Winning! Rush Street and Rivers Casino Rack Up Three Gaming Operator Awards

Rush Street Interactive, owner of Rivers Casinos in PA and BetRivers online betting products, won three operator awards for 2019.

Rush Street Interactive just keeps winning.

After being named the Global Gaming Awards Digital Operator of the Year last week, RSI added two more honors this week.

Rush Street Interactive, which operates both Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and Rivers Casino Philadelphia, was named the Casino Operator of the Year and the Customer Service Operator of the Year at the 2020 EGR North America Awards.

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Big wins for Rush Street

The EGR Awards are perhaps the biggest prize in the online gaming industry and celebrate North America’s leading gaming operators.

The Casino Operator of the Year distinction is based on the originality of the company’s product, the strength of the brand, marketing and innovations that set the offering apart from competitors.

The award’s criteria focused on growth and commercial success, innovations and differentiation, quality of product, and customer acquisition and retention strategies.

“They are still the best in this group,” one of the award judges said. “They have the best platform and impressive growth.”

RSI also takes home the Customer Service Operator of the Year Award

Judges said RSI earned the Customer Service of the Year award thanks to exceptional staff engagement and a customer satisfaction strategy, continual training and development, continual measurement and efforts for retention.

“[This is] one of the best customer service teams in the US,” a judge explained. “The team is well trained and extracts more PLV [player lifetime values] from the players than most other operators.”

And as one of the other judges noted, “Rush Street Interactive’s brands have a really good reputation for customer care.”

The recent awards continue a strong couple of months for RSI, which intends to go public with an offering on the New York Stock Exchange in the near future.

Rivers Casino’s Rush Rewards Card highlights November promotions

Here in Pennsylvania, Rivers Casino Philadelphia recently announced its November promotions. Starting this Thursday, BetRivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino Philadelphia will begin a new rewards program. The Rush Rewards Card will allow users to receive incentives and earn points for their gaming play. Reward choices include free slot play and complimentary dining at Rivers Casino restaurants.

In addition to the rewards card, the BetRivers Sportsbook will be showing every NFL game for the remainder of the season, giving players plenty of chances to catch some football action. It also plans to broadcast a number of big college games from the sportsbook.

Beyond the sportsbook, the Rivers Philly restaurants will be offering some new menu and drink items.

And there will be additional promotions, contests and sweepstakes throughout the Rivers Casino Philadelphia floor this month.

Multiple ways to engage with the RSI brand in PA

With the awards and honors continuing to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that Rush Street Interactive has built a winning brand.

Fortunately, Pennsylvania’s gaming and casino fans have an outpost to visit on each side of the state. Rivers Casino Pittsburgh lies in the west. Rivers Casino Philadelphia sits in the east. And everywhere in between, players can take advantage of the BetRivers app on their mobile device.

It’s a good time to be a Pennsylvania player with access to Rush Street betting products.

That brand just keeps winning.

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PA iLottery Receives Prestigious Certification

Pennsylvania’s iLottery received recognition in the form of Internet Compliance Assessment Program certification for its responsible-gambling endeavors.

The system best known for creating winners has received a prize of its own.

Last week, the National Council on Problem Gaming issued a news release announcing that Pennsylvania’s iLottery platform has earned the distinguished Internet Compliance Assessment Program (iCAP) certification. Pennsylvania’s iLottery platform was developed and is managed by the Scientific Games Corporation.

“We congratulate the Pennsylvania Lottery and Scientific Games (both organizational members of NCPG) on achieving the iCAP certification,” said Keith Whyte, executive director of the NCPG. “Our rigorous assessment process provides the Lottery and Scientific Games with specific, actionable feedback to help better protect players and reduce problem gambling-related harm.”
The  iCAP certification verifies that the Pennsylvania Lottery’s iLottery program complies with the National Council on Problem Gaming’s Internet Responsible Gaming Standards. That certification is considered perhaps the highest honor available for lottery programs.

