Pennsylvania’s homegrown casino company Penn National was the first to apply for a sports betting license. It was the first to be approved too. Then it was the first to launch a Pennsylvania sportsbook.
This is Penn National’s third state it has launched sports betting in this year. Pennsylvania joins West Virginia and Mississippi.
William Hill is Penn National’s sports betting partner. The company helps operate the retail sportsbook. It will also provide the technology for the online betting app when it launches in summer of 2019.
While we have not seen exactly what the Hollywood Sportsbook app will look like in PA, we can look at other states with William Hill apps for an idea. Our review is based on information about those apps, but be aware that the finished Pennsylvania product may not be exactly the same. We will update this review as soon as we have access to the PA app.
Latest Hollywood Sportsbook news
Penn National received conditional approval on Oct. 3 from the PGCB to commence sports betting operations. To remove the “conditional” label, the company needed to resolve 23 conditions outlined by the Office of Enforcement Counsel (OEC).
After getting all the paperwork turned in, testing got underway at the property on Nov. 15. Then the casino officially opened its sportsbook for business on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Hollywood Sportsbook bonus offer – May 2019
There’s good news for Pennsylvania players of Hollywood Sportsbook at Penn National. There are some excellent incentives on the table for new customers. Soon, you’ll be able to start your sportsbook account with some extra cash.
As a new customer at Hollywood Sportsbook, you should anticipate a $50 boost in your account. When you open an account and place your $50 of bets, you’ll get another $50 from the sportsbook.
It’s a generous offer to get you on the right track. Remember, if you want to activate this promotion, you have to enter the promo code WH50.
Regarding how the bonus goes into effect, the $50 bonus goes into your sports betting account within seven days after you place your first bet.
There is no rollover requirement, which is excellent. A lot of sportsbook bonuses come with all sorts of wacky playthrough requirements (5x, 10x) but you don’t have to worry about that at Hollywood Sportsbook.
This offer is limited to one per person who must be at least 21 years old. Wagering has to occur 60 days from the day he or she registered to qualify.
Hollywood Sportsbook bonus code PA
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Sports selection at Hollywood Sportsbook
William Hill has a global reputation for offering an extensive selection of sports to its customers. However, at the time of this writing, the new sportsbook is expected to limit its options to the most popular sports in North America. This selection is likely to expand over time, as the company is still new to US operations.
Players can expect to find moneyline markets on MLB games. Totals and run-line markets are likely to be available for regular season games. Additional markets are unlikely to be available for the foreseeable future.
The new site is likely to offer moneyline, spread, and totals betting for full-time, half-time, and quarters on NBA games, and for full-time and half-time on college games. Players looking for prop bets are unlikely to find them at the new sportsbook, at least initially.
Hollywood PA Sportsbook will probably make the same betting markets for NFL and NCAA football games as it will have available for basketball games. Additional markets may be available as early as the 2019 season, but there is no guarantee of any prop betting.
Players looking for the top hockey markets, including moneyline, puck line, and totals, will find them for both the game and for the first period at the new site. Additional wagers are unlikely to be available, at least at the beginning.
If MMA and boxing follow the lead of William Hill’s New Jersey site, players will find both listed under “Fighting.” Moneyline and totals (over/under rounds) betting markets are likely to be available.
Players should expect to find futures bets available for PGA events. While props will not be readily available on other sports, a limited number of golf props is likely to be available on occasion.
Other sports and leagues
Observers anticipate that the new site will also offer soccer, auto racing, and tennis as well as an “Other” section. This section will probably be extremely limited at first, though it is expected to grow gradually as the site increases its player base and interest in betting on the smaller sports.
Bet selection at Hollywood Sportsbook
Players looking for multi-bet options should have no trouble finding them on Hollywood Sportsbook. However, those looking for props and exotic wagers might be better served looking elsewhere.
Parlay wagering is likely to be available for most types of pregame wagers, though it is unlikely to be available for futures or live betting.
Round robins wagering, which involves multiple wagers on the same parlay card, with each one excluding one or more selections, is also likely to be available for pregame wagers.
Moneyline markets are likely to be the bedrock for the new sportsbook. These markets are likely to be available for all types of events.
Based on William Hill’s New Jersey Sportsbook, players should expect to find point spread markets on all team sports. These markets will likely be available for in-play betting as well.
Hollywood PA Sportsbook probably will not offer prop bets when it begins operations. However, should they be available, props will likely be few and far between. These types of bets may become available in time for football season.
The over/unders, aka totals, should be available for all games on which other types of betting are available on the site. In some cases, players may need to click on an event or “More Bets” to find these markets.
The corollary for this in combat sports is round betting, which the site is likely to offer among its first set of markets.
Other bet types
The site will probably offer teasers for basketball and American football.
Although William Hill is a global leader in sports betting and typically has a wide variety of sports and a large number of markets available for each sport on offer, the new site is not expected to have nearly as many of these options available, at least when it begins operations.
Hollywood Sportsbook app PA
If you’re going to be placing bets on the go, you will need the Hollywood sportsbook app.
