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When will sports betting be legal in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania passed legislation to allow sports betting in 2017 and sportsbooks began taking bets in 2019, becoming the seventh state to officially start accepting bets and fourth to allow online sports betting.

It was a gradual process for the state to officially launch sports betting as regulations were ironed out for more than a year following the repeal of PASPA in 2018. Online sports betting began May 2019 and the first physical sportsbook opened a few months later in November.

Daily Fantasy Sports were always considered a game of skill in Pennsylvania and never deemed illegal, though they were formally legalized in 2017 as part of the major gambling bill.

As of 2020, Pennsylvania had 11 physical sportsbooks with more possible by the end of the year. Most of them have the ability to bet online or through a mobile device.

Pennsylvania Sportsbooks

BetAmerica

Presque Isle Downs & Casino, Erie

BetAmerica Sportsbook has 50 sports betting kiosks located in the casino with half of them in the sportsbook area, which also includes a wall of TVs. The main draw for BetAmerica is their online app, where you can bet online in Pennsylvania. 

BetRivers

Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh

The BetRivers Sportsbook features a 5,500-square-foot space for up to 195 guests, including private booths, club chairs with charging ports, six betting windows and 33 self-service kiosks. It also has two 50' x 7' LED video walls and a state-of-the-art bar. Of note, no betting on horses is allowed. Online betting can be done through BetRivers.

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Rivers Casino, Philadelphia

Formerly known as SugarHouse Casino, this BetRivers Sportsbook has club seating, ticket windows and Express Kiosks to go with electronic poker at the SportsBook Bar. Online betting goes through BetRivers with the SugarHouse name attached, which was technically the first operator to offer online sports betting in the state.

Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Caesars Entertainment

Harrah's, Chester

The Book at Harrah's is equipped with lounge seats, custom bar seating and over 45 large-screen TVs in addition to food and drinks tailored specifically for gameday. Harrah's is partnered with Caesars Entertainment for online betting.

Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - close
Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - close

DraftKings Sportsbook

Meadows Casino, Washington

The Sportsbook can be accessed easily in the middle of Meadows Casino where they have 18 sports wagering terminals and 86" 4k ultra HDTVs with food and drink service. Meadows is partnered with DraftKings for online betting.

Sunday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.

FanDuel Sportsbook

Valley Forge Casino, King of Prussia

The FanDuel Sportsbook offers 1,800 square feet of betting, two sports tickers, seven betting windows and 27 TVs. It's powered online by FanDuel where you can place all bets.

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.

FOX Bet

Mount Airy Casino, Mount Pocono

The Sports Book contains 40 state-of-the-art TVs showing up to 15 games at a time, luxury seating and an in-house bar open on the weekends. Betting takes place at three teller windows and eight kiosks, which are available 24/7. Mount Airy is partnered with FOX Bet to accept online action.

Monday - Friday: 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Hollywood Sportsbook

Hollywood Casino, Grantville

Hollywood ended their partnership with William Hill in 2019 and took their own route, using Kambi to power sports odds. The Sportsbook features viewing stations, lounge seating and 50 feet of wall space dedicated to TVs. The Skybox Sports Bar is next door where food and drinks are readily available. As of April 2020, online betting was not available through Hollywood Sportsbook.

Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Parx Casino

Parx is the biggest casino in Pennsylvania in terms of revenue and is partnered with GAN and Kambi to supply online sports betting and three physical locations. The sportsbook at Parx Casino is the main in-person attraction with luxury seating, large video boards, numerous betting windows and 24/7 kiosks.

Parx Casino, Bensalem

The new sportsbook boasts a 7,400-square-foot space with six live tellers, 18 kiosks, 196 seats and a 156' video wall that can play up to 36 games at the same time. There is also a bar that holds another 36 seats which includes a full menu of food and drink.

South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook, Philadelphia

The remodeled venue has over 100 HD displays, betting windows, nine self-service kiosks and a modernized kitchen.

Oaks Race & Sportsbook, Oaks

In the same mold as South Philly, the Oaks location renovated the area to contain over 100 HD displays, six sports betting windows and 14 self-service kiosks.

Hours for all locations

Monday - Thursday: 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Unibet

Mohegan Sun, Pocono

The Unibet Sportsbook features a high-definition video wall, comfortable seating, a full-service bar and state-of-the-art betting terminals. Food in the area is provided by Molly O'Sheas. Online betting can be done through Unibet.

Sunday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Coming soon...

As of early 2020, William Hill was next in line to partner with a casino in order to offer online betting.

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What are some current trends in sports betting?
Betting trends usually refer to what the public is doing. You have two choices, to follow the public or fade the public.
Who benefits from sports betting?
Sports betting not only benefits each state, but it also gives fans another way to enjoy games.
What is a sports betting model?
A sports betting model is a system that can identify unbiased picks to determine the probability for all outcomes in a certain game.
What is a sports betting exchange?
A sports betting exchange allows bettors to bet against each other instead of through a bookmaker.
What are some tips for managing your bankroll when betting on sports?
The most important tip when betting on sports is to limit each bet to be between one and five percent of your bankroll.
Can sports betting be a career?
Yes. Sports betting can be a career if you make it your full-time job and put in the hours.
Can sports betting make you rich?
Sports betting is unlikely to make you rich unless you turn it into a full-time job and become one of the best bettors in the world.
Is sports betting a waste of money?
Sports betting is not a waste of money if you define your goals before making your first wager.
Can sports betting be profitable?
Sports betting can be profitable, but the majority of bettors lose money, which is why sportsbooks exist.
What some simple tips for betting on sports?
A simple tip for betting on sports is to remember that only a small percentage of bettors are profitable in the long run.
What are some good sports betting tips for beginners?
A tip for beginners may be that turning a profit in sports betting is difficult and because you "know sports" doesn't mean you'll be successful.
How do you win at sports betting?
To win at sports betting, one has to put time into studying and researching various aspects of a matchup.
Why should sports betting be legal?
Sports betting should be legal because not only is it another way for fans to enjoy action, but it's also a boost to the economy.
Is sports betting rigged?
Sports betting is not rigged, but it is against your favor because of the vig.
What is the tax rate on sports betting winnings?
When PASPA was overturned in 2018, states began legalizing sports betting and introducing different taxes on revenue.
How do sports betting payouts work?
Sports betting payouts depend on which type of odds are being used.
What is a bookie in sports betting?
A bookie is someone who facilitates gambling by setting odds, accepting and placing bets, and then paying out the winnings.
What are some popular sports betting books?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular sportsbooks where sports betting is legal.
Which sports betting site is best?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular online sportsbooks where betting is legal.
What is a hedge in sports betting?
A hedge is a method to reduce risk and secure winnings for a specified bet.
What is the spread in sports betting?
The spread, also referred to as the line, is used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
How do sports betting spreads work?
Sports betting spreads, also referred to as lines, are used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
What does hook mean in sports betting?
The hook means a half-point in sports betting.
What is arbitrage in sports betting?
Arbitrage in sports betting is when someone places bets on all possible outcomes of an event at odds that guarantee profit.
Can you arbitrage sports betting?
Arbitrage sports betting is legal, though it's frowned upon by bookmakers.