If you go back to the beginning of the millennium, anyone residing in Philadelphia who wanted to gamble was forced to drive to Atlantic City or travel to the airport and catch a flight to Las Vegas. However, moving into 2010 and beyond, Philadelphia has become one of the fastest-growing gambling areas in the United States.
Three casinos were added and another two were opened in the immediate area, making Philadelphia second to only Las Vegas in terms of gambling. This made Philly a convenient place to gamble and people no longer had to travel to Atlantic City or Las Vegas to feel the thrill of gambling. Using Liberty Bell as a reference point, you only have to travel 30 minutes to reach three casinos. They are the downtown Sugarhouse Casino; Parx Casino in Bensalem; and Harrah’s Philadelphia in Chester.
Fast forward to 2020 and it is easy to see why Philly is so popular with gamblers as it is now home to sports betting. Pennsylvania was the fourth US state to legalize online gambling after Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey. Residents now have a great selection of sportsbooks from which to choose, some of which are hosted by the casinos highlighted above, such as the Parx Casino.
Following the fall of the federal ban restricting states from participating in sports betting, Philadelphia did not waste any time in introducing online sportsbooks. In terms of real money daily fantasy sports, these have been available for some time across the United States but in Philadelphia they are legal. In fact, there is a 15% tax on both FanDuel and DraftKings in Philly, so both brands are legit in the state.
For fans of horse racing, it is possible to bet both at the racetrack and online in Philadelphia. There are even off-track betting shops located throughout Pennsylvania that accept horse racing wagers, so it is easy to see why the City of Brotherly Love is so popular with gamblers.
Returning to online gambling and one of the latest additions in Philadelphia is the BetMGM Online Casino. Now launched in Pennsylvania, the BetMGM Online Casino is the 13th to be introduced into the state and gives gambling fans in Philadelphia even greater options. Talking about the release of the BetMGM mobile application, Adam Greenblatt, chief executive officer, said the company is “thrilled” to go live in Pennsylvania. He said that as they are offering “more than 140 different games,” the brand is able to deliver “the widest range of content available in the state.”
Players will find a fantastic selection of casino games using the BetMGM Online Casino including blackjack, roulette, video poker, slots, and exclusive progressive jackpots. There was even the promise of live dealer games plus a sports betting app. BetMGM Sportsbook has signed a partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers, making it their sixth such deal in the NFL. The BetMGM Sportsbook is now live in Philadelphia and only adds to the tremendous gambling options in the state. It is easy to see why Philly is so popular with gamblers.