PA online sports betting is live and legal. Seven online sportsbooks have launched in Pennsylvania. Here’s our ranking of the best betting apps and their current signup bonuses as of March, 2020:
DraftKings Sportsbook PA (sign up to get up to $1,000 free here ) is our favorite overall PA sports betting app. We like its wide range of action, excellent live betting options, unique ways to bet, and signup bonus.
FOX Bet PA (get $100 in free bets ) is a close second. While not quite as polished as DraftKings and lacking in some options (no teaser bets, for example), FOX Bet offers a fun and engaging interface and a slew of unique odds boosts and custom bet options.
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Best PA Sports Betting App
Here’s our ranking of the best sports betting apps in PA and their currently best available signup bonus as of March, 2020:
- DraftKings– up to $1,000 free
- FOX Bet– $100 in free bets
- Unibet– $20 free with no deposit + 250 deposit match
- FanDuel– $500 risk-free bet
- SugarHouse– $250 deposit match
- BetRivers– $250 deposit match
1. DraftKings Sportsbook
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DraftKings Sportsbook is the best all-around sports betting app in Pennsylvania. It features class-leading technology, lightning quick live betting options, unique ways to play, and will soon feature DraftKings Online Casino.
New DraftKings Sportsbook users get their first bet matched up to $500 in addition to a $500 deposit bonus offer if you sign up using this link . We find the $500 first bet match is on par with or better than competitors’ offers. The additional $500 deposit match makes the total deal standout, however it comes with an extreme play-through requirement (only 20% of money is matched and doled out over time) and likely won’t fully trigger for most players.
DraftKings will prove to be fierce competition for FanDuel Sportsbook.
2. FOX Bet
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FOX Bet is our runner-up in PA. While perhaps not as polished as DraftKings, FOX Bet offers an unbelievable experience for casual bettors. It relies heavily on prop bets and odds boosts offered up by its FOX Sports personalities. This serves as a huge differentiator from the standard bets other sportsbooks offer in Pennsylvania.
The signup bonus is straightforward, with money instantly appearing in your account upon registration. The only downside is it doesn’t yet have online banking as a deposit option, so your best bet is echeck (routing and account number).
The iOS and Android apps are separate from what is available New Jersey, so use the following links to download the correct one:
Though live betting can occasionally be locked before competitors and there are no teaser options, FOX Bet offers the most engaging sports betting experience in Pennsylvania.
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Unibet struck a partnership with Mohegan Sun Pocono to bring its popular sports betting app to PA. Recently partnering with the Eagles, Unibet presents a fairly straightforward betting experience that falls short of what DraftKings and FOX offer, but it gets the job done.
Unibet offers a great signup bonus. They give $20 free with no deposit and then a $250 risk-free bet.
While functionality is there, it offers little differentiation from SugarHouse or Rivers. And given that it is a new brand to the US, Unibet will certainly have its work cut out for it if it wants to stand out in a crowded field.
4. FanDuel Sportsbook
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FanDuel is the biggest online sportsbook, in terms of handle, by a pretty wide margin over DraftKings. While both were neck and neck throughout the course of last football season, FanDuel has steadily gained an advantage. Part of the reason is because they have a physical sportsbook in New Jersey and also a significant marketing presence.
Still, for us that doesn’t put them at the top of the Lise.
While FanDuel has one of the best interfaces of any sports betting app – t is clean, simple to use, and instantly make sense to betters and non-betters alike – we think it is occasionally buggy and not as polished as the likes of DraftKings and FOX Bet.
FanDuel offers better live betting than FOX Bet, but the overall experience is not as good, as the lines tend to be a bit more expensive, odds boosts aren’t as strong, and the signup offer is more limiting.
5. SugarHouse Sportsbook
SugarHouse Sportsbook does not offer an iOS app and can only be played through the mobile web on iPhones. That’s the downside.
But they offer a wide range of deposit options (some of the best in the industry) and a strong $250 deposit match , which means they will match your first deposit up to $250 and you only have to play with that money once before it is eligible for withdrawal. This is the most straightforward and user-friendly bonus in the industry.
SugarHouse is not the prettiest betting app (that goes to FanDuel). But once you get past their pedestrian look and feel, you find a robust set of action, blazing fast in-game odds, and straightforward and player-friendly promos and bonuses. The site also features a shared wallet with SugarHouse’s online casino, which offers progressive slots and, soon, table games. Read more about online casinos in PA.
