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Pennsylvania sports bettors have seen a significant boost in gambling options recently. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course was the first to launch retail sports betting in November 2018 in the venue’s newly renovated Skybox Sports Bar.
Hollywood Sportsbook will launch soon legal online sports betting within PA’s borders. International sports betting company William Hill will help run the casino’s live sportsbook and also provide the technology for the online sportsbook.
In this review of Hollywood Casino’s online sportsbook, you’ll find all of the info you’ll need to place sports bets in Pennsylvania. The review starts by looking at the expected bonuses, which will likely follow the lead of William Hill sportsbooks operating in other states.
You will also find details of the betting markets and types the sportsbook probably will offer. Last but not least, this review will also cover practical information on deposit methods and customer service.
The bonuses and promotions at Hollywood Casino’s PA online sportsbook likely will match similar offerings at William Hill-backed sportsbooks in the US.
Upon signing up, new members will be able to take advantage of a free $50 offer. To claim the bonus, customers have to place $50 (or more) in cumulative wagers in the first 60 days after registering.
After placing $50 in bets, customers will receive an additional $50 of free bets in their sportsbook account. The only stipulation is that customers place the bets at the sportsbook, as you can’t withdraw the bonus cash.
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This uncomplicated bonus scheme will be refreshing to new players with its lack of stringent terms and conditions, and playthrough requirements.
As well as giving a bonus boost to new customers, existing customers will be happy too. William Hill sportsbooks offer continuous promotions around the most significant sports events, particularly playoffs.
A good example is the “Series Sweep” offer during the NBA playoffs. Place a point spread wager of $50 or more on every game in a playoff series, and if you get it right every time, you’ll be in line for a $150 bonus at the end of the series. Expect other similar promotions throughout the NFL season and playoffs, as well as the Major League Baseball playoffs, too.
Baseball is a favorite pastime for sports wagering, too, which is why Hollywood online sportsbook will have multiple offerings. Place in-play bets of $100 or more during any week (Mondays through Sundays) and you’ll find a $10 boost in your account at the start of the following week. You’ll receive $10 whether you won or lost during the previous week.
Weekend baseball fans can enjoy a four-team parlay offer. Pick four or more selections on any Saturday throughout the season, and you’ll enjoy a 20% refund of your stake if the parlay loses.
Expect a rewards program from the Hollywood online sportsbook where you’ll earn points every time you place a bet. You can exchange these points for cash. This rewards program is expected to mirror the same scheme William Hill uses at live locations, although it may take a little longer to roll out online.
Residents of Pennsylvania will find themselves with many online legal sports betting options. This section will help you to make the right decision in choosing a sportsbook by listing the advantages. Here are the main reasons you should use Hollywood Casino’s sportsbook:
As soon as you enter the online sportsbook, you’ll find a site that features the biggest and best events. The software design is a classic and traditional feel. While some sportsbooks are filled with colorful promotions for casinos, here you’ll find a sportsbook dedicated to sports.
The site is divided into three main sections:
The left side features a menu bar with direct links to the action. The first link takes you directly to the in-play section where all your live betting takes place. Below, you’ll find a “search” option.
This is ideal if you’re following a particular team or franchise. For example, if you search for the Yankees, it will display any upcoming games for the team, as well as all of the futures bets for the Yankees.
Below these first two options, you’ll find a new menu that links to the most popular sports. This is populated with football, basketball, baseball and hockey, while other significant sporting events outside of these (including the World Cup) will feature here, too.
The final menu in this section features an A-to-Z list of the sports available on the site. While the more popular games will be available here, you’ll also find an “Other” section, where you’ll find the best of the sporting action outside of the most popular sports.
The largest section of the page is where all of the betting action will take place. At the top of the page is a rolling banner showing the latest promotions, with the most popular individual markets directly below.
During football season, all the NFL action will be on the home page while during other times of the year, you will see this populated with basketball and baseball.
You’ll notice that the standard bet options such as point spread, moneyline and totals for each of the games. Some events will also feature a number such as +2, which by clicking it, will take you to further markets. To place a bet, you’ll simply click on the light blue box with your team or line selection in it (within the box you’ll find the spread and the odds).
Having clicked on a selection, the empty third column of the page springs into life, as this is where your bet slip appears. Each click will auto-populate this bet slip. Then it’s simply a case of choosing your stake (if it’s a single bet) or your bet type (such as singles, parlays and round robins) and your stake if you have made multiple selections.
A pair of dropdown menus at the top of the page allow you to change the odds format (options include American by default, as well as fractional and decimal) and direct links to the “Help” and “Feedback” sections.
Following the lead of other William Hill-powered sportsbooks, you’ll find a sportsbook app for both Apple and Android devices.
Downloading the app for an Apple device, such as an iPhone or an iPad, is a case of heading to Apple’s App Store. You can do this via a search in the app store or click on a link at the sportsbook, which will take you directly to the appropriate app in the store.
Installing the app for an Android device is a little trickier. There will be a download link on the Hollywood Casino site, and you’ll install it directly from there. You’ll usually need to allow your mobile device to run apps from third-party providers. This is quick and easy as you’ll be taken directly to the appropriate page of your phone settings.
You will need to positively confirm your location, as betting at the Hollywood online sportsbook can only take place within Pennsylvania. Therefore, you will need to enable GPS on your device in some cases.
Once downloaded and installed, you’ll find all of the betting options, promotions and account management options available as you’ll enjoy at the desktop site.
Upon heading to the in-play section of the site, you’ll find live action on sports throughout the world. The main concentration is on the major US sports action with games in the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball getting extensive live coverage. The NHL and all of the top college football and hoops action offers live betting, too.
Other in-play betting options are tennis, with many live matches per day, and soccer, with all of the action from the big European leagues, MLS and the big international events.
Overall there are many types of bets you can place at the Hollywood online sportsbook.
Single bets can be the most popular, where you’ll make just a single selection on the point spread, the moneyline or totals.
When picking more than one selection, you’ll find a series of options. For example, if you make three selections on different events, you have the option of placing three singles, a parlay that covers all three, or a round-robin bet where you’ll have combinations of bets. Of course, you can do all of the above, too.
Some wagers can be designed for specific sports. The run line in baseball sees the favored team given a spread of -1.5 in every game. Similarly, in hockey, the puck line sees the favored team given a -1.5 goal spread.
Hollywood Sportsbook will likely follow a similar line of banking methods as to other Pennsylvania-based sportsbooks. Here are the following banking options:
Document checks are a standard procedure with Pennsylvania-based sportsbooks. You’ll be asked to verify your identity through photo ID and also scan any credit cards you’ll be depositing with (you can cover up all but the last four digits across the front of the card). These checks protect from the sportsbook and the player from fraudulent activity.
You’ll have three options for contacting customer support at Hollywood Casino.
The first is through a live chat window. Launch the chat to connect with a customer services agent immediately who will talk you through your problem.
The second option is to send the site an email that details your problem. The final option is to speak to a customer service agent on the phone.
Responsible gaming is important to Hollywood Sportsbook. On the site, you’ll find pages devoted to the identification of and aiding with problem gambling. Steps include self-exclusion from the site, timeouts and setting deposit limits for yourself.