Pennsylvania’s iLottery joins a select group of lottery systems with iCAP certification

Only a few lottery systems have been awarded iCAP certification. Pennsylvania’s iLottery now joins fellow state programs in Georgia, Kentucky and Michigan with the prestigious recognition.
Developed with the highest standards possible, iCAP is the first and only US-based online responsible gambling assessment program for lotteries.
“By working with Scientific Games, the Lottery team and responsible-gambling experts in the industry, we were able to take a deeper dive into our iLottery program’s Responsible Gambling Initiative and ensure we are doing the right thing,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “This certification is testimony of our commitment to ensure that we are providing iLottery players with responsible-gaming tools they need to manage their play responsibly.”
But just like with most gaming partnerships, all the involved parties deserve a share of the credit. The Scientific Games Corporation has also played a pivotal role, making a commitment to responsible gaming as well.
“We are passionate about healthy play and congratulate the Pennsylvania Lottery on its industry leadership to responsibly deliver entertaining digital lottery games to its players,” said Pat McHugh, Lottery Group chief executive for Scientific Games.
McHugh noted that Scientific Games supports NCPG’s efforts. He also encouraged its lottery customers to achieve responsible-gambling certifications such as iCAP. Scientific Games is a member of NCPG and other responsible-gaming organizations.
Furthermore, Scientific Games is among the first companies to be certified by the World Lottery Association as a Responsible Gaming Supplier and is the first US lottery supplier to join the Global Lottery Monitoring System, which monitors the integrity of sports betting worldwide.

Group efforts have led to positive changes in the lottery system

The work of lottery providers, platform operators and the NCPG has led to significant progress in regulated and responsible gaming.
NCPG’s efforts to promote ethical gaming standards have had a wide-reaching impact. They’ve been incorporated into legislation, regulation and platforms in states that have legalized internet lottery games.
Pennsylvania’s iLottery is just the latest to earn some recognition for its standards. And all involved should take a bow.

Make It 10: Wind Creek Online Casino Joins Crowded PA iGaming Market

The Wind Creek online casino launched in PA to little fanfare but with an impressive sampling of games, becoming the 10th iGaming operator in the state.

And then there were 10.

Late last month, Wind Creek Bethlehem opened its online casino, making it the 10th online casino to launch in the state of Pennsylvania.

The latest development continues a busy summer for Wind Creek and its efforts to expand its gambling footprint.

In June, the Pennsylvania Gaming and Control Board approved Wind Creek’s petition to offer both a retail sportsbook location and a mobile app powered in part by BetFred, a UK-based bookmaker. The retail sportsbook is scheduled to open in November. The online app should launch before then, but a date has yet to be announced.

Wind Creek online casino is live, with lots of options

Players at the new Wind Creek online casino have plenty of gaming options. The site features more than 75 slot games, along with blackjack, roulette and video poker.

In addition, the site is offering a 100% match on a first deposit bonus up to $400.

Internet players can visit the Wind Creek online casino via web browser. And mobile users can download the casino’s app via the Amazon App Store or the Google Play store. It’s currently only available for Android.

Pala Interactive powers Wind Creek’s online casino.

Online casino players can get started in four simple steps

To play at Wind Creek’s online casino, simply visit the site and click on “Register” to begin. Users with an existing Wind Creek Player’s Card can enter either their account number and PIN or an email address and password.

New users should begin by entering the code to take advantage of the current promotion. Then you’ll need to enter an email address and a created password.

A few steps later, you’ll be live in the online casino, perhaps with a little extra money thanks to the bonus.

Wind Creek continues its transformation of Bethlehem Sands

The online casino and the upcoming retail and mobile sportsbooks further the revitalization efforts Wind Creek has undertaken since purchasing what used to be the Bethlehem Sands casino.

Wind Creek Hospitality (an affiliate of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama) took over Bethlehem Sands in 2019. The group has ambitious plans to continue developing the casino, its surrounding property and its affiliated products in the coming years. Bethlehem’s proximity to highly populated areas in New York and New Jersey is a tremendous asset.

