Pennsylvania Sports Betting
Pennsylvania has legal sports betting. Rejoice! The Keystone State is set to become one of the biggest players in the online sports gambling space thanks to a large population and diehard sports fans. PA has full online betting, which is great for consumers, but the barrier to entry for operators is high.

Here's what you should know about Pennsylvania Sports Betting.
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Rejoice! The Keystone State is set to become one of the biggest players in the online sports gambling space in the coming months and years. Why is legal sports betting set to explode in Pennsylvania? It's fifth among U.S. states in population. Of all the states with legalized online betting, it has by far the most people (and potential bettors)..

Second, PA has two huge markets home to several storied professional and college teams, all with loyal, diehard fanbases. Add it all up and you're looking at a massive legal betting market..

When Are More Sports Betting Sites Coming Online in PA? Pennsylvania will not have a fully-developed market like New Jersey because of the $10 million licensing fee required for operators, and high tax rate..

That creates a large barrier to entry and allowed only two types of operators to enter PA -- the biggest, like DraftKings and FanDuel -- plus any brands tied to casinos in the state, like BetRivers.

  • Barstool Sportsbook. It will also have a big presence in Pennsylvania because its new parent company, Penn National, owns several casinos in the state. The book is shooting for a fall 2020 launch.
  • FanDuel. FanDuel began testing its sports betting product in Pennsylvania on July 22. The product will be very similar to the experience in New Jersey, where FanDuel has established itself as one of the primary players.
  • DraftKings The DFS behemoth turned its attention to Pennsylvania shortly after successfully launching in New Jersey.
  • BetRivers Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh is associated with SugarHouse, which operates in New Jersey. But BetRivers is the company's PA brand.
  • Parx Casino Parx Casino in Philadelphia joined SugarHouse and Rivers on June 24 as the only online sports betting sites in Pennsylvania.
  • Fox Bet Shortly after launching in New Jersey, Fox Bet turned its attention to Pennsylvania.
  • Unibet. European book Unibet also has a presence in New Jersey.

For more on PA sportsbooks, you can read our reviews:

We graded Pennsylvania on its sports betting bill and experience relative to other states.

How Pennsylvania Compares
Pennsylvania hopped on the online sports betting train quick, getting full mobile betting live just a few months after the Supreme Court repealed PASPA.

Pennsylvania's market isn't perfect, with high barrier to entry for sportsbooks resulting in fewer options for bettors, but it's better than almost any other state right now.

Mobile Betting Options: B 

Pennsylvania's high barrier of entry due to a one-time $10 million license fee, plus a 36% tax rate for operators, makes it an undesirable market for a lot of smaller players in the space. Colorado is seeing rapid expansion with innovative Nevada sportsbooks Circa and Westgate entering their markets. 

We won't see that in PA -- only the richest operators who can afford to lose money for a while will enter right now, or books tied to existing casinos. 

Deposit: A 

Despite heavy casino influence in the state, Pennsylvania did the right thing and allows for online sign ups and deposits. That gives sports bettors more betting options, since they can sign up for a handful of different sportsbooks with ease. 

Fair Pricing: B+ 

There's nothing egregious in Pennsylvania's pricing (like Tennessee's), but with only about half a dozen sportsbooks in the market, you won't be able to line shop quite as effectively.

Offerings: A- 

Pennsylvania fortunately did not go the New Jersey route by banning betting on college teams from the state. That would have eliminated about 5% of the college football card per week, and as much as 10% of the card on a busy college basketball Saturday. 

PA sportsbooks can't offer everything an unregulated offshore book can, but as new U.S. states go, Pennsylvania bettors will be happy with their betting options.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Rules

Here are the sports betting rules specific to Pennsylvania you need to know. 

(1) Age Requirements: In order to place a legal sports wager in Pennsylvania you must be 21 years of age.

(2) College Sports Betting: Sports bettors can wager on all professional and college sports in Pennsylvania.

This includes college teams based inside the state.

So don’t worry, you can still bet on Penn State, Pitt, Temple and St. Joseph’s. 

(3) No High School Sports: Bettors in PA cannot wager on high school athletics.

THE GOOD
The Good: Full Online Betting in PA
PA got to market quick, which allowed it to retain bettors who otherwise would have flocked to the New Jersey border, like they have in New York.

That, coupled with full online betting and deposits, makes it a consumer-friendly market.

Pennsylvania has online casinos as well, which have provided a huge boost during the COVID-19 quarantine in particular and should continue to grow.
THE BAD
The Bad: Pennsylvania's Tax Rate
The $10 million for operators is a big ask for smaller players hoping to enter the market. But the real kicker is the 36% tax rate.

That's far higher than other newly-legal states like New Jersey (13% for online bets) and Colorado (10%).

Pennsylvania's population makes it worthwhile for bigger operators like FanDuel and DraftKings to enter, because they can afford to lose money in the short term before they gain market share.

But for everyone else, the marketing spend necessary to compete plus that tax rate could make it difficult to be profitable anytime soon. It will be the big brands plus Pennsylvania-based casinos unless PA eases up its tax rate and license fee.

