Pennsylvania Sportsbooks

Pennsylvania may not be the first state to offer sports betting. It is the biggest though. The Commonwealth is also a big sports state. Be it pro teams in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh or rooting for one of the many college teams, Pennsylvanians love their sports.

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Now they can put their money where their mouth is. Hollywood Casino accepted the state’s first legal bet on Nov. 17. Now, there are eight retail sportsbooks in the Keystone State.

More exciting though, is the arrival of PA online sports betting. SugarHouse Sportsbook began testing PA’s first online sportsbook on May 28. After three successful testing sessions, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) fully approved the online site and it officially launched on May 31.

Now, there are four, as Parx Sportsbook and BetRivers went fully live on June 27. FanDuel followed on July 22.

After some time with no solution, PA bettors now have an iPhone option. They can access PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers on their phones’ browsers using the third-party app from Geocomply called GeoGuard. For FanDuel users, it is even easier. The existing app in the app store works for both New Jersey and Pennsylvania on both the iPhone and the Android app.

Which casinos will host a PA sportsbook?

So far, nine of the 13 PA casinos have applied for sports betting licenses. They are:

These nine PA casinos are all either operational or conditionally approved to offer both retail and online sports betting.

Seven operators have opened properties. Parx Casino also opened betting at two off-track betting parlors, South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook and The Oaks Race and Sportsbook.

They are:

  • Hollywood Casino
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia
  • SugarHouse Casino
  • Rivers Casino
  • Parx Casino
  • FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino
  • BetAmerica Sportsbook at Presque Isle Downs
  • South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook
  • The Oaks Race and Sportsbook (formerly Valley Forge Turf Club)

Conditional approval means the PGCB approved their applications, but they essentially have a checklist of things they need to do, including a mandatory testing period, before they can go live. Presque Isle Downs is conditionally approved and expects to launch later this summer, as do Mohegan Sun Pocono and Mount Airy.

The lowdown on sports betting in PA

Do I have to live in Pennsylvania to bet?

No. All you have to do is be in the state. PA sports betting apps use geolocation technology to make sure you are within state lines when you bet. Though you can cash out your account from a different state, you can’t place bets.

How old do I have to be to sports bet in PA?

You must be 21 years and older – the same age for casino gaming.

Is it hard to get money on a PA online betting app?

Pennsylvania followed the lead of the New Jersey sports betting market, so you will be able to open an account on your phone or computer and skip the casino visit altogether.

Can you bet on college sports in PA? High school?

Pennsylvania law allows for bets on college games. You can even bet on Pennsylvania teams and games taking place in Pennsylvania. In addition to the major American sports, sportsbooks will likely also offer popular international sports, like soccer.

One thing you definitely won’t be betting on is high school sports, though.