Colin Cowherd Looks To Rebound After Worst Week Of Betting Picks

It was not Colin Cowherd’s finest week of NFL betting last week. But who does The Fox Sports host think will win in NFL Week 7 for his Blazin’ 5?

Colin Cowherd‘s perfect Blazin 5′ season got doused by a poor performance Week 6.

The Fox Sports personality went 1-4 with his picks this past week. When three of his Blazin’ 5 NFL betting picks cover, sports bettors in Pennsylvania using the FOX Bet Sportsbook can double their money with Fox Bet’s odds boost on the wagers.

His college football picks continue to fail to make the grade. Cowherd is 0-7. If all three of his Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks are correct, sports bettors cash at +800 instead of +600.

On Thursday, Cowherd summoned the spirits of the Madden cover curse when he said:

Each week we track all of Cowherd’s picks so you can know how he is faring before you follow his bets on your PA sports betting apps.

Cowherd’s college football Week 8 picks

Here are Cowherd’s Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks for college football’s Week 8.

#9 Florida (-5) vs. SOuth Carolina

Colin’s pick: Florida

Colin’s final score: Florida 30, South Carolina 20

Cowherd said: “I’ll take Florida to win big. South Carolina upset Georgia but if you look at the numbers they were totally dominated in that game. Georgia kept turning the ball over. Florida’s quarterback Kyle Trask has been great in the last couple games against LSU and Auburn. Florida’s defense is also the better one in this game. Florida’s defense is second in the SEC in fewest points allowed, first in takeaways, and first in sacks. Watch out! The Florida Gators are back. Dan Mullen’s got a team. They did it with Spurrier and Urban Meyer. They’ll win comfortably.”

#12 oregon vs. #25 washington (+3)

Colin’s pick: Washington

Colin’s final score: Washington 24, Oregon 23

Cowherd said: “Oregon, in the last four years against ranked teams, they’ve not been a step-up program. They are 3-9. They’ve not been good out of Autzen. Jacob Eason is a first-round NFL quarterback. Both teams have a great quarterback. Eason has been great at Husky Stadium. Oregon’s offense has been up and down this year. Washington’s defense is easily the best they’ll face in the conference this year.”

#16 Michigan vs. #7 penn state (-9)

Colin’s pick: Penn State

Colin’s final score: Penn State 28, Michigan 14

Cowherd said: “I’m done with Harbaugh’s crappy offense. It’s one of those White Out games and Penn State has been very good in those. The home team has won this matchup the last three years by 25-plus points. Harbaugh, as an underdog, never won at Michigan. Michigan is 1-19 in their last 20 against Top Ten teams including eleven straight on the road. Michigan’s offense is so bad it’s ranked tenth, eleventh, twelveth, thirteenth in the Big Ten! They are terrible at everything. Penn State’s defense is really good. They have NFL bodies on that defense. I think their defense stomps Michigan.”

Week 7 college football record: 0-3

Season college football overall record: 7-14

Marquee 3 Super Boost record (requires winning all three games): 0-7

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Colin Cowherd’s Week 7 NFL picks

After admitting he had a bad week (Week 6, 1-4 record), Cowherd called it a rebound week with his “lock pick of the year.” He also pointed out that he rarely had back-to-back losing weeks.

“This week is a the numbers lined up. I feel very good about these picks.”

Here are Colin Cowherd’s Week 7 Blazin’ 5 picks:

Los Angeles Rams (-2.5) vs. Atlanta Falcons

Colin’s pick: Rams

Colin’s final score: Rams 28 , Falcons 21

Cowherd said: “Adding Jalen Ramsey buoyes a locker room. I think Atlanta has quit. Jared Goff is fine when he is comfortable. Atlanta’s defense makes everybody comfortable. They are terrible. This means Goff has time to throw and Todd Gurley returns. This is a team that is playing for something. There is urgency here for the Rams. I think the Atlanta locker room has bailed. It’s season over, new coach soon.”

Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts (-1)

Colin’s pick: Colts

Colin’s final score: Colts 28, Texans 24

Cowherd said: “Like it, I absolutely love the Colts at -1. All byes are not created equal. I like well-run teams, smarty-coached teams off a bye. They take bigger advantage of it. Jacoby Brissett is 3-0 against Houston and has a passer rating close to 100. He’s only been sacked six times this year, second-fewest in the NFL. He’ll have time to throw. The Colts are also the least penalized team in the NFL. They are, structurally, the closest thing to New England in the league. They don’t make mistakes, they run the ball, and they protect the quarterback.”

Arizona Cardinals vs. Giants (-3)

Colin’s pick: Giants

Colin’s final score: Giants 36,  Cardinals 24

Cowherd said: “One of my picks of the year. Arizona won last week but was dominated the last half of that game. They were pushed around the field. Saquon Barkley comes back. Evan Engram comes back. Daniel Jones, when he has a running game and time to throw, he completes over 60% of his passes and they are 2-0. Arizona’s defense is 30th and 29th in everything. Daniel Jones will be comfortable. I get warm weather dome team going to the chilly Northeast. I think it’s one of the blowouts of the weekend. ”

Baltimore Ravens (+3) vs. Seattle Seahawks

Colin’s pick: Ravens

Colin’s final score: Ravens 24, Seahawks 20

Cowherd said: “Counterintuitive. I’m going with Baltimore. I have some fears. It’s called Russell Wilson winning the game because he is a magician. Baltimore is sneaky. Number one in the league in rushing yards, time of possession, and total offense. Keep Russell Wilson off the field. I like Seattle but this year they have had to depend on turnovers. They never last. They got lucky last week. I think Baltimore got a bye coming up and this going to be big for them. John Harbaugh against Pete Carroll, a little USC/Stanford animosity.”

Philadelphia eagles (+2.5) vs. Dallas cowboys

Colin’s pick: Eagles

Colin’s final score: Eagles 27, Cowboys 20

Cowherd said: “The Eagles have won 6 of 9 at Dallas. I think they match up very well against Dallas. Dallas’ offensive line is beat up and I love the Eagles’ defensive front. The Eagles’ issue is secondary. Jalen Mills is coming back and Ronald Darby, who is special, did practice this week. That secondary is going to be better if not spectacular. When talented teams are humiliated they almost always bounce back. Philadelphia was humiliated. The Eagles are 16-7 when Carson Wentz doesn’t have a pick. The Cowboys don’t intercept the football.”

