PA SPORTS BETTING

PA Sports Betting is now legal and about to explode across the Keystone state. PA now has 7 active sportsbooks (8 approved), with 6 alone in the Philadelphia area:
1. Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA
2. SugarHouse Casino in Philly
3. Rivers Sportsbook in Pittsburgh
4. Hollywood Sportsbook by Harrisburg
5. Parx Casino South Philly Turf Club
6. Harrah’s “The Book” in Chester, PA
7. Valley Forge FanDuel Sportsbook (Approved by PGCB). Opening March 13th.
8. Presque Isle Downs Sportsbook in Erie (Approved by PGCB). ETA April 2019.

PA ONLINE GAMBLING

In the last several months there has been a significant push toward there being the inclusion of online betting in the state of Pennsylvania. During a hearing last week, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) Executive Director Kevin O’Toole voiced an update on the plans for this expansion that will see online casinos being launched as it was pinpointed to be in the next few months.

O’Toole estimated that it will take between three to four months for this major change to take place if not the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1. There was also an indication that it could begin as early as June.

PA BETTING REVENUE

Feb. 2019 Sports Betting Handle

Jan. 2019 Sports Betting Handle

Dec. 2018 Sports Betting Handle

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS BETTING UPDATES

Rivers Online Sportsbook for Fun?

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Current PA Sportsbooks

wdt_ID PA Casino PGCB Approval Date Sportsbook Launch Online Sportsbook Launch Location
1 Hollywood Casino at Penn National 2018-10-03 2018-11-17 ETA: Q1 2019
2 Rivers Casino 2018-10-31 2018-12-15 ETA: Q1 2019
3 SugarHouse Casino 2018-10-31 2018-12-15 ETA: Q1 2019
4 Parx Casino Sportsbook 2018-10-03 2019-01-10 ETA: Q1 2019
5 South Philadelphia Turf Club 2018-10-03 2019-01-17 N/A
6 Harrah's Philadelphia 2018-10-31 2019-01-24 ETA: Q1 2019
7 Valley Forge Casino 2018-12-19 2019-03-01 ETA: Q2 2019
8 Presque Isle Downs 2019-02-06 2019-04-01 ETA: Q2 2019
9 Valley Forge Turf Club 2019-04-01 N/A
PA Casino PGCB Approval Date Sportsbook Launch Online Sportsbook Launch Location


Hollywood Casino Sportsbook at Penn National Race Course

– Opened on November 16, 2018
– Address: 777 Hollywood Blvd. Grantville, PA 17028

Parx Casino Sportsbook

– Parx Sportsbook – Opened Tuesday Jan 8, 2019
– Address: 2999 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020

SugarHouse Sportsbook PA

– Opened Thursday, December 13, 2018
– Address: 1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Rivers Casino Sportsbook

– Opened Thursday, December 13, 2018
– Address: 777 Casino Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Harrah’s Sportsbook PA

– Opened Tuesday January 22, 2019
– Address: 777 Harrah’s Blvd, Chester, PA 19013

FanDuel PA Sportsbook Valley Forge

– Opening March 13, 2019
– Address: 1160 1st Ave, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Following weeks of anticipation, the Philadelphia Phillies have brought aboard star outfielder Bryce Harper into the fold. Harper’s addition has brought forth some significant changes to the betting lines around the team.

The Phillies have been elevated across the board seeing potential World Series chances rise even more so after experiencing a huge step forward this past season winning 14 more games than the year prior.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, they have been increases to +1300 to win the World Series and +185 to win the NL East, which was a notable move from +1800 and +250 respective less than 24 hours prior to that. Harper’s arrival has now thrust them forward even more so toward being a potential real threat to come out of the NL in the playoffs.

There are still several teams in front of them such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Houston Astros with the current betting odds, but the Phillies have seriously entered the conversation.

SPORTS BETTING POPULAR AMONG MILLENNIALS

Over the years, sports betting has increasingly become a more popular behavior with each passing generation. This has especially been the case with the most recent generations with millennials as it has become a norm among them.

According to a recent study conducted by Bleacher Report, it has increased to one in three from that generation have attempted to try sports betting. They have embraced the numerous avenues that present themselves to this generation that have made it easier and more acceptable in this society.

What it also found was that nearly 63 percent of respondents to the survey conducted by Bleacher Reported indicated they would pay more attention to games if legal sports betting existed in their respective states. This only makes the push for legalized betting across the country a stronger push given that this next generation has a strong push toward going that route.

This study of possible bettors from the millennial generation in Pennsylvania speaks to the necessity to expand the use of betting toward online availability that could come into play later this year during the summer.

PA ONLINE CASINOS EXPECTED TO START IN JULY

In the last several months there has been a significant push toward there being the inclusion of online betting in the state of Pennsylvania. During a hearing last week, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) Executive Director Kevin O’Toole voiced an update on the plans for this expansion that will see online casinos being launched as it was pinpointed to be in the next few months.

O’Toole estimated that it will take between three to four months for this major change to take place if not the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1. There was also an indication that it could begin as early as June.

The reason for this delay is linked to the servers as many of these casinos are waiting for the equipment to arrive and be tested and approved by the PGCB before it can get underway. Once that process gets going then things can be shifted in the right direction. All of this will take time, but it appears things are headed in the right direction for this process.

DRAFTKINGS AND CAESARS DEAL DOESN’T INCLUDE PA

Last week, it was announced that DrafKings and Caesars Entertainment had a huge partnership that will allow the former to entree into several sports betting and online gambling markets.

However, this doesn’t include Pennsylvania as being part of that massive deal. It appears that the fact that Pennsylvania operators only have a single skin has kept DraftKings away from the state. However, this is just yet another partnership opportunity for them to broaden their horizons across the United States.

The possibility of them working with Pennsylvania casinos is still a possibility at this point in time. There are other deals like the one the company has with Penn National that could see them expand to the state altogether. It does make that scenario more difficult, but it remains something that could happen down the road.