DraftKings entered the sports gambling marketplace in 2018 in NJ and quickly made itself accessible in states, including Pennsylvania, as each passed legislation allowing legal online sports betting. DraftKings has benefited from being a trusted, established brand to sports bettors thanks to their daily fantasy sport product and is one of the most-known brands in the United States for good reason.
DraftKings online sportsbook offers every bettor a multitude of markets and boasts and extensive array of boosted odds and free, affordable and wide-ranging daily contests.
DraftKings’ best attribute might be that it doesn’t snub its nose at customers with smaller bankrolls who still want to pursue the lucrative benefits the sportsbook offers. Customers can enjoy promotions, earn rewards and free bets without extending their wagers beyond a comfortable percentage of their bankroll just to obtain these perks, unlike some other top-tier sportsbooks. DraftKings provides overall efficiency and should be a top pick for any Pennsylvania bettor.
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DraftKings’ welcome promotion for Pennsylvania customers includes a 20% deposit bonus up to $1,000. First-deposit minimum is $5. No promo or bonus code is required at signup. To reach the maximum amount of welcome bonus, the new player must initially deposit $5,000. When awarded the bonus funds, for every $25 wagered across DraftKings’ daily fantasy, sportsbook or casino, the user receives $1 in bonus funds released into their account, according to playthrough requirements.
These requirements must be met 90 days from your first deposit to maximize the bonus. You can track your bonus progress with the “View Bonus Status” option under the “My Account (your username)” tab on the homepage. If you created a DraftKings Daily Fantasy Sports account back in the day, you are not eligible to participate in this new customer promotion.
DraftKings also offers bonuses tied to outcomes during a contest, which add great value for new customers. Past examples of these are: Bet $1 on any UFC 259 title fight, get $100 in free bets if either fighter lands a punch; Bet $1 and win $100 in free bets if the team you wager on hits a single 3-pointer in the game. Your wager must be placed prior to the start of the contest. Bonuses are paid in four, $25 free bets and expire seven days after being credited to your account.
These promotions and bonuses offered by DraftKings provide low risks and high rewards for new customers that help pad their accounts no matter the initial deposit amount.
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First-time players at DraftKings online casino are welcomed with a 100% deposit match bonus up to $1,500, and a free $10 blackjack credit good for 24 hours from signup. Minimum deposit is $5. This is a new promotion that expires 3/31/2021 and Opt-In is required. The bonus funds are directly deposited into the user’s account following their first deposit.
Deposits made on DraftKings sportsbook and DraftKings DFS sites are ineligible for this promotion. The casino is accessible on the DraftKings sportsbook homepage on desktop and mobile. Additionally, users can download the DraftKings Casino app. No promo or bonus code is required at signup. Simply “opt in” to the promotion.
It’s important note that the original deposit amount plus the bonus amount is subject to a 10x play-through requirement. All casino games are eligible at different contribution rates. For example, a $1,500 deposit may require a customer to play through a minimum of $30,000 to a maximum of $300,000 (based on which casino game is played) to release any winnings and bonus credits.
Bets will contribute toward the wager requirement at the following contribution rates: $10 at 100%; $2 at 20%; and $1 at 10%. If the play-through requirement has not been met within 30 days of initial deposit, any winnings, bonus funds and wagered portion of the original deposit will expire and be forfeited. Always be sure to read the terms and conditions on any bonus offer.
Players can deposit funds into their account through various options: Play+, PayPal, online banking (through more than 1,000 banks), ACH, wire transfers, e-checks, credit/debit cards, DraftKings gift card and cash at DraftKings casino partners Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Minimum deposit is $5.
DraftKings has responsible gaming options for those who wish to set limitations on the amount of funds one deposits each day, week or month.
Withdrawal options can be done electronically via Play+, PayPal or ACH bank transfer, typically within five days; by a mailed check, up to 14 days; and cash from the cashier cage at casino partners.
The deposit and withdrawal processes are easy, although withdrawal options are limited and the timeframe of receiving payment could be lengthy depending upon the option chosen.
DraftKings PA offers all major markets and includes international markets such as tennis, soccer and rugby. The sportsbook also offers an extensive list of boosted odds across numerous markets that are updated daily.