Blazin’ 5 Week 6 record: 1-4

Blazin’ 5 overall record: 19-10-1

Blazin’ 5 record (requires winning three out of five games): 6-1

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Did Colin Win? Cowherd’s NFL Run Hits A 1-4 Snag

Colin Cowherd is running like God when it comes to NFL picks, but college football keep getting the best of him. Here are his Week 6 picks and results.

Colin Cowherd’s perfect Blazin’ 5 season is over. It was doused by a 1-4 NFL Week 6. He remains 0-for-the-college football season. None of his Marquee Three Picks were winners.

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If all three of his Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks are correct, sports bettors cash at +800 instead of +600.

Cowherd’s also been spewing fire on Twitter.

Judging by a previous picture Cowherd posted, these might be the kicks “daddy” bought.

Each week we track all of Cowherd’s picks so you can know how he is faring before you follow his bets on your PA sports betting app.

Cowherd’s college football Week 7 picks

Here are Cowherd’s Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks for college football’s Week 7.

usc vs. #9 notre dame (-10.5)

Colin’s pick: Notre Dame

Colin’s final score: Notre Dame 36, USC 23

Cowherd said: “Very easy. I’ll take Notre Dame in a blowout win. They will easily cover. Since the start of last year, Notre Dame is 16-2 and their only losses are to Clemson and Georgia. This is a really well-coached football team and their defense is excellent. It’s a program on the up. USC is the opposite. They are an absolute disaster. USC has lost seven of their last 11 games. They are a bad football program. Clay Helton is 2-13 as an underdog straight up.”

Actual final score: Notre Dame 30, USC 27

Did Colin win? No

#10 Penn State vs. #17 IOWA (+3.5)

Colin’s pick: Iowa

Colin’s final score: Iowa, Penn State 20

Cowherd said: “They lost at Michigan so everybody sells their Iowa stock. But they are a top five defense. Quarterback Nate Stanley has been excellent at home, 3-0 with eight touchdowns and no picks. Penn State hasn’t beaten a ranked team all year. They struggled with the best team they faced, Pitt. In their last 24 games on the road against ranked teams Penn State is awful (2-22).”

Actual final score: Penn State 17, Iowa 12

Did Colin win? No

#7 florida vs. #5 LSU (-13)

Colin’s pick: LSU

Colin’s final score: LSU 40, Florida 21

Cowherd said: “This may be my favorite college pick of the year. I’ll take LSU to blowout Florida. This is easy stuff. They may be the best offense in the country. They are first in everything. They’re 5-1 in their last six games against Top 10 teams, only loss to Alabama, so they’re a good big game team. Joe Burrow had his worst game in the loss to Florida last year. This year he has been remarkable. He’s a Heisman favorite. The Gators came off a huge upset win against Auburn. It’s hard to get 19 and 20-year-olds to get to that emotional level back-to-back weeks.”

Actual final score: LSU 42, Florida 28 

Did Colin win?  No

Week 7 college football record: 0-3

Season college football overall record: 7-14

Marquee 3 Super Boost record (requires winning all three games): 0-7

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Colin Cowherd’s Week 6 NFL picks

“I’ve never been this hot making football picks in my life,” Cowherd said to start of Friday’s episode of The Herd.

Here are Colin Cowherd’s Week 6 Blazin’ 5 picks:

Seattle Seahawks vs. Cleveland Browns (+2)

Colin’s pick: Browns

Colin’s final score: Browns 26, Seahawks 24

Cowherd said: “Eighty percent of the public on the Seahawks, I’ll take Cleveland +2. Cleveland’s a young team. Young teams and young people are more emotional. They do a lot of things well defensively. This is an excellent defense that gets two of their best three cornerbacks back this week. Seattle is a football team you can throw the ball on. It’s not a great defense. I think Baker, Odell, Nick Chubb, and Jarvis Landry bounce back. This was an easy one for me.”

Actual final score: Seahawks 32, Browns 28

Did Colin win? No

New Orleans Saints vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (-2)

Colin’s pick: Jaguars

Colin’s final score: Jaguars 26, Saints 23

Cowherd said: “Love the Jaguars -2. We keep asking the Saints to be in these wild, emotional games with a backup quarterback. It puts stress on a franchise. I like New Orleans a lot but this is the best Jacksonville offense in the franchise’s history. They are averaging 400 YPG. Leonard Fournette has arrived, baby!'”

Actual final score: Saints 13, Jaguars 6

Did Colin win? No

Atlanta falcons (-2) vs. arizona cardinals

Colin’s pick: Falcons

Colin’s final score:  Falcons 28, Cardinals 23

Cowherd said: “Atlanta is not playing well but here’s the thing, don’t fall in love with Arizona’s win over Cincinnati. Cincinnati is inches better than Miami. Atlanta’s got way better personnel. Arizona’s defense is not good. Kyler Murray is a great athlete but he’s been sacked 21 times. That’s how bad Arizona’s offensive line is.”

Actual final score: Cardinals 34, Falcons 33

Did Colin win? No

Tennessee Titans (+2) vs. Denver Broncos

Colin’s pick: Titans

Colin’s final score: Titans 22, Broncos 20

Cowherd said: “When Tennessee can run the football, they win. The Titans have one turnover all year. They have a +6 turnover differential. Mariota is one of three quarterbacks in the NFL with seven touchdown passes and no picks. Tennessee is not a great team but they are a clean team. They are well-coached, have good line play and don’t make mistakes. Joe Flacco is the better quarterback in this game but is more mistake-prone.  People bail on Tennessee all the time. There are weekends I’m not so sure they are not one of the top two or three teams in the league.”

Actual final score: Broncos 16, Titans 0

Did Colin win? No

Dallas cowboys vs. New York Jets (+7)

Colin’s pick: Jets

Colin’s final score: Cowboys 27, Jets 24

Cowherd said: “This game was 8.5 and I bet it on Monday. I’ll still tell you the number of the Jets is the right side to be on. I was told Adam Gase had so little confidence in his third-string quarterback he just hid the playbook. So basically Dallas has one-half of film on these guys. The Jets led Buffalo, a very good team, 16-0, in the first game. The last couple games Dak has not been playing well, the offensive line is banged up and receivers aren’t totally healthy. I think Dallas wins the game. The number is too many points to give the Jets at home.”

