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In something of a frustrating case of déjà vu, many of the biggest sporting events around the world are once again facing the risk of postponements and cancellations because of rising numbers once again – despite this many online sportsbooks are thriving with ever growing numbers as players look to the likes of this Ladbrokes review for events still going ahead. With all of the excitement from an uptake in the biggest sports, however, also comes the excitement for new services being launched across the US with changing legislation, and Pennsylvania continues to be a leader within the US for introducing new options.

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The state was amongst the first to push changes forward following legislation changes in October 2017 which brought sports betting to offline locations including casinos, racetracks, and other brick and mortar places too, but mobile betting would start to emerge a few years later in 2019 with over a dozen operators now clubbing together to show just how far mobile sports betting has come in the US since its inception. Many of the biggest names were expected to emerge in this space and have been successful, but international interest from European sports book have also grown in the state with the likes of Unibet emerging late in 2019 and establishing itself as a solid option. 


Success in PA are only shown to be that much more impressive when looking at other states that have recently looked to introduce mobile sports betting options but have come across huge delays in either preparing the licensing or having favorable terms that may look to encourage online sports books to become involved -  for the most part there’s little that would discourage a would-be sports book from emerging in a new state given the huge potential for revenue that has been shown, but with large tax rates and unfavorable legislation requirements it may lead to some of the smaller names thinking twice before making the change. 


As 2022 is set to be another promising year for change too, New York will be set to explore online sports betting and other states that had recently legalized mobile sports books should see licenses handed out too – and for these states Pennsylvania may be the blueprint to success given the past five years of success. 


With nearly 90% of all legal sports betting in PA taking place via mobile in 2020, the possible postponements mentioned at the start of this piece could suggest that 2022 may see similar figures although on a slightly smaller scale, but also shows there’s very little to slow the exciting growth shown in mobile sports betting throughout the US.