PA online sports betting sites are open and taking bets. These betting sites allow you to bet on major sports, international games and to bet while matches are running with live betting.
Pennsylvania online sports betting is legal thanks to the challenge of the PAPSA laws in the Supreme Court. This challenge resolved years of prohibition – giving the states the authority to regulate their own gambling activity. PA had legislation already in place for regulated sports betting in Pennsylvania. When PASPA was repealed, a clause was triggered, and licensing of live sportsbooks began.
With half a dozen sites already available and more on the way in 2020, you have plenty of options when it comes to bonus offers and apps.
Most of the major casinos have partnered with betting technology provides to bring legal PA online sports betting. Here is a list of the sites offering sports betting in PA and their partners:
You won’t need to sit in front of a desktop or laptop to place bets online in PA. New technology makes this possible through iPhones or Android smartphones.
All you need to do is access the regular website via your phone. The layout and navigation will adapt automatically to your screen size. Some sites will offer downloadable apps.
There are pros and cons to using mobile sportsbooks instead of desktop-based interfaces:
Live or in-play betting is new for most sports bettors in PA. This involves placing bets on matches which are already running. The idea is that the lines are adjusted in real-time as the action in a match unfolds. For example, if one team gets an early goal in an NHL match the money line will react accordingly.
While live betting works with most major sports, some games are naturally a great fit. Those games played out over longer time-lines like golf and baseball give you plenty of time to assess. Smart bettors can use additional live bets to lock in profits from their futures bets, or even hedge against losses.
The only major difference when placing a live bet is that it will take a few more seconds to be settled compared to pre-match lines. You’ll find that betting from your iPhone or Android smartphone and live betting go together perfectly.
With legal Pennsylvania sports betting, there are a lot of brands suddenly competing to get your attention. This makes for a great opportunity to take advantage of the bonus offers which are bound to appear.
For new bettors, there are three main forms of ‘welcome bonus’ expected. Note that it is the rewards and ongoing promotions that will keep your bankroll topped up for the long-term. These ongoing rewards are covered below.
Here are the types of bonuses available at Pennsylvania online betting sites:
While there are books which do their bonuses differently, these are the primary welcome offers. Below are some of the bonuses and offers which will likely be on offer for regular / loyal bettors:
When the big sporting events like March Madness, the Superbowl or the Stanley Cup come around, you can expect to see competing promotions at multiple books. Look out for enhanced lines, money back offers and special contests. I recommend bookmarking the major sites offering online sports betting in PA and regularly reviewing their promotions pages. You will soon get a clear idea of which books are offering the best value to their loyal bettors.
Two things came together in recent years to allow legal sports betting online in PA. This was the introduction of regulation for online gambling, and the overturning of the federal laws which prevented sportsbooks outside of Nevada.
It was New Jersey that challenged the old federal act known as PASPA. The full name is the ‘Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act’. This effectively outlawed sports betting in all but a handful of states. For decades, Nevada has enjoyed an effective monopoly on live sportsbooks.
In 2014, New Jersey passed an act legalizing sports betting – which was the first direct challenge to this act. This was fought by the sports leagues who won at district and 3rd circuit court level. Only one avenue was left for NJ – the Supreme Court. They won the appeal. In May 2018, PASPA was declared unconstitutional, and jurisdiction on sports betting returned to the states.
The second part of the story is specific to Pennsylvania. This started in 2017 when sports betting was legalized within the state – pending an activation clause (PASPA being overturned). Online gambling was also regulated in 2018. Licenses are available to B&M casinos, covering online casinos in PA, poker and sports betting websites and apps.
Fast forward to early 2019, and the first wave of online sports betting PA sites went live.
The list below shows the location of the live sportsbooks in Pennsylvania. There are currently 8 locations, with most of them in the Philly area:
There are currently multiple live sportsbooks in PA. These are at the Parx Casino, SugarHouse Casino, Hollywood Casino, Rivers Casino, Harrah’s Philadelphia, South Philadelphia Turf Club, Valley Forge Turf Club and Valley Forge Casino. You also have the option to bet online in Pennsylvania at Fanduel, Sugarhouse or Bet Rivers Sportsbook.
Yes. Sports betting was made legal back in 2017. This act had a clause relating to the PASPA federal ban. When this was lifted by the Supreme Court in May 2018, the PA clause was triggered, and sports betting became legal. The period since has seen licenses and regulation set up by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. See a list of PA betting sites here.
Anyone over 21 who is physically inside the PA borders is legally allowed to bet. There is no requirement to be a permanent resident.
You’ll find a huge list of sports to bet on in PA. In fact, the only exception is horse racing, which is covered separately by the legal racebooks. All the online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania will have comprehensive coverage of the major sports. NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB are the main focus when you log on – depending on which leagues are in season at the time. You will also be able to bet on college and minor leagues at many books. Other sports with comprehensive coverage include Golf, Tennis, Soccer (all the major European leagues and international fixtures – as well as leagues from around the world), MMA and motor racing.
No. A legal online sportsbook in PA must be licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming and Control Board. Bovada does not hold this license. The only online operators allowed to operate legally in Pennsylvania include: FanDuel, DraftKings, Parx, Sugarhouse, FoxBet and Unibet. All sportsbooks outside of the regulated books are considered to be offshore sportsbooks.
A big advantage of regulated sportsbooks is that you can use mainstream payment methods to get your money on board. These include credit cards from major banks with Visa and MasterCard the main brands welcomed. You can also use bank transfers. These can be eChecks (ACH transfers) or Bill Pay type transfers. Wires are expensive, though can be used to securely send larger amounts. If you prefer to keep your bank account and the PA online sportsbooks separate, there are many more options. These will include eWallets (PayPal) and pre-paid options like PayNearMe. If you are close to one of the live sportsbooks, then you can take cash direct to the casino cage.
In 2004, the state set up the PGCB or ‘Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’. This agency is charged with overseeing all forms of gambling within PA. This include the horse racing tracks, live casinos and now sportsbooks and online gambling sites. As well as licensing and oversight, the PGCB has other roles. They provide assistance for people with gambling problems and have a dedicated slot machine testing center to ensure fair play. You can find out more about the role of this agency and the commissioners on this website: https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/
You’ll can enjoy a lot of different bets at PA sportsbooks. Some of these are sport-specific (puck-line in hockey for example), while others work with many sports. The primary categories include moneyline bets, spreads and totals. There are bets on individual matches, futures bets and even player props. If you are looking for a bigger return, then parlays (bets on multiple matches) and teasers are also available. Live betting (in-play) bets are also possible, with lines changing as the action unfolds.
PA sports books are already breaking records. June of 2019 saw over $19 million in handle for online sites, $27 million for retail books and almost $2 million in revenue. You can follow this page to see monthly updates.