DraftKings Sportsbook PA is now available to all users in Pennsylvania.
But thanks to the state-based nature of online sports betting, understanding which site to visit and app to download can be confusing.
What do you need to know, and how do you get DraftKings’ $1,000 signup bonus in PA? Here you go:
If you’re a current DraftKings Sportsbook customer, you can use the same app in Pennsylvania. Unlike some other sportsbooks, DraftKings and FanDuel Sportsbook offer one app across multiple states. DraftKings is offering a one-time $500 deposit bonus for all players now through December 2. However, only 20% of your deposit is matched and it comes with a 25x play-through requirement.
If you’re new to DraftKings Sportsbook or a current DraftKings DFS player, you can sign up using this link . In addition to the $500 deposit bonus – which we think provides just OK value – you can get a $500 risk-free bet for your first wager.
DraftKings Sportsbook PA Promo Code and Bonuses
DraftKings offers a range of promos, bonuses and daily odds boosts in PA. Promo codes are not typically required to claim these offers.
Here is what DraftKings Sportsbook currently offers in Pennsylvania:
- New players: $500 risk-free bet and an up to $500 deposit bonus when you use this link (bet match is an online exclusive)
- Current players: Up to $500 deposit bonus
Here’s the fine print from DraftKings:
Bonus comprised of a deposit bonus and a first bet match, each up to $500. A user’s first deposit (min. $5) qualifies the user to receive up to $500 in bonus funds in the form of site credits that can only be used on DraftKings. The deposit must be made while the user is physically located in IN, NJ, WV, or PA. Users physically located in NH are not eligible for this offer. Bonus amount is equal to 20% of that deposit amount, not to exceed $500 (the user must deposit $2,500 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $500). Bonus funds will be awarded to the user according to the following play-through requirement: for every $25 played on DraftKings in DFS/Sportsbook/Casino, the user will receive $1 in bonus funds released into their player account (e.g., a $2,500 deposit requires a user to play through a cumulative total of $12,500 in daily fantasy contests, sportsbook (-300 odds or longer), casino products, or any combination thereof to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $500).
Here’s more about each offer:
$500 risk-free bet
New users get their first bet at DraftKings Sportsbook risk-free up to $500. This means whatever your wager, it will be refunded if it loses up to $500. This is the same offer FanDuel offers for new players, but it’s worth noting FanDuel doesn’t combine it with a deposit bonus.
$500 deposit bonus
DraftKings Sportsbook PA is now running an app-wide $500 deposit bonus. But there is a lot of fine print. Only 20% of your deposit is matched, and it is doled out on a 25x play-through requirement. The offer is good through December 2, 2019.
DraftKings Eagles Moneyline Boosts
DraftKings is running two Eagles moneyline boosts. One is for +300 odds on any Eagles moneyline bet if it’s your first bet with DraftKings when you sign up using this link . The other is +1000 odds on the Eagles to beat the Patriots, which is available to new players when they make their first deposit.
Read more about DraftKings Sportsbook’s Eagles moneyline odds boosts.
While some analysts expected sportsbooks in PA to be less promotional given the higher tax rates they have to pay the government (36%), that hasn’t been the case so far. FanDuel and SugarHouse have both made available the same offer they feature in New Jersey, which has much more friendly tax regulations.
One thing that has proven to be very popular is betting on local teams– NJ sportsbooks have taken massive action on Philly and New York teams, and that effect should only be more exaggerated when DraftKings launches in Pennsylvania. This means that you can expect more local odds boosts specific to the Philly (and Pittsburgh market).
DraftKings Sportsbook PA App
The DraftKings Sportsbook app is available on iOS and Android in Pennsylvania.
Here’s what it looks like:
Unlike in New Jersey where skins are free to take on their own branding, in PA those apps powered by third parties will have to feature the branding of the casino licensee. For example, FanDuel Sportsbook’s app with Vallery Forge Casino Resort will feature the Valley Forge branding. This further complicates matters when it comes to marketing the app to users. While DraftKings Sportsbook PA looks and feels like the app in other states, it features the Meadows Casino branding prominently when you log in.
