Embrace The Sports Betting This Thanksgiving Weekend

With a day full of turkey and football, why choose between the two? With online betting live in PA, embrace sports betting this Thanksgiving.

In 2018, Pennsylvania sports bettors celebrated both the launch of retail sports betting and Thanksgiving in the same week.

This year, bettors can enjoy their first Thanksgiving feast where they can bet on their phones.

Whether you’re visiting relatives or hosting a hearty feast in at home, there is bound to be a football on at least one TV this coming Thanksgiving. Here’s the Turkey Day lineup of NFL games:

  • 12:30 p.m.  ET: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
  • 4:30 p.m. ET: Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • 8:30 p.m. ET: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

With football in action and betting an option, let’s take a look at how to embrace the sports betting when it comes to Thanksgiving this year.

How to have a sports betting-friendly Thanksgiving

After the “how was your drive in, how are the kids, how can I help” small talk, there is the uh-oh emptiness. How can conversation steer clear of topics like politics, religion, and medical ailments?

Since neither the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Philadelphia Eagles are playing this Thanksgiving, it can be a time to share your frustrations with fellow fans of the state’s home teams. The expectations for both the Steelers and Eagles have fallen way short. Uncle Rob isn’t wearing his Roethlisberger jersey this Thanksgiving? Did he place a futures bet on the Steelers?

Family drama getting tense in the adults-only fan cave? Share a bad beat story one of your NFL sports bets this season to ease the tension. With neither of the PA teams in action, make some friendly bets and $5 wagers on your betting apps about Thursday’s games.

A new Thanksgiving tradition

There’s been a shift from “gifts” to “experiences.” Instead of starting the holiday season poring over ads or clicking “add to cart,” share the excitement of watching a game together.

Here’s one way to make sports betting with 21+ family members a part of your Thanksgiving traditions:

Have the bettors start with a bank. Say $50 to place bets during the Thanksgiving games. You have to make a minimum of three bets. It could be player props, over/unders, a spread bet, etc. Whoever ends the day with the most in the bank wins.

Then there are a buffet of possible family-friendly prop bets:

  • Whoever picks the most winners gets to pick first at holiday gift swap/auction.
  • Bottle of wine to the winner.
  • Winner gets first pick in the family fantasy draft the following year.
  • Losers do the dishes.
  • Losers take the kids to see Frozen II

Start Black Friday early with some sports betting app offers

Most every PA sportsbook is serving up multiple promotions around the slate of games. Black Friday may be the day after Thanksgiving, but for bettors, there are plenty of holiday deals to use to their advantage.


Sports bettors in PA and NJ have the chance to gobble up DraftKings’ risk-free Thanksgiving parlay in addition to new customer bonuses, which include five free $5 bets and a 20% deposit match bonus up to $500.

Here are the details:

  1. To participate, a new user must bet on each of the three football games on Thanksgiving Day and combine them into a single parlay.
  2. If the parlay hits, the user is paid out as normal. But if the parlay busts, the user gets a free bet matching their initial stake (up to $100.)
  3. Each user should be credited by 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the latest.

In addition, DraftKings has a whole range of freebies for new and existing sports betting customers. They have even arranged them in Menu-esque order.

DraftKings Thanksgiving giveback free bet
$5 Free Bet to all our sportsbook customers to use on Thanksgiving to use on the sporting event of their choice Thanksgiving day., Nov. 28. For use on sports events: 11/28. All users must place their bet by the end of the day on Thanksgiving

Appetizer: Flash bet
Who wants to get hangry waiting for the main course? Nope, not me either. Bet in-game on result of drive or next team to Score with a $5 NFL Flash Bet risk-free for any Thanksgiving game.

Only NFL games on Nov. 28 are eligible, which includes all three Thanksgiving Day games.

Main Course: Extra leg parlay
DraftKings is giving everyone an extra serving on their NFL parlay. Place a parlay on three NFL games and DraftKings will pay out as if you hit an additional fourth leg.

