Harrah’s Philadelphia, in Chester, PA, is one of the most recognizable brands in gambling.
And Caesars Entertainment owns Harrah’s. In fact, the Ceasars Interactive Entertainment (CIE) division was one of the first companies to receive approval an operator and is ready to offer online slots, table games, sports betting, and poker in Pennsylvania.
Harrah’s online casino platform
That said, CIE already operates a number of online casinos in the US market. In New Jersey, it runs many online sites, which include Harrah’s branded casino, HarrahsCasino.com.
CIE also operates:
- WSOP.com Nevada
- WSOP.com NJ
Furthermore, most of the sites utilize software from 888. There is one outlier, Caesars Casino uses the NYX platform. Since Harrah’s would be CIE’s main product in Pennsylvania, it may opt to use the NYX platform.
Recently, Scientific Games purchased NYX. Harrah’s is working with Scientific Games on a sports betting product for both online and retail wagering. This move could be another hint pointing toward a Harrah’s online casino in Pennsylvania using the NYX platform.
Either way, Harrah’s will have a powerful platform offering a wide variety of games.
Harrah’s online casino’s bonuses and promotions
HarrahsCasino.com in New Jersey offers a $10, no-deposit bonus to new registrations and a 100 percent, deposit-match bonus, worth up to $300 on first deposits.
While we can expect an aggressive bonus and promotions plan from Harrah’s, the high-slot tax in Pennsylvania may reign bonuses in for many providers. Harrah’s is a household name for gaming at the end of the day and will likely remain an aggressive promoter in the PA online casino industry.
Harrah’s online casino banking
As with all online gambling sites in the US, banking remains an issue.
Though over the years it has improved, banks and credit cards remain wary of gaming transactions. That said, there are plenty of payment options for players to deposit and withdraw.
Expect to see:
- ACH (e-check)
- Cash at the Harrah’s Philadelphia casino cage
- Harrah’s Casino prepaid card
- Online bank transfers
- Visa and/or MasterCard credit/debit cards
- Wire transfers
Harrah’s online casino game offerings
New Jersey’s HarrahsCasino.com offers a wide variety of popular slot titles. Its selection in Pennsylvania will depend on which platform it chooses.
If it partners with 888, Harrah’s will have a smaller catalog. But if it sides with NYX, Harrah’s will likely have a large slot offering from the start.
Despite the abhorrent slot-tax rate, we will still likely see vast slot offerings with players looking for sites with the most variety.
Currently, HarrahsCasino.com only offers one blackjack game, classic blackjack. But with the importance of table games in Pennsylvania, we should expect to see more blackjack offerings on site including multi-hand, single deck and even live dealer.
Like blackjack, there is an underrepresentation of roulette on New Jersey’s HarrahsCasino.com. Currently, there is only one version of the game, basic American Roulette.
American Roulette has both zero and double zero while European Roulette only has zero, which essentially cuts the house edge in half. European roulette has better odds for players. Most operators will offer at the very least these two versions of the game.
Harrah’s will likely offer more in the Pennsylvania market especially if it chooses the NYX platform in Pennsylvania.
Regardless of which platform Harrah’s chooses in Pennsylvania, we can expect to see a good variety of other games.
Live dealer games are another possibility. While live dealer is not offered by Harrah’s in New Jersey, it has become increasingly popular. Both 888 and NYX can support live dealer games.
Harrah’s online poker
Harrah’s will likely be a heavyweight for online poker in Pennsylvania. The Harrah’s Philadelphia property is home to a World Series of Poker-branded poker room. We will probably see Harrah’s host a WSOP-branded online site. The property did apply for an interactive gaming license that includes online poker.
CIE already runs WSOP.com sites in New Jersey and Nevada using the 888 poker platform. Thanks to an interstate agreement, these sites share a player pool along with Delaware.
WSOP is currently the largest online poker operator in the US. Pennsylvania has the option in its gaming law to
However, we should not expect that immediately as the deal will take some time. But this is an excellent opportunity for Harrah’s and WSOP to cement themselves as the gold standard for US online poker.
Harrah’s online sportsbook
In fact, Harrah’s has made it clear that it will be a competitor in sports betting in Pennsylvania. Harrah’s retail sportsbook has been up and running since January, with an online betting app in the pipeline.
Online, it has a partnership with Scientific Games. We can guess that the Harrah’s Sportsbook will look similar to Caesars Sportsbook in New Jersey. Although, while we do not have a date, we should expect to see a product within the first quarter.
Harrah’s online loyalty program
Harrah’s Philadelphia is expected to integrate its online casino with Caesars’ award-winning Total Rewards program. Total Rewards is one of the most-comprehensive player rewards programs in the market. It is found at 40 Caesars properties and online sites.
The Total Rewards program is broken into four tiers and offers a ton of perks, including:
- Discounted or free stays at Caesars’ properties
- Access to Diamond lounges
- Celebration dinners
- Exclusive all-expenses-paid retreats
- Invites to signature experiences
- Complimentary cruise abroad Norwegian Cruise Lines
Lastly, it’s not clear how you players will earn points or if Harrah’s Philadelphia will offer Total Rewards to online players in Pennsylvania. However, it seems unlikely that it would use a separate program.