Pennsylvania Sports Betting

Joey Shadeck

The Supreme Court gave each state the power to legalize sports betting in May of 2018 when they overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Pennsylvania became an early-adopter In November of 2018 when the state accepted its first bet.

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Is online sports betting legal in Pennsylvania?

Sports betting in Pennsylvania became fully legal both online and in-person in 2018. Bettors can currently place wagers at nine online sportsbooks.

What are the Best Online Sportsbooks in Pennsylvania?

Here are the best online sports betting sites for residents of Pennsylvania:

DraftKings Sportsbook – Best Overall, Best for Beginners

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DraftKings is the best sportsbook in Pennsylvania because of its variety of bet types, fantastic live betting, and stellar education. DraftKings offers pools, daily odds boosts, party parlays, early cash-outs, and an annual sports betting national championship. Not to mention, you can integrate sports betting with your daily fantasy sports account.


SugarHouse and BetRivers – Best Live Betting

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SugarHouse and BetRivers are the same sportsbooks, with the only difference is the name. Live betting at either sportsbook is a unique experience. Instant bets are available (ex. next pitch in baseball), live streaming is offered for some sports, and you can track the game live with a live match tracker.


William Hil – Best Odds

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William Hill offers the best odds for NHL Spreads and MLB Spreads. They also offer the second-best odds for NBA Moneylines and the 5th best odds for NFL Moneylines. Over 10,000 data points were collected to determine overall odds rankings for each sportsbook.


FanDuel – Best Mobile App

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FanDuel offers an excellent mobile app. Bettors can easily find the sport or game they're looking for, everything runs smoothly, and bets are easy to place.


FOX Bet – Best Banking Options

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FOX Bet currently offers Pennsylvania residents nine different deposit methods, as well as six withdrawal methods. Also, FOX Bet offers fast deposits, a quick and convenient payment option that allows you to fund your Stars Account instantly without leaving your game (poker, etc.). Fast deposits are available via Instant eChecks, Visa/Mastercard, and NETELLER.


Caesars – Best Casino Games, Good Odds

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Caesars offers fantastic odds for NHL and MLB games. In addition to great odds, Caesars offers hundreds of online slots and casino games such as roulette, blackjack, and video poker.


Which Pennsylvania Sportsbooks Offer the Best Odds?

I keep money with sportsbooks that offer better odds, and sportsbooks that offer the sports and bets I most enjoy. To determine which sportsbooks offer the best odds, I analyzed data from hundreds of games for spread, moneyline, and total bets. The sportsbook that offers the best odds for each sport is listed below. Better odds means more money in your pockets!

Sport Basketball (NBA) Baseball (MLB) Football (NCAAF) Football (NFL) Hockey (NHL) Soccer (Misc. Leagues)
#1 Odds FanDuel Caesars BetRivers DraftKings Caesars SugarHouse
#2 Odds William Hill William Hill FOX Bet FanDuel William Hill Bet Rivers
#3 Odds DraftKings BetRivers SugarHouse William Hill/FOX Bet DraftKings William Hill


Best Banking Options for Pennsylvania Sports Betting

US regulated sportsbooks, like all of those in Pennsylvania, tend to offer a variety of banking options with low-to-no fees, as well as low minimum deposits and withdrawals. The tables below compare banking options for some of the best Pennsylvania sportsbooks.

Deposit Options

Feature SugarHouse FanDuel Sportsbook Caesars FOX Bet DraftKings Sportsbook
Total Deposit Methods 6 7 7 9 4
No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card $10/Varies $10/Varies Varies $10/Varies $5/$2,000
PayPal No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deposit Min/Max - PayPal N/A $10/Varies Varies $10/Varies $5/$2,000

Withdrawal Options

Feature SugarHouse FanDuel Sportsbook Caesars FOX Bet DraftKings Sportsbook
Total Withdrawal Methods 5 5 5 6 4
No Withdrawal Fees - Check Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Check Payout Speed is < 10 days Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Withdrawal Min/Max - Check $10/Varies $10/Varies $10/Varies $10/$8,300 $5/Varies
Withdrawal Min/Max - PayPal N/A $10/Varies $10/Varies $10/$8,300 $5/Varies

Best Live Betting for Pennsylvania Sports Betting

If you are looking for an immersive live betting experience, you can’t go wrong at SugarHouse, BetRivers, FanDuel, or DraftKings. All four sportsbooks offer a live match tracker, instant betting, and all but DraftKings offer live streaming.

All four of these sportsbooks also offer a few pre-game matchup preview statistics, as well as some real-time statistics such as points, shots, assists, etc.

Live Streaming: SugarHouse/BetRivers and FanDuel are some of the few sportsbooks that allow users to stream games live from their phones. Tennis and soccer are the only sports that currently offer this feature, although I'm sure more sports will be added in the future.