Wind Creek’s latest effort, the online casino, carried a $10 million licensing fee. Nine other online casinos have already paid that bill, betting on the viability of casino gaming from home. Included in Wind Creek’s licensing is room for online poker, should it choose to exercise the option.

Now, players have a 10th iGaming option courtesy of Wind Creek.

Its online casino doors are open.

And you’re more than welcome to walk in.

DraftKings Paying You Twice As Much With Daily Double Up Promotion

DraftKings is giving PA bettors a chance to double their winnings once a day in its Double Up promo. Here are some upcoming games you can use it on.

Twice is nice. Really nice.

For the next few days, DraftKings Sportsbook is letting you win twice as much with its Daily Double Up promotion.

Double your winnings through Feb. 7

The Daily Double Up promotion began on Feb. 3 — right after the Super Bowl — and will run through Friday, Feb. 7.

During that period, players at the DraftKings Sportsbook can get additional winnings on up to one qualifying wager per day.

The qualifying wager each day is the eligible cash wager that settled that day and had the largest net winnings (total returns less original wager) of all your eligible settled bets that day. You can access the DraftKings promo here.

DraftKings Daily Double Up could bring you an extra $1,000

Winning bets will be paid out as usual.

Then the bonus kicks in. If it’s qualified, on the next business day, you will earn site credit (DK Dollars) equal to the value of the qualifying wager’s net winnings, up to a maximum of $500 per qualifying wager.

It’s a pretty generous promotion, but it does have a few restrictions.

  • There’s a maximum cumulative bonus of $1,000 across the offer period.
  • Only bets placed while the bettor is physically located in PA are eligible.
  • Bets placed with a Free Bet are not eligible.
  • Odds Boosts and bets settled using the Cash Out Feature are not eligible.
  • Customers betting both sides of a market will be excluded from the promotion.

What games could help you Double Up?

Now that you know how it works, you just need to pick some winners.

Here are some interesting games through Feb. 7 that might help you earn a little extra cash.


  • Pacers at Raptors (-6): Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Nuggets at Jazz (EVEN): Feb. 5 at 9 p.m.
  • 76ers at Bucks: Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.
  • Rockets at Lakers: Feb. 6 at 10:30 p.m.

College Basketball

  • No. 12 Villanova at No. 19 Butler (-3): Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
  • No. 17 Iowa at Purdue (-2): Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.
  • No. 9 Maryland at Illinois: Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.


  • Penguins at Lightning: Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Devils at Flyers: Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Red Wings at Sabres: Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

DraftKings promotion doesn’t require perfection

Pick your sport, pick your bets. The best part of the DraftKings Daily Double Up is that you don’t even have to win them all.

But for a few glorious days, the wagers that you do win will bring you double.

So you’d be wise to take advantage.

After all, twice is pretty nice.

Super Bowl Best Bets At PA Sportsbooks: MVP Odds, Anytime TD & Props Galore

Pennsylvania sportsbooks have a plethora of prop bets, parlays and more for Super Bowl Sunday, 49ers vs Chiefs. Check out our favorite bets for the Big Game.

This is it.

After this, NFL football will be gone for months. Sports fans will have to move on to basketball, which doesn’t promise the same excitement until madness hits in March. Baseball’s opening day is about two months away.

So Super Bowl LIV is your last, best chance for some NFL sports betting action for some time.

Soak it up and enjoy it.

Here at Pennsylvania Online Casino, we’ll help you prepare for all those wagers with a rundown of our favorite bets at the best PA betting sites.

The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs meet in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., and you won’t want to miss it.

Because this is it.

Fox Bet – Boosted Player Props & Parlays

Sunday’s Super Bowl will be broadcast live on Fox. And the network’s betting brand, Fox Bet, will help you win some extra money if you can make the correct wagers.