DraftKings Sportsbook Website
DraftKings Sportsbook PA also offers sports betting through a web-based interface. It closely mirrors the mobile app and offers the same range of gameplay. There is a shared wallet and the ability to tie-in to daily fantasy accounts. The only difference, from a technical perspective, is that the website requires you to download a third-party geolocation plugin so DraftKings can verify that you are in Pennsylvania when placing a bet. It’s a lightweight add-on, typically from a company like GeoComply, and should make no difference to the user experience.
DraftKings Pennsylvania Launch
DraftKings received its license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on October 30, clearing the way for them to begin accepting bets in Pennsylvania. They began testing their app in the state on Monday, November 4, and went live three days later.
DraftKings is our overall favorite betting app thanks to its wide range of action, lightning fast live betting options, cash out feature, and futures plans to incorporate DraftKings Online Casino into the app in Pennsylvania.
DraftKings Sportsbook Launches in PA in 2019
DraftKings entered into a partnership with Penn National Gaming to gain market access to several states, including Pennsylvania. It was part of a sweeping, multi-operator betting deal that will see several sportsbooks, including PointsBet, theScore, and FOX Bet, gain access to states across the country.
DraftKings partners with Penn National’s Meadows Casino to offer its sportsbook in PA.
DraftKings Online Casino
DraftKings will also bring DraftKings Online Casino to PA sometime in 2019 or 2020. While it might not be available at launch (regulators have to spend more time approving casino games), DraftKings is expected to bring casino offerings such as live dealer, table games, and slots to the state.
One aspect that should prove immensely popular is DraftKings’ own live dealers. In July of 2019, DraftKings announced that it would offer its own live dealers in a DraftKings branded studio with dealers wearing sports jerseys and select sports on in the background.
The result will be a modern casino environment inside the DraftKings Sportsbook app. They are making Blackjack cool again.
Is DraftKings Sportsbook legal in Pennsylvania?
Yes, DraftKings Sportsbook is legal and regulated in Pennsylvania.
As is the case in New Jersey, where DraftKings Sportsbook was the first site to launch on August 6, 2018, outside brands – non-licensed casinos in the state – have to partner with a licensed operator to “skin” their app. In New Jersey, each operator can work with up to three skins. For example, but DraftKings Sportsbook and FOX Bet are partnered with Resorts. But in Pennsylvania, each operator can only work with one outside skin. In this case, Meadows Casino will work with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Did the partnership with Caesars gain the entry into the state?
When DraftKings and Caesars announced a partnership that would grant DraftKings access into several legal or soon-to-be-legal sports betting markets, it was thought that DraftKings would partner with Caesars-owned Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack to bring DraftKings Sportsbook PA to market. However, it was reported that the deal did not include a pathway into Pennsylvania for DraftKings.
Types of Betting
DraftKings Sportsbook PA offers all the traditional bet types, including spread, moneyline, over-under, futures, parlays, props and teasers. But it is also expected they’ll bring their more unique betting options like live betting, cash out, pools, brackets and even casino games.
DraftKings History in PA
DraftKings has operated daily fantasy in PA almost since day one. Around 2015, some questions began to pop up as to whether daily fantasy was a game of skill or gambling. DraftKings lobbied hard in favor of a game of skill, yet some states still decided to ban it. In 2018, however, Pennsylvania officially recognized daily fantasy as being legal and imposed a 15% tax on all earnings.
After launching the first sports betting app in New Jersey, it became clear that DraftKings would eye Pennsylvania which had already passed a bill for legal sports betting.
It had looked like DraftKings Sportsbook might be left on the outside of betting in PA heading into the 2019 football season. But the partnership with Penn National changed all of that, earning DraftKings a place in PA betting.