No Kidding: Betting on the Little League World Series Not Permitted at Any Legal Sportsbook

Written By Katie Kohler on August 16, 2021
LLWS in Williamsport, PA

After being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Little League League World Series returns in 2021. However, COVID-19 will still impact this year’s LLWS. The teams will be United States-based instead of the usual pool of international teams. As a result, the 2021 LLWS will feature the top two teams from each of the eight U.S. regional tournaments.

The 2021 Little League World Series starts on August 19 with the championship game scheduled for August 29.

Betting on the Little League World Series is not permitted on any legal regulated sportsbook.

No betting on LLWS

The players on the teams at the Little League World Series are between the ages of 11 and 12.

Per the Pennsylvania Gaming expansion law which passed in late 2017, in PA you can wager on:

  • Professional athletic events
  • Collegiate athletic events
  • Professional motor race events
  • International team and international individual athletic events including those events governed by the International Olympic Committee and the International Federation of Association Football.

Events you can not bet on include:

  • High school athletic events governed by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association or a similar governing body.
  • Amateur athletic events, other than collegiate athletic events, unless otherwise specifically approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
  • Any other sports wagering activity as prohibited by the PGCB.

You can not legally bet on the Little League World Series anywhere in the United States.

Delta variant impacts LLWS

South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, hosts the LLWS which started in 1947. Due to the increase in Delta variant cases, the general public can not attend games at Howard J. Lamade Stadium and Volunteer Stadium and spectators are limited to families, coaches and volunteers.

From the Little League World Series to the pros

Philadelphia Phillies who played in the LLWS:

  • Rick Wise
  • Ed Vosberg
  • Michael Saunders
  • Adam Loewen
  • Scott Kingery
  • Charlie Hayes

Pittsburgh Pirates who played in the LLWS:

  • Carl Taylor
  • Max Moroff
  • Lasting Milledge
  • LLoyd McClendon
  • Jeff Clement
  • Derek Bell
  • Jason Bay

Mo’ne Davis returns to LLWS

The biggest star from PA ever to grace the LLWS scene returns.

As a member of the Philadelphia-based Taney Dragons, Mo’ne Davis tossed a shutout in the Mid-Atlantic final that sent her team to the LLWS. It marked the first time a girl earned a win and threw a shutout in LLWS history. In addition, Davis was the first African-American girl to play in the LLWS. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, a first for a Little Leaguer.

Davis currently plays softball at Hampton University and majors in communication. She returns to Williamsport as an analyst during ESPN’s LLWS coverage.

Lead photo by Gene J. Puskar/AP

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist and Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania. Katie especially enjoys creating unique content and on-the-ground reporting in PA. She is focused on creating valuable, timely content about casinos and sports betting for readers. Katie has covered the legal Pennsylvania gambling industry for Catena Media since 2019.

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