A Review Of DraftKings Sportsbook In Pennsylvania

A Review Of DraftKings Sportsbook In Pennsylvania

The #1 sportsbook and Daily Fantasy Sport (DFS) operator DraftKings has finally come to the Keystone State as a proper online sportsbook!

DraftKings has operated for several years now in the DFS market in the US and recently they have been making the transition to sports betting since the US Supreme Court opened the door for states to legalize the practice in May 2018. So far, they have successfully opened brick and mortar sportsbooks in jurisdictions across the US including Mississippi and West Virginia and will be entering Pennsylvania in the very near future.

In PA, DraftKings will be operating an online/mobile sportsbook as well as a retail location. DraftKings has already proven the success of their mobile sports betting platform in other US state markets, and they will use the same system for PA operations as well.

Partnership with The Meadows

DraftKings will be operating in PA under the sports betting license held by The Meadows Racetrack and Casino just southwest of Pittsburgh, where they will open a retail sportsbook location. PA’s sports betting license allows for operators to launch mobile versions of these sportsbooks, and it is in this area that The Meadows will really see the value of a partnership with DraftKings.

DraftKings bonus and promo codes

In most gaming jurisdictions, DraftKings usually offers a nice mix of attractive bonuses and promotions designed to entice new users to sign up and deposit funds onto the site. Usually, a promotional code is not required to activate these bonuses.

In PA, DraftKings offers sports bettors the following:

  • A risk-free bet up to $500 for a player’s first bet on the site. If you lose your first bet (up to $500 max), DraftKings will give your money back to you! — Available for brand new users of DraftKings

These promotions will vary over time as DraftKings modifies their bonuses to compete for market share as Pennsylvania’s sports betting market matures. –>Check back here for the latest offerings and codes.

Who can play DraftKings PA?

It will be legal for any person 21 years of age or older to make bets on DraftKings PA as long as they are physically located within the state at the time they make these bets. It is not necessary to be a legal resident of PA, just be located within the state borders when clicking the button.

How to use DraftKings PA

DraftKings online sportsbook is accessible via mobile devices as well as traditional computer web browsers. The user experience on both platforms is very similar. Both feature the same games, bets, and odds as are available in the retail sportsbook located at The Meadows Casino.

Also, both interfaces are integrated with DraftKings other gaming offerings: DFS and an online casino (more on this below).

Mobile device interface

DraftKings will be available in PA on apps for mobile devices using the Apple iOS and Android operating systems.

Web browser interface

The DraftKings PA website is a product of a partnership with European gaming giant Kambi (also heavily involved with several other PA sportsbooks) and their involvement makes the DraftKings site very stable and easy to navigate.

The DraftKings sportsbook

At DraftKings, bettors have a wide variety of sporting events to wager on, both US staples as well as international favorites. Among these are baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, tennis, boxing, MMA, golf, cycling, cricket, darts, Australian rules football, motorsports, among others.

All the usual bet types are available at DraftKings as well including standard odds, money lines, futures, over/unders, parlays, exotic props, teasers, and scoring totals (including halves and quarters).

Live betting

DraftKings features in-game betting. There’s no need to panic if you miss the starting whistle, with live betting you can always make a bet (or several) on a game. Lines and odds change in real time as game conditions change.

DraftKings live betting also features second-chance multipliers, multiple halftime totals, and an option to pay your way out of (settle) a current bet to clear up funds to make a new one. With live betting at DraftKings, there are a wide variety of betting options available to players.

Odds boosts

DraftKings offers daily odds boosts – certain events and sports are featured and given specifically advantageous odds to attract attention from the betting public. Check this section out daily to see what interesting bets are available at unusually attractive odds!

Referral program

DraftKings is expected to offer its PA players a free $100 bet for referring a friend to the platform. This friend must be a new sign-up and deposit a minimum of $5 into their account. To qualify, the new player must click through using a referral link from the original customer.

Deposits and withdrawals at DraftKings

DraftKings offers many options for putting money on the site and taking money off the site. The various methods all have their own unique advantages and drawbacks including ease of use and the speed of the transaction:

  • All major credit and debit cards
  • Paypal
  • Online bank transfer
  • PayNearMe terminals (found throughout PA at several retail locations)
  • ACH/eCheck
  • Directly at The Meadows Casino
  • Check by mail

DraftKings online casino

DraftKings also runs online casino games, but hasn’t finalized their route to licensure for these kinds of games in PA. Once they finalize a partnership with a licensed PA casino, expect the DraftKings sportsbook and DFS interface to link easily to their online casino.

There, players will be able to find slots, table games, and perhaps most interestingly, pit games featuring a live dealer using real cards in the game – operating as an online version of a stadium gaming system in a brick-and-mortar casino.

DraftKings loyalty program

DraftKings is not known to use a loyalty program to reward its heavy players for big volume. That said, the PA market might incline them to add one. Most sportsbook operators in PA have a loyalty program and DraftKings might have to adapt in order to thrive.