Pennsylvania: Online Sports Betting in 2021

Pennsylvania became the seventh U.S. state to legalize sports betting in 2017. The shift to legalization was precipitated by a ruling from the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS).

The state is climbing the ranks as one of the largest legal sports betting markets in the United States. In Pennsylvania, you can legally access 11 online sports betting sites in addition to 13 retail sportsbooks found within PA’s casinos and racetracks.

We have created a state betting guide that serves as your go-to resource for the latest Pennsylvania sports betting news. Keep reading to learn more about the state’s best sportsbooks, bonuses, and promotions.

Pennsylvania, United States
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Pennsylvania, United States
Online betting in the Keystone State
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    Population: 13 million

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    Legal age for sports betting: 21

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    Online sports betting: Yes

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    Retail sportsbooks: Yes

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    Sports betting revenue: $3.5 billion

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Is sports betting legal in Pennsylvania?

Yes, anyone 21 years of age and older can register with a PA sports betting site but wagers must take place inside state lines.

Who can bet on sports in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania serves as a model for how it regulates registration for online sports betting: Players can register their accounts without having to visit a casino. This is a significant benefit for those getting started with sports gambling, especially those who prefer to wager at home or at a local bar instead of a brick-and-mortar casino.

We’ve outlined the pertinent details that you need to know about:

21plus Legal age

21 is the legal age in Pennsylvania for online sports gambling via a computer or mobile device. Land-based casino gambling carries the same age requirement as sports gambling or any other form of gaming.

21plus Mobile betting

Pennsylvania permits legal online sports betting via a mobile device as well as in-person at its retail sportsbooks. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board governs all gambling in the state including retail and online sports betting.

21plus Remote registration

Pennsylvania betting sites offer remote registration from anywhere within its borders. This allows players to open and fund a legal online sports betting account without having to visit a casino or racetrack in person. This is a comfort not offered in every state with legal sports gambling.

globe Within state borders

Online sports betting must take place inside of Pennsylvania state lines. Geolocation software in sports betting apps should prevent anyone using the services from placing online sports bets outside of PA.

bank Retail sportsbooks

There are 13 retail sportsbooks located inside casinos and racetracks throughout the state. Sports bets can be placed with a ticket writer or via a kiosk at all locations. There’s even a sports betting lounge for BetRivers customers at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

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The federal government deems money made from sports betting as income and is taxed at a 24% rate for winnings greater than $600. Winnings can be offset by losses which should reduce personal tax burdens. Pennsylvania also has a flat-rate personal income tax of 3.07% for all taxable income — including gambling and lottery winnings.

Best PA sports betting sites

Our team tests and rates each betting site to ensure you're playing at a safe and legit online sportsbook. We have identified several sportsbooks that offer the best features, bonuses, and the most comprehensive list of sports and bet types available to Pennsylvania residents.

Barstool

The official sportsbook from Barstool Sports, a leading digital sports, entertainment, and media platform, is licensed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The app and its features, including daily odds boosts, custom offers, and promotions, are targeted toward a young adult demographic. Stoolies can engage with the “Betting with Barstool” feature, which highlights bets created by popular Barstool personalities.

BetRivers

BetRivers' online sportsbook boasts a bettor-friendly interface and a $250 deposit match for newly registered accounts. The operator is regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and offers a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh serves as its retail sports betting and casino partner. 

DraftKings

DraftKings, the name synonymous with Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), is one of the leading online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania. As a newly registered player, you get a risk-free bet of up to $500 and qualify for a 20% bonus on your next deposit. The operator has made its mobile app available for free download via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The pros and cons of PA sports betting

The state’s demand for online sports betting is evidenced by the fact that 95% of bets are placed online. The convenience of mobile and online wagering reduces the need or inclination to visit retail outlets.

The high tax rate in PA for sportsbooks means some lines and odds are less favorable than other states. Some sportsbooks will add a little extra juice to a line to make up for the high tax rate.

Pennsylvania sports betting
Pros
  • Easy online registration
  • Plenty of retail sportsbooks
  • Substantial online promotions and bonuses
Cons
  • Poor odds due to high tax rates
  • Retail experience less enticing due to online sportsbooks
  • No NFL Draft or Esports betting

How to start betting in Pennsylvania

Gambling entities operating within the state make it easy for you to start betting on sports. Legal online sports betting accounts can be set up anywhere, while in-person bets can be placed at casinos and tracks throughout Pennsylvania.

1

Select a sportsbook

Choosing which Pennsylvania sports betting site to register with is not unlike the comparison shopping you do for online purchases. It’s important to research and narrow down the options. The proximity of the retail sportsbook to your home is likely the deciding factor, but they may not have the best odds.

2

Register online

Submitting personal information including your legal name, date of birth, and address is standard registration practice. Tap the sign-up or corresponding button to get started.

