PA Online Sports Betting

pa online sports betting

PA online sports betting is live and legal. Three sportsbooks have launched in Pennsylvania, with several more expected in the coming months.

We recommend SugarHouse Sportsbook as the best online betting option so far in PA. They offer new users a $250 deposit bonus that is one of the best in the industry.

Other options include Parx Sportsbook and Bet Rivers Sportsbook (review links). Like SugarHouse, they are powered by industry provider Kambi and feature the same odds and generally a similar overall interface.

Here is everything you need to know about online sports betting PA.

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Online sportsbooks coming soon to PA

Several other PA mobile sports betting apps are expected to enter the market in the coming months. Some of them will be combined with PA online casinos.

FanDuel Sportsbook PA is expected to launch in July or August. Sources tell us it will be the first PA sports betting app to be available in the iOS App Store.

In addition to FanDuel, FOX Bet, which will feature the full branding might of FOX Sports, is expected to launch sometime in 2019. Previously BetStars, FOX Sports invested in the app’s parent company and will feature the site heavily on all their properties. This should make FOX Bet one of the more popular betting apps in PA and around the country once legal sports betting rolls out to more states.

Unibet, a popular European betting brand, recently received their license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and should launch this summer.

DraftKings Sportsbook and PointsBet, two of the more popular betting sites in New Jersey, do not yet have casino partnerships in PA, and it’s unclear when they will get them.

 

Where are the iOS apps?

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 is expected to launch with 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.

 

PA online sportsbooks

Here’s a list of current and expected PA online sportsbooks.

1. SugarHouse Sportsbook

sugarhouse pa sports betting

Read our SugarHouse Sportsbook review for early thoughts on the PA site

SugarHouse Sportsbook will actually become Bet Rivers sometime this summer. Parent Rush Street has decided to use its Rivers brand across the board, a move that will see casino and online properties take on the name. The change should be seamless to current players.

Since both SugarHouse and Rivers were already licensed in PA and plan on operating under one brand name, it has been easy to impart existing technology from New Jersey to launch their online betting app in PA.

2. Bet Rivers Sportsbook

rivers sports betting pa

Bet Rivers Sportsbook review

Rivers Casino’s online sportsbook will be called Bet Rivers— the SugarHouse app will actually become Bet Rivers Sportsbook. At launch, Bet Rivers Sportsbook looks nearly identical to SugarHouse, save for some branding elements and Pittsburgh focused fare. Which one customers would use for PA online sports betting would have come down to a brand preference between Rivers and SugarHouse, but Rush Street has decided they will combine them into one brand this summer.

3. Parx Sportsbook

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Parx Sportsbook review

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.

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.

4. FanDuel Sportsbook PA

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Read more about FanDuel Sportsbook PA

For more on the app itself, check out our FanDuel Sportsbook review

FanDuel has a partnership in place with Valley Forge Casino Resort. The latter opened its retail sportsbook in March. FanDuel Sportsbook expected to go live in PA in July and will include an iOS app.

5. FOX Bet

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FOX Bet review

The Stars Group will bring its new FOX Bet sports betting app to PA. It’s unclear when the app will launch, but casino partner Mt. Airy Casino Resort has filed for a sports betting certificate, so it will likely be sometime in 2019.

6. Unibet

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Unibet struck a partnership with Mohegan Sun Pocono to bring its popular sports betting app to PA. They have been approved by the PGCB and are expected to launch for online sports betting PA in the summer of 2019.

7. DraftKings Sportsbook

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DraftKings Sportsbook review

DraftKings undoubtedly has plans to enter the PA sports betting market, but as of yet they don’t have a casino partner. Unlike in New Jersey, where each licensed operator can work with up to three partners for their online app, in Pennsylvania each operator can only be partnered with one. DraftKings still has options, but they haven’t yet found one, and thus their launch looks more like its destined for late 2019.

 

PA sports betting sites and launch dates

PA sports betting sitesCasino partnerLaunch datePromo code
Parx SportsbookParx CasinoJune 27$250 risk-free bet
SugarHouse SportsbookSugarHouse (Rush Street)May 28$250 deposit match
Bet Rivers SportsbookRivers (Rush Street)June 27$250 deposit match
FanDuel Sportsbook PAValley Forge CasinoJulyTBD
DraftKings Sportsbook PATBDJuly-DecemberTBD
Harrah's SportsbookHarrah's (Caesars)TBDTBD
Bet America SportsbookPresque IsleTBDTBD
FOX BetMt. Airy Casino ResortJuly-SeptemberTBD
Penn NationalWilliam HillTBDTBD
UnibetMohegan Sun PoconoJuly-SeptemberTBD

 

PA online sports betting mobile apps

The following sports currently offer mobile apps available in PA. All are Android-only.

