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Pennsylvania Sports Betting

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Regulation News

Pennsylvania has long been a hotbed of sports betting interest, well before the Internet and well before the US Supreme Court opened the door for states to offer it.

Not surprisingly, state leaders were prepared when the legalization push culminated, with a signed piece of legislation already in the bag. And they had race tracks and casinos primed and ready for when PASPA was repealed in 2018.

As of 2020, Pennsylvania sports betting was in full swing with land-based casinos and race tracks offering services. A full lineup of online sportsbooks offering mobile sports betting were also functioning, with SugarHouse being first off the mark in 2019.

Is sports betting legal in Pennsylvania?

Yes. Legislators has approved a law establishing the framework for legal sports betting in Pennsylvania by late 2017. When the Supreme Court opened the door a year later, Pennsylvania pushed through with the first NFL wagers happening halfway through the 2018 season.

Since then, sportsbooks and Daily Fantasy operators have enjoyed access to this terrific sports market and Pennsylvania sports bettors have enjoyed plenty of competition.

Where can I bet at Pennsylvania sportsbooks?

The first wager was made at Penn National Racecourse and since then most legal betting establishments and a slew of online sportsbook operators have flooded into the state. There are currently five online sportsbooks to choose from, with more likely to join the fray in coming months.

  • SugarHouse Sportsbook
  • BetRivers.com Sportsbook
  • DraftKings Sportsbook
  • FoxBet
  • FanDuel Sportsbook
  • Unibet Sportsbook

Online sportsbooks (mobile apps or website)

  • SugarHouse Sportsbook
  • DraftKings Sportsbook
  • BetRivers Sportsbook
  • FanDuel Sportsbook
  • Fox Bet PA
  • Caesars Sportsbook PA
  • Unibet Sportsbook
  • Parx Sportsbook

Land-based sportsbooks in Pennsylvania

  • Harrah’s Philadelphia, now operated by Caesar’s Gaming – Chester PA
  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course – Grantville PA
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono – Wilkes-Barre PA
  • Presque Isle Downs – Erie PA
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh PA
  • Sugarhouse Casino Philly – Philadelphia PA
  • South Philly Turf Club – Philadelphia PA
  • Parx Casino and Racing – Bensalem PA
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort – Mt. Pocono PA
  • The Oaks Race and Sportsbook – Oaks PA
  • Valley Forge Casino – King of Prussia PA

What about mobile sports betting apps in Pennsylvania?

Numerous robust sports betting apps are available in Pennsylvania and competition will just make their offers better for the customer. Some of the biggest names in Daily Fantasy as well as some of the biggest brands in Vegas and Atlantic City-style gaming are available here. They include:

  • DraftKings Sportsbook
  • BetRivers Sportsbook
  • FanDuel Sportsbook
  • Fox Bet PA
  • Caesars Sportsbook PA
  • SugarHouse Sportsbook
  • Unibet Sportsbook
  • Parx Sportsbook

Others are expected to join the game in 2020, including BetAmerica likely at Presque Isle and William Hill, one of the UK’s biggest names and a stalwart in the Nevada sports gambling scene.

What is the legal sports betting age in Pennsylvania?

The legal betting age in Pennsylvania is 21 years old.

Who is allowed to offer Pennsylvania sports betting?

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was tasked with awarding licenses and privileges in the state. The state was ready as well with sports betting quickly underway at race tracks in November 2018, shortly after the PASPA Supreme Court ruling legalized it.

The first sports betting action in Pennsylvania occurred at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

Who regulates or licenses Pennsylvania sports betting?

The PGCB (Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was tasked with managing betting through House Bill 71 which turned out to be the final legislative straw that broke sports betting prohibition’s back in the state of Pennsylvania. It was passed in the House and Senate Oct. 26, 2017 and signed into law four days later by Gov. Tom Wolf.

What sports will be favorites of Pennsylvania sports bettors?

Pennsylvania sports betting enjoys some terrific state rivalries as professional teams in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have long histories of success. And the college football and college basketball scene is also ripe with successful programs and sports betting interest.

The NFL has two recent Super Bowl champions in the state in the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers. Both are wagering juggernauts. And one of the fiercest rivalries in the NHL rages between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. You can now wager at the rinks via BetRivers sportsbook.

Major League Baseball has the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies, two franchises fallen on hard times in recent years. And the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers are once again an NBA power and a favorite among bettors.

On the college scene, the Villanova Wildcats rank among the very best college basketball programs with multiple championships in recent years. In college football, the Pitt Panthers and storied Penn State Nittany Lions are among the most notorious for Pennsylvania sports bettors. The Temple Owls are also competitive in both sports.

Other college programs on the hoops and pigskin scene in Pennsylvania include:

Three members of the Patriot League in hoops, Bucknell Bison, Lafayette Leopards and Lehigh Valley Mountain Hawks.

Three members of the Atlantic 10 Conference are based in Pennsylvania, including Duquesne Dukes, LaSalle Crusaders and Saint Joseph’s Hawks.

Drexel Dragons of the Colonial League, Ivy League school Penn Quakers, and Northeast Conference regulars Robert Morris Colonials and Saint Francis Red Flash round out the Div. 1 membership for college hoops in the state.