Pennsylvania Online Sports Betting Apps
Pennsylvania casinos are finally starting to go live with online sports betting, as the first app launched in May 2019.
PA mobile betting app launch dates
The first sports betting app in PA, SugarHouse Sportsbook PA, went fully live on May 31.
As each PA casino satisfies the PA Gaming Control Board (PGCB) regulations, they can begin live testing. With three officially underway, the next most likely culprit to launch would be FanDuel at Valley Forge Casino.
Expect five to six apps to roll out over the summer. By the time football betting season rolls around, the apps could be old hat. With mobile betting running on all cylinders come the fall, expect PA sports betting revenue to skyrocket.
Meanwhile, there are currently eight Pennsylvania retail sportsbooks up and running:
- Hollywood Casino at Penn National
- Rivers Casino
- SugarHouse Casino
- Parx Casino
- South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino
- The Oaks Race and Sportsbook (formerly Valley Forge Turf Club)
Additionally, Presque Isle Downs Casino is in the process of getting their retail sportsbooks ready for launch later this summer. Mount Airy and Mohegan Sun Pocono are conditionally approved to launch both online and retail sportsbooks. Per PGCB rules, the retail sportsbook will need to open first.
These three sportsbooks are behind the curve. PGCB will not let any online sportsbooks launch until the retail operation is up and running.
Even worse off are Stadium Casino and Wind Creek nee Sands Bethlehem. The Stadium project is still 18 months from completion. Wind Creek is in slightly better shape, taking ownership in May 2019. However, even they need to lock down a partner before they can even think of applying.
While the two off-track betting parlors operate under Parx’s PA sports betting license, the other casinos on this list all plan to offer an online betting counterpart as well. Some have partners that are already operating betting apps in other states like New Jersey or Nevada.
PA sports betting app partners
These are the various sportsbooks and what partners they are working with:
|Casino||iOS Web||iOS Native App||Android App|
|Hollywood (Penn National)||--||--||--|
|FanDuel Sportsbook PA (Valley Forge)||--||--||--|
|Stadium Park Philly Live! Casino||--||--||--|
|Presque Isle Downs||--||--||--|
|Lady Luck Nemacolin||--||--||--|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono||--||--||--|
What we know about PA online betting apps
These will be some of the players in the online betting space:
Parx works with Kambi Group, which powers the property’s sister sportsbooks at South Philadelphia and Valley Forge Turf Clubs,
Parx anticipates rolling out a PA online sports betting product that will eventually share a wallet with the property’s online casino, powered by GAN, when it goes live. That is, at least on Android apps. The Apple shared wallet situation is a little more confusing.
Like Parx, PlaySugarHouse is partnered with Kambi, offering in-play wagering and traditional betting across a wide range of sports.
While FanDuel’s entry into the Keystone State arrived with fanfare, it’s the operators online sportsbook that has garnered much anticipation.
FanDuel’s NJ app is available on iOS and Android, and its sportsbook is accessible on desktop browsers as well. Along with plenty of in-game options on top of traditional wagering, FanDuel also offers plenty of promotions, specifically for new users.
To boot, FanDuel’s app should be connected with its PA partner’s Valley Club promotional program, allowing customers to get more bang for their buck.
For months, Mount Airy Casino has had its sports betting partner in place.
The Northeast property formally announced its deal with The Stars Group in August 2018, which allows BetStars to power the sports betting platform at Mount Airy.
But it was not until early April that the casino applied for the $10 million sports betting license. Don’t expect the BetStars brand to go online until after the retail book launches at Mount Airy.
Like several other providers in PA, BetStars already has a presence in New Jersey. Partnered with Resorts Atlantic City (also the partner for DraftKings Sportsbook), BetStars NJ offers a desktop platform as well as an app for iOS and Android.
PGCB approved the casino to launch retail. Once its online offering launches, Presque Isle will rely on the BetAmerica software and brand. Churchill Downs has used BetAmerica for horse racing betting for years. More recently, the company partnered with Golden Nugget to launch sports betting in New Jersey as well.
That said, Presque Isle’s online sports betting platform will have to wait a bit longer. The property targeted a June 1 opening for its retail sportsbook, which must occur first before a digital product can roll out. However, plans recently changed. Now the sportsbook will not launch until later this summer
Rush Street Interactive boasts two of the top sportsbooks in the state in terms of revenue and handle.
Rivers Sportsbook in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Sportsbooks in Philadelphia have been live since mid-December. Both are owned by Rush Street Entertainment. Rush Street Interactive oversees the online gambling components of the brand, including online betting apps.
These two have been the top performing retail sportsbooks. With SugarHouse first to market online in PA, it seems reasonable to assume they will comprise a fair amount of the online market as well, especially in the early goings.
