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

2020 looks set to be the breakout year for Pennsylvania. There was a slow start to online sports betting in the state, caused by a restrictive tax imposed on sportsbooks. But in 2019 a number of sportsbooks launched, triggering speculation that PA may be the state to eventually rival NJ in the world of online sports betting.

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

Here are the most frequent questions Pennsylvanians have about online sports betting in their state.

⚖️ 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 since then! There are now a number of legal sportsbooks operating in the state.

These include:

Fanduel PA

DraftKings PA

SugarHouse PA

Fox Bet PA

BetRivers PA

Parx PA

✔️ Do DraftKings have a sportsbook in PA?

Yes, DraftKings' sportsbook is operational in 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.

🚫 At what age can you bet online in PA?

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.

💳 What sportsbooks in PA accept PayPal?

The majority of sportsbooks in PA offer PayPal as a payment method.

FanDuel PA accepts Paypal for both deposits and withdrawals.

DraftKings PA does accept Paypal for both deposits and withdrawals.

SugarHouse PA accepts Paypal only for deposits.

BetRivers PA does not accept PayPal as a payment method.

Fox Bet does accept Paypal for both deposits and withdrawals.

Parx PA does not accept PayPal as a payment method.

🎰 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.

You can also bet at Parx Casino and sportsbook online.

📍 Where can I bet on sports in PA?

You can bet at a number of locations, including the SugarHouse sportsbook and Parx Sportsbook. You can also gamble online anywhere in the state.

🔐 Is online gambling secure?

As long as you bet with a reputable, licensed sportsbook that is operational in PA. You should also make sure that you are not using a VPN. It is very important that your sportsbook can geo-locate your real location, otherwise it is illegal.

See a list of trustworthy licensed US sportsbooks here.

👎 Is Betfair legal in Pennsylvania?

Betfair does not currently have any sportsbook in PA.

🏈 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. There are a number of online sportsbooks in PA, such as DraftKings PA and FanDuel PA.

You also have a couple of physical casinos and sportsbooks that offer an online service, such as Parx and SugarHouse.

Sportsbooks in PA

Sports betting has been legal in the state since 2018, but only now are we seeing some real momentum. After DraftKings and FanDuel but the bullet and paid the hefty license fee, other betting companies began to take notice. Since then we've seen the state go from strength to strength.

The good news for customers is that the restrictive legislation that had initially hampered growth only affects the sportsbooks. As a customer, you are allowed to sign-up, deposit and withdraw online.

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 sportsbook was only the second to launch in the state, 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.

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Fanduel sportsbook PA

FanDuel teamed up with Valley Forge Casino to launch in PA. Having such a well-renowned sportsbook live definitely acted as a catalyst for other sportsbooks to enter the market.

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.

Wherever FanDuel goes, DraftKings will follow. The two companies have been fierce competitors since they began working with fantasy sports. FanDuel has the highest number of customers in the state.

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DraftKings PA

DraftKings were the third sportsbook to launch in the state, but it appears that along with their main rivals, FanDuel, they are set to dominate the market. The two sportsbooks enjoy a 65% market share.

One of the main reasons why DraftKings have proven so popular is that they are offering some incredible welcome bonuses. This really is part of an early promotional drive in the state. The amount of budget that DraftKings will be spending on these bonuses is simply not sustainable. So we recommend you get involved now!

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How do I bet on sports in PA?

So you are currently located in PA and want to know how to start betting online. The first thing you need to do is to decide which of the sportsbooks we have listed above suits you best. FanDuel and DraftKings are by far the most popular sportsbooks in the state, but that doesn't mean that the other ones don't offer some great bets. We suggest you look at the reviews of these sportsbooks before picking one.

Once you have selected your sportsbook you are going to need to follow these steps:

  • 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 but Pennsylvanians love it more than everyone else. At a national level, 80% of wagers are placed on a mobile device, but in PA is an unbelievable 87%. This figure includes both the wagers placed at retail establishments and on desktops.

This would explain the heavy investment by sportsbooks in their mobile apps. Both DraftKings and FanDuel have made sure that their PA mobile apps are state of the art.

One explanation for the higher level of mobile wagers in PA compared to the rest of the country is that the state is so well represented in the professional leagues. Two NFL teams, two NHL teams, an NBA and an MLB team is really very impressive. It also means that they will have more people attending and watching the pro leagues live, which in turn means more in-play betting.

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.

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    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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