This promotion is available on all Week 13 NFL games, however, bets must be placed on Nov. 28.

Desert? Dessert? D-ssert!
Bet at least $25 on the total points for one of the NFL Thanksgiving games and get $5 for every turnover and $1 for every sack in that game.


If you’d rather wait to bet on college football or a different sport besides the NFL, FanDuel is giving a special Thanksgiving bonus to new users with more flexibility than the other promos.

  1. Sign up and get $20 in free bet credits. No deposit required.
  2. Enter the promo code: TURKEY
  3. Promotion runs from Nov. 25 – Dec. 2
  4. The offer can be used in addition to the $500 risk-free bet.
  5. FanDuel will issue the bonus within 72 hours. Customer credit expires seven days after receipt.

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Pennsylvania’s newest online sportsbook, Unibet, is offering a “Turkey Leg Parlay Boost.”

Starting Nov. 26, Unibet is giving bettors in PA and NJ the chance for a 50%  profit boost when they parlay all three of the Thanksgiving NFL games against the spread.

Here are the details:

  1. Pick three teams against the spread for only the Thanksgiving Day games.
  2. Once the three teams are selected, be sure to click on “bonus offers” and the 50% boost will appear. The maximum bet is $50 bet.
  3. Promo runs from Nov. 26 9:00 a.m. to Thursday, Nov. 28 at 12:30 p..m.

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Unibet Goes Live With Online Casino And Sportsbook At Same Time

Mohegan Sun Pocono, partnered with Unibet, has ambitiously launched both an online sportsbook and an online casino.

Unibet, which is owned by European gaming giant Kindred, has created a single-access online site.

Unibet becomes the seventh sports betting app in Pensylvania and the fifth online casino in PA. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved the operation after testing last week.

A huge plus for bettors: Unibet Sportsbook allows gamblers to register just once, toggle between the casino and sportsbook with one click and, most importantly, to share an electronic wallet.

The Mohegan Sun had launched a retail sportsbook in late September with Unibet and Kindred. The physical sportsbook at the casino has a lounge of 1,130 square feet.

Unibet and parent Kindred are huge in Europe

Kindred is an established player in the European gaming market. It deployed the Unibet brand in the American market earlier this year in New Jersey via Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City.

Unibet recently became the official casino partner of the Philadelphia Eagles with a sponsorship agreement for its online casino, but not the sportsbook.

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Unibet online casino, at a glance

Pala Interactive, a supplier of casino games, is behind the online casino portion of the Unibet and Mohegan Sun sites.

The site debuted with 75 slot titles and plans to add about 75 more. There are at least eight exclusive titles.

Popular slots include:

  • DaVinci Diamonds
  • Divine Fortune
  • Guns N’ Roses

Signing up means $10 in free play. There is a deposit bonus of up to $500, with the usual playthrough requirements.

Other Unibet casino offerings

Unibet also is offering weekly bonuses on one select title each week.

The offer debuted on the Blood Sucker slot. If a player wagers $100 on the title, there’s a $25 bonus credit that is good for 30 days, and with a playthrough requirement.

The online casino also offers baccarat, seven variations of roulette, four blackjack variations and three online poker titles, two of which are exclusives.

Getting started at Unibet

There are numerous ways to deposit at Unibet. Most of the methods are viable withdrawal options, except for one.

They are:

  • ACH/e-check
  • PayPal
  • A cash deposit (PayNearMe)
  • Instant banking
  • Visa and Mastercard for deposits
  • Play+ card
  • Casino cage at Mohegan Sun Pocono

No iPhone app as of yet

Android phone users can download an app directly from the Unibet site.

However, Apple users must download GeoGuard, so a gambler’s location within PA can first be verified. Then a browser connection can be accessed.

Unibet has said it is working on the iOS app, but have given no timetable.

Unibet offers a help center, email, live chat and a phone line — 877-286-5303 — for customers with questions.