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Sports Betting in Philadelphia

Welcome to NBC's online gambling and sports betting section brought to you in cooperation with USsportsbonus.com. We only feature legal and fully licensed online sportsbooks in the state of Philadelphia.


We are dedicated to providing our readers with the most up to date information from Philadelphia's online betting and gambling scene, including betting tips, promo codes and sportsbook reviews. NBC's goal is to give all sports betting players unique and relevant information to make educated decisions when betting on licensed and legal PA sportsbooks.

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FAQ

Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Pennsylvania?

Yes, online sports gambling was legalized in Pennsylvania in May 2019.

When did Online Gambling become legal in Pennsylvania?

May 2019. SugarHouse was the first online sportsbook in PA.

How many online sports betting sites are there in Pennsylvania? in Pennsylvania?

There are currently 5 licensed and legal online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania, SugarHouse, Betrivers, FanDuel, FoxBet and Parx.

How old do you have to be to bet?

You must be at least 21 years of age in order to place wagers on an online sportsbook in Pennsylvania?

How much did PA sports betting produce in handle in June 2019?

Pennsylvania sports betting produced $27M in handle in June 2019.

How will option for mobile betting affect Pennsylvania sports betting handle?

It is anticipated that the addition of mobile betting will cause a dramatic surge in gambling popularity as the NFL season approaches in September.

Bet on NFL

The National Football League (NFL) is currently the most popular sport to wager on in the United States, well ahead of NBA (Basketball) and MLB (Baseball). Despite the fact that each team only plays 16 regular season games, the betting handle on the NFL laps the field. In the United States, NFL is king. Sundays in the fall are spent watching NFL football and wagering on the games.The NFL’s expansion of their schedule to include “island” games on Thursday and Monday nights (and Saturdays later in the season) has only increased the popularity of wagering on these events, as they are stand-alone contests with no other competition for viewership.

Although local fanbases support their local teams vehemently, there is more of an interest in other teams in the league than in the other major North American sports – fueling the massive wagering interest.

 

Most Popular Types of NFL Bets

Money Line (ML) Bets, Money line bets, while common, are not the most common wager for NFL bettors. ML is the simplest form of wagering on NFL however as far as picking a distinct result.

Point Spread BetsNFL’s bread and butter, the point spread wager. By far the most popular type of bet for the sport, point spreads are a point of discussion between fans and bettors alike for the days leading up to each weekend of games.

Game Total BetsNFL total bets follow the same procedure as total bets from other sports. The sportsbook will set a line for the total number of points expected to be scored in a game, and the bettor will wager whether the total score for both teams will be over or under that total.

Team Total BetsNFL team total betting is a sub-section of game total betting, except the game total is broken down more granularly into the expected number of points for each team.

Parlay Bets – As with other sports, NFL wagers can be parlayed – this is a very popular method of betting NFL games. A parlay is defined as multiple bets within the same wager, where all bets have to hit in order for a bet to be successful.

NFL Betting Strategies

The ability to follow game trends, player news, injury reports, and other factors is essential to sustained wagering success across all betting types in NFL.

Monitoring weather and wind is an excellent way to be successful in wagering on Game Totals. Many NFL stadiums are greatly impacted by weather and wind with historical trends showing that these greatly influence passing and rushing environments, which can sway betting odds significantly and quickly once impactful information is well-known.

Know the individual matchups. Football is a team sport but if you break down the individual matchups it can play an important role for the outcome of a game. Knowing the head to head statistics between players and coaches is important.

Check the injury reports is quite obvious and if you want to be a successful bettor try to follow all the injury reports throughout the week before GameDay. Injuries will affect the lines which leads us to the next strategy tip.

Follow how the lines changes is another important aspect of betting on NFL (or any sport for that matter).

Bet on NBA

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is currently the second most popular sport to wager on in the United States, well behind the NFL (Football), but ahead of MLB (Baseball) and NHL (Hockey). The NBA is very visible on social media, and the league has done great work in promoting itself and its stars online, which has helped with overall popularity amongst younger viewers especially. During the winter, the NBA has great national television exposure on TNT and the ESPN networks, regularly showing marquee games between the best teams in the league, showcasing the league’s most exciting players.