Fox Bet has boosted several wagers, many of which feature a single-game parlay bet that combines a player prop with a game result. One of the more rewarding ones would pay out +900 if 49ers tight end George Kittle has at least two receiving touchdowns and the 49ers win.

On the Kansas City side, a wager would pay out +1,100 if the Chiefs win every quarter. Tyreek Hill recording at least 100 receiving yards along with a Kansas City win would pay out +375.

At press time, Fox Bet had boosted 15 various bets, and the entire list is worth a long look.

You can also find more traditional wagers as well as some live betting options once the game kicks off on Sunday.

FanDuel – Anytime Touchdown Scorer

One of the better ways to keep your betting alive throughout Sunday’s game is to make a wager on an anytime touchdown scorer. With that bet, the game’s status in regard to the spread or total points really doesn’t matter.

You need your player to cross the goal line at some point before the game ends. FanDuel Sportsbook is helping that cause with a promotion.

If you make a bet of $25 or more on a player to score at any time,  FanDuel will pay out a $1 bonus in site credit for every point scored by your selected player’s team (up to $25).

Here’s a quick rundown of the anytime scorer odds:

  • Raheem Mostert (SF): -145
  • George Kittle (SF): +125
  • Deebo Samuel (SF): +160
  • Emmanuel Sanders (SF): +240
  • Matt Breida (SF): +270
  • Tevin Coleman (SF): +270
  • Jimmy Garoppolo (SF): +650
  • Damien Williams (KC): -135
  • Travis Kelce (KC): +100
  • Tyreek Hill (KC): +105
  • Sammy Watkins (KC): +250
  • Mecole Hardman (KC): +360
  • Pat Mahomes (KC): +400
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BetRivers – MVP Bets

BetRivers has two different bets available on the game’s MVP. The first option is a straight bet on a specific player. The odds for that one are below:

  • Patrick Mahomes: +115
  • Jimmy Garoppolo: +225
  • Raheem Mostert: +900
  • George Kittle: +1,600
  • Tyreek Hill: +2,000
  • Travis Kelce: +2,000
  • Nick Bosa: +2,500
  • Damien Williams: +2,500

The second option allows you to bet on the position of the eventual MVP. Those odds are as follows:

  • Quarterback: -230
  • Running back/Fullback: +500
  • Any defender: +550
  • Wide receiver: +750
  • Tight end: +900
  • Kicker/punter/long snapper: +6,600

PlaySugarHouse – Game Props

Over at PlaySugarHouse, several game props can keep the entire game interesting. Both Kansas City and San Francisco are -112 to record the game’s first down.

The Chiefs are -118 to obtain the most first downs. The 49ers are -106. For the longest punt return, Kansas City is -134, and San Francisco is +105. Here are a few others:

  • Either team to convert a fourth down is -400 for “Yes” and +295 for “No.”
  • Either team to have a successful two-point conversion is +240 for “Yes” and -335 for “No.”
  • A safety to be scored is +900 for “Yes” and -1,430 for “No.”

This is it.

Your last chance to bet NFL football arrives on Sunday. Thankfully, there is a plethora of options awaiting at your favorite sportsbook. Choose wisely.

Good luck, and enjoy the game.

Best Prop Bets At PA Sportsbooks For NFL Conference Championships

Check out our favorite prop bets available at Pennsylvania sportsbooks for the NFL AFC and NFC Championship matches this weekend.

Maybe it’s time to mix things up.

Try something new. Do something different.

After all, it is the beginning of a brand new year.

So in this article, we’re going to skip over all the traditional bets and focus on all those that are a little more unique.

The NFL’s Conference Championship games kick off this weekend with a Super Bowl berth awaiting the winners.

So we’ve picked our favorite bet from a number of our state’s sportsbooks and shared the corresponding odds.

Now, all you have to do is to pick the correct side.

Good luck!

BetRivers: Titans at Chiefs, Player Rushing Yards

BetRivers is giving you a chance to bet on the rushing yards for a number of different players in Sunday’s first game. The over/under for Titans running back Derrick Henry is set at 109.5 yards.

