Owned and operated by Churchill Downs Inc., TwinSpires has typically been associated with horse racing. Today, the TwinSpires brand has expanded into both the online casino and online sportsbook realm as its parent company has rebranded its BetAmerica portfolio
The home of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs among other race tracks, Churchill Downs Inc. has already put considerable resources behind the TwinSpires transition. When it comes to our reviews, the emphasis is put on the interface layout, the game library, customer support, banking methods and the welcome offer. Casino players in Pennsylvania are going to like what they see in this online casino, particularly the generous welcome offer.
The welcome offer at TwinSpires Casino Pennsylvania (which is affiliated with Presque Isle Downs Casino) includes a 24-hour risk-free bet period and 250 free spins. During the registration process, use the sign-up bonus code/promo code "PENN500" to unlock the offer. All your net losses over a 24-hour period, up to $500, will be given back to you as site credits. After this initial 24-hour period, if you make one more deposit, you will receive 50 free spins for five consecutive days for the Starburst slot. These do expire at the end of the day, so be sure to use them all as they don't rollover. Each free spins bet is valued at $0.10.
The welcome offer may not be bonus cash, but a 24-hour period risk-free bet period to do what you want and lose up to $500? Count us in for that kind of casino play! Note: This offer is not affiliated with sports betting.
Pros: Welcome offer, banking methods, mobile/desktop interface, online sportsbook
Cons: Smaller game library, but growing
To get to know TwinSpires, we must first start with the owner, Churchill Downs Incorporated.
Churchill Downs Incorporated dates to 1875, when it opened the legendary horse racing track, Churchill Downs. From there, and into the 2000s, the horse racing juggernaut continued to build its empire, but it was more so still focused on horse racing and horse racing wagers.
In 2007, the TwinSpires brand launched as an advance-deposit wagering service for horse racing that targeted its family of horse racetracks and races (Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, harness racing). As we mentioned earlier, the BetAmerica brand has been transitioned to TwinSpires, but BetAmerica was originally acquired in 2017 by the company. Today, the company that originally started as a horse racing entity that owned a track, has 19 different holdings, most of which are affiliated with horse racing.
TwinSpires launched its sportsbook in Pennsylvania in 2018 and its online casino in the summer of 2019, partnering with Presque Isle Downs Casino. It is licensed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. There are iterations in other states, too, including Michigan and New Jersey, whom both have sportsbooks as well.
At the Pennsylvania affiliate of TwinSpires, customers must physically be in the state to bet, but you do not need to be a resident. You can play on both desktop and via mobile app (this is for the sportsbook, too). All bettors must be 21 years of age or older before racing to play.
Across a three-step registration process, signing up at TwinSpires Pennsylvania is easy to complete.
After completing the process, you will be taken to the deposit page to make your first deposit. You will also need to allow for TwinSpires Pennsylvania to run its geolocation software. This software will confirm you're in Pennsylvania. You will need to allow for your location to be checked to play. After your location is confirmed, you can start to play and bet. This is done at all online casinos, including competitors such as DraftKings or Parx.
TwinSpires Pennsylvania does not currently offer a loyalty program (none for the sportsbook either) but be sure to check out the promotions page which offers free spins to players on a weekly basis.
TwinSpires Pennsylvania currently offers 10 live games. The library includes eight Blackjack tables, with six of them being high-limit table games. The other two feature Roulette and Baccarat. There is no live poker at this time.
Perhaps the weakest point of the entire platform as TwinSpires PA does not have a massive library. However, it is growing with more content and options. Currently, there are over 100 slot titles (four of jackpot). Additionally, there are a total of 29 table game options that are comprised of the 10 live games plus Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and various poker game options. One part that we should send praise for, though, is the number of live games offered, considering the volume of other types. That is impressive. Most titles can be played on the app as well.
TABLE: Game Type (Number of Titles): Slots (136); Table Games (29); Live (10); Jackpot Slots (4)
Though the number of games may be lacking at TwinSpires PA, the quality is not. When it comes to loading up these games and playing, it's all processed quickly, the lag time is virtually non-existent and in-game buffering is rare. Demo mode (no real money bets/wagers) for the games is available, but make sure you are logged into your account, as you are unable to demo them without an account.
