DraftKings Sportsbook is coming to Pennsylvania. When it does, Keystone State residents are in for quite a treat.
DraftKings has spent the last year or so honing its craft in New Jersey to the east. As a result, we know that the Pennsylvania version of the app will bring some of the same revolution that the New Jersey version enacted in August 2018.
So, elements like betting carousels, in-game betting, and live ticket systems are likely on the way. Pennsylvania bettors will discover that everyone’s DraftKings experience is completely different, and tailored specifically to their needs.
The debut of DraftKings Sportsbook will also mark the first entry into the online sphere for the Meadows Casino. One of the more unassuming members of Pennsylvania’s casino constellation is about to make quite the splash.
The only question is the timing of the launch. There is still much to be done, including DraftKings’ approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
However, it’s not a question of if, so much as it’s a question of when. Pennsylvanians, get ready for the black and green.
While DraftKings hasn’t made any announcements about what exactly it is going to offer customers as a means of attracting new business, we can look at what it offers New Jersey bettors.
Currently, DraftKings NJ offers each player $25 – just for signing up. In addition, each new player will receive a 50% match on deposits up to $500.
Alongside that first deposit, the player will also get a risk-free bet. This wager is worth up to $200, and triggers if the player’s first money bet on the site loses.
So, we can expect to see similar deals when DraftKings debuts in Pennsylvania soon.
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DraftKings already has an online betting product in New Jersey powered by Kambi. So, assuming they don’t change things up dramatically with any potential Pennsylvania online sportsbook, registration should be a snap.
On both the website and mobile app, all that should be required is your:
As a new sign-up, you will likely be required to choose a username and password. Next, you’ll be given the opportunity to opt-in “strong authentication,” which is a secondary layer of security that sends a pin directly to your mobile number with every login attempt.
However, if you want to secure your account on your smartphone, the app is expected to support biometric security and the use of fingerprint, facial, voice or iris recognition.
If you are physically in the state of Pennsylvania and you are at least 21 years of age, then you are eligible to open an account and place sports wagers with DraftKings.
As per the rules laid out by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), all athletes, managers, coaches, referees, and other officials who can influence the outcomes of sporting events, are allowed to open an account and place bets. However, it is illegal for them to bet on activities in which they are involved.
In the competitive world of sports wagering, companies are always looking for new ways to keep their customers engaged. This often means select rotating odds boosts, which DraftKings does offers in New Jersey.
DraftKings NJ also gives its customers a free $100 bet for referring a friend. The friend needs to be a new customer and deposit a minimum of $5. Then he or she must register the new account by clicking through the referral link from the original customer. After that, the $100 is free to play.
The New Jersey DraftKings’ mobile app also connects to an online casino, and when customers bet $10 on video poker, they qualify for a free $10 sports bet.
One difference we know we’ll see between DraftKings in New Jersey and in Pennsylvania is the PA law allows wagering to take place on college sports teams playing in the state. Along with Penn State football and Villanova basketball, for team- and sport-specific promotions, local college sports teams will most likely be included.
DraftKings offers no loyalty program at this time. However, depending on its future partner casinos and land-based sportsbooks, it’s likely that a loyalty program would include wagers made through DraftKings.
As mentioned, European-giant Kambi was the tech master that created the web connections for DraftKings in New Jersey.
A combination of its worldwide experience and DraftKings’ fantasy know-how resulted in a new website that is easy to navigate while providing a full slate of sports gaming options.
All up-to-date browsers should power the DraftKings’ website, and you should be able to log in from anywhere. However, to place bets, you will need to be connected to the internet through a Pennsylvania IP address.
Upon your initial registration and login, you will be required to download a plug-in for your computer that confirms your location through your WiFi connection.
Available through the iOS and Android app stores, and free to download, the DraftKings’ mobile app should be almost identical to the webpage, making it easy to work your account through both.
Atop the home screen, you will likely see a large banner that tells you about all of the promotions and bonus offers available that day.
In addition, you may also notice tabs along the bottom of the page that take you to active bets, all the sports available for wagering that day, and a quick link to in-play wagering.
In the upper-right corner of the app, you’ll likely be able to access the account you set up through the app.
On the account page, you should be able to deposit, withdraw, refer a friend, and manage any boosts and bonuses. We also expect a complete help center to answer any questions you might encounter.
For a relative newcomer to the market, DraftKings covers the spectrum with the sports wagers it offers.
Pennsylvania players can look forward to placing bets on:
You will likely be able to bet:
DraftKings should also offer player pools, where you wager on a select number of events. If you choose the defined events correctly, then you share in the payout of the total prize pool. You should be able to join a public pool or create your own private pool to bet amongst your friends.
In-play wagering should also be on the menu, as you would expect from a new sportsbook.
For those of you who are also new, in-play wagering is the placing of bets on sporting events that are already in progress. You can place bets on small outcomes inside the event, e.g., like the set of a tennis match or a specific hole during a golf tournament.
The outcome of an event using constantly evolving odds or point spreads, depending on the current score.
In addition, in-game wagering offers second-chance multipliers and multiple halftime totals. Also, the means of paying your way out of a current bet to then make a new one.
To find current in-play wagering options, you will likely need to click on a tab at the bottom of the home screen.
When depositing to your gaming accounts, along with the usual use of credit and debit cards, you should also be able to use PayPal, direct online bank transfer, or any of the hundreds of PayNearMe terminals located throughout the state.
If the chosen method of electronic deposit, like PayPal or bank transfer, is also used for withdrawals, then these transactions should be instantaneous.
If you use a deposit method with no corresponding means of electronic withdrawal, like cash through PayNearMe, electronic checks will probably be arranged through your account. However, if you should expect delays in processing checks sent by mail.