Bet Rivers Sportsbook is almost identical to SugarHouse. It has the same parent company, Rush Street Interactive, but is based on the Pittsburgh brand where they have a physical casino. The app looks almost identical, save for a more palatable shade of blue and some minor interface enhancements. The downside is that unlike SugarHouse, which offers an online casino in PA, Rivers only offers the sportsbook, but they do have the $500,000 NFL pick ’em contest.
- iOS (mobile web)
- Android app (direct download)
Bet Rivers will eventually become the dominant mobile betting brand for Rush Street.
7. Parx Sportsbook
Parx online sports betting is currently live on the web and Android. Parx Casino opened its temporary sportsbook in January while they await the opening of a 10,000-square foot facility slated to open in 2019.
- iOS app
- Android app (direct download)
Parx launched their own betting app and will leverage their local brand in eastern PA to gain significant market foothold early on. Their app is underpinned by the popular Kambi technology, which sets the markets and powers the sportsbooks for DraftKings, SugarHouse and 888sport. And while this creates a certain level of sameness across the different options, each is free to layer their own UI, promos and customer experience on top. Parx’s offering, currently, functions almost identically to SugarHouse’s and doesn’t feature as good of a signup bonus or exclusive promotions.
Not all online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania offer apps across every mobile platform. Here are the currently available apps on iOS and Android:
- DraftKings Sportsbook app
- FOX Bet Pennsylvania app
- FanDuel Sportsbook app
- Parx Casino app
- PlaySugarHouse app
- Bet Rivers app
- Parx Online Casino app
- FanDuel Sportsbook app
- FOX Bet Pennsylvania app
- DraftKings Sportsbook app
- Unibet app
These are direct-download on Android.
PA Sports Betting Promos
Pennsylvania online sportsbooks offer a range of promotions and signup bonuses. Here are the currently best available offers at each of the sites:
|DraftKings Sportsbook||$200 first bet match|
|FOX Bet||$20 free + $100 deposit match|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||$500 risk-free bet|
|SugarHouse Sportsbook||$250 deposit match|
|BetRivers||$250 deposit match|
|Unibet||$20 free + $250 risk-free|
|Parx Sportsbook||$250 risk-free bet|
Where Else Is Online Sports Betting Available?
Several states in addition to Pennsylvania offer online sports betting. Here are our guides on how to bet in other states:
In addition, New York may soon legalize online sports betting.
PA Sports Betting Site Launch Dates
|PA sports betting sites||Casino partner||Launch date|
|Parx Sportsbook||Parx Casino||June 27, 2019|
|SugarHouse Sportsbook||SugarHouse (Rush Street)||May 28, 2019|
|Bet Rivers Sportsbook||Rivers (Rush Street)||June 27, 2019|
|FanDuel Sportsbook PA||Valley Forge Casino||July 25, 2019|
|DraftKings Sportsbook PA||Meadows Casino||November 4, 2019|
|Harrah's Sportsbook||Harrah's (Caesars)||TBD|
|Bet America Sportsbook||Presque Isle||TBD|
|FOX Bet||Mt. Airy Casino Resort||September 4, 2019|
|Penn National||William Hill||TBD|
|Unibet PA||Mohegan Sun Pocono||November 12, 2019|
How To Bet on Sports in Pennsylvania
Online sports betting is fully legal in PA. In addition to betting at eight physical sportsbooks, users can bet online through the web and on mobile apps. You must be 21 or older and physically located in the state to place a bet.
Online sportsbooks offer the following deposit options:
- online banking
- credit or debit card
- Prepaid cards
- Pay with Cash at 7-11
- Cash at Cage
- wire transfer
Generally speaking, online banking is the easiest method as cards often get declined by banks for reasons outside the control of any one operator.
Types of bets
Pennsylvania allows the full range of sports wagers, including spread, moneyline, over-under, parlays, teasers, and more.
PA online sports betting offers action on all major sporting events. However, unlike in New Jersey, users can’t be on events with predetermined outcomes, like the NFL Draft.
Is sports betting legal in PA?
Sports betting is legal in PA. The state passed a bill legalizing both casino-based and online betting in Pennsylvania. Multiple casinos and turf clubs now offer sports wagering, with online sports betting launching on May 31, 2019.
Does Parx casino have sports betting?
Parx has both a physical and online sportsbook. Their online app launched in June, 2019 and is currently available on iOS and Android. Parx recently opened a 10,000 square-foot facility at its Bensalem Casino.
When will PA sports betting be legal?
