On the southern banks of the Delaware River, a short drive from the stadiums and bustle of Philadelphia, bettors can find live action at the sportsbook at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Since launching in late January, the venue in Delaware County offers players the chance to bet games without driving all the way up to other books in Philadelphia and further north. On Sundays, getting off before gameday congestion could be a huge advantage, considering most bettors in the market have bet live in Delaware, not New Jersey.

Dubbed The Book, it matches the casino parents’ vast experience in Nevada and other locations with a venue that resembles a neighborhood watering hole. It’s shiny and slick yet inviting and friendly – perfectly “Delco”.

The Book hours of operation

The location opens at 11 a.m. on the weekdays and 10 a.m. on the weekends, closing at midnight throughout the week. If you want a seat on the football weekends, get there early!

Sports available at Harrah’s Philadelphia

Here are the sports offered through the sportsbook:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Combat sports (Boxing and MMA)
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Motorsports
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Betting options

Like most books, players can make single bets, parlays, and teasers. There are a variety of futures options in multiple sports.

Not all bets are available for all sports. Also, there are no kiosks on the floor.

How to bet at The Book at Harrah’s Philadelphia

It’s cash at the window. Pick the game, bet option, and amount to bet. Pretty straightforward.

The location has prices on the digital boards and printed. While the paper lines may not be the most up-to-date, the sheets do have the bet numbers on them, which is always good to know at the window.

Harrah’s is a bit less user-friendly than some of their rivals in the market. Parx and its two off-track betting parlors have the option to build bets through both desktop and a smartphone app that can be scanned at the window. No word if Harrah’s will develop that.

The Book amenities

The Book features over 45 high-def TVs. Players can choose seats at the bar, high-top tables, or lounge seats.

Bets can be made at windows. Players can also order food and drinks from the casino’s varied offerings.

The Book is right on the casino floor. Players can easily go from sports betting to table action and back.

Player rewards for Harrah’s Philadelphia bettors

Players do not need accounts to bet at The Book. However, for those who do have Caesars Rewards, those will be honored. Talk to a teller or host for more details.

Caesars Entertainment expands retail betting options

Despite being in Chester, this is a big deal for the folks at Caesar’s Entertainment. Later in 2019, the company will open The Book at Bally’s Wild Wild West on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The retail betting venue should rival others like Willam Hill’s books at Tropicana and Ocean Casino, and DraftKings at Resorts.

Pennsylvania has focused on physical sports books at locations like Harrah’s to bolster the horse racing industry. Even with the launch of online sports betting this spring, the traditional locations will be key players in building customer loyalty and repeat business.

A useful resource for bettors

The website has a really helpful conversion table at the bottom of their rules PDF. For those of us who aren’t great at math, this helps decipher odds and payouts.