Of the 136 slot games, there are definitely a few that stand out. Below, we will cover some of them.
This game leads the pack simply because of the free spins from the welcome offer. With that said, Starburst has a bright color scheme and is one of the most enjoyable games on the platform.
Those that have played other online casinos will be familiar with Divine Fortune. This is the quintessential jackpot slot. We highly recommend playing this slot as it is one of the most well-known and established in the industry.
This slot title possesses an interesting aesthetic. This slot sports the typical rock 'n' roll getup: Guitars, amps, speaker and more. This slot offers less frequent wins but bigger payouts for your bets.
Continuing the music theme. In mentioning Motorhead, we have to of course also mention Guns N' Roses. This 5-reel, 3-row, 20-line slot sports the roar of the crowd feel to get your heart racing as you place your bets.
Available on your mobile devices (iOS and Android) and desktop, TwinSpires casino provides bettors with an easygoing, easy-to-navigate and flat-out fun experience. It is much easier to explore than its BetAmerica counterpart. To get the full experience of the site, you will need to create an account. Even if you're unsure of playing, this will unlock the demo mode for games, and you will get a better feel for the full layout.
For those that are interested in sports betting, you can go to the online sportsbook platform at the top of the page, along with the horse racing side of this gambling conglomerate. All of this appears at the top of the page, to the left of your bets/wagering account. You will see the games immediately upon going to the casino's page, so you can dive in and get to work.
For desktop customers, let's start at the top of the page right near the Presque Isle Downs Casino logo. We already covered the top of the page with the links to sports betting/sports wagering and such, but below this, you will not need to scroll far to get into the action and start up those bets.
Alongside an ad carousel that shows the promotional offerings for this and sports betting, the games are listed in rows of six, with the types listed above and joined by a search bar to find titles. You will find links to the Responsible Gaming, Support pages, and links to learn more about the bonus and promo by clicking on your account icon to the top-right corner of the page. To find the latest promo code offerings, race to the bottom of the page to find the links.
Users will be delighted to find that the mobile app is a mirror image of the desktop platform. Available for both iOS and Android, this is a phenomenal mobile app that is reliable when you want to play slots or casino games on-the-go! The only difference is the scaling of the screen.
Licensed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, TwinSpires must meet high standards of keeping users data safe. To receive this license, first online casinos must get a land-based partner (such as Presque Isle Downs Casino). From there, online casinos must display that it is able to protect customer data. Furthermore, this is a multi-million-dollar company that will do everything in its power to keep your data safe and make your experience enjoyable.
The Responsible Gaming section can be found in your account drop-down menu. Here, TwinSpires showcases information related to helping combat gambling addiction. There are hotlines and other contact information for various organizations both in PA and nationally, including 1-800-GAMBLER. TwinSpires also aims to help customers in-house as well by offering the ability to set limits on deposits, bet amount, time on the site and maximum bet.
TwinSpires Casino in Pennsylvania is an excellent online casino that sports an intriguing sign-up bonus, multiple customer service and banking methods, and an accessible and easy-to-understand interface. The library will continue to grow and is the easiest "con" to fix moving forward. If you want an online casino that is simple yet modern-looking with a fun welcome bonus code to utilize, we can't recommend it enough. Combine this with its elite online sportsbook, and you can see why TwinSpires is popular in PA.
Yes. This applies to everything the TwinSpires brand offers including the online casino, race book and sportsbook. You can start by taking advantage of the bonus code.
Yes, TwinSpires is safe. It is licensed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and independently audited.
Yes, TwinSpires Casino is legal in PA, but you must be 21 or older located in the state to wager.
Withdrawal times vary, but most popular methods are done almost instantaneously one the processing time has been completed (typically a day or two).
Yes, TwinSpires has a casino app that includes its sportsbook as well as an app dedicated to horse racing betting.
Mario Sanelli writes about sports betting and casinos for PennStakes.com. He previously was the editorial assistant and a general-assignment reporter at The Denver Post for five years after serving as chief editor of The Metropolitan at MSU Denver. Mario was a NFL and college football insider with Mile High Sports for six years.