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Pennsylvania Sports Betting
  • Can you bet online? Yes
  • Can you bet in person? Yes

Mobile sports betting officially launched in Pennsylvania in May 2019, but the first wave of sportsbooks weren't fully up and running until November. That didn't keep PA from having a great start to legal sports betting, as the state took in nearly $1.5 billion in wagers last year, the third-largest amount in the country.

Pennsylvania has legal sports betting. 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? First off, population. Of all the states with legalized betting, it has by far the most amount of people (and bettors). Second, PA has two huge markets home to several storied professional and college teams, all with loyal, diehard fans.

Pennsylvania also has nearly a dozen physical casinos and will soon offer mobile betting across the board — several sites have launched so far with more to come this summer.

Add it all up and you’re looking at a massive legal betting market.

PA Sports Betting Guide

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  1. PA Sports Betting Sites
  2. More Sites Coming to PA?
  3. Betting In Person
  4. PA Sports Betting Rules
  5. PA Sports Betting Timeline
  6. Where Is Betting Legal?
  7. How to Bet on Sports
  8. More Helpful Links

Pennsylvania Online Sports Betting Sites, May 2020

1. 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.

2. DraftKings

The DFS behemoth turned its attention to Pennsylvania shortly after successfully launching in New Jersey.

3. Bet Rivers

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh is associated with SugarHouse, so its testing period for online sports betting should be pretty quick.

4. SugarHouse

SugarHouse Casino went live with online sports betting on May 28 with a web version and an Android app. It has since gone live with its iPhone app.

5. Parx Casino

Parx Casino in Philadelphia joined SugarHouse and Rivers on June 24 as the only online sports betting sites in Pennsylvania.

6. Fox Bet

Shortly after launching in New Jersey, Fox Bet turned its attention to Pennsylvania.

6. Unibet

The European book also has a presence in New Jersey.

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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.

That fee has created 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.

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Where Can I Bet In-Person in Pennsylvania?

Here is the list of casinos where you can legally bet on sports in Pennsylvania.

1. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

  • Address: 777 Hollywood Blvd, Grantville, PA, 17028
  • Phone: 717-469-2211

2. Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

  • Address: 777 Casino Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, 15212
  • Phone: 412-231-7777

3. SugarHouse Casino

  • Address: 1001 N. Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19125
  • Phone: 877-477-3715

4. Parx Casino

  • Address: 2999 Street Road, Bensalem, PA, 19020
  • Phone: 888-588-7279

5. South Philadelphia Turf Club

  • Address: 700 Packer Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19148
  • Phone: 215-551-8270

6. Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack

  • Address: 777 Harrah’s Blvd, Chester, PA, 19013
  • Phone: 800-480-8020

7. Valley Forge Casino Resort (FanDuel Sportsbook)

  • Address: 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA, 19406
  • Phone: 610-354-8118

8. Valley Forge Turf Club

  • Address: 600 Cresson Blvd, Oaks, PA, 19456
  • Phone: 610-650-0100

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.

Mohegan Sun plans to launch sports betting at The Downs at Lehigh Valley for NFL in the fall of 2019.

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Pennsylvania Sports Betting Rules

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

  1. In order to place a legal sports wager in Pennsylvania you must be 21 years of age.
  2. Sports bettors can wager on all professional and college sports in Pennsylvania, including Pennsylvania college teams based inside the state. So don’t worry, you can still bet on Penn State, Pitt, Temple and St. Joseph’s.
  3. Bettors cannot wager on high school athletics.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) is the agency that oversees and regulates all casino gambling, horse racing and sports betting within the state. The PGCB is separate from the Pennsylvania Lottery. It was founded in 2004 and administers the Gaming Act, known as “Act 71.” The PGCB issues all gaming licenses in the state.

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PA Legal Sports Betting Timeline

September 2015: 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: 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: 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 needed PASPA to be overturned federally in order to go live with legal betting.

May 2018: 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.

November 2018: Legal sports betting in Pennsylvania officially went live on November 17, 2018 with Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course taking the first legal wagers.

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Where Else Is Sports Betting Legal?

Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports betting in May 2018, multiple states have launched robust mobile betting operations. 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 mobile betting are New Jersey, Indiana and West Virginia.

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Helpful Links

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