Just in time for the start of the 2019 NFL season, Fox Sports‘s sportsbook brand (FoxBet) has launched an online sportsbook in the Keystone State.
The online sportsbook went live with a “soft launch” at 2pm EST Sept 5, 2019 just in time for this year’s NFL season opener between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
During the soft launch, the book will only be open limited hours – FoxBet shut down at the end of the game (around midnight). This testing period allows the state’s regulators to make sure FoxBet has all their ducks in a row before authorizing them to run 24/7 with their full slate of games and bets.
FoxBet bonuses and promotions
FoxBet is entering the Pennsylvania market with a couple nice promotional offers players should be sure to take advantage of.
The first is a straight up free $20 to play just for signing up.
The second is a 100% matching initial deposit bonus up to a maximum of $100. To release the bonus, players must play through (make bets on the site) the amount of the deposit once (1x). After that (win or lose) the bonus is paid to the player. That 1x playthrough requirement is nice. Other sites in other markets sometimes require 2x, 5x, 10x, or higher playthrough requirements.
FoxBet sportsbook mobile availability and who can make bets?
FoxBet is available as an app for mobile devices operating on the Apple iOS and Android platforms as well as a website on most web browsers running on PC and Mac computers.
To legally bet on FoxBet (and all other online PA gambling sites), players must be 21 years of age or older and physically located within the state borders at the time bets are placed. Players need not be official residents of PA, but must be in the Keystone State when they play.
What can you bet on at FoxBet?
The FoxBet app gives bettors a wide range of national and international sporting events, including football, baseball, hockey, motor sports, golf, soccer, tennis, and much more. Unlike other states, Pennsylvania doesn’t prohibit sportsbooks from offering collegiate games as well as professional contests.
FoxBet and Mount Airy join the pack of sportsbook operators in PA
FoxBet is launching under the sports betting license of Mount Airy Casino and Resort, who have partnered with The Stars Group (TSG), owner and operator of the popular gambling brands PokerStars and BetStars, among many others.
FoxBet joins the PA online sportsbook market as the fifth participant, along with BetSugarHouse, BetRivers, (these two owned by Rush Street Gaming) FanDuel, and Parx Casino. The two Rush Street properties have been industry leaders thus far in Pennsylvania’s nascent sports betting market, but the well-known nation-wide brand FanDuel just arrived and is rapidly expanding market share. Parx is no slouch either, and is so far the only operator to open multiple retail sportsbook locations in the state.
Retail sportsbook location for FoxBet?
Mount Airy Casino and Fox Sports were eager to get their online sportsbook opened before the start of the 2019 NFL season, and they just barely managed it. They moved so quickly that they launched online before their physical sportsbook at Mount Airy Casino has opened.
Mount Airy is converting one of their old clubs (Gypsies Night Club) into a new sportsbook and moving their poker room into the new space as well, counting on time-tested synergies between live poker and sports betting among casino patrons. The new space will be 7,000 square feet, split roughly in half between sportsbook and poker room.
Mount Airy expects to have the new space open in the very near future.
FoxBet new to PA and a rebrand in NJ
FoxBet will be replacing BetStars as the sports betting brand of TSG. As such, they are launching directly as FoxBet in Pennsylvania, but are so committed to the new partnership with Fox Sports that they are also rebranding their New Jersey sportsbook from BetStars to FoxBet.
The change should help TSG boost their handle. They have been struggling to compete with more well-known brands such as DraftKings and FanDuel. Partnering with Fox Sports gives TSG a massive increase in exposure as well as enabling them to offer their customers some attractive features.
The FoxBet mobile sports betting app (and website) is largely using the same interface as the BetStars app, so the look and feel will be similar, with only a color and branding change.
Also staying the same will be the Bet Boosts and Super Boosts features that BetStars players may be familiar with. These grant players more attractive odds on games hand-picked by the sportsbook operator. For example, for this season’s NFL opener, FoxBet offered (Packers +3) as well as (Chicago -3) at +100 (no vig).
The odds and games available as Bet Boosts and Super Boosts will change daily, so check back frequently for an odds boost on a game that you’re interested in.
And the new…
FoxBet players will enjoy integrated access to Fox Sports content, instant scores, stats, alerts, and odds updates as well as expert insight, breaking news updates, and commentary from Fox Sports’ team of well-known broadcasters and analysts.
Fox Sports personalities featured on FoxBet include First Things First analysts Cris Carter and Nick Wright; Lock It In experts Todd Fuhrman, Clay Travis, Cousin Sal, and host Rachel Bonnetta; host of The Herd, Colin Cowherd, and Fox NFL Kickoff host Charissa Thompson.
In the NFL opener Bet Boost section on FoxBet, it was Nick Wright touting Packers +3 while Rachel Bonnetta predicting Chicago -3 was the superior bet. Either way, the Bet Boost feature offered superior odds no matter which talking head a bettor was inclined to listen to.
Astute bettors should make their own informed judgements about the bets they make — that said, it doesn’t hurt checking Bet Boost or Super Boost for improved odds on a bet you already were interested in.
Sports and poker, a winning duo
Along with their license to operate an online and retail sportsbook in PA, Mount Airy also holds online gaming licenses that allow them to operate slots, table games, and online poker.
Being partnered with TSG, that means Mount Airy will operate their online poker room under the well-known PokerStars brand, though it is unclear exactly when they will do so.
When the PA PokerStars online poker room does launch, expect it to be integrated with the FoxBet sportsbook app, so players can switch from one to the other with ease. It is also highly likely that the cashier and deposit functions will be integrated as well.
FoxBet: First PA and NJ, eventually all across the US?
The FoxBet sportsbook will be live 24/7 in Pennsylvania very soon and has already been swapped in place of the BetStars brand in New Jersey, but they won’t stop there.
Fox Sports’ partnership with TGS gives them access to all their other partnerships, including Penn National Gaming. Penn has a gaming presence in nine US states including Indiana which just legalized retail sports betting and is slated to roll out online sports betting very soon.
Using this partnership (and others), FoxBet is well positioned to ride the wave of legalized sports betting as it spreads across the US in the coming years.