Is sports betting legal in PA?

Sports betting is legal in Pennsylvania.

Can I bet online in Pennsylvania?

You sure can bet online, including registrations and deposits. That’s part of what makes PA a great place for sports bettors.

How old do I have to be to bet in Pennsylvania?

You must be 21-years-old to bet in PA.

Do you have to pay taxes on sports betting in PA?

You do. Once you hit $600 in winnings at a sportsbook, they will send you tax forms. You can write off gambling losses, but only the amount that’s not offset by winnings. So if you lose $1,000 in a year but also win $500 at another book, you can only write off $500.

Is DraftKings sportsbook legal in PA?

Yes, DraftKings is legal in Pennsylvania. The high barrier to entry due to a crazy tax rate and license fee won’t prevent big players like DK from entering the state.

Is Bovada legal in Pennsylvania?

Bovada is not legal in PA, or anywhere in the United States, and won’t be necessary thanks to so many legal options popping up in the Keystone State.
Pennsylvania Sports Betting Tips

Sports Betting for PA Beginners 

If you’re new to sports betting, you likely have questions: How much should you be betting on the Eagles? Where should you be betting on the Flyers win totals? How do you find the best odds for each Pirates game? 

Action's 11 sports betting tips for beginners can help you make savvier decisions come gametime. 

Sports Betting Glossary 

Sports betting comes with its own language and terminology -- favorites and underdogs, spreads and money lines, over/unders and props, and so much more. 

It can all be a bit overwhelming and intimidating for newer bettors, so be sure to consult our sports betting glossary for detailed definitions on all the main terms. 

Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid 

Whether you’re betting on the 76ers game totals or Penguins futures, sports betting isn't easy. It’s important to stay disciplined and not overextend yourself. 

There will always be ups and downs, but if you stay true to our nine mistakes to avoid, your sports betting experience will be a much more enjoyable one.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Timeline

September 2015

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The push to offer legal sports betting in Pennsylvania began when Representative Rick Kotik introduced a bill to allow legal betting at state casinos.

April 2017

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Representative Rob Matzie went a step further, offering a resolution to repeal PASPA and then outlining rules are regulations for Pennsylvania to legalize betting.

October 2017

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The PA House and Senate began passing the bill, known as HB 271, back and forth. Finally, after several versions of the bill were tweaked and re-worked, Governor Tom Wolf signed the bill into law on October 30, 2017. However, Pennsylvania still n

May 2018

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Pennsylvania got their wish when the Supreme Court voted to overturn the federal ban on sports betting outside of Nevada.HB 271 allowed any of state's 12 licensed casinos to apply for a sports betting license and open their own sportsbooks.
Pennsylvania Sports Betting Locations
Here is the list of casinos where you can legally bet on sports in Pennsylvania. More physical casinos are expected to open sportsbooks in the near future, including Mohegan Sun Pocono, Mount Airy Casino Resort, Presque Isle Downs & Casino and Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort.
CasinoSportsbookCity
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race CourseHollywood SportsbookGrantville
Rivers Casino PittsburghRiversPittsburgh
SugarHouse CasinoSugarHousePhiladelphia
Parx CasinoParxBensalem
South Philadelphia Turf ClubN/APhiladelphia
Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and RacetrackHarrah'sChester
Valley Forge Casino ResortFanDuel Prussia
Valley Forge Turf ClubParxOaks
Pennsylvania has no shortage of professional and college teams to bet on:

Division I Football & Basketball

Penn State Nittany Lions
Pittsburgh Panthers
Temple Owls

Division I Basketball Only

Bucknell Bison
Lafayette Leopards
Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Penn Quakers
Robert Morris Colonials
Saint Francis Red Flash
Villanova Wildcats
Drexel Dragons

Pro Sports Teams

Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)
Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
Philadelphia Union (MLS)
Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)

There are tons of other professional and minor league teams based in Pennsylvania, but sportsbooks don't offer lines for them very often.

For more on Pennsylvania’s biggest, beloved sporting teams and venues:

  • The Eagles (Football): Traditionally, the Eagles preseason begins in August with the regular season running from September to the Super Bowl in early February. The Eagles play at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia.
  • The 76ers (Basketball): The 76er Preseason kicks off in October, with the regular season stretching from November to April's NBA playoffs. “Sixers” home games are played at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.

  • The Flyers (Hockey): The Flyers regular season tuns from April to the spring Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Flyers also play at Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.
  • The Phillies (Baseball): The Phillies season runs rom April to the World Series in late October. Phillies home games are played at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia.
  • The Union (Soccer): The regular Union season runs from March to the MLS Cup in late November. Union home games are played at Subaru Park in Chester, PA.

Other Events

An exciting, down-the-road sporting event in the State of Pennsylvania will be the 2016 MLB All-Star Game in 2026.

Philadelphia will host the 2026 MLB All-Star Game and accompanying All-Star Week events.

To get a complete rundown on where legal betting stands in your state, check out our complete guide here, but the other states competing with Pennsylvania for full mobile betting right now are New Jersey, Colorado, Indiana and West Virginia.

Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He's a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.