Kansas City running back Damian Williams has a total of 57.5. Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill (15.5) and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (18.5) have much lower totals.

Lastly, Henry is -375 to have the game’s most rushing yards. Williams is +275.

FanDuel Sportsbook: Titans at Chiefs,  Player Passing Touchdowns

If you’d rather bet on the game’s passing offense, FanDuel Sportsbook has you covered.

The over/under for Tannehill’s passing touchdowns is set at 1.5. Mahomes has multiple totals available. Here are the odds:

  • Over 2.5 (+120)
  • Under 2.5 (-154)
  • Over 1.5 (-235)
  • Under 1.5 (+180)

BetAmerica: Titans at Chiefs, 1st Half/1st Quarter Spreads

Maybe you want more immediate results on your wagers. If that’s the case, BetAmerica has it, with some betting lines posted for the first quarter and the first half.

The first quarter spread is set at Kansas City -0.5. The first quarter over/under is 10 points. For the first half, the spread jumps to Kansas City -4. The first quarter total is 25.5.

DraftKings: Packers at 49ers, Game Parlays

DraftKings Sportsbook has parlays posted featuring the moneyline and the total points of the San Francisco/Green Bay game.

The Packers would return good value with +500 odds to win paired with either over or under 46.5. The 49ers are +148 with either the over or the under.

PlaySugarHouse: Packers at 49ers, Field Goals

If you’d like to wager on the kicking game, PlaySugarHouse is a good place to start. The over/under for the game’s successful field goals is 3.5. Both teams have an individual total of 1.5, but the odds vary.

San Francisco’s over 1.5 pays -160, while Green Bay’s is +110. Additionally, the under for the 49ers is +123, while the Packers have an under price of -148.

Fox Bet: Packers at 49ers, Touchdown Scorers

FOX Bet has odds available on a number of players to score the game’s first touchdown. Here’s a quick at the favorites for each team:

Packers player odds:

  • Aaron Jones (GB), +600
  • Davante Adams (GB), +900
  • Jamaal Williams (GB), +1600
  • Jimmy Graham (GB), +2000

49ers player odds:

  • George Kittle (SF), +750
  • Raheem Mostert (SF), +800
  • Tevin Coleman (SF), +800
  • Emmanuel Sanders (SF), +1000

FOX Bet also has prices available for the aforementioned players to score a touchdown at any point in the game. However, those odds would return a lot less.

They have also boosted odds on a number of their player props, so those are worth a look as well. One of them boosts the price of Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Garoppolo throwing for over 250 passing yards to +350. That bet becomes available at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

If you’re looking to mix it up this Sunday, your local sportsbook has plenty of options. We listed some of our favorites, but there are many others available.

Find the right one and your willingness to do something different may pay off in the end.

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Get Wild This NFL Playoffs Weekend With These PA Sportsbook Promos

Several Pennsylvania sportsbooks are boosting the odds and unveiling hundreds of props for the first-ever Wild Card Weekend with online betting.

Can they do it again?

The Philadelphia Eagles are in the NFL playoffs once again. And once again, the odds appear stacked against them. In fact, Parx Sportsbook has the Eagles as a long shot to even win the NFC, checking in at +1,400.

But Philadelphia’s fate was somewhat similar two years ago and the birds ended up winning it all. So maybe there’s  a little room left for optimism.

DraftKings Sportsbook has certainly gotten into the spirit, offering Pennsylvania players an odds boost of 100/1 on the Eagles to win the Super Bowl. With those odds, a $5 bet could net $500.

It all starts with the Bills and the Texans Saturday afternoon at 4:35 p.m. The Seahawks and the Eagles will close out the weekend a day later.

Here’s a quick rundown of the Eagles/Seahawks matchup and the other playoff games too, complete with all the corresponding odds at our region’s sportsbooks.

