Pennsylvania Sports Betting Information– Sportsbooks, Betting Sites

SportsHandle.com is your place for everything you need and want to know about legal Pennsylvania sports betting. The Keystone State passed legislation to legalize sports betting in 2017 and in August of 2018, the gaming control board passed temporary sports betting regulations.

There are currently 12 commercial casinos right now eligible to apply for a sports wagering licenses (those that have slot machine licenses), however the cost will be steep. Several regional or national gaming corporations, including Penn National and Harrah’s, own gaming locations in Pennsylvania.

Legal PA Sports Betting Information — Coming to Casinos and Racetracks.

Contact information for where you will be able to place sports bets in Pennsylvania is listed below. Here is a primer not just on legal Pennsylvania sports betting, but on the Supreme Court sports betting case that has allowed states to move forward with legal sports wagering.


What’s Going on in Pennsylvania?

pennsylvania sports betting options include harrah's philadelphia

On Aug. 15, 2018, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board passed temporary sports betting regulations that can be in place for up to two years before being made more permanent. The regulations allow for sports betting on professional sports, college sports, professional car racing and international team and individual events, including those sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).

Though no casinos have applied for a sports betting license as yet, Churchill Downs purchased the Presque Isle Casino and plans to offer sports betting. Three potential operators have announced partnerships with sports betting suppliers/operators in preparation for rollouts — at some point.. While the state made sports betting legal in 2017, it threw down multiple roadblocks to potential operators actually offering sports betting — a $10 million licensure fee and a combined 36 percent tax (34 percent state plus 2 percent local). That tax rate is nearly five times the tax in Nevada and 3.4 times the tax included in the new West Virginia sports betting law. 

The law and coming regulations will permit online sports betting, meaning that any of the to-be licensees will be able to offer online sports betting and apps from the get-go. According to the gaming control board’s director of communications Doug Harbach, bettors will be permitted to register and make deposits remotely and can place bets from anywhere within the state, as long as they are registered with a casino.


Where You’re Likely to Be Able to Sports Bet in Pennsylvania:

Casinos

Harrah’s Philadelphia

777 Harrah’s Blvd, Chester, PA

(484) 490-1800

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

77 Hollywood Blvd., Grantville, PA

(717) 469-2211

Lady Luck Casino

4067 National Pike, Farmington, PA

(724) 329-7500

The Meadows Racetrack and Casino

210 Racetrack Road, Washington, PA

(724) 503-1200

Mohegan Sun Pocono

1280 Pennsylvania 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA

(570) 831-2100

Mount Airy Casino Resort

312 Woodland Road, Mt Pocono, PA

(877) 682-4791

Parx Casino

2999 Street Road, Bensalem, PA

(888) 588-7279

Presque Isle Downs

8199 Perry Hwy., Erie, PA

(866) 374-3386

Rivers Casino

777 Casino Drive, Pittsburgh, PA

(412) 231-7777

Sands Casino Resort

77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem, PA

(484) 777-7777

SugarHouse Casino

1001 North Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, PA

Opened: September 23, 2010

(877) 477-3715

Valley Forge Casino Resort

1160 1st Ave., King of Prussia, PA

(610) 354-8118


United States Supreme Court Overturns PASPA: What That Means for Legal Sports Betting.

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On May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state of New Jersey in  Murphy vs. NCAA,  overturning the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the 1992 federal law that prohibited full-fledged sports betting in every state except Nevada.

In essence, that means sports wagering is now a states’ rights issue. Every to state is free to choose if it wants sports betting and, if so, how to regulate it and tax it.

Since May 14,  legal Delaware sports betting began at its three commercial casinos on June 5, and the state of New Jersey accepted its first sports bet at Monmouth Park on June 14.

States across the nation are considering passing sports betting legislation and those that already have it, including West Virginia and Pennsylvania, are creating infrastructure in order to be able to open for business.

The road to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) took about seven years in a lengthy legal battle between New Jersey and the NCAA alongside the major professional sports leagues, who used PASPA to block the state from offering sports betting. The high court heard oral argument in the case in December 2017 and ruled in May, with Justice Samuel Alito authoring the majority opinion.

In an opinion joined by all of the justices except Justice Ginsburg and Justice Sotomayor, Alito stated:

The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make.

Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not. PASPA ‘regulate[s] state governments’ regulation’ of their citizens, New York, 505 U. S., at 166. The Constitution gives Congress no such power. The judgment of the Third Circuit is reversed.”

New Jersey built its case on constitutional grounds — arguing that the law “commandeered” states to uphold its anti-gambling laws, or maintain them, or prevent states from repealing them — in violation of principles of state sovereignty. And it worked. Congress had overstepped its bounds. Congress could have outright banned sports wagering, and still could, but that’s not what PASPA did.

The case, originally titled Christie v NCAA (it changed with the new governor), was heard by the Supreme Court after making its way through the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, before SCOTUS granted New Jersey’s petition for a day in the high court.

What Was the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act?

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, known as PASPA, is the 1992 law that prohibits sports betting in every state except Nevada. Ironically, New Jersey senator Bill Bradley, a former New York Knick, was a driving force behind the bill. The key ideas behind the bill were to preserve the “integrity of the games,” to stop youths from betting on sports, and to prevent other states from legalizing sports betting.

At the time the law was passed, New Jersey was among the states that had one year to legalize sports betting, but the state failed to do so. Three states, Delaware, Montana and Oregon did take advantage of the one-year filing deadline to continue quasi-sports betting games. The law grants the U.S. attorney general and the leagues the power to go to the courts to block a state from legalizing sports betting, which is what the leagues have done with New Jersey.

For a full explanation of PASPA, click here.

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