It’s a quick download from the Apple app store (iOS) or directly from the Penn National Hollywood Casino website. From there, your experience will be pretty smooth.
It’s easy to move around this sportsbook app with your fingertips as Hollywood has done a lot of testing with bettors to see what they want to see on the screen, how to organize the information and how to display the lines.
In our experience, we found it flawless. Whether you’re doing some banking (withdrawing and depositing) or placing bets on the live lines, Hollywood PA mobile app works fast and smooth.
Penn National and Hollywood Sportsbook software
For those who are familiar with William Hill and its software, they’ll find a similar experience at Hollywood.
When you’re betting on sports, all you need is a site that’s well organized and a site that moves fast. That’s precisely what this sportsbook delivers.
All of your sports and categories will likely be found on the left-hand side. After you pick a sport, you’ll see the lines revealed in the center part of the page. From there, you can make your decisions whether it’s spreads, lines, totals, or futures. When you pick a bet you want to wager on, then it’ll be added to the bet slip on the right-hand side.
One aspect that we enjoyed was the live betting experience. Not only is it rapid-moving, but it also has some fun animations and useful information to help you make your decisions.
For example, with a baseball game we were betting, it showed a graphic of a field, where balls were hit (as it happened) and had animations as different events happening like outs. Many sportsbooks only show the bare lines, so the visuals help enhance the experience.
Overall, this is one of the better sports betting websites you’ll use. There aren’t many flaws to be found at the Hollywood PA online sportsbook.
Hollywood Sportsbook live betting experience
Hollywood at Penn National works with the William Hill software, so it’s easy to give their live betting high marks. William Hill has a strong pedigree in the sports betting industry and is doing a particularly good job.
You’ll find live betting lines on almost everything that’s happening daily. Every basketball, baseball, hockey, and football game will be on the board. They’ll go beyond that with tennis, golf and much more.
On the Hollywood Sportsbook website, the lines will be visible to you in the center of the screen. In the app, lines are laid out similarly. When you’re on the website, you’ll have more animations, stats and box scores in front of you than in the app.
If there is one criticism to be had here its that they don’t offer a considerable array of in game betting lines.
Of course, Hollywood PA has moneylines, spreads, and totals, which is what 95% of people will care about. However, the online sportsbook rarely has more than four or five lines per game.
Pennsylvania’s Hollywood Sportsbook loyalty program
A lot of sportsbooks are unfortunately moving away from loyalty programs. One of the reasons we like Hollywood Sportsbook at Penn National is it’s keeping its loyalty club. It’s a good one.
Not only will the Hollywood online sportsbook reward you for being a loyal customer, but it also has a lot of other fun bonuses that pop occasionally to keep things exciting.
With Hollywood rewards club, you’ll earn points for each wager, and then you can use those points for promotions. You’ll receive 1 point for each dollar bet on a straight bet, 2 points for a parlay or teaser and 5 points for a parlay card. When you hit 1,000 points, that’s $1 in free bets.
Beyond that, they offer several promos throughout the week to keep you engaged.
You can often find the “Parlay Chaser” promotion, which allows you to win up to $1,000 in two categories based on a three-plus leg parlay.
The middle of the week delivers “Win More Wednesdays,” which gives you $5 per win if you bet and win at least five $20 straight bets.
On Saturdays, you can get yourself a 20% cash back on four-leg basketball parlays. On Thursdays, you can get 10% back on three-leg parlays.
If you’re placing a basketball bet and your team wins easily (By 10 or more points), you earn yourself a bonus.
As you can see, there are lots of promos and bonuses to keep you excited throughout the week.
Banking at Pennsylvania’s Hollywood Sportsbook
Hollywood Sportsbook at Penn National has many safe and secure banking methods.
There are several methods to get your money in and out quickly. Here’s what we anticipate the banking options to look like:
- PayPal: The popular online wallet is an easy option to transfer money to and from your account quickly.
- Neteller: Veteran sports bettors will be familiar with this method. It’s similar to PayPal, but this e-wallet is not as mainstream.
- Visa or Mastercard: This is the easiest method to use but, keep in mind, certain banks will stop the transactions. Also, the ones that do allow them usually consider the transaction a cash advance.
- E-checks: This is the electronic version of writing a check. It takes time to clear, though, so it’s not your fastest method.
- Online bill pay (via online banking): This is a simple method as most people do online banking these days. You can set this up as a biller, just as you would a utility bill. Only specific banks will allow this, though.
- Cash at the Hollywood Casino cage: If you feel like popping into the casino, you can visit the cage at Hollywood Casino and drop off or pick up funds.
- PayNearMe: This method might be new to some players. How it works: A barcode is generated for you and then you can take that to either a 7-Eleven store or a Family Dollar and pay cash to put it into your account.
Keep an eye on the cashier/banking section of the website as the Hollywood Penn National sportsbook will be continually updating the different methods.
Customer support for Hollywood Sportsbook powered by William Hill
The new site is expected to offer its customers 24/7 support, an advantage over some other sportsbooks, many of whom do not offer overnight support options. Live chat, email, and phone support should all be available when the site commences operations.