Pennsylvania is still relatively new to the gambling market, having only been legalized since 2004. Despite this, there’s a strong lineup of gambling options available to Pennsylvania residents and visitors including casino games, a state lottery and sports betting. Although sports betting is currently restricted to land-based venues it’s only a matter of time before the state authorizes the launch of online and mobile sports betting. Here’s our rundown of the Pennsylvania sports betting market.

Is it legal to bet on sports in Pennsylvania?

Yes. After the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) the state of Pennsylvania moved to allow regulated and legal sports betting. The first Pennsylvania sportsbook launched at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National on 17 November 2018. Since then, several other sportsbooks have launched operations and even more are expected to launch sports betting operations in 2019.

While most Pennsylvania gambling venues have announced plans to launch sports betting operations, there are six casinos in the state that appear to have apprehensions and are yet to apply for a license. This is likely due to the tax rates and fees that have been set by the state of Pennsylvania: a casino must pay a $10m application fee to apply for a sports betting license. If successful, the establishment will then have to pay 34% tax on gross gaming revenue.

You can bet on sports in Pennsylvania at the following venues:

Casino Name Location Contact Email Opening times
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course 777 Hollywood Blvd, Grantville, PA 17028, USA +1 717-469-2211 Online form 24 hours
Parx Casino     2999 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020, USA +1 215-639-9000 businessoffice@parxracing.com 24 hours
South Philly Turf Club 700 Packer Ave # 2, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA +1 215-551-8270 businessoffice@parxracing.com Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 12 -10 pm

Wednesday and Thursday 12 – 11 pm

Friday and Saturday 12 pm – 12 am

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack 777 Harrah’s Blvd, Chester, PA 19013, USA +1 484-490-1800 Not available 24 hours
SugarHouse Casino 1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA +1 877-477-3715 Online form 24 hours
Rivers Casino Pittsburgh 777 Casino Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA +1 412-231-7777 Online form 24 hours

What sports can I bet on?

Punters in Pennsylvania can bet on a variety of professional and collegiate sporting events. These events include:

  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Boxing
  • Gold
  • Tennis

Can I place bets online?

You will be able to place sports bets online and on mobile platforms when the state’s casinos launch sports betting. The only stipulation is that you must be within the state borders and of the legal gambling age. Mobile and online sports betting is expected to launch in Pennsylvania later this year, once the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board begin granting casinos final approval to move forward.

What else can I bet on in Pennsylvania?

Gambling in Pennsylvania may have only been legalized in 2004, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something for everyone here. There are currently 12 casinos in operation across the state, though a thirteenth is under construction in Philadelphia.

The casinos in the state offer a variety of gambling options including slots, poker and a variety of table games. The table games on offer vary between casino but you can be sure to find games like:

  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Roulette
  • Poker
  • High card flush
  • Heads-up hold’em
  • Let it ride
  • Spanish 21
  • Mini-baccarat
  • Cajun stud
  • Big 6 wheel

You can also bet on horse racing at a number of different horse racing venues in the state.

The state of Pennsylvania also runs a state-wide lottery, and players can buy tickets from retailers across the state. But this is not limited to physical retail stores: as part of a gambling package that was introduced in 2017, the state lottery expanded its presence with an online lottery platform.

Online gambling was also legalized as part of the 2017 gambling package. That means that residents and visitors can now play a variety of games including:

  • Online slot games
  • Online poker
  • Online table games
  • Daily fantasy sports

Casinos in Pennsylvania are expected to launch satellite casinos soon. These are smaller casinos run by the major casino operators in the state. This will allow establishments with satellite casino licenses to offer up to 750 slot games and 30 table games. The following casinos have been granted satellite casino licenses:

  • Hollywood casino (Acquired 2 licenses)
  • Philly Live! Casino
  • Mount Airy Casino
  • Parx Casino

Casino Name Location Contact Email Opening times
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course 777 Hollywood Blvd, Grantville, PA 17028, USA +1 717-469-2211 Online form 24 hours
Parx Casino 2999 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020, USA +1 215-639-9000 businessoffice@parxracing.com 24 hours
Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack 777 Harrah’s Blvd, Chester, PA 19013, USA +1 484-490-1800 Not available 24 hours
SugarHouse Casino 1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA +1 877-477-3715 Online form
Rivers Casino Pittsburgh 777 Casino Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA +1 412-231-7777 Online form
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem 77 Sands Blvd, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA +1 484-777-7777 Bethlehem_Info@Sands.com 24 hours
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino 210 Racetrack Rd, Washington, PA 15301, USA +1 877-824-5050 Online form 24 hours
Mohegan Sun Pocono 1280 PA-315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, USA +1 570-831-2100 mythoughts@mohegansunpocono.com. 24 hour
Mount Airy Casino Resort 312 Woodland Rd, Mt Pocono, PA 18344, USA +1 877-682-4791 Online form 24 hours
Presque Isle Downs & Casino 8199 Perry Hwy, Erie, PA 16509, USA +1 866-374-3386 pidinfo@pidowns.com 24 hours
Valley Forge Casino Resort 1160 1st Ave, King of Prussia, PA 19406, USA +1 610-354-8118 https://www.vfcasino.com/contact-us/ 24 hours
Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin 4067 National Pike, Farmington, PA 15437, USA +1 724-329-7500 Not available 24 hours