Sports betting is already legal in PA. You can bet in-person and online in Pennsylvania.
Why are there so few betting apps in PA?
Unlike other states, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board allows for one sports betting skin - essentially a public-facing brand - for each licensed casino operator, of which there are 12 in Pennsylvania. This, obviously, caps the number of apps at 12.
Where can I bet on sports in PA?
Multiple casinos and turf clubs now offer sports betting in Pennsylvania (see listings in this post). Online sports betting is available through DraftKings, FOX Bet, Unibet, FanDuel SugarHouse, Rivers, and Parx.
Do I have to be in PA to bet?
If you are betting online, yes, you will have to be physically located in the state to bet on sports with PA sports betting apps. However, you may be allowed to bet on sports in other states where online sports betting is legal.
What types of bets can I make in PA?
Spread bets, moneyline bets, over-under bets, parlay bets, prop bets and more are all available at PA sportsbooks.
What are PA sports betting tax rates?
Sports wagering is taxed at a 36% tax rate in PA and operators have to pay $10 million upfront for their sports wagering certificate.
PA Sports Betting Locations
|Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course||777 Hollywood Blvd.|
Grantville, PA 17028
|SugarHouse Casino||1001 N Delaware Ave.|
Philadelphia, PA 19125
|Parx Casino||2999 Street Rd.|
Bensalem, PA 19020
|Rivers Casino||777 Casino Dr.|
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
|Parx at The Turf Club||700 Packer Ave.|
Philadelphia, PA 19148
|Valley Forge Casino||1160 1st Ave. |
King of Prussia, PA 19406
|Harrah's||777 Harrah’s Blvd.|
Chester, PA 19013
|Valley Forge Turf Club||600 Cresson Blvd. |
Oaks, PA 19456
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
777 Hollywood Blvd.
Grantville, PA 17028
In November, Penn National Gaming launched the first legal sportsbook in Pennsylvania. The physical location is managed by William Hill, which is the largest sportsbook operator in the US, running several joints in Vegas and New Jersey.
1001 N Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
On December 16, SugarHouse Casino, which operates under the same brand for owner Rush Street as SugarHouse Sportsbook, which is expected to launch for PA online sports betting early in 2019, opened its temporary facility. They’ve outlined their plans in a proposal to the state for a permanent space that is expected to open in the spring.
777 Casino Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Rivers Casino opened their space for testing on the same day as SugarHouse as they both have the parent company Rush Street Interactive.
2999 Street Rd.
Bensalem, PA 19020
Parx recently opened its temporary facility, which I actually toured before opening, and while it’s not large, it’s fairly impressive, but will pale it comparison to the 10,000 square foot behemoth they plan to open in the spring. I can tell you there is a lot of construction going on at Parx, and they seem poised to capitalize on PA sports betting– their location and brand recognition in the Philly area will help that get out of the gate early.
Parx at The Turf Club
700 Packer Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
An extension of the Parx sportsbook branding, a second location has been opened at the Turf Club, located inside the Holiday Inn across from Citizens Bank Park.
777 Harrah’s Blvd.
Chester, PA 19013
Harrah’s began taking sports bets on January 22 at 2:00 p.m. with a grand opening on January 24, where Brian Westbrook cut the ceremonial ribbon.
Valley Forge Turf Club
600 Cresson Blvd.
Oaks, PA 19456
Valley Forge Turf Club opened on March 14, just in time for the NCAA Tournament. It is owned by Greenwood Gaming, owners of Parx, which now has three sports betting locations in Pennsylvania.
FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino Resort
1160 1st Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
FanDuel’s sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino features 1,800 square-feet of betting space with 7 betting windows and 27 TV screens.
PA Online Casinos
In addition to PA online sports betting, there are several online casinos in Pennsylvania. Some even combine their online sports betting and casino games into one app. Customers can share their wallet and bonuses across games such as Blackjack, poker, slots and jackpot games with the sportsbook.
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PA Sports Betting Map
FOX Bet Launches in PA
FOX Bet PA launched its betting app on September 4, 2019. The app is backed by Mt. Airy Casino Resort but features heavy FOX Sports branding and the companies many sports personalities.
DraftKings Sportsbook is coming to PA
DraftKings Sportsbook entered into a partnership with Penn National Gaming to bring its online sportsbook to PA in 2019. They should immediately become one of the leading PA betting apps.
iOS is now available for PA sports betting
SugarHouse launched iOS betting in PA on July 17. FanDuel got in on the action a week later, becoming the first to actually be in the iOS App Store.
