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Pennsylvania Sports Betting Online

Sports betting has taken off in the Keystone State – and it’s just getting started. With Pennsylvania having implemented online sports betting, the state can expect a major boost in sports gambling revenue, with several sportsbooks already taking mobile action.

Here are the six providers already operating in Pennsylvania:

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Pennsylvania Sports Books  

CASINO/RACETRACK SPORTSBOOK PROVIDER LAUNCH DATE MOBILE STATUS OFFERS/PROMOTIONS
HOLLYWOOD CASINO AT PENN NATIONAL WILLIAM HILL NOVEMBER 16, 2018 PLANNED COMING SOON
PARX CASINO KAMBI JANUARY 8, 2019 ACTIVE COMING SOON
RIVERS CASINO KAMBI DECEMBER 13, 2018 ACTIVE COMING SOON
SOUTH PHILADELPHIA TURF CLUB KAMBI JANUARY 17, 2019 PLANNED COMING SOON
SUGARHOUSE CASINO KAMBI DECEMBER 15, 2018 ACTIVE 100% Deposit Match up to $250
HARRAHS PHILADELPHIA SCIENTIFIC GAMES JANUARY 22, 2019 PLANNED COMING SOON
VALLEY FORGE CASINO FANDUEL MARCH 17, 2019 ACTIVE Risk-Free Bet up to $500
VALLEY FORGE RACE AND SPORTSBOOK KAMBI MARCH 12, 2019 COMING SOON
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS BETAMERICA JULY 24, 2019 PLANNED COMING SOON
THE MEADOWS CASINO DRAFTKINGS (VIA PENN) OCTOBER 10, 2019 PLANNED Risk-Free Bet up to $500
MOHEGAN SUN POCONO  UNIBET SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 ACTIVE COMING SOON
MOUNT AIRY CASINO RESORT FOXBET SPORTSBOOK SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 ACTIVE COMING SOON

Pennsylvania Sports Betting History

The state was well-positioned to be one of the first in America to offer legalized sports betting options, but took a while to get off the ground. Pennsylvania put together a comprehensive gaming package that featured sports betting as the centerpiece back in October 2017, a full seven months before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was unconstitutional, clearing a path for legalized sports wagering.

The main hurdle for the casinos? Prohibitive costs to get into the party; Pennsylvania demanded a $10 million licensing fee to go along with a 36% tax (34% on gross gaming revenue, plus a two-percent local share assessment tax). It took two months before any casino proceeded with an application, which is limited to the state’s 12 land-based casinos/racetracks.

However, once Pennsylvania casinos and racetracks did get the go-ahead, they wasted no time putting their sportsbooks in place. William Hill was the first to land, aligning with Hollywood Casino at Penn National for a November launch. Kambi has been the most active sportsbook in the state, operating at five different locations within Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting at a Glance

Here’s what you need to know about Pennsylvania’s current sports betting landscape:

  • In addition to the 36% tax all operators face, they are also required to pay a 0.25% excise tax on their total handle revenue.

  • Hollywood Casino took in $1.4 million in wagers in November 2018, while earning just over 500K in revenue. Rivers Casino and Sugarhouse Casino came on board the following month, and the three sportsbooks combined to take in $16.2 million in handle and $3.2 million in total revenue for the month.

  • Through the end of March 2019, Pennsylvania sportsbooks have brought in over $108 million in handle for the calendar year, earning more than $10 million in revenue over that span – including a record $5.5 million in March.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting FAQs


Where can I place a legal sports wager in Pennsylvania?

You can make a sports bet at any of the following casinos:

  • Harrahs Philadelphia, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Chester, PA, 19013
  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racetrack, 777 Hollywood Blvd., Grantville, PA, 17028
  • The Meadows Casino, 210 Racetrack Rd., Washington, PA, 15301
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono (1280 PA-315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702)
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort (312 Woodland Rd., Mt. Pocono, PA, 18344)
  • Parx Casino and Racing, 2999 Street Rd., Bensalem, PA, 19020
  • Presque Isle Downs, 8199 Perry Hwy., Erie, PA, 16509
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, 777 Casino Dr., Pittsburgh, PA, 15212
  • South Philadelphia Turf Club, 700 Packer Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19148
  • SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave,, Philadelphia, PA, 19125
  • Valley Forge Casino Resort, 1160 1st Ave., King of Prussia, PA, 19406

Will other brick-and-mortar locations be offering sports betting in Pennsylvania?
Two Pennsylvania casinos have yet to side with a sportsbook – Sands Casino Resort and Lady Luck Casino.

In the case of Sands Bethlehem – the second-highest earning casino in the state – it might simply be a matter of waiting for the ownership dust to settle after the property was sold to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians for $1.3 billion last year. Once that deal is finalized, it’s possible Sands will pursue a license.

Lady Luck is owned and operated by Churchill Downs, which has already secured a sports betting license for Presque Isle Downs. The sky-high cost of a license in Pennsylvania – both the eight-figure fee and the 36% tax – might just dissuade Churchill Downs from pursuing a second one.

How is sports betting regulated in Pennsylvania?
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is responsible for regulating and monitoring sports betting within the state. You can find the complete list of sports betting rules and regulations here.

What kinds of sports wagers can I make at Pennsylvania casinos?
Pennsylvania sportsbooks offer a wide range of bet types, including (but not limited to):

  • Straight wagers
  • Totals wagers (Over/Under)
  • Moneyline wagers
  • Prop wagers
  • Futures wagers
  • Parlays
  • Teasers

What sports can I wager on at Pennsylvania casinos?
As with the majority of states that have legalized sports betting to date, Pennsylvania casinos provide bettors with a wide selection of sports to bet on, including:

  • Professional and college football
  • Professional and college basketball
  • Professional hockey
  • Professional baseball
  • Soccer
  • Auto Racing
  • Boxing/MMA
  • Golf

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