PA Sportsbooks gear up for a new era in PA sports betting, as sports bets are now accepted in the Keystone State.
Land-based sportsbooks are underway now in Pennsylvania, as sports betting officially launched in the state as of November 17, first arriving in Hollywood Casino. Though PA brick-and-mortar sportsbooks are up and running, online sports betting isn’t to expect until shortly after the New Year. You can, however, place a bet on your mobile device while in Hollywood Casino, using their sports betting app.
Pennsylvania is the seventh state to welcome legalized US sports betting, but more states are expected to join in 2019.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville was the first of the PA sportsbooks to take bets. And what was the first wager officially made you might ask? Well, no other than a $20 bet on the Steelers to win the Super Bowl, of course! You'll now have a chance to make this bet and many other wagers in the state, as PA gambling is bound to heat up thanks to a heavy saturation of professional teams in Pennsylvania. Based on a study by Eilers & Krejcik, $12 billion will be wagered annually in Pennsylvania, which far surpasses the $4.8 billion that was wagered in Nevada bets in 2017. Hardcore fans will now be able to legally put their money where their mouth is.
Many bettors that found themselves heading to Hollywood Casino during their test run before betting officially went live in the state, were excited at the convenience that this one casino happened to offer. And though it's the first casino in the state to allow sports betting and begin testing under the watchful eye of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, five other casinos have filed sports betting applications in Pennsylvania and are expected to join shortly. Those casinos are:
In the midst of all this news, PA fantasy sports betting revenue has shot up, as people take more of an interest in online sports betting and fantasy sports games. In October, across sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, there was a 36% increase in overall revenue. And while many casinos gear up to secure partnerships with fantasy sports companies, Parx Casino has already teamed up with Kambi sportsbook, a European bookmaker powerhouse to assist in their sports betting products.
Overall, there are nine brick-and-mortars in Pennsylvania that have been approved for PA online casinos, with Mohegan Sun Pocono being the only applicant still waiting for a decision. The nine PA interactive gaming casinos so far are:
With PA sports betting off and running and PA online sports betting ramping up, bettors in the Keystone State will find it easier to place their wagers no matter where they do it!