Pennsylvania Sports Betting

Is sports betting legal in Pennsylvania?
Can I bet on sports right now in Pennslvania?
Yes, at the physical sportsbooks that have launched in the state.
Can I bet online legally in PA?Not yet. Expect that to happen in 2019.

Pennsylvania is quickly becoming a frontier for gambling in the US. The state passed sports betting legislation in late 2017 as part of an omnibus bill that included other forms of gambling like online poker and daily fantasy sports (DFS).

Single-game sports betting was long deemed illegal in the U.S. outside of Nevada under the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). However, after the ban was challenged in the US Supreme Court, the court ruled in favor of New Jersey, thereby allowing Pennsylvania and every other state to move forward with their own sports betting regulations if they so choose.

PA sports betting news 2018

Pennsylvania was already ahead of the curve in that regard, having legalized sports gambling in October 2017. A gamble by state officials paid off in 2018 as Pennsylvania joined Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi and West Virginia as states offering legalized sports betting in the mold of Nevada.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course began offering sports wagering inside its casino in November 2018, and SugarHouse Casino and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh are set to launch legal sportsbooks in mid-December 2018.

Four other casinos have filed paperwork to acquire a license to offer sports betting. Licenses are pending for these properties:

  • Harrah’s Philadelphia
  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National
  • Parx Casino
  • Valley Forge

Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Pennsylvania?

Yes. Pennsylvania passed a law legalizing sports gambling that immediately went into effect on May 14 when the SCOTUS overturned PASPA. The first casino to launch a legal sportsbook was Hollywood Casino in Grantville, Pennsylvania. Other casinos in the state have acquired licenses and are expected to soon follow.

Where can I place sports bets in Pennsylvania?

As soon as the state’s 12 casinos are able to construct official sportsbooks, there will be plenty of opportunities to place live bets on sporting events. Online wagering will also become legalized anywhere in the state and casinos may use a temporary betting facility while they construct a more official and permanent sportsbook.

How old do I have to be to bet in Pennsylvania?

Patrons must be at least 21 years old to gamble in Pennsylvania.

Which Pennsylvania sports teams can I bet on?

You will be able to bet on the state’s professional and college sports teams, including:

  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Penn State University football/basketball
  • University of Pittsburgh basketball/football

Can I bet on my mobile device?

Not yet. But Pennsylvania’s sports betting law does allow for mobile betting via smartphone platforms anywhere inside state lines. PA sports betting apps should be up and running at some point in early 2019.

Who oversees Pennsylvania sports betting?

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) will regulate and oversee the state’s sports betting operations.

Can I get into trouble for placing bets with unregulated online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania?

Yes, in order for a sportsbook to be legal it must be sanctioned by the state and placing bets with an unregulated bookkeeper can result in fines and potential jail time.