Pennsylvania Sports Betting

Online sports betting has been live, fully legal and regulated in Pennsylvania since July 2019. Pennsylvania’s sports betting market continues to grow each month and has a ton of options both retail and online. This page is a comprehensive guide to all things PA sports betting including where you can bet, where you should bet and all the best promos and bonuses in the Keystone State.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Information

Pennsylvania Sports Betting

Active Pennsylvania Online Sportsbooks

BetRivers Online Sportsbook

BetRivers online sportsbook is owned and operated by Rush Street Interactive, which also owns Rivers Philadelphia and Pittsburgh casino locations.

FanDuel PA Online Sportsbook

FanDuel online sportsbooks seems to dominate every US market they enter, and for good reason. FanDuel has some of the best promos, best betting lines and offers a wide array of betting options for both pregame and in-game betting. 

DraftKings Online Sportsbook

DraftKings, one of the biggest names in Daily Fantasy Sports has found their path into the PA online sportsbook market via Meadows Casino in Washington, PA. DraftKings online sportsbook offers daily odds boosts, in-game betting and all the major markets. DraftKings also has a large lineup of constantly changing promotions, so be sure to check back to see the latest offers and deals. They also launched an online casino in PA that’s become very popular with many players.

betPARX

Parx was not fully on board with online gambling, but once online sports betting launched, they jumped in with two feet and were one of the first to go live.

Caesars Sportsbook PA

Caesars owns Harrah’s Philadelphia and actually had a sportsbook in PA prior to its big re-launch after taking over William Hill in 2021. It was subpar, to put it nicely, so the new Caesars Sportsbook is a welcomed change that is worthy of a spot on any bettor’s smartphone. Prior to Caesars Sportsbook going live online, Harrahs retail sportsbook opened its doors in January 2019, just a few months after sports betting was legalized in the state.

ESPN BET

Speaking of ESPN BET, PENN Entertainment’s situation is one of the more interesting ones at this time, as the company has announced a partnership with ESPN. 

New users at ESPN BET can claim a $1,000 first bet reset via the promo code SAOBONUS.

The most recognizable sports entertainment brand in the United States jumping into the industry to this degree is one of the biggest moves we’ve seen in the legal sports betting era.

Fanatics Sportsbook

Fanatics Sportsbook launched in Pennsylvania in January 2024. The sportswear behemoth recently created its own sportsbook and also purchased PointsBet in 2023 so that it could have licensing access to all the states where PointsBet operates, including PA. Thus, Fanatics replaced PointsBet when it launched in the state. Since casino gaming is legal in PA, Fanatics also offers a casino product in the state. They also have a great offer where if you sign up, you can participate in the Bet and Get for up to $1,000 in Bonus Bets!

Betway

Betway has arrived in the US after becoming a massively successful brand throughout Europe. Other companies can say the same thing, and none of them, including Betway, have really caught on here. But, like the others, Betway is a good sportsbook worth checking out, particularly for their generous bonus bet promotion.

PlaySugarHouse

PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers are owned by the same company (RSI) and are both available in PA. This is rare but does happen, generally because the two brands were separate before being joined together and each have a strong brand presence. This is true of PlaySugarHouse, the sportsbook offshoot of the popular SugarHouse casino in Philadelphia that is now known as Rivers Philadelphia.

Sportsbook at Wind Creek powered by Betfred

Yes, that is the real name of this sportsbook operated by the Wind Creek Bethlehem casino. They partnered with Betfred, a popular British sportsbook, but didn’t want to be known as Betfred in PA. Whatever the name, the product is great; Betfred is known for its competitive lines and wide variety of wagering opportunities.

Coming Soon

In early 2024, Betr announced plans to expand to Pennsylvania. Through a partnership with Cordish Gaming Group, Pennsylvania customers will be the first users in any state to access Betr’s iCasino product. 

Betting Options at PA Online Sportsbooks

If you are new to sports betting or just need a refresher, you may not be sure what to expect when signing up at an online sportsbook. One of the many upsides of betting online versus at a retail location is that online sportsbooks can be more innovative when it comes to betting options and promotional offers. Let’s take a look at the most popular bet types you will see:

Pennsylvania Online Sportsbook Banking

Knowing your money is safe is top priority in a legal and regulated sports betting market. Along with keeping your money safe, making it easy to move money on and off the sites in a timely manner is another great benefit. Below is the most popular banking options in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Online Sportsbook Banking

Available Platforms

Whether you like to bet from your couch or on the go, online sportsbooks give you a variety of options to place your bets including:

Pennsylvania Retail Sports Betting Locations

Pennsylvania Gambling History

Up until 2004, the closest Pennsylvania had to gambling was the lottery, but that all changed when the state approved slots machines to be installed at the states seven racetracks. Fast forward to 2010, the state looked to raise the stakes and take in more revenue to fill the budget gaps by adding table games and poker rooms. Pennsylvania quickly rose to the second largest gaming state behind only Nevada bringing in over $3 billion a year in gross gaming revenue.

In 2017, the Keystone State once again looked to expand their gambling revenue, this time in the form of iGaming. After years of debate, the state finally passed a massive gaming expansion package that led to legalizing online poker, casinos and sports betting. Sports betting was a placeholder pending a federal case regarding the legality of sports betting outside of Nevada. 

Pennsylvania Gambling History

In May 2018, the United State Supreme Court declared PASPA, a 1992 law that prohibited full-scale sports betting outside of Nevada, unconstitutional, giving the green light for states to regulate and legalize sports betting within their own borders. 

Given that the 2017 gaming expansion package had language for legal sports betting, Pennsylvania was well set up to be one of the first states to get up and running. We saw the first retail bets being placed at Hollywood Casino in November 2018 and the first online sports bets being placed at an online sportsbook in May 2019.

PA Online Sports Betting Frequently Asked Questions

Is it legal to bet on sports in Pennsylvania?

Yes! Betting on sports in Pennsylvania is legal both in person and online.

How do I know my money is safe in an online sportsbook?

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) oversees and regulates online sportsbooks the same as they oversee retail sports betting and all casino activities. This is one of the biggest benefits of legal and regulated sports betting is peace of mind that your money is safe and games are fair.

Who can place a bet at a retail or online sportsbook in Pennsylvania?

Anyone who is 21 years of age or older and is physically located in the state of Pennsylvania.

What can I do if I have a gambling problem, need a time out from sports betting or want to limit my betting activity?

All legal online sportsbooks in New Jersey have responsible gaming tabs on their site. Go to the “Responsible gaming” page on the individual site and you can set deposit limits, spending limits, time limits, temporary self-suspensions, and total lifetime self-exclusion. For more help, you can call 1 800-GAMBLER.

Is live in-game betting available in Pennsylvania?

Yes! All sites have their own live in-game betting options.

How can online sportsbooks verify if I am in Pennsylvania?

Geolocation technology uses your computer’s IP address, phone’s GPS and available Wi-Fi networks to pinpoint your location and verify that you are physically located in Pennsylvania. If a site is having trouble verifying your location, check to be sure that you are allowing the app to find your location and that your Wi-Fi is turned on. When using the desktop, be sure to have and VPN turned off and be connected to Wi-Fi.

Deposits and withdrawals can be made from outside of the state, but to place a bet, you must be physically located in the state. You do not have to be a Pennsylvania resident to bet.