Pennsylvania sports betting isn’t just for Pennsylvanians. In fact, PA sports betting is open to anyone over the age of 21 and inside state lines, whether they live in PA or are just visiting.
Legal PA sports betting launched in November 2018 when the state’s first sportsbook opened at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. Seven more retail PA sports betting operations have launched since and there are others in the works.
Online and mobile betting launched in Pennsylvania on May 28 with the SugarHouse Sportsbook online and mobile betting option. The other PA sports betting apps are awaiting regulatory approval but a few more books are expected to launch by July 2019.
When that happens, PA sports betting apps will be available to visitors the minute they step inside state lines. Plus, PA online sports betting operators have plans to offer several services to anyone outside the state who wants to come in and place a bet.
For now, betting is limited to licensed Pennsylvania sportsbooks, but that’s soon to change.
In the meantime, here’s a guide to PA sports betting for out-of-state residents with all the things people outside the state can do to get into the PA sports betting market.
Welcome to Pennsylvania
Like we just said, PA sports betting is limited to licensed Pennsylvania sportsbooks right now. However, it’s not limited to PA residents. Anyone over the age of 21 can bet on sports in PA, no matter where they live or where they’re from. Of course, they currently need to visit a PA retail sportsbook to do it.
PA sports betting apps will be available to anyone inside state lines with internet access once PA online sports betting launches.
Until then, all visitors to the state are welcome to come and place a bet at one of the following retail PA sports betting operators:
- Hollywood Casino at Penn National Sportsbook (Grantville)
- Parx Casino Sportsbook (Bensalem)
- SugarHouse Sportsbook (Philadelphia)
- Rivers Sportsbook (Pittsburgh)
- FanDuel at Valley Forge Casino (King Of Prussia)
- Harrah’s Philadelphia (Chester)
- South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook (Philadelphia)
- Valley Forge Race & Sportsbook (Oak)
- Presque Isle Downs (Launching June 1 in Erie)
- Mount Airy/BetStars/FOX Bet (Pending regulatory approval)
- Mohegan Sun Pocono (Pending regulatory approval)
Online from out-of-state
The internet knows no borders or state lines. You can access PA websites from out of state and gain access to everything you need to know about a particular PA casino before heading on a trip there.
Same goes for the Betslip Builder Apps and websites employed by the sportsbooks at Parx, SugarHouse, and Rivers in PA.
These sites allow anyone online to see live odds from the sportsbook and create betslips ahead of a visit there.
Conceivably, you could create a betslip from anywhere inside the country and generate a QR Code for the bet. Then, all you would need to do is travel to PA and scan the code at one of that sportsbook’s self-service sports betting kiosks to place the bet.
At the very least, if you’re nearby, you can check the lines and do a little price shopping from out-of-state before you head to a PA sportsbook to make a bet.
More coming online
Once PA online sports betting launches the sites and apps will employ Geo-location Software to ensure all bets are placed inside PA state lines.
Its kind of like Big Brother will be watching you when you place a bet. But they won’t be watching you otherwise. You should be able to download PA sports betting apps from out of state, browse through the lines and even perform certain functions that will make a trip to PA to place a bet even easier.
That means you should be able to sign up for an account with a PA sports betting app and even fund that account from out of state. Of course, you won’t be able to place a bet just yet, but the minute you step inside PA state lines you will be able to.
Anyone living close to the PA state line in a state without legal sports betting should find that quite convenient. If you set yourself up ahead of time form out-of-state, all you’d really need to do to wager is drive across state lines and pull over to the side of the road to start betting.
Anyone from a little further away that is planning a trip to PA in the near future can get set up early as well. Then it’s just a matter of whether to start betting the minute they get off the plane or wait until they check into the hotel.