DraftKings Sportsbook PA will officially launch in Pennsylvania this fall, however recent developments pushed the launch back several weeks. Yet again.
DraftKings will need to be licensed in the state before it is able to launch. But they were left off the agenda for the last two Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board meetings, including the most recent one on October 2. However, at that recent meeting it was announced DraftKings is scheduled to have their hearing for a license on October 30. If all goes well, they should be live in Pennsylvania early November.
In the meantime, here are the PA betting sites we recommend, in order of appearance:
We have put together a full DraftKings Sportsbook review, but in this article we will look at when DraftKings will launch in PA and what to expect when it does.
DraftKings Sportsbook Is Coming to 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 will partner with Penn National’s Meadows Casino to bring its sportsbook to PA.
DraftKings plans to offer online sports betting in Pennsylvania sometime during the 2019 football season. They will have to work quickly to get their app approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
DraftKings Sportsbook PA Promo Code
DraftKings typically offers a range of promos, bonuses and daily odds boosts in New Jersey, and things should be no different in PA. Promo codes are not typically required to claim their offers. We expect to see the following in Pennsylvania:
- Eagles 3x moneyline odds boost for early-season games (exclusive)
- $200 first bet match (new users only)
- up to $500 deposit bonus (all users)
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).
We expect to be able to offer several fully exclusive promos to readers, so if you want to be alerted when DraftKings Sportsbook PA launches and receive those bonuses, leave your email:
Where will I be able play DraftKings Sportsbook in Pennsylvania?
It is expected that DraftKings Sportsbook will be available on iOS, Android and through the web in PA.
Like FanDuel Sportsbook PA, DraftKings is coded natively for iOS, and so they should become the third sportsbook in the App Store in PA.
DraftKings Sportsbook App
Here’s what it will look 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 will almost certainly look and feel like DraftKings’ sports betting app, it will likely feature the Meadows Casino branding somewhat prominently when you login.
DraftKings Sportsbook Website
DraftKings Sportsbook PA will also offer 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 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, it is. However, a PA version of the app does not yet exist.
There are a number of hurdles for a national sportsbook like DraftKings to tackle before it enters the PA market. 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 figures to offer 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.