Pennsylvania casinos continue to wait for online sports betting to launch. It seems like the wait is really over for PA online betting app launch!

PA mobile betting app launch dates

Truly, any day now, the first mobile betting apps will begin live testing at the beginning of May. As each PA casino satisfies the PA Gaming Control Board (PGCB) regulations, they can begin live testing.

Expect 5-6 apps to roll out over the course of May and June. By the time football betting season rolls around, the apps will 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:

Additionally, Presque Isle Downs Casino is in the process of getting their retail sportsbooks ready for launch on June 1. Mount Airy and Mohegan Sun Pocono recently began the application process as well.

These three sportsbooks are behind the curve. They have little chance to catch up to the first PA online betting launch. PGCB will not let any online sportsbooks launch until the retail operation is up and running.

Online sports betting and casino launch date video

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:

CasinoSports betting partnersRetail sports betting application statusOnline sports betting launch status
Harrah'sScientific GamesLaunched Jan. 22May or June
Hollywood (Penn National)William HillLaunched Nov. 15May or June
MeadowsWilliam HillHas not applied
Mount AiryBetStarsApplication pending
ParxKambiLaunched Jan. 8May or June
RiversKambiLaunched Dec. 13May or June
Sands BethlehemN/AHave not applied
SugarHouseKambiLaunched Dec. 13May
Valley ForgeFanDuelLaunched March 12May or June
Stadium Park Philly Live! CasinoN/AHave not applied
Presque Isle DownsSBTech, IGTLaunching June 1N/A
Lady Luck NemacolinN/AHave not applied
Mohegan Sun PoconoKindredApplication pending

What we know about PA online betting apps

These will be some of the players in the online betting space:

Parx

Located in just outside the hubbub of Philadelphia sports betting, Bensalem-based Parx Casino became one of the first PA casinos to apply for and receive a sports wagering certificate in the state.

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 on July 15.

Look no further than the PlaySugarHouse app in New Jersey to get an idea of what the Parx product in Pennsylvania might look like. Like Parx, PlaySugarHouse is partnered with Kambi, offering in-play wagering and traditional betting across a wide range of sports.

Valley Forge and FanDuel

The New Jersey sports betting leader, FanDuel Sportsbook made its foray into Pennsylvania retail sports betting with a mid-March launch at Valley Forge Casino.

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.

Mount Airy and BetStars

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.

Presque Isle Downs and BetAmerica

Once Churchill Downs finalized its purchase of Presque Isle Downs, the casino promptly submitted its sports betting application to the PA Gaming Control Board.

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 has targeted a June 1 opening for its retail sportsbook, which must occur first before a digital product can roll out.

Rivers and SugarHouse

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.

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 in New Jersey is among the most popular in the state. PlaySugarHouse works with Kambi like Rivers and SugarHouse in Pennsylvania do. The NJ app offers straight bets, live betting, and parlay options abound on the app as well as a plethora of promotions.

Hollywood Casino

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.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

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.

Harrah’s Philadelphia

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?

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?

Expect the first sports betting app in either late April or early May. PGCB told Legal Sports Report it will begin testing one operator’s online betting app then. After that, ideally more online sportsbook roll out at a steady clip.

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:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Auto racing
  • Cycling
  • Boxing
  • MMA

Are any college sports excluded in PA?

None. Bets on all colleges, including Penn State UniversityVillanova, 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

With online sports betting platforms currently in the pre-launch phase, there is no concrete information as to how bettors will be able to deposit/withdraw funds. Each state has different rules. When Pennsylvania online betting does launch, you will be able to sign up through the app. No in-person registration is required.

But several of the operators currently setting up shop in Pennsylvania have been up and running for several months in New Jersey where there are several different banking options. This information should become a lot clearer during the first quarter of the new year.

Most PA sports betting apps will share common deposit/withdraw options that include:

  • PayPal
  • eCheck/ACH
  • pre-paid cards
  • Credit cards
  • Checks
  • Bank/wire transfers
  • PayNearMe