3

Claim a bonus

The competition among sportsbooks is fierce, with most offering generous welcome offers to entice new Keystone State bettors. Look out for these types:

  • Deposit bonus: Some sportsbooks will match your initial deposit, up to a certain percentage or as a dollar-for-dollar match.
  • Risk-free bet: If you place a first-time wager and lose, the stake may be refunded and available for use as site credits or cash.
  • Free bets: You may qualify for a free bet by making a cash deposit or placing a qualifying bet on a specific betting market or event. They carry restrictions, so read the fine print.

4

Choose your bet

PA sports betting revolves around traditional bets like the point spread, Over/Under (totals), and moneylines. Player and team props come into play, too. Live betting wagering platforms have captivated sports gambling thanks in large part to their high-quality interface and lightning-quick load speeds.

5

Deposit

Funding your newly created account via the sportsbook’s cashier or dedicated banking section is a required step. The most credible operators usually redirect you here automatically after the initial sign-up process. Simply choose your preferred deposit option from the available list.

6

Start betting

As a new player, you should review each of the Pennsylvania betting sites to find the best legal online sports betting options that align with your needs and bankroll.

Leveraging multiple online sportsbooks is a strategy to help you shop for better lines and odds. Sports gamblers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh can choose from multiple retail sportsbooks, which offer different odds and in-person experiences.

7

Withdraw

This is one of the most important non-gambling functions for legal online sports betting. If and when you win a bet, you should be able to easily withdraw those funds. Not all sportsbooks have the same withdrawal policies.

odds icon Odds explained

The default type of odds leveraged by U.S. sportsbooks is known as American odds. Let's look at a practical example for context: 

Favorites are identified by a minus (-) sign, while the underdog is assigned a plus (+) value. Since the favorite is the team expected to win, you will have to wager more to win less money. For example, a $10 wager on -150 odds will return $5 plus the original bet. Underdogs have plus odds that offer better returns. For example, a $10 wager on +150 odds will return $15 plus the original bet.

Some betting sites offer fractional or decimal odds, too. Decimal point odds and fractional odds are different ways to present similar odds and might be easier for some bettors to understand. Use our odds converter to toggle between each classification.

PA sports betting handle

Pennsylvania’s sports gambling handle has increased from millions to multi-billions in the wake of legalization. These figures continue to climb as more fans gravitate towards gambling. This means sportsbooks are generating more revenue — and so does the state — from taxes on sports betting.

This table illustrates how much money Pennsylvania pulls in from sports betting every year:

Yearly breakdown

Year

Total handle

Revenue

Hold percentage

Tax revenue

2018

$17M

$2.5M

14%

$905K

2019

$1.5B

$111M

7.5%

$30M

2020

$3.5B

$269M

7.5%

$81M

Monthly handle

Month

2021

2020

2019

2018

January

$615M

$348M

$32M

N/A

February

$509M

$329M

$31M

N/A

March

$560M

$131M

$44M

N/A

April

$479M

$46M

$37M

N/A

May

-

$77M

$36M

N/A

June

-

$89M

$46M

N/A

July

-

$165M

$59M

N/A

August

-

$365M

$109M

N/A

September

-

$463M

$194M

N/A

October

-

$526M

$241M

N/A

November

-

$492M

$316M

$1.4M

December

-

$548M

$342M

$16M

Total

$2.1B

$3.5B

$1.5B

$17.4M

What you can't bet on in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania sportsbooks can offer odds on traditional sports played on the field. They are not allowed to post odds for off-field sports-related events like the NFL Draft. Additionally, you cannot place a wager on major awards ceremonies like the Academy Awards.

Pennsylvania sports bettors have used Illegal bookies for years. There are differences between legal and illegal sports gambling. The new legal online sports betting sites, apps, and retail sportsbooks are helping to make sports fans feel more comfortable betting than ever before.

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Political betting is not allowed at any Pennsylvania sportsbook. In fact, this kind of betting isn’t offered anywhere in the United States.

Money Icon Esports

The popularity of Esports has not yet translated to legal betting markets. It is not legal to bet on at any Pennsylvania sports betting site or retail sportsbook.

What about college sports?

PA sports betting permits wagering on all college sports that a given sportsbook chooses to promote. College football and basketball are by far the most popular college sports to bet on.

These collegiate teams garner the most attention: Penn State Nittany Lions, Pitt Panthers, and Villanova Wildcats.

Legal sportsbooks in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania sports betting may take place in person or online. Local betting sites accept wagers from your desktop or mobile apps. Wagers may also be placed in person at sportsbooks located within casinos and racetracks.

