Harrah’s says its “time to break up with your bookie and set up your game at an all-new style of sports book.” The Harrah’s Philadelphia Sportsbook became the 6th sportsbook to take wagers when they began a testing period on Tuesday, giving the patrons the opportunity to put some money down for next Sunday’s Super Bowl.
🏈 BET SPORTS NOW! A huge thank you to Jim P. for making the first bet at the soft opening of The Book!
Wagers will continue to be accepted during operating hours, leading all the way up to the official grand opening on Thurs, 1/24 at noon!
Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER pic.twitter.com/q55mqrqHwh
— HarrahsPhiladelphia (@HarrahsPHL) January 22, 2019
Should the casino be approved, they will have an official launch on Thursday. While sixth in the state, Harrah’s Philadelphia is the fourth sportsbook to open in or around Philadelphia. The SugarHouse Casino became the first casino to open a sportsbook when they launched in December. This was followed up by a launch of two Parx sportsbooks, one at the Parx Casino and another at the Philly Turf Club.
What you need to know about “The Book”
Located in Chester in the southern Philadelphia suburbs south of I-95, the Harrah’s Philadelphia sportsbook will serve the southern Philadelphia area. Once in the casino, patrons can find the sportsbook in the back of the casino floor.
The Harrah’s Philadelphia sportsbook contains a selection of seating that includes 19 lounge seats that are described are “better than stadium” lounge set as well as 11-high top tables and bar seating. To watch the game, patrons can watch the action from over 45 large screen TVs.
At launch, the property will not offer betting kiosks, but those are planned sometime in late spring for the SG Digital-powered sportsbook. While testing hours will be limited, once the sportsbook launches, it will be open at 11 AM and close at midnight. The sportsbook will open up an hour early on the weekend.
|Harrah's Philadelphia Sportsbook Hours|
|Monday||11 AM to Midnight|
|Tuesday||11 AM to Midnight|
|Wednesday||11 AM to Midnight|
|Thursday||11 AM to Midnight|
|Friday||11 AM to Midnight|
|Saturday||10 AM to Midnight|
|Sunday||10 AM to Midnight|
Harrah’s Philadelphia sportsbook betting markets are highlighted by wagering on the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, college sports, soccer and golf, to name a few. They are offering a variety of betting lines including spread bets, over/unders, moneyline and much more.
Players will be able to use their Total Rewards card to earn and redeem points, which is applicable to all Caesars properties worldwide.
A growing list of Pennsylvania sportsbook
Harrah’s Philadelphia joins five other sportsbook locations scattered around the state:
- Hollywood Casino (Harrisburg)
- Rivers Casino (Pittsburgh)
- SugarHouse Casino (Philadelphia)
- Parx Casino (Philadelphia)
- Philly Turf Club (operated by Parx Casino) (Philadelphia)
- Harrah’s Philadelphia (Philadelphia)
Valley Forge and Presque Isle Downs are the only casinos that have applied for licenses that have yet to launch sports betting. Valley Forge was approved in last year while Presque Isle Downs is expected to be approved in early February. Mount Airy is among the PA casinos that are expected to apply for sports betting in the state.
Online sports betting was expected to go live in the state during the first half of 2019, although a new US Department of Justice opinion on the Wire Act — which will impact online wagering in the United States — could delay its launch. Pennsylvania regulators have stated that online gaming will continue to move forward in the state while stating that casinos must submit plans for how they plan on adapting to the opinion. At this point, regulators are likely to give the go-ahead on online gambling as long as casinos can demonstrate that all parts of the wagering process stays within the state, including making sure servers are located in the state.