If you live in PA there is no doubt you have been inundated with sports betting TV ads. You’ve likely seen advertisements targetting local PA/NJ bettors for DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and other NJ sportsbooks.
In Pennsylvania, we’ve seen casinos allow onsite sports betting and bet-slip builders. It now appears that online betting is just around the corner. Pennsylvania residents will be able to enjoy online slots, poker, casino-style games, and more. “We are getting close” was the direct quote from Kevin O’Toole, the Gaming Control Board’s Executive Director via PennLive. Ok, but what about sports betting?
Online Sports Betting ETA?
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) spokesman Doug Harbach said that PA sports betting is on track, but is a separate regulatory path than iGaming. The seven casinos that have applied for sports betting licenses will be able to take bets when that goes through. iGaming is likely in three-to-four months (late June/early July, 2019), but since it’s on a separate track from sports wagering, sports betting could even be live even sooner!
Parx Online Sportsbook Ready in April?
Parx Sportsbook will be ready very soon to offer sports betting online. Parx CMO Marc Oppenheimer said they are looking to have online sports betting before iGaming launches, which could mean Parx could take online bets as early as next month (April, 2019). PA sports bettors could potentially get nearly a full season of baseball to bet online.
This will put Pennsylvania directly into the spotlight of online sports betting, as neighboring Delaware still does not have an online sports betting option. NY Sports betting is still on hold and Maryland can’t decide what they want to do on the subject. With SugarHouse Sportsbook already live in NJ, we are waiting for word on their potential online sportsbook launch in PA.