online casino account in Pennsylvania

There are two ways to sign up:

  1. Using a web browser on your desktop or laptop computer
  2. Downloading a mobile app

This section is for desktop or laptop users. Skip to the next section if you only want to download the mobile app.

First, you’ll need to visit one of these online casinos’ sign up pages:

  • Sugarhouse Casino
  • Hollywood Casino
  • Unibet Casino
  • BetMGM Casino
  • Caesars Casino
  • Golden Nugget Casino

Once on the signup page, you’ll be required to fill out a few simple forms to get started.

First, create a website account. You’ll need an email address and a unique password. You should make the password memorable but not easy to guess.

Good passwords are phrases like “imadethispassowrdtoday”. (Notice how it uses 5 words and misspells one of them.)

Be sure you use the correct email address. If you have more than one, make a note of which one you used.

As long as you can remember the password and it meets the site’s requirements, you should be good to go.

Second, fill out your profile information. The site needs to know your legal name, gender, and date of birth.

Next, you’ll be asked to provide your address to set up security questions to help you reset your password should you need to do so in the future. The website may prompt you to answer security questions if its system detects unusual activity — like trying to log in from an unknown IP address.

You’ll also need to provide a permanent mobile number.

Don’t use a temporary phone.

Download the mobile app for your smartphone

Online casino apps are not usually listed in major app stores for Apple and Google. You’ll need to open a browser on your smart phone and search for the casino app for your phone.

You can click on any of these links to visit the casino app download pages you need:

  • Sugarhouse Casino
  • Hollywood Casino
  • Unibet Casino
  • BetMGM Casino
  • Caesars Casino
  • Golden Nugget Casino

Don’t download an app from any site other than the casino’s own website. There may be fake apps on the Internet hoping to steal your financial information.

The casino’s app page may list several apps. Browse the apps carefully and choose which app you first want to download.

You may have to give your phone permission to download an app from an unknown source. The source is “unknown” to your phone. Your phone should default to a 1-time exception for downloading from an unknown source.

Depending on your phone’s internet connection you may have to wait a few minutes for the download to complete.

The app will need to access your device’s location. This is to ensure the app complies with state and federal laws.

Follow the directions for creating an account if you’re doing everything on your phone. The app should ask for the same information you’re prompted for in the desktop site. See the previous section for a brief walk-through of a typical sign up process.

Regardless of whether you’re using a desktop computer or smartphone, you’ll need to agree to some legal requirements. See the next section for details.

Agree to the terms, conditions, and legal statements

Your sign up process includes required affirmations that you are 21 or older, that you have provided truthful, accurate personal information, and acknowledge your rights and obligations under Pennsylvania law.

The app or website may ask you to authorize promotional emails.

If you work for a sports governing body or member team, you may be required to disclose that relationship and acknowledge you are not prohibited from making sports wagers.

You should receive a confirmation email

Although delivery times vary, you should receive a confirmation within a few minutes. In rare cases it may take 1-2 hours.

If you don’t see the email come through, check your spam or junk mail folders. You may have to whitelist your email address.

If you still don’t see the confirmation email, verify that you are on the Internet by visiting one of your favorite websites in another browser tab. If you’re sure you still have internet access, then wait a while.

If you use any special spam-filtering rules or services, you may have to check the criteria you’re using in case it’s accidentally filtering out the confirmation from the casino.

If you don’t see the confirmation email, you may have to sign out of the casino site and try signing in again. You may be prompted for verification. If you are, follow the directions.

If you’re still unable to receive email from the casino, try using a different email address or contact your Internet Service Provider. They may be able to tell you why the messages are not being delivered.

Once you receive the confirmation email from the casino, you’re good to go.

Don’t fund your account unless you can make online bets

Remember, if you’re not physically within the state boundaries, you won’t be able to make any wagers.

While this is inconvenient, it is the only way the state can comply with federal wire transfer laws. All wagers must be made within Pennsylvania itself.

Other than that, you should see a variety of options for funding your account when you click on the “deposit” link.

Test the games before you do anything else

Once you have an account and have logged in, you’ll be prompted to make a deposit. This can wait. First, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the system.

Whether you use a desktop computer or smartphone, you should play one or two games in the “Demo Play” mode. You don’t even have to be logged in to do this. Just click on a game and choose “Demo Mode”.

Do this to ensure you have a stable internet connection, that you can actually play the games on your device, and to become comfortable with the gaming interfaces.

You may need to contact casino support if you run into any problems.

If you’re playing games on your smart phone, where you connect to the internet, you may have a serious impact on your phone charges, speed and performance, and ability to play games for real money.

Your cellular network connection is your phone’s default internet service. However, you may incur charges if you download and play games over this connection.

On the other hand, you want to be careful about logging into a secure account over free Wi-Fi networks.

Connect to the online casino from a safe, stable environment. You’re responsible for any losses you incur if there is a game malfunction.

How much money should you deposit in your account?

First, check to see what bonus offers are available to you. This is important, because you may need to make a minimum deposit to get a matching bonus. There may be other terms and conditions.

Always read the terms and conditions before funding an online account. You never know what rules will catch you off guard in a future dispute.

You must be the legal owner for any bank or payment options you use to fund the account. You’re not allowed to use someone else’s money.

If necessary, you can wait until you have the funds in your own account before depositing.

When you’re ready to play for real money, go to the “Deposit” screen and follow the directions.

Online casinos can be a lot of fun. They’re not that different from most other online gaming platforms. The signup process is a little more strict than non-gambling platforms because of the law. But it’s nothing to worry about.

Be sure you read the rules and have fun playing online.