Why online one app?
Apple released an update to its developer guidelines which requires online gambling apps to be coded natively (or mostly natively) for iOS.
Currently, most online betting apps wrap the web (HTML) version of their site and put it into an app. Apple is now requiring these apps to be built specifically for iPhones and iPads.
FanDuel Sportsbook has iOS availability, but it’s unclear which other sportsbooks will comply with the new guideline and be able to offer iOS betting in PA before football season.
Read more about the Apple App Store update.
Parx Sportsbook and Rivers Sportsbook enter the market
On June 24, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced that Parx and Rivers would begin testing their online sports betting sites in PA.
The two sites join SugarHouse Sportsbook as the first three to launch in the state.
You can jump down to the relevant sections for each, but both are available on desktops and laptops and through an Android app… and limited by the Apple App Store issue impacting SugarHouse which prevents iOS betting.
SugarHouse, Parx and Rivers are all expected to be live in some capacity on iOS before football season.
PA online sports betting launches with SugarHouse Sportsbook
On May 31, SugarHouse Sportsbook officially went live in Pennsylvania.
SugarHouse is live to place bets on desktop and Android here . But SugarHouse Sportsbook PA is not yet available on iOS as an app, or as an app in the Google Play Store. SugarHouse is working to get approved for the iOS App Store with Apple, and Google Play does not allow gambling apps.
But iOS users can still sign up for SugarHouse from their device and claim a $250 deposit bonus– they can then place bets on a PC or Mac. It’s confusing, yes, but a process all PA sportsbooks are working on smoothing over.
Several other apps are expected to follow in the coming weeks.
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PA Sports Betting Background
The push for mobile sports betting
There were two themes at the East Coast Gaming Congress, and the biggest one was the importance of online betting. Something like 70% of the market in Europe is mobile or real-time betting, also called live betting. Many of these are prop bets. This is the growth area, no doubt about it.
Consider this stat: There is $150 billion wagered on sports in the US each year. Only $3 billion of that is in Nevada. The other $147 billion is either through illegal bookies or non-regulated offshore sites.
The gaming industry wants a piece of that market.
They will compel states to adopt favorable regulations in order to offer competitive mobile betting products. This centers around real-time or “in-play” betting.
This takes many forms.
The most obvious example is a second half betting line that may be available during a basketball or football game. But the ubiquity of mobile devices creates many more possibilities. You can bet on the next series, drive or play. It’s the second screen experience for sports– everything from “who hits the next three-pointer” to new moneyline odds being offered throughout the game. This type of betting is arguably more fun (and addictive) and is the growth area for the industry.
How to compete with offshore sites
The industry is well aware that anyone can go online and place a bet today.
How do they beat the offshore sites?
The main message was that aggressive tax rates would pass along costs to the customer, presumably in the form of poorer odds. They showed studies indicating that a 10%-15% tax rate is the range which guarantees the greatest output for the state before significant customer losses. Again, Pennsylvania is currently at 36, which means PA sports betting sites will have to deal with significant more costs, limiting the amount operators may want to focus their efforts. We have spoken to several books that have no plans to even enter the PA market. This is doubly a problem when you consider that PA casinos will have to brand their apps with their own names, thus not allowing for DraftKings or FanDuel to have their own apps in the state (they’ll have to settle for “powered by” or something similar). This gives SugarHouse, and maybe BetStars, an opportunity to gain market share since they won’t be competing as hard with the big brands.
Further, the offshore market excels in online betting. Some states, like Mississippi, will legalize sports betting but not allow it online. That is a mistake. It misses the entire point of this movement (for states), which is to maximize tax revenue. Not allowing online sports betting leaves a lot of money on the table… or perhaps just sends it to Costa Rica, where many of the offshore sites are located.
One way the regulated space could have an edge over offshore sites is in partnering with the leagues, both in terms of branding (expect sponsorships) and data.
Think about real-time betting, perhaps a wager on pitch speed (will someone throw 100 mph this game?). Who verifies the data? Unlike scores and basic stats, which can be easily checked against an official box score, data required for prop bets may need a trusted partner. This can both provide a competitive advantage over the black market and create revenue opportunities for the leagues, which can license the data to sportsbooks.
To be clear, the gaming industry wants to partner with the leagues– they just don’t want states to mandate a 1% integrity free, something which thus far has been met with resistance from the states anyway. The league will profit regardless through increased interest and viewership, but it seems the way to get money directly from the operators is through direct business relationships.
