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- Loads of betting markets and bet types
- Integration with DraftKings Daily Fantasy
- Top-notch teaser and parlay pricing
- Loaded promotional schedule
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DraftKings Sportsbook debuted online in New Jersey in August 2018 and finally made its way online in Pennsylvania in November 2019. After ironing out a lot of kinks and making technological improvements over 14 months of trials and troubleshooting in neighboring NJ, the DK Sportsbook app/web platform immediately took the podium among the best available PA online sportsbooks.
While we do have some nitpicking in the coming sections and note enhancements we’d like to see, the main takeaway is that DK offers a comprehensive, reliable and of course, safe sportsbook that will be a market juggernaut thanks to its brand recognition and crossover with its array of daily fantasy sports contests.
DraftKings Sportsbook highlights include: a robust number of markets and betting options across (nearly) every sport and league, clean and fast interfaces on mobile apps and the web platform, plus frequent promotions.
The main area for improvement is in pricing: the vig on spread bets, props (and elsewhere) sometimes lags behind the pricing at competing sites, such as FanDuel (as well as some popular but offshore sports wagering sites).
But the DK Sportsbook has a ton to offer, especially for more recreational or semi-recreational sports bettors, and continues to gain more through experience and innovation.
Through a special partnership with DraftKings Sportsbook, we are offering PennBets readers a $50 Free Bet, plus a first deposit match up to $1000 when they sign up using the links featured on this page.
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|Online since||November 2019|
When you deposit at least $5, DraftKings will credit your account with a $50 Free Bet. Bet it within 30 days and win, and you will take home the winnings on that wager, but not the Free Bet amount.
You’ll also receive a Deposit Match on your first deposit up to $1000. If you want to receive the full $1000, you have to deposit $5000, but you will still receive 20% of your first deposit in bonus funds if you deposit less. For instance, if your first deposit is $100, you will receive $20 in bonus funds. The wagering requirements are pretty hefty though. For every $25 wagered, $1 in bonus funds will be released.
DraftKings Sportsbook offers a variety of promotions, some of them recurring, others a one-off. On most major sports you’ll see “odds boosts” — for example, on player prop bets (such as first TD scorer), or on combination outcomes such as three underdogs on a big UFC card — where the odds on the underdog might go from about +300 to +400. Often they’re not great bets to begin with, but you may find an edge or just find a fun prop to bet on with a higher payout.
Recurring promotions include “parlay insurance,” where if you place a 5+ leg parlay (sometimes 4+ legs) on any sport you get your bet back if you miss one leg (up to $25). There’s “pregame protection” for the English Premier League season, where if a game ends 0-0, you’ll get your bet back (up to $25).
As noted above, the DK Sportsbook in PA will have locally-themed promos such as “Always Scoring in Philadelphia,” where if you bet the Eagles to win, you’ll get $6 for every TD they score, regardless of the outcome. In a game where their team total is 26.5, you should be looking at somewhere between $12 and $24 separate from the outcome of your Eagles bet.
Also, from time to time, you will receive emails about upcoming events, which offers free bets of $10 or $25 or $50 just for making an in-game wager on a certain event. Those are the promos ripe for targeting, rather than the odds boosts.
The sportsbook recently created a rewards program that’s not based in some way on actual dollars wagered, but rather, “Missions.” You can check out offers (“unlock your rewards”) under the Rewards menu (bottom right on the app; middle tab on desktop).
“Missions” — should you choose to accept it (sorry) — will most commonly unlock a free bet should you meet the mission’s requirements, which may simply be making a few bets in a week or during a round of the NCAA basketball tournament, for example. Or it might be you need to make a futures bet on golf, or place four parlays of 3+ legs.
You can check the status of missions, and see if you have any new mission offers, by going to Rewards → Missions. If you’re going to go after any of these bonuses, make sure to click “opt in” first so you get credit.
DK has also deployed “Missions” on the DFS side, where you get virtual currency known as “Crowns” for completing missions. Those Crowns are then redeemable for tournament entries or merchandise. We expect at some point to see a sports betting version of this, perhaps crowns redeemable for a $5 or $25 wager and so forth.
