The wheels of government, both in passing laws and creating the necessary governing bodies and regulatory boards to carry out those laws, typically move at a glacier’s pace.
The lone exception, however, is when there is a several billion dollar pie at stake and everyone is clamoring for their slice.
It was at the end of 2017 that Pennsylvania passed its gaming law, allowing the state’s casinos to offer sports betting. This was done in anticipation of the US Supreme Court overturning a law that made it illegal for states to regulate sports betting. The SCOTUS decision was handed down in May 2018, paving the way. Six months later, a Pennsylvania sportsbook took its first live sports bet.
Now, here we are in 2019, and the industry is booming with myriad locations across the state ready to serve your sports betting needs.
|Address:||777 Casino Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15212|
Current opening hours are:
- Mondays through Thursdays: 10 am to midnight
- Fridays: 10 am to 2 am
- Saturdays: 9 am to 2 am
- Sundays: 9 am to midnight
Located in the heart of Pittsburgh just a short walk from Heinz Field and PNC Park is the Rivers Sportsbook in the Rivers Casino. It boasts betting windows staffed 104 hours a week, self-service kiosks open all day long, and a beautiful location right on the Ohio River.
All major sports are playable, and all types of bets are wagerable. Online and mobile connectivity to its sportsbook is expected to go live sometime in the spring of 2019.
|Address:||1001 N. Delaware Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19125|
(Opening hours are identical to Rivers Sportsbook’s.)
Philadelphia’s first casino, and now first sportsbook, is located on the Delaware River. The SugarHouse Sportsbook, situated directly across from the poker room in the SugarHouse Casino, is open every day from 10 am to 2 pm. The casino itself is open 24 hours a day.
SugarHouse offers point spread, moneyline, alternative line, three-way moneyline, over/under, futures and in-play wagering. All major team sports are available, as is boxing, MMA, golf, tennis and motor racing.
Because SugarHouse already runs an app in New Jersey, which has allowed it to iron out any bugs in the system, this is expected to be the first mobile app to go online in Pennsylvania. The company hasn’t given a specific timeline, but March or April 2019 is the expectation.
The Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
|Address:||777 Hollywood Blvd., Grantville, PA 17028|
- Mondays through Fridays: 11 am to 12 am
- Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am to 12 am
The Hollywood Casino at Penn National became the first Pennsylvania casino to offer its customers an operating sportsbook when it launched in November 2018.
The sportsbook features individual viewing stations, a 50-foot wall of televisions, and sports wagers that range from football, baseball and basketball to rugby, cricket and cycling.
Simulcast racing takes place seven days a week, and its 12-month live racing schedule features a total of 172 days in 2019.
Powered by William Hill, the largest sportsbook provider in the United States, the app is expected to be ready and online shortly.
The Sportsbook at Parx Casino
|Address:||2999 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020|
Having just opened in January 2019, the new Sportsbook at Parx Casino gives the Philadelphia area yet another location to place sports bets.
Parx offers point spread, moneyline, over/under, props, parlays and teaser wagering. Along with bets on football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, golf, tennis, boxing, MMA and motorsports, you can play spreads, moneylines, over/unders, parlays, teasers and futures.
The sportsbook is open until midnight on Sundays and Mondays, and until 1 am the rest of the week. They offer simulcast horse racing seven days a week and live thoroughbred racing every Saturday through Tuesday.
The Sportsbook at the South Philadelphia Turf Club
|Address:||700 Packer Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148|
Located next to Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field, right in the heart of the Philadelphia sports scene, is a second sportsbook operated by Parx.
The Turf Club has been simulcasting horse racing and providing off-track betting to the area since 1994, and while it will continue to do that, it now offers a full slate of sports on which to wager.
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 a 4,300-square-foot, renovated race book.
The sportsbook houses 40 flat-screen televisions, six live-teller windows, two horse racing terminals and a series of self-service kiosks, and its 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.
Harrah’s also offers simulcast horse racing seven days a week and live harness racing from April through December.
Harrah’s currently runs a fully functional casino and sportsbook app in New Jersey. We expect the same kind of integration when its app goes live in Pennsylvania.
FanDuel Sportsbook at the Valley Forge Casino
|Launch date:||March 2019 (estimate)|
|Address:||1160 1st Ave, King of Prussia, PA 19406|
FanDuel, which operates the successful sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment venue in New Jersey, has partnered with the Valley Forge Casino to operate the new sportsbook there.
Wager types include spread bets, moneylines, parlays, over/unders, props, futures, teasers and round robins.
You can bet on football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, boxing, golf, tennis, MMA, motorsports and even less-followed sports like darts and Aussie rules football.
With loads of experience operating mobile connectivity, both with its daily fantasy sports app and the FanDuel app in New Jersey, the Pennsylvania app — to come later in 2019 — should be one of the best in the state.
The Sportsbook at Presque Isle Downs and Casino
|Launch date:||To be announced|
|Address:||8199 Perry Hwy, Erie, PA 16509|
If you’re a Pennsylvanian in the northwest corner of the state, don’t worry. Not all of the action is going to take place in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh or the middle of the state.
Presque Isle Downs, as part of its acquisition by Churchill Downs Inc., is the seventh Pennsylvania casino to petition the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board about a sports betting license.
With January board approval, it’s unclear exactly how quickly Presque Isle can get its operation up and running. But with Churchill Downs behind it and online gaming provided by BetAmerica, the new addition of casino games and the future addition of a sportsbook should all be available later in 2019.
BetAmerica already runs a horse racing app, so adding a sportsbook app to its Presque Isle offerings shouldn’t take much time.