Some of the true greats in sports have come through the Philadelphia sports scene. Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt hit 548 home runs in a Phillies uniform and took home back-to-back MVP awards. Julius Erving, the Doctor, was the first NBA superstar to defy gravity. Also, he was the leader of the Sixers’ most recent NBA Championship team.
Captain and Forward Bobby Clarke and goalie Bernie Parent are two of the best ever to lace up skates, and without them, the Flyers wouldn’t be the owners of two Stanley Cup wins. And if you love sports and Philly, it’s impossible to make a list like this without including Philadelphia’s Joe Frazier, the first man to ever beat Muhammad Ali.
Smokin’ Joe bested the undefeated Ali in 1971 to unify the heavyweight title in “The Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden.
For a city with such a rich history in sports, it’s only fitting that the laws now allow Philadelphians a chance to place legal bets on the new collection of athletes adding to the legacy.
|Address:||1001 N. Delaware Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19125|
SugarHouse was the first casino to open its doors in Philadelphia. In December 2018, it launched a sportsbook directly across from its poker room – the first sportsbook in the city to begin accepting legal sports bets.
Open every day from 10 am to 2 am (the casino is open 24/7) the new SugarHouse Sportsbook offers multiple ways to bet. Choose from the spread, moneyline, alternative line, three-way moneyline, over/under, futures, and in-play wagering. You can bet on football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, boxing, MMA, golf, tennis and more.
If you are going to play at SugarHouse, be sure to sign up for their iRush rewards program and become eligible for free food and drink specials, deposit assistance, and other perks.
The Sportsbook at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino
|Launch date:||Q1 2019 (estimated)|
|Address:||777 Harrah’s Blvd, Chester, PA 19013|
Owned by Caesars, which operates nearly 20 sportsbooks across the country, the new sportsbook at Harrah’s is located in the 4,300-square-foot renovated old racebook.
The sportsbook houses 40 flat-screen televisions, six live teller windows, two horse racing terminals, a series of self-service kiosks – all just steps from the main casino.
At Harrah’s, you can place wagers on football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, boxing, MMA, golf, tennis, motor racing, and more. The available bet types are point spreads, moneylines, over/unders, props, parlays, teasers, round robins, and futures.
The Sportsbook at Parx Casino
|Address:||2999 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020|
Less than a 30-minute drive from Philadelphia along the Delaware River, you’ll find the Parx Casino and its brand new sportsbook where you can play spreads, moneylines, over/unders, props, parlays, and teasers.
The sports available at Parx include NFL and college football, NBA and college basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, golf, tennis, boxing, MMA, and motorsports. Parx also offers live thoroughbred racing as well as simulcast racing from around the country.
The South Philadelphia Turf Club, located next to Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field, and known for bringing off-track betting to the area since 1994, is set to become a second sportsbook location operated by Parx. The address is 700 Packer Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148.
FanDuel Sportsbook at the Valley Forge Casino
|Launch date:||March 2019 (estimate)|
|Address:||1160 1st Ave, King of Prussia, PA 19406|
The newest entry into the Philadelphia area sportsbook scene is at the Valley Forge Casino, who partnered with daily fantasy sports giant FanDuel to bring live sports betting. FanDuel also operates the sportsbook at The Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment venue, giving it both practical and regional experience for its new venture at Valley Forge.
FanDuel has always geared its products to both the novice and experienced bettor. Along with offering bets on football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, motor sports, boxing, MMA, and even darts and Aussie Rules football, beginner guides to the ins and outs of betting on all the many different offerings are also available.
Valley Forge also offers spread bets, moneylines, parlays, over/unders, props, futures, teasers, and round robins.
The Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
|Address:||777 Hollywood Blvd., Grantville, PA 17028|
The Hollywood Casino at Penn National became the first Pennsylvania casino to offer its customers an operating sportsbook when it launched in November 2018. It’s a bit further from Philadelphia at 100 miles away, but with individual viewing stations, a 50-foot wall of televisions, and betting on the usual sports of football, baseball, basketball and hockey (as well as niche sports like rugby, cricket and cycling), it’s worth the drive.
The sportsbook is located directly across from the Skybox Sports Bar, which features a full menu and another 50 LCD monitors on which you can watch your bets play out, including straight bets, over/unders, parlays, moneylines, props, teasers, round robins and futures.
The Sportsbook at Penn National is open from 11 am to 12 am Mondays through Fridays, and 10 am to 12 am on Saturdays and Sundays.
See our complete list of legal Pennsylvania sportsbooks for additional options that are not necessarily close to Philly.
If none of the legal in-state sportsbooks work for you, consider visiting one of the sports betting venues in New Jersey.
Online/mobile wagering in Philadelphia
As per the directions of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, a physical sportsbook must be functional before it can allow operators to launch online and mobile wagering. Sometime in 2019, you will be able to place bets directly on your smartphone from anywhere within the state.
Seven different Pennsylvania casino operators who have applied for licenses to open online sports gambling operations are expected to release mobile apps by the end of the year. Those operators are:
- Rivers Sportsbook
- The Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
- Harrah’s Philadelphia Sportsbook
- Parx Casino Sportsbook
- Presque Isle Downs
- SugarHouse Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino
As long as you are physically within the borders of Pennsylvania, you will be able to sign up for an account and place sports wagers with any of the above sportsbooks once they go online.
One other thing to note – the PGCB only allows a single skin for mobile sportsbook apps. While a casino might release several different apps for online poker, slots, or table games, there will only be a single app for each sportsbook. Look for them to be branded specifically to the casino and sportsbook operator.