New Jersey is the state that got to ball rolling on legalized sports betting in the United States, but Pennsylvania was right in the mix. The Keystone State even passed its own sports betting legislation before the Supreme Court made its ruling so that Pennsylvania could move forward immediately.
And move forward they have, with online and retail sportsbooks now numbering more than two dozen and generating monthly revenue that’s topping the national charts. Pennsylvania really has become one of the top places in America to have a great sports betting experience.
Free bets and bonus offers have become part of the industry. Sports betting has been around for ages, but legalized online betting is still relatively new. However, it is already known that offering customers free money is a good way to get their business. No wonder, then, that its relatively easy to find and claim Pennsylvania free bets.
There are many potential sports betting customers in this state, and a large number of sportsbooks battling for their business. That makes it especially important for Pennsylvania sportsbooks to make a sincere effort to woo them. Consequently, if you're looking for a new PA sportsbook, there are plenty of free bets and bonuses to be had.
The DFS giant turned full sports betting operator offers new customers a deposit match bonus of 20%, up to $1,000. Qualifying for the full amount therefore requires a $5,000 deposit. The bonus money unlocks at $1 for every $25 you wager.
Two different welcome offers greet new Unibet customers in Pennsylvania. First up is a pair of free bets worth $10 each just for signing up. The second bonus is a risk-free bet of up to $250 when you place your first real money wager.
A new account at FOX Bet is awarded a risk-free bet that can have a value as high as $500. The very first bet you place after opening the new account will be the risk-free bet. If it loses, betting credits in the amount of the wager will be added to the customer’s account.
Another risk-free bet is the offer from BetMGM for new customers. Just sign up for a new account, make a deposit of at least $10 and place a bet. If you want the full value of the risk-free bet, you’ll need to deposit $600 and wager that amount. If it loses, you will be credited five free bets which collectively cover the amount of your lost stake.
Operating out of Pittsburgh, BetRivers gives its new customers a 100% deposit match bonus of up to $250. Use the bonus code: 250MATCH to qualify for the bonus. Then wager the total amount of the deposit and bonus to unlock the bonus as cash.
The other DFS operator turned sports betting provider, FanDuel, offers new registrations a risk-free bet of up to $1,000. If you lose the first bet you place, up to $1,000, you'll receive a refund in free betting credits.
Two bonus offers come with a new account at BetAmerica. Use the bonus code: BET50 and get a free bet of up to $50 when you place your first bet. There is also a 100% deposit match bonus of up to $500 when you use the bonus code: GET500.
This is another local brand that sprung forth from the casino in Philadelphia. SugarHouse offers its new customers a 100% deposit match bonus of up to $250. Use the bonus code: 250MATCH to receive the bonus match. Then bet a total of $500 to unlock the bonus as cash.
Caesars is a more recent addition to the Pennsylvania sports betting scene. It offers new customers a 100% deposit match bonus of up to $300. There is also a $10 free bet that is given to customers just for signing up. The free bet must be used in the first seven days you have the account.
The Parx sportsbook offers a risk-free bet that has more value to it than a normal risk-free bet. Bet up to $500, and if the bet loses, you will be refunded in betting credits. If your first bet wins, Parx will increase your winnings by 20%.
Just six months after the Supreme Court made its ruling that allowed states to set their own sports betting laws, Pennsylvania began taking bets. And Pennsylvania sportsbooks began hunting for new customers to make their investment in the licensing and technology worth it.
Free bets and bonus offers are how a sportsbook brings you in the front door. And getting you in is especially important for the online sports betting world. With just a click of the mouse or the opening of an app, you can switch sportsbooks. So they attempt to make you a loyal customer by giving you free money.
The bonuses that sportsbooks use to bring in new customers come in a variety of forms. That's because different bonuses are better suited to different people. Some of the offers are better for novice bettors, while others are perfect for the seven-day-a-week high-dollar sports bettor.
There is nothing very complicated about this offer. It is what it says it is - a free bet. And sometimes more than just one.
When you sign up for a new account or make an initial deposit, the sportsbook will give you credit for a free bet. The amount isn’t usually a lot, but it happens automatically, and it’s yours to use on any bet the sportsbook offers. You won’t get to keep the original $10 or $20 if the bet wins, but all of those winnings will become cash in your account.
The above free bet is made with the sportsbook’s money. It’s why the totals are so low. But with a risk-free bet, you use your own money, which can push the potential on the risk-free bet as high as $1,000.
When you sign up for a new account, the very first bet you place will count as your free bet, so make sure you know the maximum amount that is covered before making your bet. And if the bet loses, the sportsbook will give you betting credits equal to the amount of loss.
A sign-up bonus is the easiest of all the bonuses to earn and use. Simply register for a new account, and the money will just show up in your account. And unlike free bets and risk-free bets, the sign-up bonus money is already cash in your account. There is no wagering required.
A sign-up bonus is usually smaller than other bonuses, but even at just $10, it’s still free money and totally worth it.
As with any bonus offer that you receive, always read the fine print, so you know exactly where the bonus maxes out, and you know how difficult it will be for you to cash in on the bonus. And this is especially true for deposit bonuses.
These can be quite large bonuses and can grow as much as $1,000. The sportsbook will match your initial deposit, sometimes dollar-for-dollar, and up to a predetermined maximum amount. But that money won’t become yours to use until after you meet a designated wagering requirement. This can be as simple as wagering the total amount of your deposit and bonus amount. In other cases, you may have to wager as much as five times the total amount.