The Sixers – along with the Devils – just announced a partnership with Caesars, while the major professional basketball and hockey leagues have announced licensing, content and data deals with MGM.
Thankfully, the legalization of online gaming for poker and such in New Jersey and Delaware has paved the way for sports in Pennsylvania. Credit card processing was an early hurdle in those verticals because banks were worried about fraud. Once the gaming industry proved that it could effectively police itself, Visa, MasterCard and others became more amenable to handling the transactions.
The gaming industry knows it needs to make depositing (and withdrawing!) money a painless experience if PA sports betting is to gain traction. This creates a literal instant advantage over the corner bookie, and having a regulated operator take your action is a safer experience than playing with offshore sites.
Anna Sainsbury, the CEO of GeoComply USA, a company that provides geo-fencing services for iGaming products, talked about ways to effectively ensure players are in-state. That part is relatively simple. But consider the PA commuter who works in New Jersey or Delaware. What if they can’t place a bet from work? With these states being linked, there was some discussion about allowing wagering across states lines. That’s an area that has yet to be fully worked out, though the industry is aware that creating a consumer-friendly solution is important.
Geoff Freeman, the outgoing CEO of the American Gaming Association, said there was essentially no chance of federal regulation for sports betting. It sounds like it will remain a state issue.
This goes without saying, but as more states come online, gambling sponsorships will begin to pervade sports. Almost every major soccer team in the Premier League has a gambling partner. Expect much the same in Pennsylvania.
PA Sports Betting History
This section was put together by Mike Lyon. He is an attorney in Montgomery County, PA specializing in litigation and gaming law. He tracks all developments in sports gambling in the United States, with a particular interest in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The information provided in this post is not intended to be and should not be construed as legal advice. You should not act or rely upon information contained in this post without specifically seeking professional legal advice.
When the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in Murphy v. NCAA, et al. in May of this year, a day that many sports fans had dreamed of became reality. With PASPA nullified, legalized sports betting had finally become a possibility outside of Nevada.
All the attention being paid to the legalization of sports gambling in New Jersey and Delaware has left many fans in Pennsylvania wondering when it will come to the Keystone State. As of press time, while PA sports betting is, technically, legal, regulated sports betting has not yet begun. While the exact date that betting will begin in Pennsylvania is still very much unknown, potential bettors should rest assured that it should begin very soon.
In October of last year, Governor Wolf signed into law a massive expansion of gambling in Pennsylvania. That legislation allowed sports gambling to be legalized if the existing federal ban in PASPA was first repealed, which thereafter occurred when the Supreme Court nullified PASPA in Murphy.
The gaming law restricted the possibility of hosting sports gambling to Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos, any of whom could apply for a “sports wagering certificate” with Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board (GCB). Holders of a sports wagering certificate would be permitted to take in-person wagers in a designated sportsbook or area within the casino. Online betting was also legitimized by the statute, and certificate holders would be permitted to take wagers through a mobile app or Internet site.
The law provided a 120-day window for the GCB to accept applications for sports wagering certificates, which it began to do on May 31, 2018. Given how popular legalized betting was thought to become, and the national attention paid to Murphy, it was thought that applications would come quickly. Many surmised that sports wagering would be operational in Pennsylvania long before the start of the NFL season in early September.
But the fees to be paid by potential applicants for sports betting certificates likely caused (and may still be causing) significant hesitation. The gaming expansion statute required any sports wagering certificate applicant to pay a $10 million initial fee to the GCB following approval of the application. It further requires a renewal fee of $250,000 to be paid to the GCB every five years thereafter. Those entry fees dwarf the comparable fees in New Jersey, which required casinos to pay just $1.2 million in licensing fees (which also include the fee required to carry an internet gaming platform, which is not yet operational in Pennsylvania and not a part of the $10 million initial fee).
In addition, the taxes payable on PA sports betting proceeds are substantial. The gaming expansion law provided a whopping 34% tax rate on gross sports gaming revenue to be paid to the state, plus an additional 2% to be remitted to local or municipal taxing authorities. That makes for an effective 36% tax rate on all betting proceeds. This dwarfs the 8.5% rate for in-person bets or 13% rate for online bets over the bridge. The taxes and fees make for a good reason to be cautious about beginning sports betting operations in Pennsylvania.
Legalized betting in Pennsylvania is inching closer. Whenever the first bet is placed, Pennsylvania certainly appears to be ready to reap substantial financial benefits from what should be a very popular endeavor for fans across the Commonwealth.
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