Online Betting in
Pennsylvania

The Keystone state is one of the frontrunners when it comes to online sports betting. With a large population, loads of sports teams and a legalised online sports betting industry it really is the perfect storm.

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Online Sportsbooks in PA

Let’s start with the good news first. By the end of 2019, you will have online sportsbooks coming out of your ears!

Pennsylvania looks set to be one of the absolute frontrunners when it comes to online sports betting and there is a lot to be excited about. Whether you are into the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL or any other major league or sport then PA is the state for you.

However, currently, there is not that much to chose from as the majority of online sportsbooks will go live over the summer. SugarHouse was the first sportsbook to go online and so is leading the line. Now FanDuel, a big brand, has joined the ranks and we estimate there will be as many as seven online sportsbooks live in the state by the end of 2019.

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Frequently asked questions about sportsbooks in Pennsylvania

Online sports betting has recently arrived in PA, it's natural that you may have some questions...

Is it legal to bet on sports in PA?

Yes. Betting in sports has been legal in PA since 2018. And boy have the Pennsylvanians been busy, already placing $198,331,191 of wagers!

Do DraftKings have a sportsbook in PA?

Yes, Draftkings are now live in NJ and PA.

How can I place sport bets?

The law permits wagering on both professional and collegiate events. Bets can be placed in person, online, or on a mobile device.

How old do you have to be for sports betting?

Residents will need to be at least 21 years old before betting on sports in the state of Pennsylvania

Is FanDuel sportsbook legal in PA?

Yes. FanDuel has partnered with Valley Forge Casino in PA. They will launch their online and mobile operations in the summer of 2019.

Can I bet on sports if I am outside PA?

If you are looking to gamble with a PA-based sportsbook then you have to be within state borders. You will be geo-located via your IP address.

Are there online sportsbooks in PA?

Yes. SugarHouse online sportsbook is up and running in PA, and many more will follow suit in 2019.

Can you bet sports at Parx Casino?

Yes, you can. They are currently housed at a temporary location at 2999 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020, But they are soon to move to a new huge mega-complex. They will also launch their online and mobile sportsbooks.

Where can I bet on sports in PA?

You can bet at a number of locations, including the SugarHouse sportsbook and Parx Sportsbook. However, you can bet on sports online anywhere in the state.

Can I place bets if/when I'm outside PA?

No, you must be within the borders of Pennsylvania to take advantage of new law. Location will be verified via IP address and/or mobile geolocation.

Is online gambling secure?

Yes. SugarHouse is a trustable site and other well-known casinos will be launching sports betting platforms soon. As long as you bet on licensed and reliable companies, gambling is safe.

Can you gamble online in PA?

Yes. Legally you can gamble online. At the moment, there are only a few sportsbooks offering this service, but we expect that to change in 2019.

Is Betfair legal in Pennsylvania?

Betfair does not currently have any sportsbook in PA.

Sugarhouse online sportsbook PA

SugarHouse rushed across state borders soon after betting was legalized. As other sportsbooks baulked at the 36% tax rate for sports betting, SugarHouse erected a temporary sportsbook and released an online service for PA.

As the first ones of the block, they have established themselves as the go-to brand for online sports betting in PA.

Just like in New Jersey, where the second to launch, the all-American brand looks determined to be ahead of the pack.

We love their service, they offer a really great variety of bets, they have a generous and honest first deposit bonus. The appearance of their website leaves a little to be desired but that is to be expected considering they launched so damn fast! The fact that they offer a wide selection of payment methods is really important considering there are not that many competitors out there at the moment. You can read our in-depth review of SugarHouse.

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Sometimes the most important thing, is simply showing up! There may not be that much competition, but Sugarhouse have demonstrated their ambition in PA by being the first online sportsbook in the state.


Fanduel sportsbook PA

FanDuel has teamed up with Valley Forge Casino to launch in PA and they have just launched their online sportsbook in PA! Having such a well-renowned sportsbook live in the state will be great for the credibility of the sports betting industry.

