The Complete Guide To Philadelphia Sports Betting 2020

Updated on December 31, 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 was the first Philadelphia sportsbook to hit the market on May 31. That gave it nearly a month-long headstart over the competition. Its 100% deposit bonus up to $250 with the bonus code 250MATCH is another good reason why the app is poised to be a market leader.

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The following Philadelphia-area casinos all offer PA retail sports betting:

Philadelphia-area PA sportsbooks

SugarHouse Casino

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, when it launched on May 31, plenty of customers were more than familiar with the interface.

FanDuel Sportsbook at 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.

Far more popular than the retail sportsbook is the FanDuel online betting app though. It is the clear market leader in Pennsylvania, where over 80% of all bets are placed online.

Mount Airy Casino Resort

Based in Mount Pocono, PA, Mount Airy Casino Resort is about a 90-minute drive from Center City, but if the location is too long of a haul for you, you can always take advantage of the FOX Bet online sportsbook app. Mount Airy and The Stars Group partnered together on the site, which offers a wealth of promotions centered around the big FOX Sports personalities, like Colin Cowherd.

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, 2018. The Harrah’s Philadelphia Sportsbook launched in January 2019. An online betting app should come sometime in 2020.

Parx Casino

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 debuted in June 2019.

South Philadelphia Turf Club and Oaks Race and Sportsbook

There are two different off-track betting facilities (OTBs) for Philadelphia bettors to choose from. One is in the literal heart of the Philadelphia sports scene, Stadium Park. South Philadelphia Turf Club has not exactly lived up to the lofty expectations of its location. That is not so much the fault of the OTB, though it is relatively run-down compared to the sparkling new casino sportsbooks. It is more that bettors are excited to bet on their phones inside Lincoln Financial Field or the Wells Fargo Center rather than nearby.

The Oaks is in the Philadelphia suburbs, near Valley Forge. It has a modest retail sportsbook.

Both OTBs are owned and operated by Parx.

Major Philadelphia sports betting event

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 now Pennsylvania is rapidly developing a robust retail and online sports betting industry.

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