Actual final score: Jets 24, Cowboys 22

Did Colin win? Yes

Blazin’ 5 Week 6 record: 1-4

Blazin’ 5 overall record: 19-10-1

Blazin’ 5 record (requires winning three out of five games): 6-1

Did Colin Cowherd Win? Guys, He’s 75% ATS In NFL Picks So Far

Colin Cowherd’s NFL picks for FOX Bet are on fire, but he continues to struggle to successfully pick college football winners.

Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 is living up to its moniker. Five weeks into the NFL betting season Cowherd remains perfect. Sorry haters, we know it burns.

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Cowherd’s college football Week 6 picks

Here are Cowherd’s Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks for college football’s Week 6.

#14 iowa vs. #18 michigan (-3.5)

Colin’s pick: Michigan

Colin’s final score: Michigan 26, Iowa 20

Cowherd said: “I’m going to take Michigan to win and cover the spread. Michigan was favored in this game by 14 points during the summer, but because they lost to Wisconsin and they’re 11 points less of a team? No. Wisconsin’s fantastic. Their defense is the best I’v ever seen. Iowa is undefeated but they have yet to face a team this season who has a current winning record. Michigan’s the better team. This is an easy number to cover.”

Actual final score: Michigan 10, Iowa 3

Did Colin win? Yes

#7 Auburn (-2.5) vs. #10 Florida

Colin’s pick: Auburn

Colin’s final score: Auburn 27, Florida 20

Cowherd said: “Auburn has dominated this series. Even though it’s at Florida, Auburn’s won the last three meetings. Their defensive line is one of the best. In their last three games, Auburn’s offense has exploded. They’re 5-0 against the spread this year.”

Actual final score: Florida 24, Auburn 13

Did Colin win? No

#11 texas vs. West Virginia (+10.5)

Colin’s pick: West Virginia

Colin’s final score: Texas 30, West Virginia 20

Cowherd said: “Texas is the better team but I’m taking West Virginia and the points. West Virginia, strangely, has given Texas all sorts of trouble. They run the heck out of the football and will keep it away from Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Texas is playing Oklahoma next week, and they’ve lost the game before the Sooners game in three of the last five seasons.”

Actual final score: Texas 42, West Virginia 31

Did Colin win? No

Week 6 college football record: 1-2

Season college football overall record: 7-11

Marquee 3 Super Boost record (requires winning all three games): 0-6

Colin Cowherd’s Week 5 NFL picks

Here are Colin Cowherd’s Week 5 Blazin’ 5 picks:

Chicago Bears (-4.5) vs. oakland Raiders

Colin’s pick: Bears

Colin’s final score: Bears 29, Raiders 23 

Cowherd said: “The better organization will travel better than a chaotic one if you have to go to Europe. I don’t believe the Bears going to a backup quarterback is a true ‘back up.’ Chase Daniel is as good as Mitch Trubisky and I don’t think it’s worth more than half a point. The Bear’s defense is second or third in every meaningful category. ”

Actual final score: Raiders 24, Bears 21

Did Colin win? No

arizona Cardials (+3) vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Colin’s pick: Arizona

Colin’s final score: Cardinals 26, Bengals 24

Cowherd said: “I’m going to take Arizona to win their first game. Cincinnati’s two dynamic perimeter players, A.J. Green and John Ross, are out. They don’t have a dynamic quarterback, so where do I get dynamic playmakers? They can’t do anything. They can’t score, they can’t rush and they’re are bad in the red zone. Arizona’s got a playmaker in Kyler Murray. Cincinnati’s become a bad football team. They are 2-13 in their last 15 games. They are awful and I don’t think there is a lot of hope in that locker room. Arizona’s got all sorts of hope.”

Actual final score: Cardinals 26, Bengals 23

Did Colin win? Yes

tampa bay Buccaneers vs. New orleans saints (-3)

Colin’s pick: Saints

Colin’s final score: Saints 30, Buccaneers 23

Cowherd said: “Tampa Bay is a losing franchise that had a good Sunday. The Saints have been a winning franchise for fifteen years. The bottom line in betting is take the team you think is going to win the game. Don’t worry about points. Are you telling me the only difference is the Superdome? That these two teams are even? Nonsense. Since the start of last season, Tampa Bay has allowed 30 points 11 times, most in the NFL.”

Actual final score: Saints 31, Buccaneers  24

Did Colin win? Yes

Minnesota vikings (-4.5) vs. New York Giants

Colin’s pick: Minnesota

Colin’s final score: Vikings 30, Giants 23

Cowherd said: “I wrote down the 10 best players in this game and the Vikings had nine of them. This is a personnel mismatch. Minnesota was embarrassed last week. Good rosters and good coaches who get embarrassed bounce back. The Giants haven’t won three straight games in three years.”

Actual final score: Vikings 28, Giants 10

Did Colin win? Yes

Green Bay Packers (+3.5) vs. Dallas Cowboys

Colin’s pick: Packers

Colin’s final score: Packers  27, Cowboys 26

Cowherd said: “This feels really obvious to me. I get a significantly better quarterback and over a field goal. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t turn the ball over so they won’t give Dak, Zeke and the offensive line a short field. I think it’s a real urgent game for Green Bay. The whole world watched Green Bay get pushed around last week against Philadelphia. I think their defense says ‘ok fellas come on.’ If a good unit gets embarrassed, I think the Packers defense is good, they will play well the next week.”

Actual final score: Packers 34, Cowboys 24

Did Colin win? Yes

Blazin’ 5 Week 5 record: 4-1

Blazin’ 5 overall record: 18-6-1

Blazin’ 5 record (requires winning three out of five games): 6-0

Did Colin Cowherd Win? Perfect On NFL Picks, Winless On College

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Cowherd’s college football Week 5 picks

Here are Cowherd’s Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks for college football’s Week 5.

#18 Virginia vs. #10 notre dame (-12.5)

Colin’s pick: Virginia

Colin’s final score: Notre Dame 30, Virginia 20

Cowherd said: “That’s a lot of points. Virginia is a good team that is tied for the most sacks in college football. Notre Dame played a highly physical and emotional game last week. Notre Dame tends to be a good team after a loss but not dominant.”