Recent developments across the sports betting landscape in the United States should further the interest in NBA wagering as access to wagering is made more readily available to the common fan, with less barriers in place to wagering platforms as well as information. 

Most Popular Types of NBA Bets

There are obviously many more ways on how you can bet on NBA but these are the most popular types of bets.

Money Line (ML) Bets – Money line bets, while common, are not the most common wager for NBA bettors.

Point Spread BetsNBA’s most popular type of wager is the point spread wager. The point spread can be understood as how many points the favorited team would have to “give” to the underdog team for the game to be viewed as equal.

Game Total Bets – NBA total bets follow the same procedure as total bets from other sports. The sportsbook will set a line for the total number of points expected to be scored in a game.

Team Total Bets – NBA team total betting is a sub-section of game total betting, except the game total is broken down more granularly into the expected number of points for each team.

Parlay Bets – As with other sports, NBA wagers can be parlayed.

NBA Betting Strategies

The ability to follow game trends, player news, injury reports, team scheduling (back-to-backs), and other factors is essential to sustained wagering success across all betting types in NBA.

Team totals and player prop wagers are perhaps the best way to leverage sports wagering with DFS play. Most NBA DFS players are in search of teams which will outperform their baseline expectation for a given game and will stack that team’s athletes (and in NBA, often the opposing team as well) in hopes of a game exceeding expectations and the player hitting a large score by exploiting increased correlation factors created by “stacking” a game. By augmenting your DFS team stacks with Team Total and Player Prop bets, you can capitalize on correct predictions about team production on a daily basis. A meaningful factor of being successful is capitalizing to the fullest extent when projections/predictions are accurate.

Bet on NHL

Sports Betting on hockey is typically done on the full game (regulation and overtime combined) via the moneyline (picking a team to win the contest) or the over/under on total goals scored. The most common alternatives to these are “pucklines” (where you betting on the spread between the two teams in the final result) and period bets (where you can wager on any of the three bets listed above, but for an individual period of play).

In addition to these in-game team bets, you can place wagers on player props, team points over/unders, and playoff winners. Most of the action surrounds the National Hockey League (NHL) based on the US/Canada, but professional leagues exist all around the world and there are some International competitions that are major draws, allowing the avid hockey bettor to find action at almost any time of year.

Most Popular Types of NHL Bets

Moneylines – The moneyline bet is the simplest hockey bet out there. A bettor picks one of the two teams competing and wins their bet if that team wins the game. In the NHL, this bet includes the 3-on-3 overtime period and shootout, if necessary.

Over/Under – The Over/Under is like the Moneyline, in that it is a bet made on the whole game, overtime included (unless noted otherwise) with a “plus” or “minus” descriptor. For an Over/Under, you are betting on the total goals scored in the game. This number can be a whole number or a half number, but the most common numbers in the NHL are 5, 5.5 and 6.

Pucklines – Very similar to money lines, puck lines will add an amount to a team’s final score, or remove that amount, depending on which team you bet on. This number is almost always +/- 1.5 for the NHL, which adds an interesting element of strategy for a sports betting players to capitalize on.

Period Bets – Most books offer pre-game lines on just the first period, which tend to go along with the money lines rather closely but may differ due to the increased likelihood of a tie after one period. Over/Unders are also commonly offered in a single period.

NHL Betting Strategies

As with all sports betting, the key trait a successful bettor has is patience. In order to turn a profit, you need to develop a system that outperforms the sportsbook.

Use the analytics movement. Hockey’s analytics movement is still in its infancy, especially compared to the NBA and MLB, but those insights can be used to create an advantage. While goals are extremely important, they are also random to a large extent. A better way to predict future success is to look at shots, which are very sticky over time, and even Expected Goals.

Follow team trends and pre-season prognostics. Entering the 2018-19 season, the St. Louis Blues were expected to be a very competitive team, with some even prognosticating a division win in their future. One-third of the way through, however, the Blues were among the worst teams in the league in all facets. This allowed individuals to jump on what was supposed to be a good team that was vastly underperforming their baseline at great odds.

Stick to the system. In a high-variance sport like hockey, where one bad bounce can sink a team or one goalie can steal a game on any night, the most important thing a bettor can do is stick to the system.

Use data resources. Data is key to be a successful sports bettor. The NHL makes its play-by-play data publicly available and it’s a great resource for NHL data.


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