PA online sports betting is live and legal. Eight online sportsbooks are available in Pennsylvania.
We consider DraftKings Sportsbook PA (sign up here ) to be the best sports betting app in Pennsylvania. It features the most modern and well-built interface, seemingly unlimited betting markets, and a slew of unique wagering options and ongoing odds boosts.
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6 Best PA Sports Betting Apps
Here’s our ranking of the best sports betting apps in PA and their currently best available signup bonus as of October, 2020:
|Rank||Sportsbook||Signup bonus (click to claim)|
|1||DraftKings Sportsbook||up to $1,000 free|
|2||FOX Bet||$1,000 free|
|3||FanDuel Sportsbook||$1,000 risk-free bet|
|4||Unibet||$30 free with no deposit + $600 risk-free bet|
|5||BetRivers||$250 deposit match|
|6||Parx Sportsbook||$250 risk-free bet|
|7||Barstool Sportsbook||$10 free + $500 risk-free bet|
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 DraftKings Online Casino. Their recent partnership with Michael Jordan will only further catapult them into the mainstream.
One of the best compliments we can pay to a sportsbook app is to say that it is our go-to to quickly check odds and real-time action. More and more, we find DraftKings to be the most reliable betting app in Pennsylvania to do it.
Pricing is in-line with market norms, and often seems to be a tick better than competitors. Promotions are easy to find and opt-in to, and often present genuine value, such as loss insurance, profit boosts, and free bets.
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.
Still, what DraftKings lacks in signup bonus uniqueness they make up for in a quality app.
2. FOX Bet
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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 only downside is it doesn’t yet have online banking as a deposit option, so your best bet to deposit funds 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 FOX Bet app ion Pennsylvania:
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.
3. 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 list.
While FanDuel has one of the best interfaces of any sports betting app – it 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.
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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 $30 free with no deposit and then a $600 risk-free bet.
The signup bonus alone is enough reason to sign up for Unibet.
Formerly SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetRivers offers 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.
Betrivers 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 BetRivers casino, which offers slots and table games. Read more about online casinos in PA.
6. 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.
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.
7. Barstool Sportsbook
Barstool Sportsbook launched in Pennsylvania for the start of the second weekend of the NFL season with much fanfare. At the time, Barstool and its parent company, Penn National Gaming, touted 21,000 downloads per day over the first weekend, breaking DraftKings’ and FanDuel’s records.
However, the early success of Barstool was expected. They have a legion of hardcore followers whom they can mobilize quickly through social media and other channels. Barstool CEO Erika Nardini said the company purposefully did no paid marketing for their product. Since then, Barstool hasn’t released any numbers, as presumably downloads have dramatically slowed down. We’ll find out when the PA Gaming Control Board announces revenue figures later in October.
As for the app, it’s decent. But given that it’s underpinned by popular odds provider Kambi, Barstool Sportsbook features almost entirely the same lines as DraftKings, Unibet and Rivers. Both FOX Bet and FanDuel Sportsbook offer bettors in Pennsylvania a more different experience than Barstool does.
The app is clean, fluid and works well, but other than a Barstool coat of paint and a handful of custom odds, there’s really nothing special here.
We have Caesars PA sportsbook listed eighth here because, today, it’s not a good product. However, the recent acquisition of William Hill by Caesars may change that.
William Hill offers a decent alternative to legal betting leaders and may become available through the Caesars license in Pennsylvania.
Online Sportsbook Apps in Pennsylvania
Not all online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania offer apps across every mobile platform. Here are the currently available apps on iOS and Android:
- FOX Bet
- Parx Online Casino app
- FOX Bet
- Unibet app
These are direct-download on Android.
PA Sports Betting Promos
PA online sports betting offers a range of promotions and signup bonuses. Here are the currently best available offers at each of the sites:
|FOX Bet||$1,000 free|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||up to $1,000|
|Unibet||$20 free + $250 risk-free|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||$500 risk-free bet|
|BetRivers||$250 deposit match|
|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.
Colorado launched online sports betting on May 1.
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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|
|Bet America Sportsbook||Presque Isle||TBD|
|FOX Bet PA||Mt. Airy Casino Resort||September 4, 2019|
|Barstool Sportsbook||Hollywood Casino Resort||September 18, 2020|
|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
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 Online Sports Betting Updates
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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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