Actual final score: Notre Dame 35, Virginia 20

Did Colin win? No

Northwestern vs. #8 Wisconsin (-24.5)

Colin’s pick: Northwestern

Colin’s final score: Wisconsin 36, Northwestern 16

Cowherd said: “Northwestern is hard to figure out. They are bizarrely good on the road, 8-0 in their last eight road conference games, and they’re also bizarrely good as a double-digit underdog. Wisconsin is better. Because they were on national TV and drubbed Jim Harbaugh I think they are overvalued. Everybody in the world has Wisconsin in the playoffs.”

Actual final score: Wisconsin 24, Northwestern 15

Did Colin win? Yes

#21 Usc vs. #17 washington (-10)

Colin’s pick: Washington

Colin’s final score: Washington 34, USC 23

Cowherd said: “USC is clinging to life. They are a mess. Don’t overvalue the Utah win. Washington is better defensively, better at quarterback, better coached, and an overall better roster. Washington is 16-1 in their last 17 home games and are absolutely brilliantly coached on defense. Jacob Eason may go number one in the draft.”

Actual final score: Washington 28, USC 14

Did Colin win? Yes

Week 5 college football record: 2-1

Season college football overall record: 6-9

Marquee 3 Super Boost record (requires winning all three games): 0-4

Colin Cowherd’s Week 4 NFL picks

Here are Colin Cowherd’s Week 4 Blazin’ 5 picks:

tennessee titans (+3.5) vs. atlanta falcons

Colin’s pick: Titans

Colin’s final score: Titans 27, Falcons 24 

Cowherd said: “Don’t bail on Tennessee, they’re the most Jekyll and Hyde team in the NFL. Atlanta’s really been troublesome to me. Matt Ryan leads the NFL with six interceptions. They are tied with the Browns for the most penalties in the league. They’ve finished 9-7 the last three years and are just inconsistent because Marcus Mariota is inconsistent. I’m calling for an upset.”

Actual final score: Titans 24, Falcons 1o 

Did Colin win? Yes

Baltimore ravens (-7) vs. Cleveland browns

Colin’s pick: Ravens

Colin’s final score: Ravens 29, Browns 17

Cowherd said: “I generally don’t like laying a touchdown but I’m taking Baltimore -7 here. Cleveland has been the poster boy for inefficiency. Leads the NFL in penalties, Baker Mayfield is second in the NFL in interceptions. Baltimore is the opposite. They have a lower ceiling but are completely efficient and are the only team in the NFL without a turnover. Points, yards, and rushing – first, first, first. I don’t think Lamar is there yet, but they don’t put him i positions to fail. I think Cleveland continually puts Baker in positions to fail.”

Actual final score: Browns 40, Ravens 25

Did Colin win? No

Oakland Raiders  (+6.5) vs. indianapolis colts

Colin’s pick: Raiders

Colin’s final score: “27-26 game either way. Indy probably pulls it out.”

Cowherd said: “I’m going to go against the public on this. Josh Jacobs leads all rookie running backs. Colts have struggled to stop the fun. Here’s the problem with Indianapolis so far; they’ve won but barely and their defense has been really underwhelming. They’re 28th in red zone defense and 28th in third-down defense. I think the Raiders are going to convert a lot of third downs in this game and keep it close. I don’t like what I’m seeing with the Colts defense.”

Actual final score: Raiders 31, Colts 24

Did Colin win? Yes

Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals(+5.5)

Colin’s pick: Arizona

Colin’s final score: Seahawks 24, Cardinals 23 

Cowherd said: “Like it, I love it. This game is always close. Seattle isn’t converting enough and allowing almost 27 points per game. All their games have been decided by six points or less. Arizona has played good teams. They are staying in games. They are a very interesting story here.  I think Kyler Murray comes back and gets a backdoor cover.”

Actual final score: Seahawks 27, Cardinals 10

Did Colin win? No

Dallas Cowboys at new orleans saints (+2.5)

Colin’s pick: Saints

Colin’s final score: Saints 28, Cowboys 27

Cowherd said: “This is a gift. I get New Orleans which I think could be the better team and they are at home, and I get the superior coach and the points. Saints have only turned the ball over three times all year. Their pass rush has nine sacks. It’ll be the loudest crowd of the year. I’m taking the Saints to win it outright.

Actual final score: Saints 12, Cowboys 10

Did Colin win? Yes

Blazin’ 5 Week 4 record: 3-2

Blazin’ 5 overall record: 14-5-1

Blazin’ 5 record (requires winning three out of five games): 5-0

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Before gambling on a website, it is essential to determine if it’s licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). The PGCB “protects the interest of the public by ensuring the integrity of legalized gaming through the strict enforcement of the law and regulations.”

By playing at PA online casinos that are licensed and regulated by the PGCB, players eliminate many risks. They thoroughly test each game to ensure fairness. You are also able to log complaints with them.

At the bottom of a casinos website check for this seal:

Protect your personal info

Pay attention when registering for each online casino. Here are some essential tips to keep in mind when registering at a PA online casino:

  • Consider confidentiality and privacy. Your username is visible to other players on the website.
  • Choose a unique username and password.
  • Do not autosave passwords.
  • Never share login information.
  • If you tend to forget passwords, think about using a service like LastPass or Keeper.
  • Log off at the end of each session.

Enable two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is something many of us do every day. Using a debit card and passcode is considered a form of two-factor authentication.

The most common form of two-factor authentication while logging into your PA online casino account is to enter your password and then enter a security code that you receive via text message.

There are three types of authentication. It consists of something you:

  • Know: A password, PIN, ZIP code, or answer to a question (mother’s maiden name, name of pet, and so on).
  • Have: A phone, credit card, or fob.
  • Are: A biometric such as a fingerprint, retina, face, or voice.

Reputable payment and withdraw methods

Regulated and licensed PA online casinos offer trusted banking methods.  Most accept trusted names like Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal for users to be able to play real-money games.

Keep computer protected from viruses

Perhaps even before you registered to play at a PA online casino, your computer contained a wealth of information about you. Information that hackers would love to obtain.

The simplest way to keep your computer safe is to download recommended system updates. If you want to add extra layers of security, consider antivirus software, antispyware software, and firewalls.

Set limits if needed

Many PA online casinos offer the option of self-imposed restrictions:

  • Deposit Limits: You can control how much you deposit on the site per day, week, or month.
  • Spending Limits: Based off of your net losses, this allows you to control how much you spend on the site per day, week, or month.
  • Time Limits: This allows you to restrict the number of hours you spend on the site each day.
  • Wagering Limits: You can control the amount you wager on the site per day, week, or month. It also allows you to limit the wager amount on a single bet per game type.
  • Timeout: Should you need a cooling-off period from online gambling, you can choose to self-suspend action.

