Online Sports Betting In PA Frequently Asked Questions

Online Sports Betting In PA Frequently Asked Questions

Online Sportsbetting in PA 2019

It’s only a matter of time now. Last week, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board revealed in its monthly meeting that online sports betting in PA would be coming in May. The launch would mark approximately six months after Penn National Gaming went live with the first land-based casino.

With an online sports betting launch imminent, we take a look answering basic questions about online sports betting in PA.

Wait, wasn’t PA sportsbetting already available?

Land-based sportsbooks — located within casinos in most cases — have been popping up across Pennsylvania over the last six months. However, those sportsbooks only allow a sports bettor to place a wager when physically located in the casino at a kiosk or betting window.

The introduction of online sports betting represents a vast expansion of sports betting in the state, providing much easier access to Pennsylvanians.

When will sports betting launch in PA?

According to Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board regulators, the first online sportsbooks will be tested in May, which will likely be followed by a quick subsequent “official launch.” While Pennsylvanians will not see all existing sportsbooks launch mobile sportsbooks right away, many are expected to introduce apps by mid-summer.

How will online sports betting take place in PA?

PA online sports betting will primarily take place through mobile apps available through sportsbook websites and the Apple App Store. Less of a priority for sportsbooks will be web-based sports betting operations, but most online sportsbooks will likely launch web-based operators in conjunction with the app or shortly after.

Who can bet online?

In order to bet on sports online in PA, you will need to be at least 21 years or age or older and physically located in the state at the time of placing the bet. Eligible visitors from outside of Pennsylvania will also be able to place wagers within the state.

Who will offer online sports betting?

There are six Pennsylvania casinos that currently offer sports betting with another three casinos likely to launch over the last few months (Presque Isle Downs, Mount Airy and Mohegan Sun Pocono).

Given online sports betting’s wide appeal for its convenience, it is extremely likely that any PA casino offering land-based sports betting will soon offer a way for Pennsylvanians to bet online as well through a mobile app or website.

What sports will be offered for wagering in PA?

Like land-based sportsbooks, PA online sportsbooks will be able to offer wagering on most college and professional sports as well as motor races. Expect most major sports, including some international options as well as a few surprises. Sports bettors can look to a casino’s land-based operations for a good gauge for what sports will be available to wager on.

What types of sports wagering will be allowed in PA?

There are no notable restrictions on what types of bets are allowed for online wagering. This means PA sports bettors will be able to find a variety of betting lines for most sports:

  • spread wagering
  • props
  • moneyline
  • over/unders
  • straight bets
  • parlays
  • teasers

What about the legal climate right now?

In late 2017, Pennsylvania passed a widespread gambling expansion that legalized online gambling and sports betting when the legal climate improved. In the spring of 2018, the Supreme Court overturned longstanding precedent which opened up sports betting to be legalized on a state-by-state basis. This has led to the launch of land-based sportsbooks in many states including Pennsylvania beginning last year.

Online sports betting was temporarily put on the back burner after a January U.S. Department of Justice opinion called into question the legality of many forms of online gambling. Although that still remains a possible threat to some forms of online gambling in the United States, the state of Pennsylvania currently believes that they are on sold legal ground to allow their citizens to offer online sports betting and online gambling.

Will I be able to participate in other types of online gambling right now?

For May, June and early July, only online sports betting and playing at the PA online lottery will be allowed. The PA online lottery has been open for almost a year with nearly three dozen instant games available.

The launch of widespread online gambling is slated to come to the state on July 15th. After this date, Pennsylvanians will be able to play at online poker rooms and online casinos that have been green-lighted by the PGCB.