If you already have a DraftKings DFS account, you can simply use that information to log into the sportsbook.
If you don’t have an account, just follow these steps:
Once the account is verified, you can make a deposit that allows you to claim the bonus offer. Note that you can actually create an account and deposit from outside Pennsylvania, but you have to be located in the state to make a real-money wager.
DraftKings Sportsbook in PA offers its sports wagering platform on both desktop and mobile devices. There’s a version of the app for both Android and iOS powered devices.
The desktop (or “web-based”) software integrates the daily fantasy platform, however on mobile devices it’s a separate app, so if you’re in a rush before a game starts, probably better to jam on the computer than the phone.
When you visit the desktop version, you’ll see it’s not the prettiest or fanciest design or layout, but it’s totally functional and should not leave bettors wanting in many areas. The desktop deploys as black/light gray/dark gray/neon green and orange color scheme, with white-colored typeface in most areas.
When you visit the homepage, you’ll see a carousel at the top showing promotions, odds on a big upcoming game/event, and below that a snapshot of the live betting menu. You can easily access popular sports/leagues along the bar near the top of the screen. And the A to Z menu will direct you to the full map of leagues and sports and less popular markets such as Tour de France.
When you click on a league, for example, the NFL, you’ll access a screen showing the next slate of upcoming games, with the current point spread, game total and money lines for every game that week. From that screen, you can access all the alternative point spread and alternative totals, for every single game. This is a really convenient feature for comparison and construction of homemade teasers/parlays, also for easy comparison against other legal sportsbook sites. Other “bet types” are displayed in the same view, with prices for every game, including halves, totals, props, and more.
It’s not totally obvious, but click on one of the team names (in the Steelers matchup for example), and you’ll reach a sub-menu showing all the markets, such as game props and player props, for that particular game. This is nitpicky, but one complaint is that accessing sub-menus and certain wager types is not obvious and requires some playing around. But if you’re a regular DK Sportsbook user, over time you’ll figure out exactly how to get around, like anything else.
Once you choose a wager, it will show in your bet slip on the right side of the screen. Conveniently, the betting board will still appear at left, so you can continue filling up your bet slip as you consider which bets, whether straight bets or otherwise, you eventually want to finalize.
You can easily remove a bet from your slip by hitting the “X” at left. And if you’re in the parlay visualization field, the odds will display — and update — as you add/subtract additional legs. Then based on the stake you enter, the screen will show the corresponding potential payout.
Also along the top bar, you can access other DK Sportsbook features, such as “Pools,” which are one-day or one-week pick ‘em (handicapping) contests, both small groups (friends and family or frenemies) or larger groups if you’re looking for more competition and upside. There’s also “Flash Bet,” DK’s in-game wagering interface that streamlines the live betting process on more discrete events, such as game-by-game wagering in tennis, or pitch-by-pitch for baseball.
Those kind of markets are subject to delays, frustration and streaming media lag, so we generally recommend sticking to in-game betting during stoppages.
If you go to the top right and click your username, you can access the dropdown menu for account information, where you can process withdrawals (this should be more visible!) or choose a “cool off” if you need to avoid going on tilt.
Also, DK has improved players’ ability to review in a neat summary the month-by-month and year-by-year performances (profits and losses).
“My Bets” from the main menu will show your settled and open bets, allowing you to review recent and pending wagers and corresponding payouts. For a complete rundown on your transactions, make the request from the “account information” page.
The mobile app is available on both iOS and Android systems via direct download from mobile browsers, and for iOS devices, through Apple’s app store (not yet on Google Play for Droiders).
The mobile app is pretty much a condensed version of the desktop version of the sportsbook. All the same markets and options are available, but there are some design and layout differences, which is to be expected.
You can make a deposit and request a withdrawal on the app, same as the desktop version. Account settings are accessible through the circular icon at the top left of the screen.
The app is fast, smooth and responsive, and like any app, best used when connected to WiFi as opposed to running on data, though it works fine with either connectivity.
