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DraftKings, a very popular sportsbook, online casino gaming, and Daily Fantasy Sport (DFS) operator has launched in Pennsylvania. The move has been widely anticipated as part of DraftKing’s overall strategy to penetrate every new sports betting market in the US as legal sportsbooks proliferate across the country.
DraftKings has built itself up as a major DFS operator in the US in both “gray” and fully legal gambling markets over the last several years. Now that the US Supreme Court has opened the door for states to legalize sports betting (in May 2018) DraftKings is making a big splash as an online sportsbook (and general casino gaming) operator as well. To this end, DraftKings has opened successful brick-and-mortar and online sportsbooks in some US state markets including Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee and West Virginia as well as PA.
In PA, DraftKings will be taking advantage of both aspects of legal sports betting (operating an online/mobile sportsbook as well as a retail location) because Pennsylvania’s regulatory body allows for both (as they now do for traditional casino gaming).
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The Meadows casino partners with DraftKings; Kambi
DraftKings enters PA by partnering with The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, located just southwest of Pittsburgh. The Meadows Casino is one of several Pennsylvania land-based casino operators who opted to purchase from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) a $10m license that allows them to legally operate a retail and mobile sportsbook in the state. Also entering the partnership is the well-known European online gaming company Kambi to assist with some of the technical aspects.
One of the biggest advantages of partnering with DraftKings for The Meadows casino is adding a big-name sports betting brand to their sportsbook. It is in this area (brand recognition) where The Meadows will really see the value of partnering with DraftKings.
Bonuses and promotional codes at DraftKings
DraftKings, like most online gaming operators, offers a healthy variety of bonuses and promos designed to attract new users and entice them to deposit money on the site and begin playing. With DraftKings platforms in other jurisdictions, a promotional code is not required to activate these bonuses and this is likely to continue in Pennsylvania.
Here’s what DraftKings offers:
In most gaming jurisdictions, DraftKings usually offers a nice mix of attractive bonuses and promotions designed to entice new users to sign up and deposit funds onto the site. Usually, a promotional code is not required to activate these bonuses. DraftKings PA online sportsbook offers the following bonuses:
- A 20% match bonus up to $1000. Deposit $5000 to claim the maximum amount, and this portion of your signup offer will clear at a rate of $1 per $25 wagered.
These promotions will vary over time as DraftKings modifies their bonuses to compete for market share as Pennsylvania’s sports betting market matures.
DraftKings will modify their bonuses and promos over time as they adjust their offerings to compete for market share as Pennsylvania’s sports betting market matures. Check back here for the latest promotions.
Is it legal to play on DraftKings in PA?
Yes, it is. Any person 21 years of age or older will legally be able to make bets on DraftKings PA as long as they are physically in the state at the time the bets are made. Players need not legally reside in PA, just be within state borders when submitting their bets online.
Accessing DraftKings in PA
The DraftKings online sportsbook will be accessible via mobile devices (phones/tablets) as well as desktop or laptop computer web browsers. Users should expect a similar experience on either platform for the most part (ignoring screen size considerations). Both ways to access DraftKings connect bettors to the same games, bets, and odds – and these are mirrored at the retail sportsbook located at The Meadows Casino.
Additionally, on these DraftKings interfaces, users have access to DraftKing’s other gaming offerings like DFS and, (eventually) online casino gaming (more on this below).
The DraftKings mobile device interface
DraftKings PA will be accessible via mobile device apps that run on the Apple iOS and Android platforms. The interface looks like this:
The DraftKings web browser interface
DraftKings uses the European online gaming giant Kambi as a technical partner for their web browser interface. Kambi is also heavily involved with several other PA sportsbooks including Parx, PlaySugarHouse, and BetRivers. The involvement of this very capable technical gaming partner ensures that the DraftKings gaming platform is safe, stable, and easy for users to navigate.
Reviewing the DraftKings sportsbook
Bettors on the DraftKings sports betting platform have access to a wide range of sporting events to choose from. College and professional variants of the most popular US sports are here of course. There are also a wide variety of international sports due to Kambi and DraftKing’s worldwide presence. One nice feature of betting in Pennsylvania: the PGCB doesn’t forbid bettors from betting on collegiate games, not even those featuring PA teams. Not all jurisdictions are this permissive.
The sports available on DraftKings include:
- Australian rules football
DraftKings features all the types of bets sophisticated US bettors have become accustomed to, including:
- Standard odds
- Money lines
- Over/unders (including half and quarter totals)
- Exotic props
Live betting on DraftKings
Another nice feature DraftKings offers is in-game betting. No longer must players worry about missing the start of a game! With live betting you can always make a bet (or two.. or twenty) on a game. As game conditions change throughout the game, lines and odds also change in real-time. This makes each game more exciting and allows many more opportunities to get in action.
Along the same lines as in-game betting, DraftKings also offers second-chance multipliers, multiple halftime totals, and a unique option in which you can pay your way out of (settle) your current bet to clear up funds to make a new one.
Live betting on DraftKings gives players an impressive array of ways to get down on their favorite games.
Odds boosts on DraftKings
DraftKings has an odds boost section in which certain sports and games are featured prominently and offered with advantageous odds. Check the odds boost games to see if the game you were interested in anyway is featured here at better odds than you expected. While you’re there, you might spy an attractive odds offer that turns a “maybe bet” game into a “gotta bet” game.
The DraftKings referral program
DraftKings offers its PA customers a free $100 bet for referring a friend to their site. This referral must be a new sign-up and they must deposit at least $5 into their account. Most importantly, to qualify the referred player must click through to DraftKings using a referral link from the original customer.
DraftKings will offer its customers the same plentiful variety of deposit and withdrawal methods as most other PA online casino sites. The various methods available all have their own unique advantages and drawbacks including ease of use and the speed of the transaction, so players should take that into consideration. Deposit and withdrawal options on DraftKings PA include:
- All major credit and debit cards
- Online bank transfer
- PayNearMe terminals (found throughout PA at several retail locations)
- Directly at The Meadows Casino
- Check by mail
Will DraftKings PA have a loyalty program?
We will all have to wait and see on this one. In other jurisdictions, DraftKings hasn’t been offering any kind of loyalty program to reward players for their business. That said, the PA market is highly competitive and DraftKings might have to add a loyalty program to acquire and maintain market share.