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.

Now they can put their money where their mouth is. Hollywood Casino accepted the state’s first legal bet on Nov. 17. A month later, on Dec. 13, both Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia joined the fray.

Eventually, there will be online sports betting as well. Once the brick and mortar sportsbooks are up and running, PA casinos will launch online betting. You can expect that in the first half of 2019.

Which casinos will have sportsbooks?

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

  • Hollywood Casino
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia
  • SugarHouse Casino
  • Rivers Casino
  • Parx Casino
  • Valley Forge Casino
  • Presque Isle Downs

These seven casinos fall into three categories: approved, conditionally approved, and pending approval.

There are three approved properties who are currently offering in-casino sports betting, but no mobile:

  • Hollywood Casino
  • Rivers Casino
  • SugarHouse Casino

There are two conditionally approved properties. Those are:

  • Harrah’s Philadelphia
  • Parx Casino

Conditional approval means the PA Gaming Control Board (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.

Both of them are working to finish those checklists. Harrah’s thinks it will open early in 2019, while Parx is trying to be up and running in January.

Valley Forge and Presque Isle Downs are still in the beginning of the application process. The casinos turned in the paperwork, but need to appear before PGCB to present their plans to be conditionally approved.

The lowdown on sports betting law

Do I have to live in Pennsylvania to bet?

Nope! All you have to do is be in the state. Online betting apps use geolocation technology to make sure you are within state lines when you bet. You can cash out your account from a different state. You just can’t place bets.

How old do I have to be?

Same age as casino games, 21 years old and up.

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

Pennsylvania actually has not finalized their regulations for online sports betting yet, but there are two possible scenarios. In one, players will need to go in-person to the casino and verify their identity.

If Pennsylvania follows New Jersey’s lead, they will be able to open an account on their phone or computer and skip the casino visit altogether.

What sports can you bet on? College? 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.