Sports Betting in Pennsylvania

The state of Pennsylvania is still relatively new to the gambling market;gambling has only been legal in the state since 2004. Despite this, there’s still a relatively strong lineup of gambling options available to Pennsylvania residents and visitors. The state offers residents and visitors a chance to try their luck at casinos, a state lottery and horse racing. Aside from an up and coming gambling market, there a number of historical landmarks in the state of Pennsylvania. One of the most popular is Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution were signed.

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 sports betting. However, no sportsbooks have been launched just yet. So, while sports betting is completely legal, there aren’t any sportsbooks available for residents or visitors at the moment.

It shouldn’t be long until there are some sportsbooks up and running in Pennsylvania. The state has approved the Hollywood Casino and Parx Casino applications for sports betting licenses and now it’s just a matter of figuring out the logistics before launch. While the licenses were being discussed by the operator of Parx Casino, Greenwood Gaming, expressed that it wished to launch sports betting at another of its Pennsylvania properties, the South Philly Turf Club. This request was granted, bringing the total number of licensed establishments to three.

As it stands, only five of the 12 casinos in Pennsylvania have applied for sports betting licenses. This relatively low number is due to the tax rates and fees that have been set by the state of Pennsylvania. First of all, a casino must pay a $10m application fee to apply for a sports betting license. If successful, then the establishment will have to pay 34% tax on gross gaming revenue.

The casinos that have applied for licenses have plans to open physical on-site sportsbooks as well as online sports betting.

Casino Applied for sports betting license Address contact Email Opening times
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course Yes – application has been approved – launch date to be confirmed 777 Hollywood Blvd, Grantville, PA 17028, USA +1 717-469-2211 Online form 24 hours
Parx Casino Yes – application has been approved – launch date to be confirmed 2999 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020, USA +1 215-639-9000 businessoffice@parxracing.com 24 hours
South Philly Turf Club Yes – application has been approved – launch date to be confirmed 700 Packer Ave # 2, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA +1 215-551-8270 businessoffice@parxracing.com Sunday, Monday and tuesday 12 -10pm
Wednesday and Thursday 12 – 11pm
Friday and Saturday 12pm – 12am
Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack Application submitted 777 Harrah’s Blvd, Chester, PA 19013, USA +1 484-490-1800 Not available 24 hours
SugarHouse Casino Application submitted 1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA +1 877-477-3715 Online form 24 hours
Rivers Casino Pittsburgh Application submitted 777 Casino Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA +1 412-231-7777 Online form 24 hours

What sports can I bet on?

At the moment residents and visitors can be on horse racing in the state of Pennsylvania. As none of the establishments have launched sports books there has not been any confirmation on what sports can be bet on. But if the state chooses to follow the example set by others it should allow wagers on all professional sporting events and collegiate sporting events.

Can I place bets online?

You will be able to place sports bets online and on mobile platforms when the states casinos launch sports betting. The only stipulation is that you must be within the state borders and of the legal gambling age.

Can I place bets at land-based sportsbooks in Pennsylvania?

Yes, you will be able to place sports wagers at land-based sportsbooks when the states casinos sports betting services go live.

What else can I bet on in Pennsylvania?

The state of Pennsylvania may have only allowed legal gambling in 2004 but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something for everyone here. Pennsylvania currently has 12 casinos throughout its state and a new one which is currently under construction in Philadelphia which will bring the total number of casinos in the state up to 13.

The casinos in the state over 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, crap, roulette, poker, four and three card poker, fortune pai gow poker, high card flush, heads-up holdem, let it ride, Spanish 21, mini-baccarat, Cajun stud and big 6 wheel. You can also bet on horse racing in the state of Pennsylvania. There a number of horse racing venues in the state where you can place bets.

The state of Pennsylvania also runs a state-wide lottery. Tickets can be bought 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 will be expanding its presence with an online lottery platform.

Online gambling was also legalized as part of the 2017 gambling package. That means it is now legal to online slot games, online poker, online table games and daily fantasy sports games in the state of Pennsylvania. This is not restricted to residents, people from outside of the state can play these games too, but they must be within Pennsylvania’s borders in order to play.

A new product that will be coming to Pennsylvania will be satellite casinos. 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 some will even include up to 30 table games. The state has already begun awarding licenses to operators in the state. The Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association that Runs Hollywood casino will have a satellite located in York County. Stadium Casino the operator behind Philly Live! Casino will have a satellite located in Westmoreland County. The Mount Airy Casino will be launching a satellite in Lawrence County. Parx Casino will have a satellite in Cumberland County. The Hollywood Casino at Penn National acquired a second license and will be launching one in Lancaster County.

Casinos in Pennsylvania Address Contact Email Opening hours
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 avoid betting more than you can afford to.
If you have any concerns surrounding problem gambling involving yourself, or a loved one, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania has 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

The state regulator, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, also offers a variety of resources to assist with gambling addiction.

Are offshore gambling sites legal in Pennsylvania?

Although online gambling is legal in the state of Pennsylvania we recommend steering clear of offshore gambling sites. This is because the vast majority of offshore gambling sites don’t have a license to operate in Pennsylvania and are not subject to strict 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 you see a domain that 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?

It depends what you want to bet on. The legal age to place pari-mutuel wagers, bet on horse racing and play daily fantasy sports is 18. 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 – The state of Pennsylvania legalizes gambling across the state. This paves the way for slot parlors to install virtual lottery terminals which are essentially slot machines.

2010 – the state builds upon legislation and expands licensing to include poker games. As it stands there are 12 Pennsylvania casinos that offer slots and poker games.

2015 – Representative Rick Kotik introduces 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 continues 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 states answer to a growing budget deficit. Soon after another bill was introduced by representative Jason Ortitay. The bill 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 introduces a Ortitay’s gambling expansion package which legalizes 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.

The state of Pennsylvania legalizes sports betting and opens 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.

The state casinos have yet to launch sportsbook services.

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