Pennsylvania's online and mobile sportsbooks

Online sportsbook operator

Mobile app

Odds provider

Online casino

Retail partner

Barstool

Yes

Kambi

Yes

Penn

BetFred

Yes

LSports

Yes

Wind Creek Bethlem

BetMGM

Yes

BetMGM

Yes

Hollywood Casino

BetRivers

Yes

IGT

Yes

Rivers Casino

DraftKings

Yes

Kambi

Yes

The Meadows

FanDuel

Yes

Flutter

Yes

Valley Forge Casino

FOXBet

Yes

IGT

Yes

Mount Airy Casino

Parx

Yes

Kambi

Yes

Parx Casino

TwinSpires

No

Kambi

Yes

Presque Isle Downs

Unibet

Yes

Kambi

Yes

Mohegan Sun Pocono

Land-based PA sportsbooks

Sportsbook

Venue

Address

Phone number

Odds provider

The Sportsbook

Hollywood Casino

777 Hollywood Blvd, Grantville, PA 17028

(717) 469-2211

Kambi

Wind Creek Bethlehem's Sportsbook

Wind Creek Casino

77 Wind Creek Blvd, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(484) 777-7777

LSports

BetRivers Sportsbook

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

1001 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125

(877) 477-3715

IGT

BetRivers Sportsbook

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

777 Casino Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

(412) 231-7777

IGT

The Sportsbook at The Meadows

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

210 Racetrack Rd, Washington, PA 15301

(724) 503-1200

Kambi

FanDuel Sportsbook

Valley Forge Casino

1160 1st Ave, King of Prussia, PA 19406

(610) 354-8118

Flutter

Mount Airy Sports Book

Mount Airy Casino

312 Woodland Rd, Mt Pocono, PA 18344

(877) 682-4791

IGT

Parx Sportsbook

Parx Casino

2999 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020

(888) 588-7279

Kambi

South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook

South Philly Turf Club

700 Packer Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148

(215) 551-8270

Kambi

TwinSpires Sportsbook

Presque Isle Downs & Casino

8199 Perry Hwy, Erie, PA 16509

(866) 374-3386

SBTech

Unibet Sportsbook Mohegan Sun Pocono 1280 PA-315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 (570) 831-2100 Kambi
Unibet Sportsbook Lehigh Valley Race & Sportsbook 1780 Airport Rd., Allentown, PA 18109 (610) 266-6559 Kambi

William Hill Sportsbook at Harrah's

Harrah's Casino 777 Harrah's Blvd., Chester, PA, 19013 (800) 480-8020 William Hill

Home team advantage: Pennsylvania sports

It’s tempting to always back your local team, but that strategy can quickly backfire and ruin your bankroll. We recommend that you do some preliminary research before laying down action on the hometown. Our how to bet guides are a handy resource for beginner and casual bettors.

NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
New Jersey Devils
NBA
Philadelphia 76ers
NFL
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
MLB
Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates

Timeline of sports betting in Pennsylvania

In October 2017, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf put his signature on an extensive gambling expansion bill that set the table for legalized sports gambling. The bill later came into effect after SCOTUS upended the federal ban on single-game betting in May 2018.

This timeline highlights milestones in Pennsylvania’s sports gambling history:

Other types of gambling

Pennsylvania offers traditional casino gambling online, in person at casinos, and at some taverns throughout the state.

casino Casino

Blackjack, roulette, video poker, slot machines and other games can be played online or in person at the state’s various casinos. The brick-and-mortar casino blackjack rules are among the best in the US. Gambling odds and rules for casino games may differ from online and offline.

poker Poker

Some casinos such as Parx and Rivers offer live poker games. There are multiple websites offering real-money online poker including BetMGM, Borgata, and PokerStars. WSOP.com and others should be launching soon in PA.

Horse and jockey Horse racing

There are six horse racing tracks in Pennsylvania. Parx, Penn National Race Course, and Presque Isle Downs are thoroughbred tracks. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Harrah’s Philadelphia, and Meadows are all harness racetracks. There are multiple apps and websites to bet the races without visiting the track.

Hollywood Races — run by Penn National Gaming — offers pari-mutuel horse race betting. There are a number of off-track betting (OTB) outlets located throughout the state if you do not wish to visit a racetrack.

Fans of horse racing can wager with AMWager, BetAmerica, and Betfair Exchange, TVG/4NJBets, and TwinSpires to bet online. BetMGM will soon offer an app just for horse racing bettors.

Horse and jockey Daily Fantasy Sports

Pennsylvania offers a variety of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) websites and apps. DraftKings, FanDuel, Monkey Knife Fight, Yahoo, and SuperDraft are among the available DFS gambling options in PA. DraftKings and FanDuel have the most active players and offer larger DFS prize pools than the others.

Responsible gaming in Pennsylvania

Casino gambling is not new to Pennsylvania. The state has had plenty of time to come up with programs to address players who get too caught up in gambling. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has a website dedicated to responsible gaming.

The state is a member of the National Council Of Problem Gambling. Like all states with legal gambling, anyone with a problem can call 1-800-GAMBLER.

Legal U.S. sports betting markets

The state-by-state sports betting legislation enabled by SCOTUS has already produced several other legal markets in addition to Pennsylvania.  These states now offer legal sports gambling: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Sportsbooks to avoid in Pennsylvania

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  • Allegations of withdrawal issues
  • No license information available on site
  • Poor customer service
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  • Multiple reports of slow payments
  • Allegations of non-payments
  • Risk of account closure simply for winning bets
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  • Reports of confiscated winnings
  • Slow customer support response times

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