Many PA bettors who waited patiently for their state to green light legalized betting, particularly those in the Philly area, traveled to New Jersey to place wagers. And they may see some similarities in PA to a particular NJ product.
The PlaySugarHouse app that went live in May gives a good indicator of what BetRivers, which launches at the end of June, will offer.
The PA sports betting industry kicked off with Hollywood Casino opening its retail sportsbook in November.
The Central Pennsylvania property became an entry point for international power William Hill, which powers several sportsbooks in nearby New Jersey as well as in Nevada and Europe.
An online Hollywood Sportsbook would certainly benefit the operation, which sits a ways away from hot-spot metropolitan areas such as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Using its Nevada and New Jersey products as examples, William Hill offers markets on a wide variety of sports, including the major American leagues as well as golf, tennis, and rugby, among many others. Customers have plenty of betting options as well, ranging from straight bets to in-play wagering to teasers, futures, and props.
Like Mount Airy, Mohegan Sun Pocono also applied for a sports betting license in April. The relatively small Pennsylvania casino powered with a major European sports betting player, Kindred. The company is best known for its Unibet brand.
We don’t know much about Kindred and Mohegan’s Pennsylvania plans because they have not presented their application to PGCB yet. Moreover, they have not launched a retail PA sportsbook. In other words, these two are a few months behind the competition, so it would be a rush to get both retail and online live in time for football season.
Part of PA sports betting central, Harrah’s Philadelphia entered the legalized wagering industry in January.
Certainly, the property will introduce a betting app. Its parent company, Caesars Entertainment, does feature an online product in New Jersey: the Caesars Casino & Sports app.
That product is powered by Scientific Games, which is the sports betting partner for Harrah’s Philadelphia.
Regardless of how the app looks, it will likely be linked to Total Rewards. This feature offers bettors the opportunity to earn Tier Credits and perks to use at Harrah’s Philadelphia. In fact, Tier Credits are redeemable at any Caesars casino property.
DraftKings Sportsbook established itself as the top sportsbook in New Jersey since day one.
Since DraftKings’ debut and as it continued to grow, many wondered when it would expand into other states, particularly Pennsylvania.
DraftKings did partner with Caesars Entertainment in February, which, on its face, offered DraftKings a way into PA.
However, Caesars clarified that the deal, which provides DraftKings an entry point into several states, does not include Pennsylvania. Instead, Harrah’s would move forward with a self-branded online sportsbooks.
So where does that leave DraftKings? For now, on the outside looking in. Until the company can land a land-based partner in PA, DraftKings will continue to be left out of the state’s sports betting industry.
Pennsylvania online sports betting FAQ
Who regulates PA sports betting?
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) regulates sports betting in the Keystone State.
When is online and mobile betting coming to PA?
The first PA sports betting app, Play SugarHouse, began its testing phase on May 28 before getting full approval on May 31.
PGCB said previously it will launch additional apps as they are ready to submit for testing, unlike online casinos, which plan to simultaneously launch on July 15.
Where can I bet on sports in PA?
Any of the six casino sportsbooks or two OTBs listed above are open to take bets.
How old do I have to be to bet on sports in Pennsylvania?
While horse betting is open to 18 and up, sports betting is the same as playing slots and table games on the casino floor– you must be at least 21 years old.
What sports can I bet on in PA?
Books are currently accepting bets on all of the popular American sports including:
- Auto racing
Are any college sports excluded in PA?
None. Bets on all colleges, including Penn State University, Villanova, and the University of Pennsylvania, are available.
Are there any other restrictions on sports you can bet on?
Betting on high school sports is prohibited. Unlike neighboring New Jersey, Pennsylvania has yet to allow bets on awards ceremonies, like the Academy Awards.
Can you bet on Esports?
Legislation surrounding Esports has yet to be approved in Pennsylvania. However, there is a Pennsylvania Esports coalition in place to serve as an advocate for legalizing electronic sports. Chalk it up as a work in progress.
What about daily fantasy sports?
Daily fantasy sports is legal in Pennsylvania. Like in New Jersey, FanDuel, one of the major players in the DFS world, is expected to roll out its sports betting platform via a partnership with Valley Forge Casino.
Depositing and withdrawing on PA betting apps
We would advise against looking at the SugarHouse product as your only resource for what deposit and withdrawal options are in PA. The first version of the app is pretty limited in terms of options. Currently, it only takes credit cards, prepaid SugarHouse cards, or cash at the SugarHouse cage.
Some payment processors, like PayPal, are not currently licensed to go in PA just yet. So, as the market matures, the options will hopefully grow to include both payment processors and things like ACH deposit.
Ideally, once multiple sites are up and running, PA sports betting apps will include common deposit/withdraw options that include:
- pre-paid cards
- Credit cards
- Bank/wire transfers