Can you bet on sports online in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania is one of the most significant US states in terms of population and economy size, as well as boasting seven major league sports franchises, including two teams each in the NFL, the NBA and MLB. The Keystone State is,therefore, a natural location for sports betting operators.
Sports betting pioneers
The development of online sports betting in Pennsylvaniagoes back to 2017. That was the year in which the state legislature passed a comprehensive sports betting framework, positioning Pennsylvania as a potential sports betting hub if the industry was legalized.
When the Supreme Court struck down the PASPA Act in May 2018, Pennsylvania was one of the first states to launch their own sports betting industry in November of that year. Online sports betting followed in May 2019, with great success. The state is now the third most lucrative sports betting market in the US, behind New Jersey and Nevada.
Online and in-person
Before the introduction of online sports betting in the state, Pennsylvania had a thriving real-world casino sector, as well as horse racing and lottery betting operations.
The introduction of sports betting was initially restricted to retail betting sites, and there are now twelve of these throughout the state, all of them also offering casino games. But online sports betting in Pennsylvania is represented by nine sports betting operators. Each of these operators has linked up with a real-world casino as part of the requirements for offering sports bets in the state.
Types of Pennsylvania sports bets
Online sports betting fans in Pennsylvania can enjoy a wide range of betting opportunities. You can bet on all of the major leagues in the US, as well as minor leagues and sports from around the world, from golf to tennis and MMA. Pennsylvania sports betting operators provide a good choice of bet types, including these markets:
• Money line bets• Betting on the spreads• Parlay bets• Prop bets• Pool betting• In-play betting
Sports teams in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is a natural choice for sports betting operators as the state boasts one of the biggest selections of Major League sports franchises in the US:
• Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL• Philadelphia FlyersNHL• Pittsburgh SteelersNFL• Philadelphia EaglesNFL• Philadelphia 76ersMBA• Philadelphia PhilliesMLB• Pittsburgh PiratesMLB
Some sportsbooks are also linked with sports franchises in the state. BetMGM is the official betting partner for the Pittsburgh Steelers, while FOX Bet has signed up with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Pennsylvania sports betting operators
There are currently nine online sports betting operators in Pennsylvania, and the list includes some of the most well-known betting names in the business:
• William Hill• FanDuel • DraftKings• Bet Rivers (formerly SugarHouse)• FOX Bet• Unibet• BetAmerica• Caesars• Parx
Other sports betting operators may enter the Pennsylvania market, although the requirement to link up with a land-based casino operator will limit the total number of licenses available.
Pennsylvania sports betting regulations
Pennsylvanian online sports betting is overseen by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The sports betting regulations in the state have broad similarities to those you will find in many other states, but there are some local peculiarities.
College sports betting is permitted, but ‘special’ bets on things like the Oscars, elections, or the NFL draft are not allowed. Operators are also not allowed to offer bets on esports. You don’t need to be a Pennsylvania resident, but there is a minimum age of 21, and anyone connected with sports leagues, such as referees, officials, or players, is not permitted to bet on their own sport.
Pennsylvania sports betting apps
Betting on sport online in Pennsylvania involves using the online site of your favorite operator or downloading their dedicated sports betting app.
All of the operators listed here provide sports betting apps that can be downloaded and installed from the relevant app store or directly from the sportsbook website. The quality of the apps varies, and it is worth checking out which app suits your betting style. All apps are available for iOS and Android operating systems and can be used across almost all devices.