Be aware of problem gambling

Problem gambling, or gambling addiction, includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family, or vocational pursuits.

Signs of problem gambling include:

  • Increasing preoccupation with gambling.
  • A need to bet more money more frequently.
  • Restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop.

To find out more about problem gambling, visit the National Council on Problem Gaming or call 1-800-GAMBLER.

Be mindful of cellphone safety

The number of people who gamble on their phones continues to rise. If you choose to play this way, it is important to take cautionary measures, including:

  • Lock your phone.
  • Enable password or fingerprint protection.
  • Make the password strong/unique (i.e., not 1-2-3-4).
  • Keep your operating systems updated.
  • Consider installing anti-theft tracking software.
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Did Colin Cowherd Win? He Is On An NFL Betting Hot Streak

FOX Sports persona and FOX Bet Sportsbook promoter Colin Cowherd had another big winning NFL week with his NFL Week 3 picks.

Colin Cowherd had back-to-back “Blazin” weeks picking NFL teams for sports bettors. During Week 2, he went 4-1. For Week 3, he posted a 4-0-1 record thanks to a Ravens vs. Chiefs push.

Of course, Cowherd was quick to congratulate himself after his picks panned out last week.  He also pointed out how hard betting is early in the season.

“September is not one of my best months. I’m like the Patriots. My September is choppy. But I’ve had I’ve had a great Blazin 5′ start and have been bumpy in my college picks. This week I feel great about my picks.”

Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 gives PA sports bettors the chance to double their money when he has a winning streak in the NFL. Fox Bet Sportsbook boosts the odds on Cowherd’s picks. He’s also introduced Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks. Those also feature boosted odds from the sportsbook.

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Each week we track all of Cowherd’s picks so you can know how he is faring before you follow his bets.

Cowherd’s College football Week 4 picks

Here are Cowherd’s Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks for college football’s Week 4 .

#8 auburn vs. #17 Texas a&m (-3.5)

Colin’s pick: Michigan State

Colin’s final score: Texas A& M 36, Auburn 27

Cowherd said: “I’m rolling with the Aggies and taking them. Auburn has not played well all year. The quarterback Bo Nix is really struggling. Texas A&M, if you take out their games against Clemson and Alabama, they are 11-2. They are struggling against the teams that beat everybody.”

Actual final score: Auburn 28, Texas A& M 20

Did Colin win? No

#22 Washington (-6.5) vs. byu

Colin’s pick: Washington

Colin’s final score: Washington 30, BYU 20

Cowherd said: “Like it, I love it. My play of the weekend. Washington has led the PAC-12 in scoring defense and total defense the last four years. They are brilliantly coached. Jacob Eason has completed over 70 % of this throws. Here’s the key to this game, BYU has played back-to-back highly emotional overtime games. I think they come back to down to earth.”

Actual final score: Washington 45, BYU 19 

Did Colin win? Yes

#7 notre dame vs. #3 georgia(-14.5)

Colin’s pick: Georgia

Colin’s final score: Georgia 36, Notre Dame 20

Cowherd said: “This is going to be problematic for Notre Dame. They have lost ten straight games to top five teams. Georgia is a monster at home. We knew Georgia would be good defensively. Their offense is averaging 8.7 yds a play.”

Actual final score: Georgia 23, Notre Dame 17

Did Colin win? No

Week 4 college football record: 1-2

Season college football record: 4-8

Colin Cowherd’s Week 3 NFL picks

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas city Chiefs (-5)

Colin’s pick: Chiefs

Colin’s final score: Chiefs 30, Ravens 23

Cowherd said: “Baltimore’s offensive line and running game is good enough to control the clock and win. I like the number here. I get the best offense and the most creative play designer in Andy Reid.”

Actual final score: Chiefs 33, Ravens 28

Did Colin win? Push

Detroit lions (+6) vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Colin’s pick: Lions

Colin’s final score: Eagles 27, Lions 23

Cowherd said: “I’m taking Detroit in a potential upset here. Philadelphia had to cancel practice this week. Three of their targets are hurt offensively. They also had some defensive injuries. I think this is a talented Philadelphia team that’s playing a Detroit team that has covered 4 of their last 6 games.”

Actual final score: Lions 27, Eagles 24

Did Colin win? Yes

new york giants (+6) vs. tampa bay

Colin’s pick: Giants

Colin’s final score: Giants 24, Buccaneers 23

Cowherd said: “I like an outright win for the Giants. Daniel Jones, I believe, is going to give this team a little energy boost. He was absolutely terrific in the preseason. Tampa is adrift. They are one of four teams yet to have 300 total yards in a game.”

Actual final score: Giants 32, Bucs 31

Did Colin win? Yes

Pittsburgh Steelers (+6.5) vs. san Francisco 49ers

Colin’s pick: Steelers

Colin’s final score: Steelers 27, 49ers 26

Cowherd said: “Pittsburgh is getting 6.5 points. That is way too many. The 49ers are incredibly young. Pittsburgh without Big Ben is 10-6. It’s a must-win for them. Way, way too many points to give the significantly better offensive line and the better, more desperate roster.

Actual final score: 49ers 24, Steelers 20

Did Colin win? Yes

los angeles rams (-3.5) at Cleveland Browns

Colin’s pick: Rams

Colin’s final score: Rams 33, Browns 24

Cowherd said: “Like Philadelphia, the Browns have a cluster of injuries in the secondary. The weakness of the Browns is the offensive line. The Rams Aaron Donald who has yet to get a sack is going to get spicy. I also getting a coaching mismatch. Sean McVay may be the best young coach. I don’t think any of us know if Freddie Kitchens is even a good coach. He doesn’t look like it.

Actual final score: Rams 20, Brown 13

Did Colin win? Yes

Blazin’ 5 Week 2 record: 4-0-1

Blazin’ 5 overall record: 11-3-1

FanDuel The New Leader In The Clubhouse Based On August Revenue

The August revenue numbers for PA casinos and sportsbooks are in and FanDuel is already the new market leader after just six weeks in the state.

Since its launch, Pennsylvania online casinos have been picked on like a younger sibling. Players groused about no online poker, small game libraries, and not enough Apple and iPhone options.

