It won’t be long before you will be able to play online blackjack in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers legalized online gambling in late 2017 and over the last year, the PA Gaming Control Board has been working with casinos to bring online blackjack and other games online.
While you cannot play blackjack online quite yet, we estimate you will be able to start playing at some point during 2019. Learn more about where you can play online blackjack in Pennsylvania and what variants will be available.
Where Can I Play Blackjack Online in Pennsylvania?
The majority of casinos in Pennsylvania will offer online casino games, including online blackjack. The only casinos that aren’t offering blackjack online are Meadows Casino, Rivers Casino, and Lady Luck Casinos.
There is a possibility that other entities will offer online blackjack as some organizations are vying for a limited number of licenses as a qualified gaming entity. Golden Nugget and MGM are among those applying as a QGE, so by the time that online blackjack launches in PA, there may be up to 13 places to play online.
Note that you must be in Pennsylvania to play online blackjack at these casinos. Online casinos will use geolocation technology to block players from outside the state. You don’t have to be a resident of Pennsylvania to play online blackjack. As long as your computer or mobile device is physically in the state, you’re good to go.
What Type of Blackjack Games Will Be Available?
Blackjack is the old school casino game of “21” where you collect cars with a face value up to or equal to 21 without going over. If your hand is higher than the dealer’s or the dealer busts, you win! There are many variants of online blackjack and if you want to know what to expect from blackjack games in Pennsylvania, just look at the games from New Jersey as many of the same providers will operate online casinos in Pennsylvania.
You’ll find a wide variety of blackjack variants such as Vegas Blackjack, European Blackjack, Side Bet Blackjack, and many more. There will also be a variety of Live Dealer games as well. One catch to playing blackjack online is that the games will use a high number of decks. Most games in New Jersey use between six and eight decks per game, and you can expect much of the same in Pennsylvania.
When Will Online Blackjack Be Available in Pennsylvania?
Presently, we predict online blackjack games to launch around the Summer of 2019. The PA GCB still has to issue multiple licenses for slots, table games, and online poker and they are still evaluating the impact of the recent Wire Act opinion from the DOJ. However, rest assured that you will be able to play blackjack online at some point soon.