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Pennsylvania had a sports betting bill in place prior to PASPA being overturned, so once it did, the Keystone State was quickly able to establish a strong market with 12 mobile betting apps and retail facilities available.

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All legal ways to bet on in Pennsylvania

Is online sports betting legal in Pennsylvania?Yes
Is in-person sports betting legal?Yes
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?Yes
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?No
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?No

Pennsylvania has a wide range of prominent professional and collegiate sports teams, and residents can legally wager on all of them. Betting on in-state colleges is allowed, with the only exception being that player props on college athletes are prohibited. Aside from college player props, bettors are not legally allowed to wager on politics, eSports, and events like the NFL Draft.

Horse racing has been present in PA for decades, with multiple racetracks all over the state, so betting on these races is fully legal. Not only are racebooks available for download in PA, but daily fantasy sports apps are as well, as the DFS market is nearly as vast as the mobile sports betting app market in PA.

Online sports betting in The Keystone State

Pennsylvania was one of the first states to legalize sports betting. Their ability to act so quickly stemmed from the state passing HB 271 in 2017, which was before PASPA was overturned. Even though sports betting was technically illegal when Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill, it set the state up to launch retail betting by November 2018.

It wasn’t until May 2019 that mobile sports betting became available in the Keystone State. Under HB 271, mobile operators were required to partner with a land-based casino, and as a result, 12 active mobile sportsbooks are available in PA heading into 2024.

Not only are a dozen sports betting apps available, but the vast majority of them are brand-name operators, including BetMGM, BetRivers, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Unibet. Since PA also once housed the Barstool Sportsbook and PointsBet Sportsbook, both ESPN Bet and Fanatics Sportsbook are now available as well.

By having this number of operators who are household names available, residents of PA are able to benefit from a great selection of new and existing customer bonuses since the competition is so strong.

At the same time, PA bettors may fall victim to some less-than-desirable odds from some sportsbooks due to the extremely high tax rate on sports betting. This is why we always recommend bettors open multiple betting accounts and price shop lines for the absolute best price available.

All legal PA sports betting apps in 2024 (from newest to oldest):

Sportsbook app

Launch date

Fanatics Sportsbook

January 22, 2024

ESPN Bet

November 14, 2023

Caesars Sportsbook

September 2, 2022

Betway

June 28, 2021

Betfred Sports

December 22, 2020

BetMGM

December 18, 2020

Unibet (Will exit PA June 21st, 2024)

November 15, 2019

DraftKings

November 4, 2019

FanDuel

July 29, 2019

BetPARX

July 15, 2019

BetRivers

June 25, 2019

PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook

May 31, 2019

Sports betting & gambling legislation in PA

When looking to place a sports wager in Pennsylvania, a bettor must be at least 21 years old. It is not required that a bettor is an official resident of PA to place a legal wager, but they do have to be within state lines. While mobile sportsbooks need to partner with a land-based retail operator, bettors have the option for remote registration, allowing them to create a mobile betting account from anywhere in the state.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board regulates all of these gambling-related regulations and issues licenses for operators. PA bettors have the luxury of remote registration and are subject to one of the lower tax rates on winnings among states with legal sports betting. All gambling winnings in PA are considered income, so they are taxed at 3.07%, in addition to the 24% federal income tax rate.

Since sports betting and iGaming are legal in the state, there aren’t many gambling-related discussions at upcoming legislative sessions. Over time, we could see more sportsbooks enter the market, but for the time being, the PA betting market will remain as it is today.

Are online casinos legal in Pennsylvania?Yes
Are retail casinos legal?Yes
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?Yes
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in Pennsylvania?Retail: November 17, 2018, online: May 31, 2019
How many legal sports betting apps are there in PA?12
How many legal retail betting sites are there in PA?12
Is remote registration allowed?Yes
Legal age for sports betting in Pennsylvania?21+
Pennsylvania's tax rate for betting/gambling winnings3.07%
Who regulates sports betting in Pennsylvania?Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

Most recent updates from the PA sports betting scene

  • June 18, 2024: Joel Embiid has opened at (+550) to win the MVP for the 2024-25 season, which makes him tied for the third-best odds for the award.

  • June 14, 2024: The Philadelphia Phillies have announced catcher JT Realmuto will miss at least a month due to knee surgery. Philadelphia is still (-360) to win the NL East.

  • June 4, 2024: Former Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Tucupita Marcano has received a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball after it was determined he was betting on games.

  • May 28, 2024: After winning the Ivy League, the Penn Quakers have made the 2024 College World Series Regionals. They are currently (+2500) to win their regional and (+50000) to win the title.

  • May 11, 2024: The number one pitching prospect in baseball, Paul Skenes, made his MLB debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates and struck out seven in four innings. Skenes is currently (+2000) to win NL Rookie of the Year.