PA online casinos hit back in a big way with the release of August casino numbers. According to data from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), the three casino sites more than quadrupled revenue month over month.

Yes, July only had two weeks of action, but the growth is still impressive.  August’s PA online casino revenue for slots and table games was $3.4 million. The big jump shows the potential and profitability of mobile casinos.

PA’s three online casinos are already outearning PA’s four online sportsbooks. Online betting generated $2.5 million in taxable revenue in August.

SugarHouse is sweet

SugarHouse combined its strength in New Jersey, reward program and first-to-market appeal to propel itself to an early lead in Pennsylvania.

SugarHouse earned almost $1.4 million in slots revenue in August, which is quite a huge leap from just $261,000 in July. An additional $286,000 in table games revenue resulted in total revenue of $1.65 million for the site.

It made SugarHouse the clear leader of the trio of PA online casinos. Parx finished second with $1.09 million in total online revenue.

SugarHouse has fewer online slots than its competitors. However, it has the first progressive slot in PA, Divine Fortune. Four players have hit the Divine Fortune jackpot on PA’s PlaySugarHouse.com, so far, this month.

The popular slot game is proving to be a winner for players and SugarHouse.

Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, the site’s operator, said:

“Divine Fortune is a very hot game right now on PlaySugarHouse.com in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This slew of wins proves that jackpots can hit often and on any type of bet. With all of these recent progressive slot wins, we’ve seen increased play on Divine Fortune at PlaySugarHouse.com and we expect the excitement to continue.”

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PA online casino numbers in August

Here’s how each of the three PA online casinos performed last month:

CasinoTotal revenueSlots revenueTable games revenue
SugarHouse$1,648,426$1,362,585$285,841
Parx$1,095,761$543,647$552,114
Hollywood$684,452$619,493$64,959
Total$3,428,640$2,525,726$902,914

FanDuel rules PA, NJ

It’s only the third full month for online sports betting in Pennsylvania. Although it’s still in its infancy, it’s skipped crawling and is off and running. Fueled by online sportsbooks, the PA sports betting handle reached six figures for the first time.

Pennsylvania is following in the footsteps on neighboring New Jersey when it comes to sports betting:

  • Online wagers accounted for 76% of total handle. (Close to 85% of wagers are made online in New Jersey.)
  • FanDuel takes the lead. The leader in NJ now takes the top spot in PA with $35 million online handle/$2 million online revenue.

FanDuel, under the license of Valley Forge Casino, in August handled $37.8 million in wagers. A staggering amount ($35.3 million; 93%) came via the website and mobile app.

A FanDuel spokesperson weighed in on the stellar PA debut:

“The FanDuel Sportsbook is the clear market leader for online sports betting in Pennsylvania with nearly half of the state’s handle and revenue, an incredible achievement in only six weeks of operation. Having expanded our leadership position across New Jersey and now Pennsylvania, we will continue to bring our top mobile betting platform to the expanding US market.”

The rest of the PA online sports betting field

SugarHouse was the first online sportsbook in PA. It quickly lost its crown to FanDuel. Still, it was a good month for SugarHouse sports betting. SugarHouse generated $25 million in online bets, up from $22.2 million in July. That generated $1.7 million in revenue for SugarHouse.

Parx online sportsbook rounded out the top three. Its online revenue more than doubled in August.

PA sportsbook numbers in August

Here’s how each PA sportsbook performed last month:

Casino or Off-Track Betting FacilityTotal HandleTotal RevenueOnline HandleOnline RevenueRetail HandleRetail Revenue
Valley Forge Casino Resort$37,822,688$2,217,754$35,279,681$2,042,424$2,543,007$175,330
SugarHouse Casino$30,390,890$1,232,058$25,023,833$415,290$5,367,057$816,768
Parx Casino$10,988,663$1,223,926$6,028,173$500,982$4,960,490$722,945
Rivers Casino$21,762,952$212,515$16,877,630($418,497)$4,885,322$631,012
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course$2,055,786$309,17100$2,055,786$309,171
South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook$1,997,420$337,68000$1,997,420$337,680
Harrah’s Philadelphia$1,879,243$251,29600$1,879,243$251,296
Presque Isle Downs$1,197,553$282,38400$1,197,553$282,384
Oaks Race and Sportsbook$942,856$48,23000$942,856$48,230
Statewide Total$109,038,051$6,115,016$83,209,317$2,540,199$25,828,734$3,574,817

More competition comes to PA

Not listed in the August report but a key player in the future of PA online sportsbooks is Fox Bet. With an early September launch and brand recognition, it will be interesting to see initial numbers and impact. Mount Airy Casino is the property behind the PA betting site.

Did Colin Cowherd Win? He Had A Blazin’ Week Of NFL Betting Picks

FOX Bet spokesperson Colin Cowherd can help boost your odds with his Marquee 3 and Blazin’ 5 pick promos, but one is much more profitable than the other.

Pennsylvania has five online sportsbooks. But only Fox Bet is using the brand’s high profile personality to make college and NFL picks.

Colin Cowherd ‘s Blazin’ 5 gives bettors the chance to double their money when he has a winning streak in the NFL. He’s also introduced Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks.

Each week we track all of Cowherd’s picks.

So, did Cowherd win?

His Blazin’ 5 picks were pure fire. He went 4-1.

Quarterbacks didn’t fare well from Cowherd’s game selections. Of the eight games, Cowherd’s pinpointed, three quarterbacks (Feleipe Franks, Ben Roethlisberger, and Drew Brees) all suffered injuries that knocked them out of the game.

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College football’s Week 3

Here are Cowherd’s Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks for college football’s Week 3.

Arizona State vs. #18 Michigan State (-14)

Colin’s pick: Michigan State

Colin’s final score: Michigan State 33, Arizona State 17

Cowherd said: “Arizona State is starting a freshman quarterback. There will be bumps. Michigan State just had their best offensive performance in five years. Their defense has only allowed 12 points-per-game this year. I never worry about their defense.”

Actual final score: Arizona State 10, Michigan State 7

Did Colin win? No

#19 Iowa vs. Iowa State(+2.5)

Colin’s pick: Iowa State 

Colin’s final score: Iowa State 30, Iowa 24

Cowherd said: “Iowa St. has won their last seven games at home. They have a young quarterback that a lot of people like. I’m going Iowa State with the upset. Take the points.”

