Residents of Pennsylvania has been fortunate to be a part of the first wave of states to legalize sports betting. Legal sports betting began in Pennsylvania in November of 2018. Mobile betting will be here any day. Bettors in Pennsylvania can now take peace in knowing that they can finally bet in a safe and legal environment. For residents in the Pittsburgh area, the physical sports betting options are severely limited. However, once online and mobile sports betting launches, Pennsylvania Sports Betting will finally reach its full potential.
Where Can I Bet in Pittsburgh?
The Rivers Casino is the only sports betting option currently available in the Pittsburgh area. The next closest place to legally place a bet in Pennsylvania would be 217 miles away at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse located outside of Harrisburg. Presque Isle Downs Casino and Racetrack, located in Erie, has recently applied for their “sports wagering certificate”. However, that is still 125 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. This essentially gives the Rivers Casino a sports betting monopoly in southwest Pennsylvania.
Rivers Casino took its first sports bet on December 13, 2018. Rush Street Interactive is the parent company of Rivers Casino. They are partnered up with Kambi Technology. Their mobile betting app, BetRivers, is expected to be one of the first in the state to launch, possibly in May of 2019.
The sportsbook at the Rivers Casino features more than 10 televisions. The sportsbook is located next to the high limit tables games and 446 Club.
Online Sportsbook Options (Coming Soon!)
Pittsburgh residents will be happy once online and mobile sports betting launches in Pennsylvania. Instead of having to travel to the areas only casino with a sportsbook, residents will be able to bet from the comfort of their own homes. One sportsbook Pittsburgh residents can expect to see early is the FanDuel Sportsbook.
Already operating in New Jersey, the FanDuel Sportsbook is the top online and mobile sportsbook in the country. Pennsylvania residents will love the plethora of betting options that FanDuel offers. With some of the best bonuses in the industry, FanDuel Sportsbook will surely be a Pennsylvania favorite.
The SugarHouse app is also operating in New Jersey. Residents of Pennsylvania can expect the SugarHouse sportsbook to be one of the first to launch in the Keystone State. SugarHouse can rival the likes of FanDuel when it comes to promotional offers.
The PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook app will include everything the casino has to offer in one convenient app. Not only will bettors be able to place their bets through the app, but they will also be able to play their favorite casino games for real money as well. PlaySugarHouse also features one of the best rewards programs in the industry. Loyal members will certainly enjoy all of the membership perks that come with being a player at PlaySugarHouse.
How Big is Sports Betting in Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh is the second biggest city in Pennsylvania, behind Philadelphia. Despite being second behind Philadelphia, the population in Pittsburgh (305,000) is only about 20% of what it is in Philadelphia (1.6 million). Philadelphia is home to a number of different casino and sportsbook options. Pittsburgh, however, is limited to just one.
There is one other casino in the Pittsburgh area. The Meadows Racetrack and Casino is located 25 miles south of Pittsburgh. The Meadows has yet to apply for a “sports wagering certificate”. It appears they may not be doing so anytime in the near future.
Total Handle: $43,334,019
Total Revenue: $4,763,144
Hold Percentage: 11%
The Rivers Casino sportsbook has accounted for 26.7 percent of the entire state’s sports betting handle through April of 2019. They have also contributed 28.3 percent of the state’s $5,715,890 in sports betting revenue since its legalization in Pennsylvania.
Betting On Pittsburgh Sports Teams
The following odds are from FanDuel Sportsbook. FanDuel Sportsbook is on our top-rated Pennsylvania Online Sportsbooks (once they go live). The only thing better than your favorite team winning, is your favorite team winning while you bet on them. For Pittsburgh fans, that gives them three teams to bet on year-round.
Here is a look at some of the Pittsburgh sports teams odds you can find at your closest sportsbook.
Pittsburgh Steelers Odds
Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots
Super Bowl 54 Champions
AFC Championship 2019-20
AFC North Winner 2019-20
Pittsburgh Pirates Odds
2019 World Series Winner
2019 National League Winner
2019 National League Central Winner
Pittsburgh Penguins Odds (Caesars)
2019-2020 NHL Stanley Cup Winner