It has been one of the most popular sportsbooks in Pennsylvania since it first opened in 2019, and the large bonus offers that DraftKings gives to its new customers is one of the big reasons for that. After you sign up for a new account, the first deposit you make will be matched at 20% up to a possible bonus of $1,000.
It’s a big dollar bonus that requires a $5,000 deposit to hit its maximum. It also comes with a fairly large playthrough requirement to unlock all of the bonus money. For every $25 you wager, you will be given $1 of the bonus amount in cash.
Less of a brand in the United States, Unibet has been a betting icon in Europe since 1999. It comes to Pennsylvania by way of a license through the Mohegan Sun Pocono, and it brings in new customers with a pair of welcome bonus offers.
When you sign up as a new customer, you automatically receive two $10 free bets. You also can qualify for a risk-free bet of up to $250 when you place your first real money bet. The gifted free bets do not count toward the risk-free bet offer. If that bet up to $250 loses, betting credits will be placed back into your account.
Working off the license held by Mount Airy Casino in Mt. Pocono, a new customer with FOX Bet will be awarded a risk-free bet of up to $500. As is usual with this type of bonus, the first bet a customer places will automatically become a risk-free bet.
If the bet loses, a betting credit will be awarded back to your account. When using that betting credit, minimum odds of -200 must be wagered. Any wager on a bigger favorite will not count as your risk-free bet. You will have 30 days to wager all bonus credits. Otherwise, you will lose them.
A big name in the industry and one of the better mobile apps to play, BetMGM offers its new customers a risk-free bet of up to $600. A minimum deposit of $10 is required to trigger the bonus, which maxes out in value of $600.
If your first bet loses, the total amount of the bet will be credited back to your account in the amount of the bet. If you bet $50 or more, the betting credits will be broken into five bets. So if you bet less than $50, you will receive a single betting credit. If you bet the full $600, you will receive five bets worth $120 each.
One of the most popular brands in gaming in Pennsylvania, BetRivers brings its sportsbook to the state through its namesake, the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. They bring in new customers with one of the simpler bonus offers in the business - a 100% deposit match bonus of up to $250.
$250 may not seem like much, but the playthrough requirement is just 1x, meaning that once you bet a total of $500 - $250 for the deposit and $250 for the bonus - all of the bonus money is yours to keep. Just use the bonus code: 250MATCH when making that initial deposit.
With a retail license through the Valley Forge Casino, FanDuel offers a $1,000 risk-free bet on the first wager you place after registering for a new account. This offer is only good for new customers and only on your first wager as a new customer.
To trigger the bonus, simply sign up for a new account, deposit enough money into your account to cover the desired bet, and place a wager with a value of up to $1,000. If the bet loses, the total amount of the wager will be credited back to your account in the form of betting credits.
Owned by Churchill Downs and working on a license through Presque Isle Downs, BetAmerica brings customers in with a full casino, racebook, and sportsbook, as well as a 100% deposit match of up to $500. Use the promo code: GET500 to qualify on your first deposit.
BetAmerica also offers a $50 free bet when you use the bonus code: BET50. Once you place your first bet, a free bet in the same amount as your bet, up to $50, will be credited to your account. The first bet must be placed within seven days of opening your account in order to qualify for the free bet.
One of the first online sportsbooks to call Pennsylvania home after it got its start across the river in New Jersey, this is another easy bonus to use. It’s a 100% deposit match bonus of up to $250 and with a very customer friendly playthrough requirement of only 1x.
To qualify for the offer, use the bonus code: 250MATCH, and deposit the full $250 amount to get your full bonus. This bonus is only good for first-time customers at SugarHouse sportsbook.
It didn’t launch as quickly as many of the other sportsbooks in Pennsylvania, but the big name of Caesars eventually made it into the Keystone State, and they offer a very compelling package for new customers.
New registrations qualify for a 100% deposit match bonus of up to $300 as well as a free $10 bet just for signing up. That free bet will be added to your account automatically, and it must be used within seven days of signing up. The deposit match bonus will happen on your first account deposit only.
A well-known name as the highest-grossing casino in Pennsylvania, the Parx Sportsbook offers a risk-free bet of up to $500, but with a twist that is quite appealing to new customers.
If you lose your first bet, Parx will give you a betting credit equal to the amount of your loss, up to $500. That is all pretty standard. But if you win that first bet, instead of missing out on the bonus as with most risk-free bets, Parx will actually boost your payout on that first bet by 20%.
Anyone who is legal to register for and use a sports betting account in the state can claim Pennsylvania free bets and bonus offers.
This means that as long as you are at least 21 years old, not on a state exclusion list (which includes some officials in sports and the sports gaming industry), and you are inside the borders of Pennsylvania when placing your bets, you are legal. And therefore, you are able to use and profit from all Pennsylvania free bets and bonuses offered by sportsbooks in the state.
Pennsylvania sportsbooks offer a number of ways in which customer can deposit and thereby get access to deposit matching bonuses.
You can use online bill pay or bank transfer, ACH/Echeck, credit and debit cards, PayPal, Skrill, Play+ prepaid cards, PayNearMe, or cash paid directly to an affiliated retail sportsbook.
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