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Seahawks at Eagles (+1.5): 1/5, 4:40 p.m.

Philadelphia is a home underdog in a rematch of a Week 12 game that the Seahawks won 17-9. Parx has Seattle at -125 on the moneyline. The Eagles are +102. The game’s over/under is set at 45 points, perhaps a result of what appears to be a favorable weather forecast Sunday. There are also a number of alternate spreads and totals available for those seeking different numbers in the contest.

As far as prop bets are concerned, Philadelphia’s Boston Scott (+550) and Mile Sanders (+600) are the favorites to be the first touchdown scorer. Tyler Lockett leads the way for Seattle at +850. There are also bets available for total touchdowns, individual quarters, and halftime as well, giving players a number of different entry points into the playoff action.

FanDuel is also offering blown lead insurance on all of the weekend’s playoff games. Players who opt-in and make a $50 pre-live moneyline bet can receive up to $50 in site credit back if their team leads after any quarter, but ends up losing the game.

Titans at Patriots (-5.5): 1/4, 8:15 p.m.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel returns to meet his former coach Bill Belichick in the Saturday night playoff showdown. FanDuel has the Patriots at -225 on the moneyline, while the Titans are +190.

New England is looking to rebound after losing three of its last five games, including an ugly one to the Dolphins last week that cost them a bye. Saturday’s game’s total is set at 44.5 points. FanDuel has the Titans over/under at 20 points. The Patriots’ number is set at 25.

FanDuel also has bets posted on the first quarter, the first half, and a lengthy list of player props as well.

Vikings at Saints (-8): 1/5, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday’s first action is a rematch of the contest that featured an epic playoff ending two years ago. In that game, Minnesota receiver Stefon Diggs went 61-yards for a score on the final play to lift the Vikings past the Saints.

This time around, the Saints are at home, and are heavier favorites too. BetRivers has New Orleans at -420 on the moneyline. Minnesota is +310. The game’s over/under is set at 50 points. There are a number of alternate spreads and totals available as well.

Michael Thomas is the favorite to be the first touchdown scorer at +550 for the Saints. The Vikings favorite is Dalvin Cook at +850. In all, BetRivers has 180 wagers available for Sunday’s first game, setting players up nicely for an action-packed afternoon.

Bills at Texans (-3): 1/4, 4:25 p.m.

Saturday’s first playoff game features two 10-6 teams. Oddsmakers have installed Houston as a favorite, leaning toward the home team. FOX Bet has the Texans at -143 on the moneyline. The Bills are +120. The game’s over/under is set at 44 points.

Deandre Hopkins and Carlos Hyde check in as the favorites for Houston’s first touchdown scorer, both of whom carry +800 odds. Devin Singletary leads the way for Buffalo at +850. FOX Bet also has odds posted for individual players to score at any point in Saturday’s game. At press time, there are also nine prop bets posted with boosted odds. The most valuable option rewards players who are willing to bet on a final score of Texans 24, Bills 21. That bet returns +10,000, bringing in over $500 on a $5 bet.

DraftKings Sportsbook Fully Live In Pennsylvania, Now Available In Four States

After three days of testing, DraftKings Sportsbook Pennsylvania is fully live with plenty of promos and offers for new customers.

And now there are four.

DraftKings Sportsbook cleared Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) testing and is now fully live in Pennsylvania.


DraftKings Sportsbook is now available in the following four states:

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • West Virginia
  • Indiana

“We have seen immense success over the last year with our sportsbook product and are thrilled for this pivotal next step as DraftKings expands into Pennsylvania,” said Jason Robins, co-founder and chief executive officer at DraftKings. “Pennsylvania is home to two of the biggest sports cities in the world and multiple big-time college programs, with some of the most diehard fan bases of all-time. We could not be more excited to introduce those fans to our top-rated mobile sportsbook and provide them with the unrivaled experience that has become synonymous with DraftKings.”

