Philadelphia is one of the USA’s top locations for sports lovers. Residents are renowned for being some of the most passionate sports fans. For example, the Phillies have the Phanatic, who regularly appears in highlight reels for his shenanigans.
Then there are the Eagles and their ‘dedicated’ fanbase, along with the 76ers NBA franchise and the Flyers NHL team. The city is so obsessed with sports that it welcomed an early MLS expansion team, the Philadelphia Union, back in 2010. This made the city one of only thirteen US locations that are home to teams of all five pro sports.
Even better, Philadelphia is also home to the state’s best live sportsbooks. Compared to nearby states like New Jersey and Illinois, Pennsylvania’s online market has seen a huge boom since going live in 2018. The best deals in Pennsylvania sports betting can be found online, where welcome bonuses from the same companies are even more competitive.
Even so, many sports fans new to punting prefer a live experience. Not only is the excitement more palpable with a crowd of fellow sports lovers, but it tends to be easier to learn the ropes with a few helping hands on deck. But in a city like Philadelphia, locals may not be sure where to go to have the best experience—is it best to stick with an established casino with its own sportsbook, or head straight for a sports-specific betting lounge?
Keep reading below for insider information on Philly’s top in-person sportsbooks.
Located in Downtown Philadelphia
As a seasoned player in gaming throughout the country, SugarHouse offers one of the cleanest betting experiences for locals. Though the company is currently constructing a unique sports betting lounge near its famous Poker Room, SugarHouse’s casino is a favorite for its central location and exciting atmosphere.
Keep in mind that SugarHouse has already launched its mobile betting platform. Those who sign up remotely will likely be able to access some of the same deals at the brick-and-mortar location.
Valley Forge Casino Resort (FanDuel)
Located 20 miles outside the city
Valley Forge Casino Resort has one of the state’s premier betting lounges. Even better, the casino partnered with FanDuel to bring sports bettors great diversity in terms of markets, deals, and stats.
Those looking for a riveting in-person experience need to look no further than the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Resort. Not only does it have seven betting windows, but there are over 25 big screens dotting the walls for total sports coverage.
South Philadelphia Turf Club
This ‘turf club’ offers a unique sportsbook experience for Philly residents. Not only is it strategically located by the city’s biggest sports hubs, including the Citizens Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center, but it’s also designed with bettors specifically in mind.
Other locations were established as casinos, with sportsbooks added later. The South Philadelphia Turf Club is designed for punters in terms of décor, layout, and the diversity of services. In addition to sports betting, locals can wager on horse races from a range of markets.
The South Philadelphia Turf Club is affiliated with the Parx Casino. Similarly, the Valley Forge Casino Resort has also launched its own Valley Forge Turf Club with a more intimate and specialized experience in mind. Unlike the South Philly Turf Club, the Valley Forge enterprise is located 25 miles west of downtown.
Located in Bensalem (19 miles outside the city)
The Parx Casino is still constructing a full-service betting lounge, which means punters may want to wait on a trip to Bensalem. That doesn’t mean the current sportsbook, located in Parx Casino’s 360 Lounge, isn’t worth a trip…. but with the company shelling out a cool $10 million to create a one-stop-shop betting lounge, there’s likely to be more than a few state-of-the-art surprises for locals.
Even better, Parx Casino is also working on its own sports betting platform for mobile devices and web browsers. Though the best deals can be found online (most of the time), the most competitive loyalty programs from betting groups are available online and in person.