How To Legally Bet On 2022 March Madness Online In Pennsylvania

Written By Derek Helling on March 14, 2022

The fields of 68 are set and that means it’s not only time for college basketball’s annual penultimate events but for some 2022 March Madness wagering as well. If you are eligible and in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you can do that online quite easily.

The rules around that eligibility are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to get started once you understand how legal online sports betting works in PA and which sportsbooks are available. Before the first tip, you can get off the bench and into the game.

How to get started with 2022 March Madness in Pennsylvania

If you’re just discovering the legal market for online sports betting in PA, you’re doing so at a great time. March Madness is one of the biggest events of the year for sportsbooks and their customers due to the popularity and volume of games.

The market boasts 13 different legal online sportsbooks for you to choose from. At all of them, you’ll find a wide array of March Madness betting markets. If you’re interested in betting on the men’s tournament, you can do that as well.

Among the PA sportsbook operators are:

  • BetMGM
  • BetRivers
  • Caesars
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • PointsBet

Before you decide which books you want to check out, you need to make sure you can legally bet in PA. The minimum age in Pennsylvania is 21. If you take part in any of the state’s gambling self-exclusion programs, you’re ineligible here.

Finally, you need to make sure you’re within the state’s borders when you place your bets. Pennsylvania is one of the most liberal states for betting on college sports in the nation. There are no special rules around this type of wagering. For that reason, it’s easy to get started if you’re eligible.

How to sign up for a PA online sportsbook

In order to stay in compliance with federal and state laws, PA online sportsbooks require you to register an account. It’s not only easy but the process is fast and free to do so. All you need is your smartphone plus a data or wifi connection.

Simply go to the App Store or Google Play Store on your phone. Then search for the name of the sports betting apps you want to try. Once your device downloads and installs them, open them up one by one.

The apps should walk you right through the process of signing up. All you have to do is provide the app with a few pieces of information so it can verify your eligibility and identity. Once the app confirms your registration, the next step is depositing funds so you can place wagers.

PA sports betting apps accept a wide variety of payment forms. Before you make that first deposit, though, you should take a break. This is good for you to not only set a budget so you can play responsibly but so you can review offers from the sportsbooks as well.

Great deals for your first deposit

2022 March Madness wagering will be a great time for new customer bonuses at PA sportsbooks. Many of these offers are tied to making your first deposit, so don’t get in a hurry. Check out your notifications on your phone and email first.

Take your time and read all the conditions and terms of each offer. Then decide whether each one fits into your budget. Overspending just to chase a deal is rarely ever a wise play. Some common conditions include expirations, minimum odds, and payout parameters.

Another thing it’s important to understand is the difference between free bets/site credit and real money. Think of free bets and site credit as a sort of “Monopoly money” that only exists within the app. You can use it as actual cash on the app but can’t withdraw it as winnings.

Within the deals’ terms and your budget, playing with house money is great because even if you lose your bet, you really aren’t out anything. There are plenty of ways to bet on March Madness with your bankroll or free bets.

2022 March Madness wagering types

At most of the books, the vast majority of the markets for this event will be futures, in-game, or pre-game bets. As far as futures go, that will consist of wagers like who will win the national championship or win player awards.

You can also bet on individual games within the tournament. Options include doing so either before games start or while they are happening. Your options there include:

  • Moneylines
  • Player props
  • Point spreads
  • Point totals
  • Team props

Do your homework on the matchups, familiarize yourself with the teams, and make a plan to gamble responsibly. Then, enjoy the Madness and good luck with your wagers!

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Derek Helling is the assistant managing editor of PlayUSA and the managing editor of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of the gambling industry with business, the law, and technology.

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