The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course was the first sportsbook to begin taking bets in Pennsylvania. And with its agreement with William Hill to run its online offerings, it may very well be the first to enter that market, too.
William Hill is the largest sportsbook operator in the United States. Now, pairing with Pinnacle Entertainment — the owners of Hollywood at Penn National and 40 other gaming venues across the country — this seems like a powerful partnership.
Sportsbook fact sheet:
|Land-based launch date:||November 2018|
|Online launch date:||Q1 2019 (estimated)|
|Software partner:||William Hill|
New player incentives and bonuses
Hollywood at Penn National got a month’s jump on the competition with its brick-and-mortar offerings. Although when it comes to enticing new customers, Hollywood still needs to offer new player incentives to compete with the other sportsbooks.
In New Jersey, William Hill is currently offering a free $50 when placing a first $50 bet to anyone who registers a new account.
There may be other offers of deposit matches and no-loss bets that enter the rotation of new player bonuses. Especially as the competition for customers in the Keystone State heats up in 2019.
Taking a look at the online sports betting website that William Hill operates in New Jersey, it has broken down popular bets by sports, and then the possible wagers by day and sport.
There’s also a tab that allows you to change the format in which the odds for each wager are displayed between fraction, decimal, or American, which is the familiar plus or minus sign.
The New Jersey website is easy to navigate and to read. It will be available on all up-to-date web browsers.
We’re likely to see similar features in Pennsylvania.
Hollywood sportsbook app
The William Hill mobile app will be available for both iOS and Android. In fact, should be notable for its similarity to the website. One thing it could feature — that the website may not —is a scrolling banner atop the home screen. This highlights any bonuses or odds boosters active that day as well as the day’s top bets and events.
As for everything else, it should be very much like the web: Quick links to the popular sports, a bet slip that’s easy to fill out, in-play wagering and account management. As with the website, you will likely be able to easily register and make deposits directly through the app.
How to sign up for an account?
Signing up on the website or through the mobile app should be straightforward. You likely will need to provide your name, email address, physical address, date of birth, and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Then, you’ll probably need to select a unique username and password as a final step.
We expect that you won’t need to have a photo ID, which many online sportsbooks and casinos have previously required. You must require correct and current information so that the sportsbook can confirm identity.
If any suspicious activity on an account is detected, it may trigger a security review. If that happens, the holder of the account will likely be asked to present a photo ID and provide proof of address and proof of ownership of any credit cards or bank accounts linked to the sportsbook account. However, the process to complete the security review should be straightforward.
Eligibility to register for an account
Anyone that is 21 years or older will be able to register for a Hollywood at Penn National online account, regardless of their location. But in order to place bets, users will need to be physically within the state borders of Pennsylvania, as verified by the IP address their computer is using or through geolocation technology location services activated on their mobile device.
As per the rules laid out by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, persons who are athletes, managers, coaches, referees, or other officials that have influence over the outcomes of sporting events are allowed to hold accounts and place wagers on sports – just not on any event that involves them or their affiliations.
Hollywood Loyalty program
Hollywood at Penn National is set to offer the MyChoice Rewards program that earns points and “mycash” each time you play. Points will take you through a series of tiers – Choice, Advantage, Preferred, Elite and the Owners Club — earning you benefits and more mycash.
The higher you go, the more you’ll be able to earn, the greater your chances at getting free plays, complimentary hotel stays, VIP lounge access, and other gifts and getaways.
The tier that you earn your way to should be valid for a full year, and unused mycash is likely to remain active in your account for up to six months.
Hollywood also features a sister rewards program called Marquee Rewards that can be used at Marquee properties, which are also part of the Pinnacle Entertainment family of properties, as is MyChoice.
At the moment, Penn National and William Hill haven’t made any announcements regarding specific promotions that they’ll be offering when their new online sportsbook goes live.
Bet protections have been offered frequently, meaning that a partial amount of some bet types may be refundable in the case of a loss.
There may also be recharged bonuses on additional deposits, odds boosters, discounted or matched bets, or other promotions that are team- or sports-specific, depending on the season or the big sporting event – like the Super Bowl, NCAA Tournament, or the NBA Playoffs.
Account deposits and withdrawals
When making deposits into your Hollywood at Penn National online sportsbook account, online bill pay should be easy, direct, and safe. Because the book likely will only need an online banking ID and password, your bank account number will remain secure.
Players will likely also be able to deposit using the following methods:
- Credit cards
- Direct bank transfers
- PayNearMe locations in Pennsylvania,
- Penn National prepaid card
- Personal check
To withdraw funds, players will likely need to reverse the process for PayPal, credit card payments, a Penn National prepare card, or bank deposits. If players use another means of deposit, then Hollywood will probably send a check in the mail. This method will require up to seven extra business days for processing. There may also be delays for large withdrawals.
Available sports bets
If it’s a sport you like to play, chances are it will be offered. Hollywood at Penn National and William Hill should allow bets on:
Both the Cricket and Rugby world cups should be coming later in 2019.
Along with the usual point spread, moneyline, and over/under bets, you can look forward to playing parlays, teasers, round robins, and getting cash-out and partial cash-out options on qualifying bets.
Hollywood will likely offer in-play betting, or bets that take place during an event.
The highly popular means of wagering gives players the opportunity to play multiple games within a single game. Options include multiple halftime totals and second-chance multipliers. There should also be ways for players to pay their way out of bets and make new bets, all within the same sporting event.