Pennsylvania Sports Betting
Pennsylvania Sports Betting
Legal betting rules
Pennsylvania has a regulated sports betting market but the up-front payments for operators to come into PA are quite high. Not every sportsbook is thrilled about this requirement so watch this space to see when new sports betting operators come into the Keystone State.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting

Many bookmakers and land-based casinos have applied for licensure to operate sport betting odds in PA; follow all the updates here.

Where can you bet on sports in PA?

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PA Sports Betting

Once the Federal ban, known as PASPA, was struck down Pennsylvanian authorities were fast to act on legalizing sports betting. In fact, state-level bills were even passed in 2017, before the PASPA was abolished.

This has improved the adoption rate of Pennsylvania sports betting. As the competition from the surrounding states is quite high, the state of Pennsylvania had to take steps to legalize betting as soon as PASPA ban became inactive.

With PASPA now gone, sports betting in Pennsylvania is now completely legal. However, acquiring a license comes with a couple of hurdles. One of the bigger challenges is a $10 million, one-time licensing fee.

Additionally, even though sports betting can be done in person, over the internet, and on mobile devices, all of the players need to be physically present in the state of Pennsylvania.

With all this in mind, it is obvious that sports betting in Pennsylvania will flourish in the coming years. The most important fact is that Pennsylvania Sports Betting is now completely legal and that anyone who is 21 or older can have fun betting on a wide range of amateur and professional sports.

Pennsylvania Booking Websites

There are key elements that you should pay attention to when searching for the right online bookmaker. All of these elements serve to show how good a particular brand is. The more positive things you can find, more fun you are going to be able to have. Here are a couple of tips on how to find a good online bookmaker. You should investigate the following:

  • The longer the company has been in business, the better. Check the bookmaker’s history.
  • Evaluate whether the bookmaker is offering a wide range of sports. This shows that you are registering with a serious brand, but it also means that you have more choice in your hands.
  • What is the quality of customer support? If you need assistance, is someone going to help you in minutes? Hours? Days?
  • What are the offered odds? Compare them with other bookmakers.

With all this in mind, you will be able to find the perfect Pennsylvania bookmaker for yourself.

Pennsylvania College Sports

The current legislation doesn’t address how the state will handle college sports betting but there are two possibilities, each backed by Pennsylvania’s two big universities, Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh. We’ll update this section once the legislation clearly addresses college sports betting; for now here is the path forward that each university prefers.

Penn State sports betting

Penn State seems to prefer, based on their open letters to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, a two-year temporary ban when it comes to college sports betting. They would like to see a slow rollout of betting on collegiate sports once the professional leagues have tested the products and can ensure their safety.

Pitt sports betting

In the other corner, Pitt acknowledges the possible risks associated with college sports betting but instead of shying away from the opportunity, Pitt would rather receive “integrity fees.” This payment would counter any additional expenses Pitt incurs in trying to eliminate risk and protect the sanctity of collegiate athletics.

Pennsylvania Fantasy Sports Betting

Pennsylvania became the 17th state to legalize Fantasy Sports Betting in 2017. This was a very important step for PA, as it brought more control the FSB world.

Now, all the Pennsylvania citizens can legally enjoy Fantasy Sports Betting.

Pennsylvania Horse Racing

When it comes to horse racing, PA has a long history. This is supported by the fact that there are six amazing racing tracks where people flock whenever there is a big horse race.

As we are talking about a sport, it is now completely legal to bet on horse racing online. This will only improve the local community and growth of horse racing popularity.