Instant Bets: Instant bets include drive-by-drive betting on NFL games and pitch-by-pitch betting on MLB games. If you think Tom Brady is poised to lead the Patriots to a touchdown next drive, bet on it. If you think Miguel Cabrera is going to hit a single on a 2-2 pitch count, bet on it.

Live Match Tracker: A live match tracker is a display that has a live clock, displays the score by quarter, and even shows which team is attacking in real-time. For NFL games, the match tracker even lists the last play, the total plays, and yards on the drive, and the down and distance.

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A note on bonuses

At BettingBuck we do not give a rating for bonuses because they are not the core product at hand. While they can be nice to have, they are not a core function of the sportsbook. We do include bonuses that were available at the time each review was conducted. Remember, before agreeing to receive a bonus, it is important you understand the rollover requirements, as well as any other terms and conditions the sportsbook might impose.

Best Pennsylvania Sportsbooks Summary


Pennsylvania Online Sportsbook Best For Live Betting Bets Offered Overall Rating
DraftKings Sportsbook Best Overall 5 5 5 Stars
SugarHouse BetRivers Best Live Betting 5 4.5 5 Stars
William Hil Best Odds 3 3.5 4 Stars
FanDuel Sportsbook Best Mobile App 5 4.5 5 Stars
FOX Bet Best for Banking 4.5 4 4 Stars
Caesars Best Casino Games, Good Odds 4 3 4 Stars

What Pennsylvania Casinos Offer Sports Betting?

Pennsylvania sports betting is currently offered at the following retail locations:

  • Harrah's Philadelphia
  • Hollywood Casino
  • Parx Casino
  • Rivers Casino
  • South Philadelphia Turf Club
  • SugarHouse Casino
  • Valley Forge
  • Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook

What Online Sportsbooks Are Available in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania sports betting is currently offered at the following online sportsbooks:


Are there any prohibited bets in Pennsylvania?

Currently, Pennsylvania residents are prohibited from betting on any high school sporting events.

Who can bet on sports in Pennsylvania?

Anybody who is 21 years or older can bet on sports in Pennsylvania. Tourists can also wager on sports, as you do not have to be a resident to bet. People prohibited from betting on sports include athletes, coaches, refs, and related personnel.

What forms of gambling are legal in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania has quite the selection of online gaming products to choose from. Here's what forms of gambling are legal in Pennsylvania:

  • Online Sports Betting - Legal (launch - May of 2019)
  • Online Horse Betting - Legal
  • Daily Fantasy Sports - Legal
  • iGaming (online slots) - Legal (launch - July of 2019)
  • Online Poker - Legal (launch - July of 2019)
  • Offshore Sportsbooks - Not Legal

Daily Fantasy Sports, such as FanDuel and DraftKings are legal in Pennsylvania.

For those unfamiliar, Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often complete strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.

Contests Offered Lineup
Contests Offered Lineup

Are poker and online casino games legal in Pennsylvnia?

Yes, online poker and other online casino games are currently legal in Pennsylvania. This includes blackjack, video poker, roulette, slots, and bingo, amongst others. Almost all sportsbooks offer casino games, while poker is still in the process of being rolled out for most companies.

Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Pennsylvnia?

Offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada, BetOnline, MyBookie, and 5Dimes are illegal in all 50 states. While offshore sportsbooks accept U.S. citizens as clients, they can be unsafe and untrustworthy. Because offshore sportsbooks are often unregulated, they have the power to rip off customers who win lots of money. With legal betting available in Pennsylvania, there is no need to bet with an offshore sportsbook.

Does Pennsylvania offer an online lottery system?

Yes, Pennsylvania offers an online lottery with dozens of games. The games resemble slot machines in both appearance and style of play.

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Where does the Pennsylvania lottery money go?

Each lottery dollar is distributed as follows, and can also be seen here: 65¢ to prizes for players, 26¢ to benefit programs, 7¢ to retailers & vendors, and 2¢ for the Lottery’s ongoing operations and administrative costs. Since 1972, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed $29 billion to benefit programs.

About the Pennsylvania Sports Betting Bill

Obtaning a license to offer sports betting in Pennsylvania costs $10,000,000. In addition, the tax rate on sports betting is a whopping 36%. This is the largest fee of all states with legal sports betting. The only state that comes close is Tennessee, which charges a 20% tax rate and an annual fee of $750,000.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is in charge of regulating sports wagering, and can only permit one "skin" to each casino. This means each casino can only have one mobile partner. For comparison, New Jersey has three skins per casino.

So far in 2019, Pennsylvania has amassed $14.25 million in revenue through April. It will be interesting to see how revenue grows with the addition of mobile betting. For reference, online betting in New Jersey currently accounts for 70-80% of all bets.

Methodology

For the BettingBuck.com annual best online sportsbooks review published in 2020, a total of 2,300 data points were collected over six months and used to score sportsbooks. Additionally, odds data was collected for each sportsbook on over 1,400 bets to give each sportsbook a comparative odds ranking.



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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for BettingBuck.com. He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.




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