PA Online Sports Betting

Recent news and details about online sports betting in PA

Pennsylvania online sports betting is now available via the SugarHouse app. SugarHouse was the first operator to begin live testing its legal sports betting product on May 28 and went officially live on May 31st.

Currently, six casino companies in the state already offer legal retail sports betting and are preparing to launch their own versions of a mobile app product.

These casinos are expected to launch mobile betting apps at some point in 2019:

Of those seven properties, we expect that Valley Forge, Rivers, and SugarHouse will likely have the best apps. These properties have strategic partners who have had tremendous success elsewhere, particularly in neighboring New Jersey.

Most banking methods will be available on these online sportsbooks. Players will be able to use credit cards, prepaid cards, e-checks, electronic wallets, and other online payment services.

Which company will have the best app?

We’re soon to see what the first PA online sportsbook will look like when SugarHouse begins testing of its app. Powered by Kambi, SugarHouse is expected to have one of the most user-friendly products in the PA sports betting market. As it happens, Kambi powers many of the top online books in New Jersey, and is responsible for two rather innovative features on their apps.

First, players on Kambi software interact using a betting carousel. This feature creates a customized list of betting suggestions for each player based upon his or her stated preferences and historical wagering.

More importantly, Kambi also created the live ticket system, which allows players to cash out their open tickets at any time. In this way, players can guard against last-second defeats or meltdowns. They can even shorten parlays to be successful.

Parx Casino will also feature a Kambi-designed app. So, that app will likely be quite nice, too.

We can confidently declare that Valley Forge will offer a streamlined product with a host of innovative features. Valley Forge’s strategic partner, FanDuel, recently seized control of New Jersey’s online sports betting market (in terms of revenue).

The company appears to be quite hungry and looks to be growing by leaps and bounds. FanDuel’s New Jersey app offers a wide selection of options, including extensive in-game betting choices.

DraftKings Sportsbook will also be coming to Pennsylvania. While it does not yet have a casino partner, it is expected to launch its leading sportsbook platform as soon as a deal is formed.

Banking on PA online sportsbooks

One of the more apprehensive parts of betting online is transferring money to the site. Due to the uncertainties involved, the process can be contentious and difficult.

Thankfully, there will likely be a host of options for players both to deposit and withdraw funds from their favorite online sportsbooks. Methods likely to appear on these sportsbooks include:

  • ACH (E-checks)
  • Credit/debit cards (Visa or MasterCard)
  • Prepaid cards (issued by each individual sportsbook)
  • PayPal
  • Skrill
  • PayNearMe (via 7-Eleven)
  • Cash at the corresponding land-based casino cage
  • Wire transfer

Bear in mind, each individual sportsbook may have more unique options as well.

PA sports betting licensees

At present, seven Pennsylvania casinos are eagerly awaiting word from the DOJ and, subsequently, the PGCB. Six of the seven already have retail sportsbooks in operation, and the seventh is planning a June 1 debut for its retail location. They are (with retail debut in parenthesis):

  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (Nov. 17)
  • Rivers Casino (Dec. 15)
  • SugarHouse Casino (Dec. 15)
  • Parx Casino (Jan. 10)
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia (Jan. 24)
  • Valley Forge Casino (March 13)
  • Presque Isle Downs Casino (June 1 projection)

Additionally, Parx operates sportsbooks in two of its off-track betting facilities. So, there are six retail sportsbooks in retail casinos and sportsbooks at South Philadelphia Turf Club and Valley Forge Turf Club. Altogether, Pennsylvania is home to eight retail operations.

The potentials

However, the list of licensees above is not exhaustive. There are still several operators or casinos that have either not received their approvals to offer sports betting yet, or have not even applied.

Potential operators of sportsbook apps in Pennsylvania include:

  • Mount Airy Casino
    • Likely – application already submitted
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono
    • Likely – application already submitted
  • Stadium Park Casino
    • Unknown – no application submitted
  • Sands Bethlehem
    • Unknown – no application submitted, but under new ownership
  • Meadows Casino
    • Unlikely – no application submitted and sister casino (Hollywood Casino) already licensed
  • Lady Luck Nemacolin
    • Unlikely – no application submitted and sister casino (Presque Isle Downs) already licensed
  • MGM Resorts
    • Unlikely – would require PGCB rule change to apply
  • Golden Nugget
    • Unlikely – would require PGCB rule change to apply

Stay tuned for updates as they come in!

PA 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 followed in late 2018 and early 2019.

Can I bet online on my phone in Pennsylvania?

Not yet, but online sports betting is expected to launch in PA as early as May 2019.

Is any other online gambling legal in Pennsylvania?

Online lottery, Keno, and daily fantasy sports are all legal and running in PA. Online casinos and online poker sites are expected to launch in July 2019.

What is the legal gambling age in Pennsylvania?

The legal gambling age in PA is 21.

Which states have legal sports betting?

In addition to PA, the following states have a legal sports betting market: Nevada, New Jersey, West Virginia, Mississippi, Delaware and Rhode Island.

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