There are plenty of betting sites with great promotions (bonus codes may apply) available for bettors in Philadelphia, more to come in 2020. Pennsylvania was the fourth US state to legalize sports betting after their 2017 United States Supreme Court ruling that overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.
Philadelphia's sportsbooks 2019/2020:
|Twinspires Philadelphia||100$ Sign-up Promotion|
|PA Lottery APP||5$ in free play bonus|
|Rivers Sportsbook Philadelphia||100% Match Bonus|
|Sugarhouse PA Philadelphia||100% up to 250$|
|Parx Casino||100% up to 250$|
|Hollywood Casino Philadelphia|
|Harrah’s Philadelphia||Instant bonus 10$ + 250$ Match Bonus|
The Hollywood Penn National Casino Philadelphia launched the first sportsbook on November 17, 2018 in partnership with sports betting giant William Hill. SugarHouse Sportsbook, Parx Sportsbook and Bet Rivers Sportsbook opened their sportsbooks in June of 2019.
There are nine other casinos seeking to gain a sports betting licence from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Licences cost $3.6 million.
In their first month of operation, these sportsbooks generated $30 million in revenue, the vast majority of that money being wagered in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
There are six legal sports betting brick and mortar sites in the Philadelphia area – Sugarhouse Sportsbook, Parx Sportsbook, Bet Rivers Sportsbook and the Hollywood Penn National casinos, as well as the South Philadelphia Turf Club and Valley Forge Turf Club. All of these sportsbooks offer great bonuses to the new players as well as giving out promotional points to the existing players through their reward programs. The gambling competition is severe in the cities.
Philadelphia's Betting Sites and Apps 2019/2020
|Betting sites in PA||Promo Code||Deposit Bonus|
|PlaySugarHouse Philadelphia||100% up to 250$|
|Fanduel Philadelphia||500$ risk-free bet|
|Unibet PA||Coming soon||Expected 100%|
|BetStars (Fox Sports)||up to $500 Free Bet|
|888Sport Philadelphia||10$ No Deposit Bonus|
|William Hill PA||Coming soon||Expected 200%|
There are more betting sites and apps expected to go live in Philadelphia by 2020 (FoxBet, PointsBet). Check their promotions, bonuses and promo codes on their official websites.
Mobile sports betting launched in Philadelphia on May 31, 2019. SugarHouse Sportsbook was the first to be up and running and taking bets via mobile device.
Is it legal to bet on sports online in Philadelphia?
It is 100 percent entirely legal to bet on sports online in Philadelphia and the entire state of Pennsylvania. The only restrictions are that you must be physically within the state in order to place a wager and you must be 21 or older to gamble. Check whether you can bet on college sports in Philadelphia or not here.
By June 2019, both Parx Sportsbook and Bet Rivers Sportsbook had their mobile sites up and operational. FanDuel, Harrah’s and Hollywood (Penn National) are also expected to join the mobile sports betting access world in time for the 2019 NFL season, offering bettors in Philly as many as six wagering options.
There were some issues with the early development of the apps. There was nothing available in the app store that was compatible with iOS devices (iPhones and iPads). The only mobile sports betting available was via computer or Android device. The problem stems from recent changes in Apple’s rules governing the granting of clearance to App developers to get their applications listed in its App Store.
On July 15, 2019, Pennsylvania became the fourth US state to offer legal online casino wagering. Penn National and Parx are up and operational and SugarHouse was expected to join the fray shortly. It’s anticipated that as many as 10 igaming organizations will establish mobile casino operations before the end of the summer or by 2020.
Like the sportsbooks, these mobile casinos are currently only accessible via Android devices. Since the Google Play Store does not permit gambling apps on its site, the casinos themselves are making the app downloadable directly from their websites.
Where can you bet on sports in Philadelphia?
There are 12 casinos operating in the state of Pennsylvania. Eight of them have been licenced for sports betting. Of those eight, six are within the Greater Philadelphia area.
That includes Harrah’s Philadelphia in Chester, SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia and Parx Casino in Philadelphia.
All of the licenced sportsbooks in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) offer online access to their sports betting sites and products.
The PGCB placed restrictions on all of those seeking a sports betting licence that they must first open a brick and mortar sportsbook before they were permitted to seek a licence for an online sports betting product. Top local sports betting blogs
Pechanga.net offers extensive and very up to date reporting on the goings on within the Pennsylvania gaming industry, with regular news updates.
Duane Morris Gaming Law also offers in depth coverage of the Pennsylvania sports betting and casino news. If you want to know all the ins and outs of the laws in the sports betting industry in Pennsylvania, Findlaw.com is an excellent site.
Professional teams to bet on
Unlike the majority of states, Pennsylvania has placed no prohibition regarding wagering on the state’s college teams or on college sports played within state boundaries. The only restriction is that betting cannot be offered on high school sports.
Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
The Phillies have been in the National League since 1883 but they didn’t make their first trip to the World Series until 1915, losing to the Boston Red Sox. The Phillies lost again to the New York Yankees in the 1950 World Series.
Finally in 1980, Philly beat the Kansas City Royals to give the franchise a World Series title. The Phillies have been back to the Fall Classic four times since, winning in 2008 and losing in 1983, 1993 and 2009.
Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)
The Eagles joined the NFL in 1933. With star running back Steve Van Buren, they won back-to-back NFL titles in 1948-49. Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin and center/linebacker Chuck Bednarik, the last of the NFL’s full-time two-way players, led the Eagles to the 1960 NFL. But then a long drought would ensue.
In the Super Bowl era, the Eagles were losers in Super Bowl XV and XXXIV. They lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIV but avenged that defeat with a 41-33 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Backup QB Nick Foles earned Super Bowl MVP honors as he led Philly to the victory as 4.5-point underdogs.
Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
The 76ers came to be in 1963 when the Syracuse Nationals relocated to the City of Brotherly Love. It wasn’t long before there was a celebration. Seven-foot sensation Wilt Chamberlain, a three-time NBA MVP with Philly, led the Sixers to the 1966-67 NBA title.
The 76ers lost in the NBA Finals in 1976-77, 1979-80 and 1981-82. Finally, led by Moses Malone and Julius Erving, they won the title again in 1982-83. But they’ve been back to the finals just once since, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000-01.
Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
The Broad Street Bullies both terrorized and dominated the NHL in the mid-1970s. The NHL’s toughest team, they won successive Stanley Cups in 1973-74 and 1974-75, becoming the first of the 1967 expansion clubs to win a title. Goalie Bernie Parent became the first player to win successive Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP.
There’s been plenty of heartbreak for the Flyers ever since on the NHL’s main stage. They’ve lost six straight Stanley Cup finals – in 1975-76, 1979-80, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1996-97 and 2009-10.
Philadelphia Union (MLS)
The Union were added to the MLS in 2010. They’ve never played in the MLS Cup final, or finished atop the regular-season standings. Three times, Philly has been the runner-up in the US Open Cup.