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

Written By Katie Kohler on August 16, 2021 - Last Updated on August 14, 2023
LLWS in Williamsport, PA

Twenty teams from around the world come to Williamsport, Pennsylvania to compete in the Little League World Series tournament. 2023 marks the the 76h Anniversary of the Little League Baseball World Series which will reach its finale with the United States and International finals on Aug. 27 and the LLWS final on Aug. 28. A team from Pennsylvania has a chance to win it all, too, after punching its ticket in dramatic fashion.

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.

Media, PA team makes Little League World Series

The 12-year-old team from Media, Pennsylvania is capturing the hearts of baseball fans across the Keystone State. The Media team clinched its spot in the Little League World Series after beating Washington D.C. on Trevor Skowronek‘s walk-off home run in the Mid-Atlantic regional final.

Media, located roughly 20 miles south and west of Philadelphia, is taking on Needville, Texas, the Southwest regional champions, in the first round of the tournament. First pitch is slated for Wednesday at 7 p.m. A win would have Media face the Midwest Regional champions from Fargo, North Dakota.

The Little League World Series is a double elimination tournament. Each team is guaranteed to play three games.

Media will also get to meet its hometown team while in Williamsport. The Phillies and Nationals are scheduled to play the Little League Classic in Williamsport on Sunday Night Baseball. Both teams arrive Sunday morning and spend the day watching the the kids play, before the kids watch the big leaguers take the field at Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman.

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

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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