The online sportsbook neatly packs its “most popular” sports at the top-left side of the desktop’s homepage. The DraftKings sportsbook app showcases these markets as two horizontal scrolling lists along the top-third of the home screen. Obviously, the most popular sports change throughout a calendar year, so current listings include NBA and college basketball, MLB, UFC, PGA Tour, tennis and NASCAR. DraftKings’ daily “Odds Boosts” link is continuously packaged within the most popular on desktop and mobile.
Unlike some states, Pennsylvania allows betting on collegiate sports without restrictions. This, coupled with the state housing professional teams across all four major US sports leagues, gives sports bettors the opportunity to bet on not only the most popular sports, but also teams specific to the state.
The DK sportsbook offers a long list of markets in each sport and includes traditional and exotic betting options, including moneyline, point spread, total points, player and game props, exact score bets, first basket/touchdown/goal scorer. Markets are broken down by sport, which further breaks down into leagues. NBA not enough? Try your hand at around a dozen other leagues from around the world.
BetMGM calls itself “The King of Sportsbooks,” but no sportsbook matches what DraftKings offers when it comes to contests. DraftKings has daily prediction pools that currently encompass NHL and NBA games, March Madness options such as tournament seeding and bracket survivor, PGA Tour events, UFC and NASCAR. They had numerous NFL pools, and it’s a safe bet they’ll have MLB after Opening Day. DraftKings also offers prediction pools on sports like curling and cornhole, too.
But wait, there’s more! An exclusive “novelty” pool “Wild Weather Wednesday,” allows entrants to pick the Over/Under on high temperatures in major U.S. cities on a given day. And for March, they have “Women’s History Month Sports Popularity Pool,” where you try to pick which option you think will be the most popular in a given category. Example: Favorite Olympic athlete, soccer player, basketball player, tennis player, etc. And to cap off this exclusive pool: Most iconic moment in women’s sports.
DraftKings’ pools vary from free entry to upward of hundreds of dollars. The prize money can be lucrative depending upon the pool and your success in each pool.
DraftKings in one of the best sportsbooks when it comes to the options listed below, particularly their Odds Boosts, and offers pretty much every market available.
Has live updates on lines for each game it offers that gives bettors the ability to wager as games are in progress. DraftKings often offers promotions and bonuses for customers who frequently use the live-betting option, such as making three live bets to receive a $5 free bet.
Customers can cash out their bets before the outcome is decided, which allows them more flexibility with their plays. This allows you to secure part of your winnings or cut your losses as games unfold. On selected sports, cash out is available for pre-game, live, future and parlay bets. You can see if your bet is eligible for cash out when you add it to your bet slip. Cash out by visiting “My Bets” and selecting the yellow “Cash Out” button, which will show you the amount of the cash out. Payouts are made after confirming the cash out, and money is deposited back into your bankroll.
Gives the customer the opportunity to make more on their wagers by enhancing the odds. DraftKings is top-of-the-line when it comes to their odds boost offers. They have multiple boosts in multiple betting markets that are constantly being updated daily.
DraftKings allows customers to build their own same game parlay with multiple wagers on the same game. For example: Parlay the 76ers to win, Joel Embiid to go over his total points and Ben Simmons to score the first basket of the game. Because DraftKings offers an extensive list of game and player props, there are many same-game parlay options and combinations. DraftKings will notify you in your betslip if certain combos are unavailable.
Pennsylvania’s DraftKings overall user experience is high quality – and must be – since the brand enjoys huge brand recognition and expectations due to its history with Daily Fantasy Sports. The interface is almost identical on both desktop and the DraftKings app, which makes it easy to navigate around different markets and betting options. Customer service lacks a 24-hour chat option, which is one drawback considering DraftKings is a large brand that has established itself in numerous states. Customer service is available through email, but the process can be time consuming and inconsistent.
The mobile app interface is practically a mirror image of the desktop, which lends its customers familiarity when navigating among the two. Pertinent tabs such as “My Bets,” “Promos,” “In-Game” and the home tab are conveniently located across the bottom of the DraftKings app. “Sportsbook,” “Casino,” “Daily Fantasy,” “Pools” and “Stats Hub” are configured across the top for easy toggling.
Since the mobile app operates on a smaller screen, the “popular” markets, called “Quick Links” on the app, require horizontal scrolling to view the complete list, but it’s not an inconvenience. Promotions and offers are centralized on the home screen and don’t automatically scroll in a slideshow effect, which makes them easier to view and read since the user gets to manually scroll through them at their own pace.