The US sportsbook heavyweight had initially been scared off by the high tax rate, but it's now up and running and seems to have identified the state as a key market.

How do I bet on sports in PA?

First, you need to choose the sportsbook you want to bet with. So, at the moment in PA you don’t have that much choice. Once you have done that, you will need to sign up and make sure you can deposit money into your account and collect your welcome bonus.

So, what you will need to do is:

  • Register: To sign up you simply go to your sportsbook and look for the sign-up page. The sportsbook will read your IP address and see that you are located in PA. You will then be directed to the PA sign up page.
  • Enter your details: Here you will enter your e-mail address and create a username and password.
  • Provide a copy of your ID: at this stage, you will be asked to prove that you are over 21. A copy of your driver's license or passport will be enough.
  • Deposit: When you have signed up you will be due a welcome bonus when you place your first deposit. This welcome bonus varies greatly depending on what sportsbook you chose, so do your homework!

Pennsylvania sports betting history

The series of events that led to Pennsylvania legalizing all form of sports betting began in 2017 when the state legalized sports betting at a federal level. Then Congress ruled that the PASPA was unconstitutional. These two rulings led to complete legalisation of sports betting in 2019.

The Keystone State has almost 13 million people which means there is a huge potential customer base for sportsbooks. To put this into perspective that’s three million more than Sweden, a country whose gambling market is worth $2.5 billion.

As a customer, you are relatively unrestricted in Pennsylvania. For example, unlike Nevada, you can sign up, deposit and withdraw online without having to do it in person. You can also bet on collegiate events which some other states have banned.

However, sportsbooks face barriers to entry in the form of a hefty $10 million one time fee to set up in Pennsylvania. Sportsbooks also face a high tax rate of 36% which is much higher than other states. Currently, Pennsylvania is one of the few states to have legalised online sports betting, so sportsbooks still seem to be set up in the state. However, as more states come on board, we will expect PA will have to lower their tax rate or face losing customers.

Online Sports Betting in Pennsylvania

All these changes in legislation mean that if you are in the state of PA and over 21 you can legally bet on sports online. All you need is a valid ID that you will need to send a copy of to your sportsbook of choice when you sign up. If you would prefer, you can also sign up in person at one of the land-based locations partnered with your sportsbook.

This is very much a trial period for sportsbooks in PA and they will need to stay on the right side of the law. So they are very strict with sign-up regulation. You will need to be in state borders, to bet online. Every sportsbook will have a geolocator which will read your IP address and see where you are.

There is one piece of legislation that you should be aware of if you are betting online in PA and that is wagers on high school sports events are prohibited.

This regulation was introduced by the state to avoid young people getting involved in betting.

We expect online sports betting to explode over the next two years. The convergence of a large population with sports fans of eight major league teams is the perfect storm.

Mobile sports betting PA

US customers love to gamble on sports using their mobile. In states like NJ, which are slightly ahead of PA when it comes to online betting, some sportsbooks have launched ‘mobile first’. This means that they launch their sportsbook only with their app. This is usually followed by a desktop version a few months later.

We expect this trend to follow suit to some extent in Pennsylvania. However, we don’t see that many ‘mobile first’ approaches from sportsbooks. The reason sportsbooks did this in other states was that it was the quickest way to set up as quickly as possible. However, Pennsylvania has made it slightly more difficult for sportsbooks to set up in the state, which will have given them more time to develop both a desktop and mobile version.

One thing you can be sure of though is that every sportsbook that launches in PA will offer mobile wagering. It would just not be possible for an online sportsbook to compete with the competition if they didn’t.