Actual final score: Iowa State 17, Iowa 18

Did Colin win? Yes

#9 Florida(-8), vs. Kentucky

Colin’s pick: Florida

Colin’s final score: Florida 33, Kentucky 23

Cowherd said: “Florida’s got the right coach. Their offense is humming. Feleipe Franks is 6-0 in his last six games. Their pass rush is first in the country in sacks. I’m taking Florida and their pass rush to give Kentucky’s back quarterback fits.”

Actual final score: Florida 29, Kentucky 21

Did Colin win? No

Week 3 college football record: 1-2

Season college football record: 3-6

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Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 NFL picks

Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers(-3.5)

Colin’s pick: Seahawks

Colin’s final score: Steelers 28, Seahawks 21

Cowherd said: “When you are a competent team and you are humiliated on national TV, you will rebound very quickly. Pittsburgh was humiliated; They’ll play great, and they’re at home. Seattle is young and a work in progress.”

Actual final score: Seahawks 28, Steelers 26

Did Colin win? No

Buffalo Bills (-2) vs. New York Giants

Colin’s pick: Bills

Colin’s final score: Bills 28, Giants 23

Cowherd said: “Buffalo’s coaching staff is fantastic. It’s very rare when you have a great coaching staff and a losing record. Are we sure that Eli Manning is better than Josh Allen right now?”

Actual final score: Bills 28, Giants 14

Did Colin win? Yes

Chicago Bears vs. Denver Broncos(+2.5)

Colin’s pick: Broncos

Colin’s final score: Broncos 24, Bears 20 

Cowherd said: “Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was Chicago’s defensive coordinator. He faced Mitch Trubisky every day at practice. He knows what he can do, and he knows what he can’t do. The Broncos haven’t started 0-2 since 1999 — longest streak in the league.”

Actual final score: Bears 16, Broncos 14

Did Colin win? Yes

New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams -2.5

Colin’s pick: Rams

Colin’s final score: Rams 31, Saints 26

Cowherd said: “This number has come down and now; I really like it. New Orleans’ reputation is amazing, but they are 0-6 ATS in their last six games. Jared Goff is a different quarterback at home.”

Actual final score: Rams 27, Saints 9

Did Colin win? Yes

Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (+2)

Colin’s pick: Falcons

Colin’s final score: Falcons 27, Eagles 24

Cowherd said: “I like Philadelphia a lot, but they aren’t going 16-0. I think they are vulnerable here. Matt Ryan’s last year at home was special. Carson Wentz is 8-12 on the road. His completion percentage plummets, and his passer rating is in the mid-80s. Philadelphia is the better team, but Atlanta was humiliated Week 1.”

Actual final score: Falcons 24, Eagles 20

Did Colin win? Yes

Blazin’ 5 Week 2 record: 4-1

Blazin’ 5 overall record: 7-3

Portrait Of A Sports Bettor: Snapshots From Stadium Park

A few clouds dot an otherwise brilliant blue sky. A cool breeze blows that makes you understand why Sinatra sang about the summer wind.

It’s a perfect June evening for a baseball game.

But the Phillies are in the midst of an early summer swoon. It’s an ugly one, filled with poor base running and erratic starting pitching. Tonight, it doesn’t matter. They are honoring fan-favorite Chase Utley in a retirement ceremony. There should be a sellout crowd of 40,000 at Citizens Bank Park.

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South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook

A few hours before the first pitch, it’s hard to gauge how busy it is at the South Philadelphia Turf Club. It’s a weirdly designed 27,000 square feet, broken into sections. For reference, the largest Cheesecake Factory is 21,000 square feet.

It’s actually not called the South Philadelphia Turf Club anymore. In January, it got rebranded as the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook. Still, in a city known for shortening names of venues (the Vet, the Linc), it’s still widely known as the Turf Club. According to parent casino Parx, the property underwent a $1 million renovation. The remodel included fully refurbishing the location and adding new amenities.

Located on the second floor, upon entrance to the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook, guests are greeted with a flight of stairs and an escalator. Tonight, the escalator is out of order. With no signs for an elevator, I scaled the steps. I made a quick visit to the ladies room and choose the stall without toilet paper. With my jeans around my ankles (there were no other women there) I waddled to two other stalls before I found a square.

South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook is located adjacent to the sports complex in South Philadelphia. It’s the only place to legally bet on horse racing in the city of Philadelphia.

 

A combination of young and old bettors

Like its sister property in Oaks, PA,  a steady stream of customers file in and head directly to the sports betting kiosks. They place their bets, and most do not even offer a cursory glance at any of the races.

A pile of newspapers and racing forms cover the table where John and his two friends gather. John looks like he could have played linebacker for Dick Vermeil’s early 1980s teams. His friends sit, but John hardly ever does. He makes his rounds saying hello to other regulars and placing a bet at the kiosk before almost every race.

“I need four and eight this race,” he says to his friends.

“Four and eight!” he says to the TV screen.

Eight is edged at the wire by the seven-horse.

“By a nose. By a f—— nose,” his friend says, slapping his hand on his back.

“That’s how you can tell who’s winning and who’s losing. The losers are always making this sign.” John holds his thumb and forefinger an inch apart.

Within a minute, he’s already flipping through a pocket-sized notebook planning for the next race. He looks at the screen and bangs his notebook against the end of the table.

“I wanted the two-horse in the next one, but that shit got scratched.”

For about two hours, John and his friends from South Philadelphia are glued to the races. But they won’t place a bet on any of the other action.

They already did before they arrived at the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook. The men visited their bookie before coming to bet on a few baseball games this weekend. It’s what they do before each of their bi-weekly trips.

The local bookie is here to stay

Sports betting in Pennsylvania moved out of the shadows and into the light of legality. To say it’s new to South Philly would be more comical than suggesting a switch to a kombucha and kale tailgate menu.

The bookie “has gotten busier” according to Peter, one of John’s friends, since the legalization of sports betting. Peter thinks there is “no way” the local bookie will go out of business. He has bet with a bookie for decades because, “he’s easy to get in touch with, my wife and the government don’t know about it, and they give better odds.”

“Bookies give credit, too,” John adds. “They ain’t going anywhere.”

A customer since its inception, John’s noticed a definite uptick in business since the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook started taking sports betting action. A younger crowd who, he says, bet on sports and horse racing.