The DraftKings sportsbook app is available on iOS and Android devices. Its geolocation software is accurate and has little-to-no problem pinpointing the user to ensure they are within state lines. Some apps have trouble with this. DraftKings uses it as a strength to get customers located and on with their betting.
DraftKings has a simple registration process with all the information necessary to verify your identity:
In some cases, you are also required to upload a copy of your government-issued ID.
Something to note: If you have an existing DFS account you are already registered with DraftKings, as the account transfers over to the sportsbook. Both accounts will lock if a new account is made with identical information. The process of removing the lock can be frustrating.
Players have access to many promotions, such as DraftKings’ profit boost tokens and “Crowns.” Tokens allow players to boost wagers of their choice to receive a higher return. “Crowns” are earned every time you cross a bet amount threshold. One crown is earned at the following rates: $5 - Casino Table Games, Live Dealer and Video Poker; $2 - Sportsbook, Pools, Casino Slots; $1 - DFS, Progressive Slots and Lottery Games.
DraftKings states its top priority is to ensure its customers are playing safely and responsibly. Here's what the company does to make that happen:
In addition to this, DraftKings has the following safeguards in place for its customers to avoid irresponsible gambling by setting their own limits as well:
DraftKings dedicates a whole page on responsible gaming, easily accessible through the sportsbook’s homepage, that provides state-centric and national resource contacts, phone numbers and websites.
DraftKings is a top sportsbook brand in the United States for solid reason. They offer a multitude of markets, are accessible in many states and have an established brand. Those who seek odds boosts across numerous markets on a regular basis will find much value in DraftKings as they offer among the most of any operator we’ve seen. They also offer affordable and wide-ranging daily contests, including “Wild Weather Wednesday,” which is engaging and a fun alternative to sports betting. A big nod to them for tailoring a pool to highlight and celebrate Women’s History Month – another example of DraftKings’ forward-thinking approach.
DraftKings’ lends itself to big and casual bettors alike. There is as much incentive and reward for customers betting $1 as there is if you were betting $100. Some sportsbooks force you to bet, say, $25 or $50 to receive free bets or qualify for rewards. This isn’t the case with DraftKings, and one of the reasons why it’s a must-have.
One drawback is their limited customer service options and inconsistent promptness of service. Fortunately for customers, this service is rarely needed because DraftKings meets one of the foremost criteria for a premiere sportsbook – overall efficiency.
Yes, you can use DraftKings in Pennsylvania. DraftKings Sportsbook launched in the state in November 2019 and offers online sports betting, online casinos and daily fantasy sport contests. It operates under the casino license of Penn National Gaming.
Yes, DraftKings is legal in Pennsylvania. DraftKings Sportsbook launched in the state in November 2019. It operates under the casino license of Penn National Gaming.
You must be 21 or older to bet on DraftKings. To register first before betting, you must have a valid United States Social Security number and be physically within the state where the DraftKings Sportsbook is offered.
Yes. You need to report winnings on your taxes. When you win, DraftKings will issue you a Form W-2G, Certain Gambling Winnings, if the win is large enough. This information is accessible in “My Account” for each calendar year in which you’ve had a DraftKings account. Even if you do not receive a W-2G, the IRS considers all winnings subject to state and federal income tax.
Yes, you can bet on college sports using DraftKings if you are within a state that has no restrictions on collegiate sports wagers. Pennsylvania does not have restrictions for betting on college sports.
Yes, you can access DraftKings outside of Pennsylvania and you can use it to place a sports bet if you are in a state that has a sports betting partnership with DraftKings. As of early 2021, there are 11 states with legal online sports betting via DraftKings. These are: Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
You can contact DraftKings if you have questions by emailing email@example.com or visiting the FAQ section from the website.
These states offer DraftKings: Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
No, you cannot use funds in your DraftKings DFS account for the sportsbook. You can use only the winnings from your DFS toward your sportsbook.
Mario Sanelli writes about sports betting and casinos for PennStakes.com. He previously was the editorial assistant and a general-assignment reporter at The Denver Post for five years after serving as chief editor of The Metropolitan at MSU Denver. Mario was a NFL and college football insider with Mile High Sports for six years.