MetroBet Launches in Pennsylvania!

MetroBet, a new platform for sports betting content, has gone live in Pennsylvania! features news and information, as well as game predictions, so readers can make the most educated sports betting decisions.

Check out some images of MetroBet in Metro Philadelphia, then read on to learn more about this unique new content!

MetroBet 6/10/19

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We sat down with Ed Abrams, CEO of MetroBet, and Matt Burke, Founder and Editorial Director of MetroBet, to find out more about what MetroBet is and how it can help readers.

Why did you launch MetroBet?

We launched MetroBet to educate and attract new customers to sports betting and to provide betting advice to engage existing sports bettors. Many of us sports bettors have been waiting for quite a long time for the launch of legal sports betting in the United States outside of Nevada, and the day has finally come. 

MetroBet is such a perfect fit for our Metro audience because our readers live and work in states with approved and legal sports betting (New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and soon to be approved states (New York and Massachusetts).   


What does MetroBet provide?

MetroBet provides a multitude of benefits to our sports betting affiliates, ad campaign partners, and to our loyal readers. The sports betting content in our daily two-page print spread is made to educate first-time sports bettors, giving them direction on the basics of sports betting and giving them direction on where to legally bet on sports. Novice bettors want to know their best options for betting online and for betting at retail sportsbooks in the area. We provide that information and also direct them on where they can get the most bang for their betting dollar using our affiliate links and promo codes.


How does MetroBet help readers?

The content we run in print each day and online at has two primary focuses for the reader. We want to educate inexperienced sports bettors with our Sports Betting 101 tips, but also provide a service to experienced sports bettors. We will create betting breakdowns of various sports, letting readers know the current odds at our affiliates’ sportsbooks. In addition, we dish out our own analysis with our “Best bets” pieces, and also give readers exclusive links and promo codes. Experienced sports bettors are always looking for the best odds at different sportsbooks and are also on the lookout for “free money,” which most of our affiliates provide through first time deposit matches and other promotions.


How does the business model work?

MetroBet acts as a user acquisition channel and PR platform for the sports betting industry. We want to provide daily news and information to both our MetroBet readers in our Metro Philadelphia newspaper and via our website MetroBet is compensated for every new user than opens up an online sports betting account of one of our partners. 


Do you have any partners?

We have many sports betting partners currently in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Our NJ partners include: DraftKings, FanDuel, PlaySugarHouse, PointsBet, 888 Sport, and Caesars. In PA, we have a partnership with PlaySugarHouse, and they are the only approved online sports book operating in Pennsylvania currently.

We are also excited about working with additional partners in both Pennsylvania and the soon to be approved sports betting states including New York and Massachusetts.     


How does MetroBet help partners?

MetroBet in print and online delivers large numbers of new sports betting users to our partners first and foremost.  Our platform in print and online provides both betting advice designed to help bettors make educational sports betting decisions and delivers the latest industry news, advice, promotion and online sports book reviews. 


Will MetroBet be available in New York and Boston soon?

There’s good news and bad news in both New York and Massachusetts.

The good news is that New York will have legal sports betting at four upstate locations (Rivers, Del Lago, Resorts World Catskills and Tioga Downs) by the start of the 2019 NFL season in September. Mobile sports betting is still being discussed by legislators, however. The New York State Senate passed a bill by a 57-5 vote that would allow mobile sports betting in the state on June 17, but the Assembly doesn’t automatically have to bring it to a vote. They’re also running out of time in 2019 as the state legislative session is about to close.

As for Massachusetts, mobile is the primary focus right now. Governor Charlie Baker proposed a bill in January that would allow for online sportsbooks to take wagers within the state without having to be affiliated with a land-based casino. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania right now, all online outlets need to be tied to a retail sportsbook so this would be huge for Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts House of Representatives delayed Baker’s bill in April, but has until November of this year to pass it. 

DraftKings, which does monster online sportsbook business in New Jersey, is based in Massachusetts and their executive team has told us on multiple occasions that they are eager to get the ball rolling in their home state. Boston also has a massive casino opening next week with Encore Boston Harbor, the first of its kind in the area. Encore, which was developed by Wynn Resorts, will surely want to get in on the sports betting game as quickly as possible.

If I had to bet on it – no pun intended – I would say online sports betting will be legal in both New York and Massachusetts by early 2020. Both states are bordered by states that already have sports betting up and running, so there is a sense of urgency to get these bills passed.


How do I sign up?

If you are in the state of Pennsylvania, you can go to and get up to a $250 deposit match bonus by using the promo code: MetroBet. Our affiliate, SugarHouse, will match the amount of money you deposit. For instance if you deposit $25, SugarHouse will match it for a total of $50 for you to use toward online betting.

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