  • May 2, 2024: The Philadelphia 76ers have been eliminated from the postseason by the New York Knicks. Philadelphia has not reached the Conference Finals since the 2000-01 season.

  • April 29, 2024: Alec Bohm has won NL Player of the Week after going 17-30 at the plate. He is the second Phillies player to win the award this season, as Philadelphia is currently (+1400) to win the World Series.

In-person sports betting sites and locations

Across PA, there are currently 12 retail betting sites, which include casinos, racetracks, and off-track betting locations.

Many of these locations were in operation before the state’s sports betting bill was passed, but since November 2018, they’ve all featured functional sportsbooks, most of which are run by the one online skin they are allowed to partner with.

Retail Sportsbook

Location

Hollywood Casino

777 Hollywood Blvd, Grantville

Wind Creek Casino

77 Wind Creek Blvd, Bethlehem

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

777 Casino Dr, Pittsburgh

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

210 Racetrack Rd, Washington

Valley Forge Casino

1160 1st Ave, King of Prussia

Mount Airy Casino

312 Woodland Rd, Mt Pocono

Chickie’s & Pete’s Malvern

10 Liberty Blvd Suite 190, Malvern

Parx Casino

2999 Street Rd, Bensalem

South Philly Turf Club

700 Packer Ave, Philadelphia

Presque Isle Downs & Casino

8199 Perry Hwy, Erie

Mohegan Sun Pocono

1280 PA-315, Wilkes-Barre

Lehigh Valley Race & Sportsbook

1780 Airport Road, Allentown

Harrah’s Casino

777 Harrah's Blvd, Chester

Hollywood Casino York

2899 Whiteford Rd, York

Sports betting in neighboring states

Legalized sports betting is common on the East Coast, as all six of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states have passed sports betting bills.

No matter which way PA residents happen to cross the state’s border, they will still find some version of sports betting, and to find out what each state has to offer, you can click on them in the boxes below.

StateOnline sports bettingRetail sports bettingDFSHorse Race betting
New JerseyLegalLegalLegalLegal
DelawareLegalLegalLegalLegal
MarylandLegalLegalLegalLegal
New YorkLegalLegalLegalLegal
OhioLegalLegalLegalLegal
West VirginiaLegalLegalLegalLegal

Sports betting revenue impact on Pennsylvania's economy

All sports betting licenses in Pennsylvania require a one-time licensing fee of $10 million. This licensing fee is exceptionally high compared to other states with legal sports betting, even if it is just a one-time fee. Pennsylvania also has one of the country's highest tax rates for sports betting at 36% for both retail and online.

Finding success in sports betting revenue numbers has come easy to Pennsylvania. With a nice mix of volume in retail and mobile betting, along with a large population of people, PA generally finishes a month with over $50 million in revenue. In November 2023, the state also set a personal record for handle recorded in a month with $934.1 million.

The list of all-time handle, revenue, and tax income is ever-changing and growing, but PA has certainly solidified a spot in the top five for all three categories. Due to the high tax rate operators are subject to pay, Pennsylvania has made the second most tax income from sports betting in the country, with over $583 million.

Top 3 sportsbooks in the state in May 2024:

  1. FanDuel (Valley Forge Casino Resort): Handle: $243m, Revenue: $31.2m

  2. DraftKings (Hollywood Casino at the Meadows): Handle: $163.3m, Revenue: $15.1m

  3. BetMGM (Hollywood Casino Morgantown): Handle: $36.6m, Revenue: $3.3m

Pennsylvania sports betting record months:

  • Sports betting handle: November 2023 ($934,130,152)

  • Revenue: December 2023 ($98,097,732)

  • Tax income: December 2023 ($26,102,321)

PA sports betting revenue in 2024

Month

Handle (MoM)

Revenue (MoM)

Tax income

April. 2024

$646,061,065

$59,050,708

$15,268,504

Mar. 2024

$800,718,332

$63,715,603

$16,409,365

Feb. 2024

$661,740,812

$50,425,678

$10,890,946

Jan. 2024

$858,152,503

$97,681,399

$25,172,653

2024 Total YTD

$2,966,672,712

$270,873,388

$67,741,468

Pennsylvania - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

What are the legal betting options available in Pennsylvania?

PA bettors have access to a dozen retail betting facilities and a dozen mobile betting apps. Multiple daily fantasy apps are also available for sports fans who prefer DFS contests.

Where does PA rank among the most profitable states for sports betting revenue?

Since 2018, Pennsylvania has generated over $2.3 billion in revenue, the fourth most of all states with legal sports betting.

What is the number one sports mascot in Pennsylvania?

The Phillie Phanatic has long been the most popular mascot in PA, but recently, Gritty, who is the Philadelphia Flyers mascot, has given the Phanatic a run for his money.

What is the most significant sports moment in PA history?

Pennsylvania has been home to some of the best teams in sports history, but the Philadelphia Eagles and Nick Foles beating Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl is arguably the biggest moment in PA sports history since 2000.