The Complete Guide To Philadelphia Sports Betting 2019
Philadelphia Eagles and repeat-NCAA champions Villanova Wildcats fans are all over the Philadelphia area.
But watching sports events in Pennsylvania is getting even more exciting for fans who enjoy betting on their favorite teams.
SugarHouse Sportsbook is our top choice to place your bets with an exclusive $250 bonus offer available for PlayPennsylvania readers:
The following Philadelphia-area casinos all offer PA retail sports betting:
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- SugarHouse Casino
- Parx Casino
- South Philadelphia Turf Club
- Valley Forge Casino
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) is currently weeks, and in some cases, days away from approving live testing of PA online betting apps.
List of Philadelphia-area PA sportsbooks
Having partnered with Kambi, SugarHouse is one Pennsylvania casino based in Philadelphia, more specifically in the hip Fishtown neighborhood. Having an established sports betting platform in New Jersey should make the transition to Pennsylvania an easy one, especially for users who have already created accounts. So keep an eye out for PlaySugarHouse PA in May.
Parent company Rush Street received licensing approval from the PGCB on Oct. 31 (along with sister property Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh).
Valley Forge Casino Resort
Valley Forge, owned by Boyd Gaming, is located in King of Prussia, PA, less than an hour drive from Center City via the Schuylkill Expressway.
Primary partner FanDuel has been operating in New Jersey for several months at the Meadowlands Racetrack just outside of New York City along with a robust online/mobile platform. Having an established following in the neighboring market, as well as through the FanDuel daily fantasy sports brand, will likely be a big draw.
Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack
Harrah’s is located just outside of Philadelphia in Chester, PA, about a 10-minute ride from Philadelphia International Airport. The property received licensing approval from the PGCB on Oct. 31. The Harrah’s Philadelphia Sportsbook launched in January. Expect the online betting app in May or June.
Mount Airy Casino Resort
Based in Mount Pocono, PA, Mount Airy Casino Resort is about a 90-minute drive from Center City, but the location may not be a factor. The property announced a partnership with The Stars Group.
The Stars Group is the horsepower behind BetStars and PokerStars NJ and is one Philadelphia sports fans should follow closely, as the sports betting app may be accessed from anywhere in the Keystone State.
The casino applied for its sports betting license in April. It needs PGCB approval before it can launch a retail book. It also needs to launch the retail sportsbook before it can offer anything online.
The top-grossing casino in the Keystone State is located in Bensalem, PA, about a 30-minute drive from Center City. The property, owned by Greenwood Gaming, and powered by Kambi has plans for a closed wi-fi network allowing customers to place wagers while on the casino floor. The Parx app is expected to debut in May.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
Hollywood Casino is home to Pennsylvania’s first retail sportsbook. Operated by William Hill, the online sports betting app is expected to launch this summer.
Major Philadelphia sports betting event
- Super Bowl
- March Madness
- NBA Finals
- NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
- Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown
- MLB All-Star Game in Philadelphia in 2026
Setting the Philadelphia sports scene
Philadelphia represents in all of the major professional sports leagues:
- NFL: Philadelphia Eagles
- NBA: Philadelphia 76ers
- NHL: Philadelphia Flyers
- MLB: Philadelphia Phillies
- MLS: Philadelphia Union
There are several Division I schools around Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Big 5 is a huge draw during college basketball season.
The Philadelphia-area Division I schools are:
- Drexel University
- La Salle University
- St. Joseph’s University
- Temple University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Villanova University
Villanova campus is located within the Philadelphia suburbs, but the NCAA national champion Wildcats play several of their home games at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The national championship parade was held in Center City.
Other Division I schools located nearby include:
- University of Delaware
- Delaware State University
PA sports betting
Legalized sports betting in Pennsylvania has generated its share of buzz. The ball started bouncing in Pennsylvania’s favor in May 2018 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional.
Pennsylvania casinos now have the option of applying for a license to add online and retail sports betting. Nine Philadelphia-area casino operators already paid the required $10 million licensing fee.
New Jersey and Delaware may have gotten a head start, but, as of Nov. 15, Philadelphia sports fans can place straight bets, parlays, and propositions without crossing a bridge.
Delaware and New Jersey sports betting options
While waiting for Philadelphia casinos to cut the ribbons on their respective sportsbooks, Philadelphia sports fans can make the short trip to New Jersey or Delaware to place a bet. The Garden State is currently home to eight online sportsbooks, which means bets can easily be made via a mobile device by crossing the bridge.
Alternative online sportsbooks
Delaware went all in on legal sports betting June 5 by offering it at the following casino and racetrack properties:
- Casino at Delaware Park is about 45 minutes from Philadelphia.
- Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is about 80 minutes from Philadelphia.
- Harrington Raceway & Casino is about 2 hours from Philadelphia.
New Jersey started offering legal sports betting at casinos and racetracks June 14. Atlantic City is about an hour drive from Philadelphia.
Alternative retail sportsbook options
Here’s a rundown of the retail sportsbook option:
- Bally’s Atlantic City (Caesars)
- Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (MGM)
- Golden Nugget (SB Tech)
- Hard Rock Atlantic City (yet to launch)
- Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City (Caesars)
- Ocean Resort Casino (William Hill)
- Resorts Atlantic City (DraftKings)
- Tropicana Atlantic City (William Hill)
Caesars Atlantic City does not have its sportsbook, but the property connects to Bally’s.
New Jersey also has two racetracks with retail sportsbooks:
- Monmouth Park Racetrack, in Oceanport, (William Hill) is about 90 minutes from Philadelphia.
- Meadowlands Racetrack (FanDuel) is about 90 minutes from Philadelphia.
Philadelphia sports fans also can access eight different mobile sportsbooks by crossing the Walt Whitman, Ben Franklin, or Betsy Ross bridges. Some of the apps are set up for bettors to view the odds from anywhere, but you must be in New Jersey to place the bet.
Here is the current list of NJ online sportsbooks and their respective land-based partners:
- BetStars NJ (Resorts Atlantic City)
- Caesars Casino & Sports (Caesars Atlantic City)
- DraftKings Sportsbook (Resorts Atlantic City)
- 888 Sport (Caesars Atlantic City)
- FanDuel Sportsbook (Meadowlands Racetrack)
- PlayMGM NJ Sports (Borgata)
- SugarHouse (Monmouth Park)
- William Hill (Monmouth Park, Ocean Resort, and Tropicana)