South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook seems to be divided into horse racing bettors who sit down and stay and the in-and-out sports bettors. The in-and-out bettors skew younger — males in their 30s and 40s. Only a handful are wearing any Phillies red.

Start ’em young

At 7-years-old, John started playing craps in basements and back alleys. In his teens, he started betting football pool. After a trip to the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook with his uncle, he added horse racing to the list.

“Some kids get an abacus to learn to count. I got a pair of dice,” he said. “The horses, I was hooked, you know. I watched my uncle…he taught me. Every couple of minutes a race would start and there was action again.”

John talks at length about the smaller number of entries in races. He remembers fields of 10 to 12 horses. The races today consist of about seven or eight horses. It cuts down on research time and makes it “hard to resist if you got a good feeling on a few horses.” Still, John worries about the future of the sport due to its dwindling fields and aging fan base.

“These young guys are spending most of their money at the kiosk or on their phone,” he says referring to mobile betting. “That’s where their big spends are going.”

He pauses when another race hits the homestretch despite not betting on it.

“It’s a great sport. But my favorite thing to bet on is two women going at it in a mud ring.”

What wives don’t know

Jerry peaks from under the brim of his Vietnam veterans cap at the sound of two handclaps.

“My brother!” he says, shaking his head. Ron flashes a Cheshire smile. He picked a winner and won “a few hundred in a scratch-off.”

“My wife hit big at Parx on the slots last week. She don’t know I’m here losing it,” he says.

“Yeah, they always get it back,” Ron says. “Ain’t nobody’s wife know they are here as much they are.”

“I hit the number with my bookie this week. More than I hit here on anything in a long time,” said Jerry.

Both men say they bet on horse racing, football, and basketball for over three decades with a neighborhood bookie.

“No, it won’t put the bookies out of business,” says Ron of the legalization of sports betting in PA. “They give you credit. And you can push through the phone. When it’s cold out, you don’t have to leave. You just have to call ’em up.”

You don’t come to the Turf Club for the food

For them, the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook is a place close to home bet on the races and talk horse racing. It possesses a no-frills, social hall vibe where there is no cover, no dress code, and no overpriced drinks.

Jerry says that some people complain about the food.

“I don’t come here for the food,” said Jerry. “I haven’t seen the food business pick up since sports betting started. If you’re coming to South Philly, you ain’t eating at this place anyway.”

Jerry and Ron do a quick count of friends who are on vacation this week. They say it’s been less crowded recently since regulars are at the Jersey Shore or the Poconos.

“March Madness was nuts here. So busy,” Ron says. “When the Eagles play. It’s bananas in here.”

“It’s crazy everywhere when the Eagles play,” adds Jerry.

A young sports bettor’s story

Nate Uber’d from his Center City office to meet his father at South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook. They are headed to the Phillies game and wanted to grab a few drinks before.

“I usually go to Xfinity before Phillies games. But that’s not my dad’s scene,” he says. In the former site of the Spectrum, Xfinity Live is a busy pre- and post-game spot for booze, food and the occasional live music.

Nate, in a red Bryce Harper shirt, nurses a bottle of Miller Lite. His father is engrossed in the races.

During the early 2000s while in college and a year after graduation, sports betting served as Nate’s main source of income.

With an offshore sportsbook, he bet “a little bit of everything” but mostly college and professional football and basketball.

Nate explains that once he settled at his finance job, he stopped betting. A few of his friends who bet gravitated toward the local bookie instead of offshore sports betting. But he decided against it.

His “system” required a time commitment, where he would pore over stats and scour the Internet. Then there was “hassle” of withdraw and deposit from offshore betting.

Can PA sportsbooks replace offshore sites?

Today, Nate is married with two young children. Most of his close friends still bet with a bookie, but they have been making frequent trips to the Valley Forge Casino sportsbook since it opened.

He joined them at the sportsbook on a Saturday night in for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Nate said he made two bets that night and won “over a couple grand.”

“I wanted to put money on Game 7. But I didn’t have time to really do the research then go to the sportsbook. Am I going to lie to my wife and be late to my kid’s recital because I had to place a bet?”

As of June, PlaySugarHouse was the only mobile betting option in Pennsylvania option, and it wasn’t yet available on iOS.

“I can see myself doing online sports betting. It’s going to be so easy and convenient,” said Nate.

The new neighbor is coming a-Live!

Something monstrous is happening across the street from the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook.

It’s hard to miss if your its neighbor or passing on I-76.

Live! Casino is coming to life. On the site of the former Holiday Inn, cranes erect precast and steel. At $700 million, Live! representatives are touting it as “the first comprehensive gaming, resort, entertainment and sports destination in the United States.”

On a return trip to South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook, there is no Phillies game since it’s the All-Star break. The elevator is still cordoned off with caution tape. However, there are pieces of paper with arrows guiding customers.

I follow each one down a hallway to a narrow elevator, knowing that this is a scene reminiscent of a cartoon where an anvil falls at the end.

When I get off the elevator, a staff member sitting at the front desk greets me. He seems surprised to see me but keeps eating his KFC Fill-Up Bowl.

Half of the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook is closed. At the bar, a man in his early fifties finishes off a plate of buffalo wings. He’s a regular at OTBs from Delaware Park to Monmouth. Ray took an early retirement package “from a place you use all the time” and still works part-time. His wife works full-time, and he tries to “have fun and keep busy.”

“This is the best OTB I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to all of ‘em. There’s a lot of horse guys in Philly, and this is where they come.”

Ray says he’s noticed a bigger crowd at South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook since it started offering sports betting. Obviously, customers bet on sports since the installation of the kiosks, but he says “a fair number” stay and bet on horse races.

‘People like to bet’

“People like to bet. Now it’s legal. I don’t know anyone that’s stopped using their bookie though,” he says.

Ray loves “the action.” Each place offers a different atmosphere, and he decides where to go based on his mood. If he wants a communal experience, he heads to the OTB. Or, if he wants to “drop a couple hundred” at the table, he’ll go to Harrah’s Philadelphia. If he wants convenience without leaving the house, he’ll call his bookie.

Ray isn’t interested in mobile wagering. He bets over the phone with his bookie. He also won’t be frequenting Live!

“That,” he says, pointing out the window in the direction of Live!, “isn’t going to be a place for a guy like me. They are going for a younger crowd. They aren’t even going to show horse racing there.”

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