Pennsylvania sports betting has become legal through telecommunication and online sources for eligible bettors from any part of the state. Several sports betting programs and online casinos have opened in Pennsylvania, with several online betting options for online gamblers available. The state government has approved the use of gambling software and internet gambling portals. This has led to a considerable growth in the number of people who are willing to wager on various sporting events.
In 2021, the state of Pennsylvania became the eighteenth state in the United States to open up its books for public access. The move was necessitated by the Gambling Control Act, which permits the regulation and control of sports betting, casino gambling, etc. Penn State University, the College of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Villanova University, and the University of Pennsylvania were some of the institutions that gaining access to the state’s books. However, all these institutions have remained outside of the betting books for the time being. Only licensed gaming establishments are allowed to operate betting exchanges and outlets in the state of Pennsylvania.
Online gaming venues have also sprouted in the state of Pennsylvania. As previously stated that there are only licensed gaming establishments allowed to operate online sports betting outlets, online casinos have sprouted in the state. Pennsylvania is well known for having the best brick and mortar location for gambling. The state’s main river casino is at Riverview Park in Philadelphia. This casino is one of the most popular among the residents of Pennsylvania.
Besides the proliferation of brick and mortar locations for gaming in Pennsylvania, there are also several websites that have sprung up offering Pennsylvania Hold’em, craps and other gaming options. These online sports betting sites have made it very easy for people residing in the state to place their wagers online. Some of these online sports betting sites are operated by enthusiasts who have decided to make a business out of betting on sports in the country. Others are managed by professional bookmakers that work to provide people with the best online sports betting experience in the world.
With the surge of online sports betting sites and facilities, several questions arise regarding the legality of certain sports betting activities. First, is it legal to engage in online sports betting in Pennsylvania? Secondly, is it illegal to perform sports betting activities on the World Wide Web? Thirdly, is it illegal for someone to use fake identification documents to sign up as a customer at an online sportsbook?
The first question refers to the legality of a person to use a false identity in order to place bets on different sports. Several people have been arrested for using this strategy. Another question revolves around the legality of online sportsbooks opening new accounts in Pennsylvania without first being approved by the state. The answer to this last question is that no sportsbook has opened a casino in Pennsylvania yet.
Although several online sportsbooks have opened casinos in other states, Pennsylvania is one of the few states where an applicant needs to get special authorisation from the state before he can obtain a license to operate an online sportsbook. This authorisation can be obtained only after the applicant provides the state with copies of the previous three years of income tax returns. If the applicant is an American citizen, he needs to also provide two documents that are mutually required by all American states, namely, birth certificate and passport. The applicant can open an account with any online sportsbook in Pennsylvania that offers wagering, but he first needs to acquire the license.
In summary, no online sports betting service is illegal in Pennsylvania. However, the law does not recognize all forms of wagering and some sportsbooks have been operating illegally for quite some time now. Online bookmakers are not yet legally recognized as legitimate sportsbook providers in Pennsylvania and thus, they cannot offer services like payouts in cash or credit. Payments are only given when winning a game or when a player bets on his team.