  • PlaySugarHouse app
  • Bet Rivers app
  • Parx Online Casino app

These are direct-download on Android.

 

How to bet on sports in PA

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.

Deposit methods

PA online sportsbooks offering the following deposit options:

  • online banking
  • credit or debit card
  • PayPal
  • 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.

Sports available

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.

 

 

FAQ

When will online sports betting launch in PA?

Online sports wagering in Pennsylvania launched in May, 2019.

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 Android.

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.

Who is eligible to launch an online sportsbook in PA?

The following are the licensed “slot machine operators” who are eligible for a sports betting certificate in PA: Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Parx Casino and Racing, SugarHouse Casino, Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Valley Forge Casino Resort, The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Mount Airy Casino Resort, Presque Isle, and Rivers Casino.

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 SugarHouse Sportsbook, Bet Rivers Sportsbook, and Parx Sportsbook.

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.

What about DraftKings and FanDuel?

DraftKings will need a partner to launch DraftKings Sportsbook PA in Pennsylvania. That hasn’t happened yet. FanDuel has partnered with Valley Forge Casino Resort, which has been approved for a sports betting license and will launch FanDuel Sportsbook PA in July.

Why isn’t DraftKings in PA?

DraftKings will need to find a casino partner to launch its sportsbook app in PA. They struck a deal with Caesars to gain market access to a number of states, but it curiously didn’t include Pennsylvania, and it sounds like Caesars will use its Harrah’s brand in PA. DraftKings will have to partner with one of the remaining casinos if it wants to be involved in PA online sports betting.

 

 

 

PA sports betting locations

SportsbookAddressOnline brand
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course777 Hollywood Blvd.
Grantville, PA 17028
SugarHouse Casino1001 N Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
PlaySugarHouse
Parx Casino2999 Street Rd.
Bensalem, PA 19020
Parx
Rivers Casino777 Casino Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Rivers
Parx at The Turf Club700 Packer Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Valley Forge Casino1160 1st Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
FanDuel
Harrah's777 Harrah’s Blvd.
Chester, PA 19013
Harrah's
Valley Forge Turf Club600 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.

SugarHouse Casino

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. Here’s the mockup:

sugarhouse pa sports betting

Rivers Casino

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.

Parx

2999 Street Rd.

Bensalem, PA 19020

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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.

Harrah’s

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.

From a press release sent out by Harrah’s:

January 22 starts a two-day operational test period and approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). The PGCB will hold testing on January 22 and 23 from 2:00 pm to midnight.

Harrah’s Philadelphia’s sportsbook will offer betting on a variety of sporting events like football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, and college athletics. Betting options include straight bets, parlay bets, total bets, in-game betting, and more. Also, Total Rewards members will be able to earn valuable points for every wager made in The Book. The sportsbook will be open Monday – Friday 11am -12am and Saturday – Sunday 10am – 12am. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to enter the casino floor as well as to place bets.

Located in the back of the casino floor previously reserved for “The Block,” The Book at Harrah’s Philadelphia is equipped with 19 better-than-stadium lounge seats, 11 high-top tables, various bar seating and over 45 large screen TVs to watch the action live. Food and beverages tailored specifically for game day will also be available.

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.

 

PA sports betting map

 

PA sports betting updates

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.

Will you keep me updated?

You bet! I have continually been asked about where and how you’ll be able to bet on sports in PA from readers who have seen our coverage. We intend to partner with as many sportsbooks as possible to offer you exclusive signup bonuses, unique odds and other promos for sports betting in PA. We’ll keep writing about it here on the site, but the best way to stay updated is to sign up for our email list (we won’t spam you).

We have big plans for a more betting-related content (think, studio) and job postings for those positions so you’ll want to follow us.

 

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.

 

League partnership

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.

 

Frictionless experience

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.

 

Geo-fencing

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.

 

Federal regulation

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.

 

Sponsorships

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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