Few cities have fans that are as passionate about sports as those in Pittsburgh. From the player fan clubs that sprung up in the 1970s, like Bradshaw’s Brigade and Lambert’s Lunatics – adding to the legend of Steelers Nation – to the incredible active sellout streak of the Penguins dating all the way back to 2007, there is a lot to be proud of.
It’s hard not to think of Pittsburgh and instantly conjure up images of its iconic athletes, like Mean Joe Green and Troy Polamalu, Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell, or Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby.
Now, after spending many many years in the sports betting wilderness, Pittsburgh sports fans can finally enjoy a growing number of places in which they can make sports wagers on the next generation of icons.
|Address:||777 Casino Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15212|
Located on the Ohio River just a short walk from Heinz Field and PNC Park, the Rivers Sportsbook inside the Rivers Casino (which opened in 2009) offers a beautiful setting, proximity to the city’s top sports venues, and staffed hours that total 104 a week. If you happen to be there and looking to place a bet during the few hours a day they aren’t staffed, there are self-service kiosks to fill in the void.
All major team sports and boxing bets were available upon the sportsbook’s original opening at the tail end of 2018, and new sports are being added to the menu all the time. They’re also taking point spread, moneyline, parlay, and over/under bets.
The venue is part of the Rush Street Gaming family of casinos based out of Chicago, and Rush Rewards members accrue points by gambling in the sportsbook.
Other options in Pennsylvania
See our complete list of legal Pennsylvania sportsbooks for recommendations.
Close out-of-state options
William Hill Sportsbook at Mountaineer Casino
|Address:||1420 Mountaineer Circle, New Cumberland, WV 26047|
If you don’t mind driving across state lines and into West Virginia, just 45 miles to the west is the William Hill Sportsbook at Mountaineer Casino. As the nation’s largest sportsbook operator, William Hill gives its customers one of the most complete sports gaming experiences you can find.
It had its ribbon-cutting ceremony on its state-of-the-art facility the day before Thanksgiving, giving it a leg up on the Rivers Sportsbook by three weeks. You can bet on football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, boxing, MMA, and motorsports with straight bets, parlays, futures, prop bets, teasers, and round robins.
The William Hill Sportsbook at Mountaineer is available 102 hours a week, opening as early as 9 am on Saturday and Sunday and as late as 1 am on Friday and Saturday nights.
As part of El Dorado Resorts, the Mountaineer offers its casino and sportsbook customers membership in its One Club rewards program.
Bet Lucky Sportsbook at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
|Address:||1 S. Stone St., Wheeling, WV 26003|
The other sportsbook option within a short drive of Pittsburgh is the Bet Lucky Sportsbook at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack in West Virginia – also less than an hour’s drive across state lines.
Wheeling Island’s book is more of a sports bar with gaming attached. But even though it lacks some of the shine of the bigger sportsbooks around, it still offers a full menu of sports wagering options. They take bets on football, baseball, basketball, hockey, boxing, MMA, golf, tennis, and motor racing.
You can also make straight bets on the point spread, moneyline, or over/under point totals. The full spectrum of parlay betting is available, proposition bets are offered on special events, and futures wagers can also be placed.
As is the case in Pennsylvania, the legal age to place and collect a sports wager in West Virginia is 21.
Finally, f you’re up for a longer road trip, there are multiple legal sports betting venues in New Jersey.
Online wagering is coming to Pennsylvania in 2019, but as per the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board rules, operators can only offer online and mobile apps once their brick-and-mortar operations are up and running.
Seven different Pennsylvania operators have applied for the license to go live with online sports gambling, and as long as a player is within the state borders, they will be able to play at all seven when the products are released.
The seven sportsbooks that are expected to offer functioning mobile apps in 2019 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
No matter how far away from any of the above locations you are, 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.
Note that the PGCB only allows a single skin for mobile sportsbooks. 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.