DraftKings Sportsbook available via browsers and app

To access DraftKings Sportsbook via web browser, go to Once your account is created and your location is verified, you’ll have access to DraftKings’ entire sportsbook offerings.

In addition to the typical sports bets available, such as point spreads and moneylines, you should also find other unique opportunities, including:

  • Odds boosts
  • Prop bets
  • Pools
  • Futures bets
  • Pregame protection
  • Parlay insurance
  • Pools contests
  • Flash bets (live bets specific to the next play or drive of the game)

For those interested in access via an app, simply downloading the DraftKings Sportsbook app will get you started.

However, those of you who have used the sportsbook app previously in another state will be able to skip that step. You can log in with your user name and password, and after geolocation is approved, the existing account and current balance will appear.

Also, you can do so on the same app you’ve been using in other states. The DraftKings Sportsbook app geolocates and works in any of its four operating states.

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DraftKings app will have easy access across states

The DraftKings app is available for both iOS and Android devices. It also has an embedded wallet and location features that will allow the player to travel across the states that have approved it.

In fact, many users will likely find its interface similar to FanDuel’s, which went live at the end of July and should serve as DraftKings’ closest competition.

DraftKings and FanDuel dominate New Jersey, PA likely next

In New Jersey, FanDuel and DraftKings finished first and second in online revenue in the state’s latest sports wagering report.

FanDuel’s app in Pennsylvania launched over three months ago, giving that entity a sizable headstart in the Keystone State. However, with DraftKings’ brand recognition and marketing power, the gap will likely close considerably in the next several months.

DraftKings launching with substantial promotions

In order to attract some new players in conjunction with its online launch, DraftKings is offering a 20% deposit bonus of up to $500 (subject to some playthrough requirements). That offer lasts until Dec. 2.

You can also get a free $25 just for signing up. The site will give you five free $5 bets to get you started just for signing up for an account.

DraftKings is also extending some interesting game and team-specific promotions. You can make a risk-free bet of up to $25 on Pitt or Penn State in college football. And if you bet the Steelers moneyline in their game against the LA Rams on Sunday, you could earn $6 toward a free bet for every touchdown Pittsburgh scores.

There will likely be even more promotions arriving in the future as DraftKings aims to close the gap with all the other online sportsbooks that arrived beforehand.

Put simply; it’s game on.

And, with DraftKings around, the competition will be heating up.

Jerome Bettis Driving The FanDuel Marketing Bus

Pittsburgh Steelers legend Jerome Bettis is teaming up with Pennsylvania’s FanDuel Sportsbook for a series of videos featuring The Bus.

How much does an actual bus weigh? How many are there in Pennsylvania?

FanDuel has recruited Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, for a new video series called Over or Under, which debuted last week.

In the first installment, Bettis took a shot at answering the aforementioned questions. He guessed under 20,000 pounds on the weight of an actual bus (it’s about 30,000) but correctly guessed over 8,000 on the number of actual buses in Pennsylvania (it’s above 55,000).

Bettis should give FanDuel a marketing boost

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, FanDuel announced its partnership with Bettis in August. Expect to see a lot more of Bettis in FanDuel-related content, as the company vies to be the biggest name in Pennsylvania sports betting.

Last week its biggest competitor arrived in Pennsylvania just south of Pittsburgh. The Meadows Casino and Racetrack in Washington opened a DraftKings-branded retail sportsbook on. Pending approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming and Control Board, the company should open an online sportsbook later this month.

And thus, a big name and charming personality like Bettis should help FanDuel’s marketing efforts in what figures to be some healthy sports betting competition across the state.

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FanDuel, DraftKings consistent leaders in NJ sports betting

In neighboring New Jersey, DraftKings and FanDuel are the clear leaders among sports betting brands. In September, DraftKings led the state in online betting revenue, according to Legal Sports Report. DraftKings helped the Resorts AC license generate more than $8.5 million in online revenue (a portion of which was produced by FOX Bet).

