It has finally arrived – the 2019 Super Bowl.
This year’s match will be the New England Patriots (11-5) against the Los Angeles Rams (13-3) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on Feb. 3.
Where to bet in Pennsylvania
Currently, there are six land-based sportsbooks up and running in the state.
- Hollywood Casino + William Hill
- SugarHouse Casino + Kambi
- Rivers Casino + Kambi
- Parx Casino + Kambi
- South Philadelphia Turf Club + Parx Casino
- Harrah’s Philadelphia + Scientific Games
The Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino Penn National was the first retail sportsbook to open on Nov. 17, 2018. Shortly after that, Rivers Casino and SugarHouse Casino both opened retail operations on Dec. 15. The others followed soon after.
Parx Casino even introduced a useful feature called Betslip Builder that allows bettors to make their selections beforehand on their home or mobile device. They can check out the betting info of the current games, and create an e-ticket with a scannable code to bring to the sportsbook counter. Bettors will then be issued a physical slip.
Standard regulations apply, at least 21 years of age and within state lines to place a bet.
To be clear, these locations are on-site only. While PA law does permit for online and mobile betting, that is still a few months away from launching. It’s expected in the first quarter of this year.
Super Bowl expectations
In December, PA sports betting racked up $16 million in wagers and $2 million in handle. This is despite the delay in legal online betting and a heavy tax rate of 36 percent and a $10 million licensing fee.
The numbers are a bit more impressive when you factor in that only three sportsbooks were operational in December. The others opened just in time for the biggest betting time of the year.
Following the US Supreme Court’s repeal of the federal ban on sports, more and more states have been introducing bills to legalize sports betting. The result has been a number of different bills, tax rates and licensing fees with little consistency.
Only time will tell how the market in PA progresses. However, if sportsbook operators can see even the slightest profit with a 36 percent tax rate, it might give other lawmakers the idea to impose a similar tax in states such as Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky.
You can’t bet here — yet
Presque Isle Downs submitted its application to the PA Gaming Control Board (PGCB) and is hoping to get approval at the upcoming February meeting. It’s a long shot to launch before the big game.
Presque Isle Downs has a partnership with SBTech to run its sportsbook operations.
Valley Forge Casino must still satisfy a list of conditions from the PGCB before the first wagers can be made. They have partnered up with FanDuel for sports betting. The property will most likely miss out on the Super Bowl, as the launch is expected in March.