Pennsylvania Online Sports Betting Apps
Pennsylvania casinos continue to wait for online sports betting to launch Unfortunately, it is looking like nothing will get going until late spring.
Meanwhile, there are currently six retail sportsbooks up and running:
- Hollywood Casino at Penn National
- Rivers Casino
- SugarHouse Casino
- Parx Casino
- South Philadelphia Turf Club
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino
- South Philadelphia Turf Club
Additionally, Presque Isle Downs Casino is in the process of getting their retail sportsbooks ready for launch.
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.
These are the various sportsbooks and what partners they are working with:
|Casino||Sports betting partners||Retail sports betting application status||Online sports betting launch status|
|Harrah's||Scientific Games||Launched Jan. 22||Q2 2019|
|Hollywood (Penn National)||William Hill||Launched Nov. 15||Q2 2019|
|Meadows||William Hill||Has not applied|
|Mount Airy||BetStars||Has not applied|
|Parx||Kambi||Launched Jan. 8||Mid-year|
|Rivers||Kambi||Launched Dec. 13||Mid-year|
|Sands Bethlehem||N/A||Have not applied|
|SugarHouse||Kambi||Launched Dec. 13||Mid-year|
|Valley Forge||FanDuel||Conditionally approved||Mid-year|
|Stadium Park Philly Live! Casino||N/A||Have not applied|
|Presque Isle Downs||SBTech, IGT||Conditionally approved||N/A|
|Lady Luck Nemacolin||N/A||Have not applied|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono||Kindred||Have not applied|
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?
After rumors of an early 2019 launch got pushed to Valentine’s Day, launch is anyone’s guess. Conservative estimates hope to get the first apps up and running by mid-year.
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
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:
- pre-paid cards
- Credit cards
- Bank/wire transfers
What we know about PA online betting apps
These will be some of the players in the online betting space when it launches mid-2019
Parx plans to have a closed Wi-fi network in place allowing customers to wager while on the casino floor. This network will hopefully be available when the retail sportsbook launches, as PGCB is alright with intra-network app betting. The casino also offers a bet-building feature. It allows customers to construct a bet online, then show up at the casino and scan a QR code at the betting desk.
According to statements from the company, bettors using the Parx app will have access to a shared wallet that can be used for the mobile sports betting and online casino platform powered by GAN.
As for what the Parx sports betting app will look like, take a look at the PlaySugarHouse app in New Jersey for some ideas. Like Rush Street Gaming, Parx has a deal with Kambi for sports betting. Kambi’s mobile app software is very customizable, but SugarHouse could at least give you some ideas of what to expect.
The Valley Forge retail sportsbook is still a couple of weeks from opening. PA bettors are arguably more excited about the online betting app though. The property is partners with FanDuel, one of the top online sportsbooks in New Jersey.
Players can access the NJ FanDuel app on iOS, Android, or on your computer desktop.
One thing FanDuel brings to the table is great promotions. For example, NJ players can sign up and place a risk-free bet of up to $500. I the app is connected with the casino’s existing Valley Club promotional program, you can get even more bang for your buck.
Additionally, FanDuel offers a ton of in-game wagering options, which is part of what makes its online betting app so much more appealing than the retail sportsbooks. The ability to place numerous bets as a game progresses, taking advantage of changing odds, is something NJ bettors are really responding to.
Mount Airy Casino formally announced its deal with The Stars Group months ago, but the PA casino still has not submitted the application for a $10 million sports betting license. Granted, the launch of online betting apps is not taking place until the summer, but as one of the few casinos that have sports betting plans with no license, it does raise some eyebrows.
The Stars Group is best known for its online poker product, PokerStars. The company also has a successful online casino and sports betting product, called BetStars. BetStars is already up and running in Europe as well as in New Jersey.
PGCB approved the casino to launch retail in the coming weeks. 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.
The online sportsbook component is where things get interesting. Rivers should use something similar to the PlaySugarHouse platform in New Jersey. The casino rescinded its application for PA online gambling licenses. Nonetheless, the PA sports betting license does include a provision for a single skin for online sports betting.
New Jersey bettors using the PlaySugarHouse app can wager on all of the popular American sports, as well as ones with a much bigger following oversees such as cycling, darts, and cricket. Besides the straight bets, there are a variety of live betting and parlay options, including the jackpot parlay.
The platform is built with an extremely informative help center that includes detailed information on sports betting, bonuses/promotions, and banking. The iRush Rewards program, which is billed as New Jersey’s premier online rewards program, also gives bettors the opportunity to earn tier credits for their play.
Hollywood Casino made Pennsylvania sports betting history by becoming the first to apply for a license, get PGCB approval, and launch a retail sportsbook.
The doors to its retail sportsbook opened days before Thanksgiving. Online betting should follow in the summer of 2019. Partner William Hill will provide the technology. The London-based bookmaker continues to expand its mobile footprint outside of Nevada. The company already launched its mobile platform in Atlantic City via Ocean Resort and Tropicana.
Out of the five PA casinos with a sports betting license, Hollywood Sportsbook could benefit the most from a strong mobile app. After all, the casino is located in Grantville, which not exactly around the corner from major cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
The 36 percent tax rate makes it difficult for Hollywood to operate in the black relying simply on the performance of the retail sportsbook. The New Jersey version of the William Hill app accepts wagers on all of the popular American sports, along with golf, tennis, cricket, and rugby. Most William Hill apps offer the following kinds of bets:
- Straight bets
Harrah’s Philadelphia, located just seven miles from Philadelphia International Airport, was approved for a sports betting license on Oct. 31. Its retail sportsbook launched on Jan. 22.
What will the mobile app look like? It’s an intriguing question. Harrah’s Atlantic City currently does not offer mobile sports betting beating its name.
However, the Caesars Casino & Sports app from Scientific Games is currently servicing customers of Caesars Entertainment’s three Atlantic City casinos, Harrah’s, Ballys, and, of course, Caesars.
Betting on baseball, basketball, boxing, football, MMA, hockey, and soccer is available in NJ. The PA app should offer the same, along with:
- Point spreads
It’s easy to navigate through the different sports menus, but Caesars does not have the eye-catching appeal you may expect from this gaming giant.
One good thing Pennsylvanians can look forward to is that the app will likely be linked to Total Rewards. This gives bettors the opportunity to earn Tier Credits and perks that can be used at the Philadelphia and Atlantic City properties. In fact, Tier Credits are redeemable at any Caesars casino property.
Currently, DraftKings is the number-one sports betting app in New Jersey. However, it currently has no partner to work with to get into the Pennsylvania market.
DraftKings recently teamed up with Caesars Entertainment for a deal that gives the DFS company entree into several states. But what it does not include is Pennsylvania.
Where does that leave DraftKings? Some suggest The Meadows could be a potential partner, but even that seems increasingly less likely. Could there be a PA sports betting market with no DraftKings? It is seeming more and more likely that might be the case.