Pennsylvania sports betting law

The Law in Pennsylvania is one on the least restrictive for US-based customers. Compared to a state like Nevada, the Quaker state has allowed for as smooth a signup and deposit process as possible for sportsbook customers. Here are the main stipulations in the current PA online betting legislation:

  • You can sign-up and deposit online or in person at a physical sportsbook or casino.
  • You must be over 21 to place a bet.
  • You must physically be in Pennsylvania to place a bet online. The sportsbook will read your geo-location through your IP address.
  • You are not allowed to wager on high school events.

    Sports teams in Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania's 36% tax rate hasn't put of sportsbooks from setting up shop in the state and this might well be because it is absolutely brimming with professional and semi-professional sports teams. Whatever they put in the water there we want some of it!

    In the MLB they have the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburg Pirates. In the NFL the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Steelers. In the NBA the Philadelphia 76ers and in the NHL the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburg Penguins.

    When you look at how many major teams you have in the state you can see why sportsbooks like FanDuel and DraftKings were so eager to launch in PA.

    You also have the MLS team the Philadelphia Union that have enjoyed a brilliant 2019 season.

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    Pennsylvania sportsbooks Depositing and Withdrawing

    In this department, Pennsylvania have done all they can to make life easy for you. The state has not placed any restrictions on the customer to turn up in person if they wish to place a bet online. All the state requires you to do is be within the state borders and be able to provide proof of identity.

    You may, however, have some issues depositing and withdrawing because of your bank. This can be caused by the fact that not every bank allows for a transaction to or from a sportsbook. Even though online betting is legal in PA, you have some banks resisting a change in policy whilst there is still a piecemeal federal set up.

    The best thing is to check with your bank if you are intending to use your Visa, Mastercard or a bank transfer. You should also check if they allow deposits to a PA sportsbook as well as withdrawals. You do not want to be left in a situation where you have deposited money into a PA-based sportsbook, won money and then are unable to withdraw your winnings!

    The main online sportsbook, SugarHouse does offer other methods of payments including PayPal and Netteller. These payment methods are a nice way around the issues that can come with online banks in the USA, whilst still being 100% legal.

    Of course, if you do find it easier to pay and withdraw in cash you can also do this at land-based casinos and sportsbook that have a physical location. SugarHouse launched a temporary location in 2018 and will open up its permanent location in 2019.

    Pennsylvania sportbook betting locations

    If you want to mix your online betting with a bit of old school gambling then Pennsylvania is an excellent choice. It may not offer you the bright lights of Las Vegas, but it’s still up there with some of the best places to bet in the US.

    Here are some of the locations you can visit in person:

    • SugarHouse Sportsbook
    • Rivers Sportsbook - Rivers are expected to launch their online and mobile sportsbook any day now.
    • Valley Forge Casino - They have teamed up with FanDuel and are due to launch their online and mobile sportsbook in 2019.
    • Harrah’s Philadelphia - They also plan to launch their online and mobile sportsbook in 2019
    • Hollywood Casino Sportsbook - William Hill has partnered with Hollywood Casino and will launch their online and mobile sportsbook in 2019.
    • Parx Sportsbook - They are currently based on Street Road in a temporary location. However, they are currently constructing a mega sportsbook that should open in the summer of 2019. They will also launch their online and mobile sportsbook around this time.
    • Mount Airy casino - The casino plans to launch an online and mobile sportsbook in collaboration with BetStars in 2019.

    Pennsylvania sports gambling revenue

    PA has by no means reached its full potential in terms of sports betting. It currently hosts a number of sportsbooks across the state after sports betting was legalised in November 2018. Online and mobile betting is still yet to really hit the state, but when it does, you can expect revenue to fly through the roof!

    The state does tax sportsbooks 36% of their revenue so what they are left with as net profit isn’t always that much. However, as a customer that shouldn’t concern you, the sportsbooks will be only more eager to get your business!

    If we take May 2019 as an example, since SugarHouse at that point was offering online sports bets. The Total Gross Revenue from sports betting was $2,861,853. Out of that, the state took in a healthy $1,030,267 in tax.

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