FanDuel finished second in New Jersey with more than $2.5 million in revenue during September. Taken together, the two entities accounted for $11 million of New Jersey’s $12.5 million in digital revenue during September.

FanDuel also led the state’s retail sportsbooks in September revenue with a total of $4.38 million.

How will the FanDuel/DraftKings competition look in PA?

It will be interesting to see how the competition for FanDuel and DraftKings shapes up in the Keystone State. With FanDuel’s retail sportsbook situated in Valley Forge, a heavy foot traffic and tourism area, it’s possible the company can maintain its position as a retail sportsbook leader in Pennsylvania as well.

On the online front, DraftKings is playing from behind. FanDuel’s sportsbook app launched in late July, likely giving it at least three-month headstart before the DraftKings offering arrives.

Expect the DraftKings app to feature some generous promotions aimed at recruiting new players once it is approved by the PGCB. And beyond that, expect some healthy competition that should provide numerous betting options for PA players.

There will also be some aggressive marketing and promotions by both sides.

And for FanDuel, they are certain to use the Bus again sometime soon.

FanDuel Ready For NHL Season With Plenty Of Futures Bets

Hockey season does not start until Oct.2, but Pennsylvania NHL bettors can get down season-long and Stanley Cup action on their favorite teams.

Winter is coming.

So is hockey season, too.

FanDuel Sportsbook is getting everyone ready by releasing more than 130 betting options for the upcoming season.

Pennsylvania’s two NHL teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, also appear in a number of bets with a wide array of player futures.

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Penguins, Flyers offer good returns on Stanley Cup

At press time, both the Penguins and Flyers would provide excellent returns if they were to win the Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh is +2500 to win Lord Stanley’s Cup. Philadelphia would pay out even greater odds at +3600. According to FanDuel, the Stanley Cup favorites are:

  • Tampa Bay (+700)
  • Las Vegas (+1,050)
  • Washington (+1500)

FanDuel also has season point totals

FanDuel’s extensive hockey posting also included over/under wagers on season point totals for all NHL teams. The Penguins season total is set at 93.5 points. The Flyers number is set at 89.5. The Tampa Bay Lightning have the highest total at 109.5.

Bettors can also wager on conference and division winners. Pittsburgh is +300 to win the division and +1600 to win the Eastern Conference. The Flyers have a division price of +1100 and conference odds of +2200.

Numerous player futures available as well

The bounty of betting options extends well beyond our home-state teams. Bettors can wager on player point totals for the season, as well as award winners and team or division-leading scorers.

Connor McDavid (+390) is the favorite for the Hart Trophy, which is essentially the NHL’s MVP Award. Penguins star Sidney Crosby is +750 and teammate Evgeni Malkin is +2900.

Philadelphia Flyer Claude Giroux is a whopping +6000 for the Hart Trophy. Giroux is also the favorite to be the Flyers leading scorer at +140. Sean Couturier is next at +170.

For Pittsburgh, Crosby is a heavy favorite to be the leading scorer at -290. Malkin (+430) and Jake Guentzel (+850) are next.

Head-to-head betting on Penguins/Flyers

One of the more interesting bets available on FanDuel is a head-to-head option based on which team records the most points for the season. In the Penguins-Flyers faceoff, Pittsburgh is -156 while Philadelphia is +128. In a face-off with the Washington Capitals, the Penguins are +124 while the Caps are +150.

There are also a healthy array of season props, including which team will have the most goals for the entire season. The Tampa Bay Lightning is the favorite at +340. The Penguins are +3100 and the Flyers return +4000.

Other sportsbooks will offer NHL futures as well

It’s a safe bet that many of the other Pennsylvania online sportsbooks will offer their lengthy list of NHL futures.

And the real winners are the fans, who will have unprecedented access to NHL betting options this season.

Winter is coming and preseason hockey has already started. The regular season begins on Oct. 2.

For players across Pennsylvania, it’s never been easier to get a bet in.

And FanDuel has provided plenty of choices.