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Pennsylvania Sports Betting – Bet On Sports Legally In PA

PennsylvaniaPennsylvania started accepting sports bets online and within state lines in May of 2019. Once sports betting legislation was approved things moved pretty fast.

Despite ridiculously high licensing fees ($10m), seven casinos have launched physical sportsbooks launched online sportsbooks by the end of 2019. There are currently 12 retail casino sportsbooks, while there are 8+ online domestic books in PA.

Pennsylvania residents also have access to offshore sports betting sites that accept their registrations. Offshore sports betting has been allowed in the United States for almost a decade and tends to offer more betting lines across more sports.

Is Sports Betting Legal In Pennsylvania?

Yes. Pennsylvania has recently enacted a sports betting bill that allows mobile and in-state betting. The bill went into effect in 2019 and since May 2019 there have been online sportsbooks available to in-state residents and visitors.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Laws

The state legislature passed HB271 in October of 2017 and the state launched retail sports betting in November 2018. Due to the incredibly high licensing fees, PA casinos took longer than usual to obtain licenses and officially launch sports betting in the state.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Bills

There are currently a few bills pertaining to sports betting receiving action by the state committee. Our bill tracker tool keeps you up to date with all current legislation and changes being made to state bills that could affect how you wager on sports.

Legally Operated Sportsbooks That Accept Pennsylvania Residents

The following are our recommendations for reputable, safe, premium online sportsbooks that accept PA residents. They offer mobile and live, in-play betting, attractive bonus offers, a US-friendly banking suite, and an impressive range of betting lines and wagering options.

The table below includes their current welcome bonus offers, but if you'd like more information on any of these brands, you can visit our reviews section.

 Site NameCurrent BonusU.S.Visit Site
Top Rated #1 IconBovada Sportsbook50% Max $250USA Players Legally AcceptedVisit Site
Betonline Sportsbook50% Max $1,000USA Players Legally AcceptedVisit Site

Sportsbooks in Pennsylvania

There are currently several domestic sportsbooks and mobile sportsbooks operating inside of Pennsylvania's borders. The following casinos are some of the most popular PA sports betting destinations, and most of them also have online mobile apps.

  • Sugarhouse Casino
  • Play SugarHouse (mobile)
  • Valley Forge
  • Harrah's Philadelphia
  • Rivers Casino
  • Parx Casino
  • Hollywood Casino
  • Presque Isle Downs Casino
  • South Philadelphia Turf Club

PA Sports Betting Details

Here you can find a brief summary of everything related to sports betting in the state of Pennsylvania. This section is packed with details like minimum gambling age, launch date, in-play betting options, and more.

  • Legal Sports Betting: Yes, In-state; Offshore
  • Launch Date: October 2017
  • Pennsylvania Minimum Sports Betting Age: 21 years old
  • Land-Based Sportsbooks: 12+ locations
  • Online Sportsbook: State-based, Offshore
  • Mobile Betting App: State-based, Offshore
  • In-Play/Live Betting: Land-based locations; Offshore
  • State Sportsbook Revenue: $37,350,246
  • Eligible Operators: Casinos, mobile operators
  • Commission: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
  • Licensing Fee: $10 million
  • Tax Rate: 36%

What You Can Bet On In Pennsylvania:

  • In-state: All bet types and professional and college sports are allowed.
  • Offshore: All betting lines, odds, and props for all games, teams, and players across all college and professional sports.

What You Can't Bet On In Pennsylvania: 

  • In-state: Politics, Amateur sports.
  • Offshore: No restrictions.

Biggest Sports Betting Cities In Pennsylvania

Sports Betting In Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, is home to 4 major sports franchises—the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), Philadelphia Phillies (MLB), Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) and Philadelphia Flyers (NHL). With representation in each of the major US sports leagues, Philly fans have options when it comes to betting. In any case, betting lines are available for all these teams through any of the licensed sportsbooks recommended in our guide.

Sports Betting In Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh has many successful sports franchises and is home to the Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL), Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB) and Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL). Pittsburgh residents are no strangers to winning when it comes to these franchises and betting lines are open for all 3 teams via sanctioned offshore betting sites.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sports Betting In Pennsylvania

Will I Get Arrested For Betting On Sports In Pennsylvania?

No, domestic sports betting launched in 2019 giving PA residents the legal option to betting on sports. In addition to the domestic options, there have been federal or state laws forbidding PA residents from accessing and betting with offshore sportsbooks. Placing a bet with the guy on the street corner (illegal) could get you into some trouble, but placing an illegal bet shouldn't warrant a trip to jail.

Can I Bet On Teams Outside Of PA?

Yes. You can bet on any team outside of PA—betting options are not restricted to your state. PA residents can bet on any team in the US, college or professional, and there are even options for international teams.

Are Mobile Sports Betting Apps Legal In Pennsylvania?

Yes, there are currently several mobile sportsbooks offering betting lines to in-state residents. You can also find several offshore mobile sportsbooks that will accept your wagers at this time.

Who Regulates Sports Betting In Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board regulates the gaming industry in PA. Recently the control board made headlines when they launched an exclusion program where bettors can add themselves to the list to prevent problem gambling.

Pennsylvania Legislative Resources

Pennsylvania Gambling Resources wants you to enjoy sports betting in a healthy way. If you feel that you have a problem or are developing a problem with sports gambling we suggest you reach out to the PA Council on Compulsive Gambling, or call 1-800-848-1880 to seek help.

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