Is it safe to bet on sports in Pennsylvania?

All of the sportsbooks that will launch in Pennsylvania will be fully licensed and regulated and therefore guarantee fair results and a safe betting experience. However, to make sure gambling remains fun, it’s important to gamble responsibly and never betting more than you can afford to lose.

If you have any concerns that you, or a loved one, may be suffering from problem gambling involving yourself, or a loved one, both the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, have a variety of resources to help.

You can contact the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania via:

  • Phone number for state service – 800-848-1880 in PA
  • Phone number for regional service – 800-GAMBLER
  • Mailing address – Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc. 12 East Butler Avenue, Suite 220, Ambler, PA 19002

Are offshore gambling sites legal in Pennsylvania?

Offshore gambling sites are not legal in Pennsylvania. These sites don’t have a license to operate in the state and are not subject to its regulatory standards. This means they may not be secure or may not have player protection measures in place to protect vulnerable players. You also have no way of finding out who is handling the money you deposit into an online account.

You can spot offshore gambling sites by looking at the website’s domain name: If it ends in .EU or .AG it does not hold a license to operate in Pennsylvania and therefore should be avoided at all costs.

Who regulates sports gambling in Pennsylvania?

All gambling activities in the state of Pennsylvania are overseen and regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB)

How old do I have to be to gamble in Pennsylvania?

The legal gambling age in Pensylvania is different depending on what you want to bet on. You’ll need to be 18 to make pari-mutuel wagers, bet on horse racing and play daily fantasy sports. If you want to play casino games and play on online gambling sites, you need to be 21 years of age.

The journey to legal and regulated sports betting in Pennsylvania?

1992 – Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) prohibiting sports betting across US states. Four states were made exempt from the law: Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana. These states had legal sports betting regulations in place.

2004 – Gambling was made legal in Pennsylvania, paving the way for slot parlors to install virtual lottery terminals.

2010 – The state built upon legislation and expanded on licenses to include poker games.

2015 – Representative Rick Kotik introduced a bill that would repeal the state prohibition on sports betting. Another representative, Rob Matzie authored a sports betting resolution aimed at Congress to repeal the federal sports betting ban.

2016 – In January the House Gaming Oversight Committee passed Matzie’s resolution, putting Matzie at the front of the legal battle for sports betting.

2017 – Matzie continued the sports betting movement and in January introduced a follow-up bill to the one Kotik introduced the year prior. This new bill laid out regulations and procedures for sports betting in Pennsylvania including licensing cost and tax rates. The House Gaming Oversight Committee signed off on the bill in April.

At the time, there was a push from state lawmakers for an expansion of the gambling industry in the state. This was the state’s answer to a growing budget deficit. Soon after, representative Jason Ortitay introduced another bill that contained the groundwork for an expansive gambling package- the kind that lawmakers believed would help with the deficit.

2017- In October, after a number of rewrites, the state introduced a gambling expansion package which legalized online gambling including online slot games, online poker, online table games, sports betting and daily fantasy sports.

2018 – On 14 May, the Court reached a decision. In a 7 – 2 vote it was agreed that one the clauses in PASPA did indeed violate the Tenth Amendment as it commandeered power from states to regulate their own gambling industries.

This made it legal for a state government to regulate their own gambling industries and therefore legalize sports betting if it wished.

Pennsylvania legalized sports betting and opened up applications for licenses.

On 3 October 2018, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board awarded its first sports betting licenses. One went to Greenwood Gaming for the Parx Casino and another went to Penn National Gaming for the Hollywood Casino.

In November, the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course became the first venue to launch a sportsbook in the state of Pennsylvania. The following month, two more sportsbooks launched in Pennsylvania: one at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and one at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

2019 – On Tuesday 8 January, Parx Casino launched sports betting operations, becoming the fourth Pennsylvania sportsbook to accept bets on sports. Shortly after this, a sportsbook launched at the South Philadelphia Turf Club.

Towards the end of January, Harrah’s Philadelphia became the sixth venue in the state to launch sports betting operations.