A couple of noteworthy nuances: When using the bet slip/constructing bets, you’ll need to bounce back and forth between the board and slip, as the slip occupies the full screen. It’s just a mild inconvenience, or perhaps a reason to give the wider desktop version a whirl.
Speaking of “wider,” a navigational gripe is the horizontal display of the shortcuts in the upper third of the screen (white background). To access additional leagues/sports, swipe right. It’s not obvious and also very easy to “fat finger” to the wrong area. Same issue with sports and other menus where you need to drag the screen left to move around. A pop-out side menu on the left would make navigation smoother.
Like the desktop version, the app will automatically sign users out after about 7 to 10 minutes of inactivity. This is a state law requirement and a safety measure. The app does crash from time to time, and requires updates when prompted. Pretty standard.
Closing with one positive: Through account settings, you can opt into using a fingerprint (biometric login) to open up your account. Easier and faster than punching in a password.
Sports bettors in Pennsylvania may use the same convenient methods (a lot of them!) for depositing as patrons in New Jersey and Indiana.
If you’re playing lower stakes, no problem. DraftKings sets its deposit minimums very low at $5 per transaction.
Now for withdrawals, available methods include:
DraftKings Pennsylvania mostly offers standard pricing that you’d see at competing PA sportsbooks (such as FanDuel or FOXBet) or in Las Vegas, which is -110 on both sides of an NFL or NBA game, and money lines that are consistent with market norms.
That said, one area for improvement we’ve seen is some slightly higher vigs on some sides and totals, with uneven numbers that exceed “20 cents,” such as -109/-112 or -103/-120. It’s slight, but margins matter and we just don’t understand why they don’t uniformly stick with the traditional 20 cents in these sports.
Money line pricing is on par with other online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania. In other words, generally reasonable and competitive across all sports. Of course, it’s always smart to shop around and find the best price for the side you’re looking to take.
Parlay pricing is fair and consistent with industry standards, with two-leggers paying +265 on even odds wagers, and three-leggers paying +597. That’s a little bit better than competing FanDuel.
Player props, game props, team props and so forth are hit or miss, but with a lot of misses that leaves room for improvement. DraftKings offers scores of two-way (yes/no) player and game props, but the pricing can be pretty poor with lines like +105/-137 and -175/+125 the norm.
Same story for derivatives like 1st half/quarter scores, with lines generally set at around 30 to 35 cents, such as -125/-105. A change here would do the players good.
Pricing for live or in-game betting is generally decent, with totals and sides customarily listed in the 25-30 cent range, such as -115/-115. Industry norm is for in-game prices to be slightly inferior to pregame pricing (-110/-110) in this way.
Futures markets is an area where DraftKings often offers more value than the competition. Such as World Series or NBA Champion, or division winners, golf outrights such as The Masters champion.
Last thing here: DraftKings does have a reputation for limiting some who are considered “sharp.” That is: proven winners, people who consistently beat the consensus line. While there is value in serving and taking the smart money, the DK Sportsbook brass may just be catering to the recreational bettor. Takeaway is, if you’re really successful there, you may have trouble continuing to get down a decent quantity of money.
DraftKings offers a wide variety of betting markets. All the staples like NFL, NHL, MLB, and NBA are well represented, along with tons of soccer leagues (over 80), more than 25 tennis leagues, and alternative sporting events like Australian rules football, cricket, cycling, darts, golf, and MMA.
In total, there are 16 betting markets and over 150 different leagues represented. That’s quite the loaded menu, so kudos to DraftKings Sportsbook PA for its diversity here.
One of DraftKings’ biggest strengths compared to most legal online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania is the diversity and expansiveness of its bet offerings. DK Sportsbooks offers the popular, classic fare like point spreads, totals, money lines, and futures, and in addition to that you’ll find:
In addition, these two offerings are unique to DraftKings in Pennsylvania. They are:
No it doesn’t. DraftKings is licensed through Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, PA. However, Meadows is a Penn National Gaming property and has elected not to go with DK as its in-person betting sponsor. If you’re betting online with DraftKings in Pennsylvania, you’re doing it online.