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Pennsylvania Online Sports Betting Laws

Pennsylvania sports betting is booming. Following the fall of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018, the state has been posting staggering numbers. The Keystone State’s total sports wagering handle for the 2019-2020 fiscal year comfortably surpassed $2.2 billion! The state’s market remains hot, with the 2020-2021 fiscal year handle having already surpassed the prior year’s total in the first 6 months, with a handle of $3.1 billion.

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Jennifer Gaynor

Administrative law and government relations attorney

Jennifer has a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C, in 2005. She's been living in Las Vegas helping clients in the casino and gaming industry, as well as other regulated businesses, across Nevada for over 15 years.

She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books on US gaming law, including most recently, The Law of Regulated Gambling: A Practical Guide for Business Lawyers, American Bar Association (2020), and That (Expletive) Broad: Women Who Broke Barriers in the Casino and Gaming Industry (2020).

Is Sports Betting Legal in Pennsylvania?

Yes, Pennsylvania passed legislation to legalize sports betting in their state in 2017, in anticipation of the 2018 repeal of PASPA. The first sports bets went live in November 2018, with online sports betting introduced in June 2019.

Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania online sports betting via licensed operators is legal – in fact, the majority of sports bets in the state are placed this way.

How Old Do I Have to be to Place a Bet in Pennsylvania?

You need to be 21 years of age or older to place a sports bet in Pennsylvania.

How do I Start Betting in Pennsylvania?

  1. Choose your sportsbook – either in-person or online – there are a host of excellent, trusted sportsbook operators that are licensed in Pennsylvania.

  2. For the online sportsbooks, you will need to go through the online registration process, which requires you to have your geolocation tech switched on to prove you’re in the state.

  3. Be ready to produce ID to prove you’re over 21.

  4. Once you’re signed up, deposit funds into your account.

  5. Start betting.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania Legalizes Online Sports Betting
Remote Registration and Geolocation
Online Sports Betting Licenses
Are Pennsylvania Gambling Winnings Taxable?

Who Is Allowed to Bet on Sports In Pennsylvania?

You Must Be At Least 21 Years Old to Bet in Pennsylvania
You Must Be in Pennsylvania to Bet
Restrictions Apply to Certain Gambling Industry Employees
Restrictions Apply to Athletes and Employees

What Can’t I Bet on in Pennsylvania?

High School Sports
Esports
Drafts
Entertainment
Politics

Daily Fantasy Sports in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania passed a bill formally legalizing pay-to-play Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) in October 2017. DFS operators officially launched in May of the following year. Unlike sports betting, the minimum age for playing DFS in Pennsylvania is 18.

There are at least 10 DFS operators in Pennsylvania, including DraftKings and FanDuel, and with so many major league sports teams in the states, and the huge followings they command, DFS on a variety of sports is enduringly popular.

Games including baseball, football, basketball, and hockey – plus the healthy college sports scene – ensure business is always brisk when it comes to DFS in Pennsylvania.

Top Sports to Bet on in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is one of the leading states in the US when it comes to sport. Fans have a huge choice of teams to follow across the big four sports, as well as a thriving college presence.

Football

Pennsylvania is home to two great NFL teams – the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles. With seven Super Bowl triumphs between them, they have massive followings in the state. There are also several colleges with NCAA Division 1 teams. Football is one of the biggest drivers in sports betting across the US and Pennsylvanians contribute more than their fair share to that.

Responsible Gaming in Pennsylvania

It’s encouraging to see that Pennsylvania has embraced the importance of responsible gambling as readily as it has sports betting.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) funds ResponsiblePlay.pa.gov and its self-exclusion program.

The PGCB’s mission statement lays out the ways in which it wants to ensure that people can access help if they feel their gambling is becoming a problem.

Many of these are commendably proactive, focusing on heightening awareness of the dangers of compulsive gambling and requirements for all sports betting providers have a plan to deal with problem betting.

Bettors and their families also have access to toll-free counseling helplines, educational materials and programs that reduce the harm gambling can do to a small proportion of people.

Above and beyond that, bettors who use Pennsylvania sports betting sites also have access to:

  • Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Providing education, intervention and treatment for drug, alcohol, and gambling addictions and abuse, and to promoting recovery.

  • The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG): A national organization that provides a national helpline, which can be contacted by phone or email, as well as links and resources for those combating problem gambling.

  • Gamblers Anonymous: A place for gamblers to book meetings, share their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.

  • Gam-Anon: A self-help organization for the spouse, family or close friends of compulsive gamblers.

  • GamTalk: A 24/7 moderated online peer support forum for problem gamblers.

Timeline of Sports Betting in Pennsylvania

2004

Pennsylvania legalizes casinos, racinos, and slot parlors.

2010

The state legalizes table games at casinos, and with the state’s 12th casino coming online, Pennsylvania becomes one of the largest gambling markets in the US.

2015

Several bills to legalize sports betting are rejected by the state legislature.

2017

House bill 271 to legalize sports betting is submitted and this time it is signed into law pending the repeal of PASPA at the federal level.

2018

PASPA is struck down, removing the federal ban on sports betting. Pennsylvania moves swiftly to begin retail sports betting at casinos.

2019

SugarHouse launches the state’s first online sportsbook.

Where Can You Bet in Pennsylvania?

A complete list of licensed entities can be found here.

There are currently 11 locations where you can bet in Pennsylvania:

Casino/Retail SportsbookRetail Sportsbook PartnerAddressOnline Sportsbook Partner
Harrah’s PhiladelphiaWilliam Hill777 Harrah’s Boulevard, Chester PA 19013Caesars/William Hill
Hollywood Casino at Penn National RacecourseBarstool Sports777 Hollywood Boulevard, Grantville PA 17028Barstool Sports
Rivers Casino PhiladelphiaBetRivers1080 N Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19125BetRivers/SugarHouse
Rivers Casino PittsburghBetRivers777 Casino Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15212BetRivers/SugarHouse
Meadows Casino & RacetrackThe Sportsbook at Meadows210 Racetrack Road, Washington PA 15301DraftKings Sportsbook
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre PA 18702Unibet
Mount Airy CasinoThe Sports Book312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono PA 18344FoxBet
Parx CasinoParx Casino2999 Street Road, Bensalem PA 19020Parx Online
Presque Isle DownsTwinSpires (formerly BetAmerica)8199 Perry Highway, Erie PA 16509TwinSpires (formerly BetAmerica)
South Philadelphia Race & SportsbookSouth Philly Turf Club700 Packer Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19148
Valley Forge CasinoFanDuel Sportsbook1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia PA 19406FanDuel

Pennsylvania Betting FAQs

Can you bet online in Pennsylvania?
Is DraftKings available in Pennsylvania?
Is William Hill legal in Pennsylvania?
Does FanDuel work in PA?