3 Pennsylvania Casinos Likely to Offer Sports Betting

Pennsylvania Sports BettingThree casinos in Pennsylvania are looking forward to offering sports betting to players. Their request is pending for approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board or PGCB.

Penn National in Grantville and Parx Casino in Bensalem have already filed their application with the gaming regulatory body. Harrah’s Philadelphia is the third and latest casino that has submitted its proposal for sports betting.

On the basis of temporary rules, PCGB allows the casinos to offer online and in-person sports betting across several collegiates, domestic and international levels. These three casinos have to use geolocation technology to make sure people outside Pennsylvania state borders don’t indulge in the sports bet. In July 2018, we informed our readers about casinos in Pennsylvania applying for iGaming licenses.

The first casino to apply for sports betting is Penn National and wants to get the request approved by PGCB at the earliest. The proposal is not something for Penn National to decide and it would be interesting to see how PCGB would react to it.

Penn National is also looking forward to constructing a sports wagering area within the premises and wants to start an online sportsbook. Initially, the casino wanted to start sports betting before the start of NFL season, but the delay has been from the PCGB.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is in no hurry to issue the sports betting license and wants to take some time to think over the proposal. The main reason for the slow processing of the request is the gaming body has received such application for the first time and didn’t want to commit any mistakes during its approval.

Penn National and Parx Casino have filed the request for sports betting on August 17 and August 24 of this year respectively. PGCB would look into the applications for these two proposals in a meeting on Wednesday.

Once all these three casinos get the approval, other casinos would join the bandwagon with their requests. The owners of Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby are also contemplating to add sports gambling under their belt.

Sports Betting Running in the Neighboring States

Sports betting have already started in the state of Delaware in June 2018 with a record $22 million in sports wager. In the state of New Jersey, the figure stands at $95 million as on 31st August 2018 as per state records.

Dough Harbach who is the PGCB spokesperson has not given any particular date for final approval of the proposal submitted by these three casinos. But they are hopeful to arrive at a decision within the coming four months. We would get a clear picture about sports wagering proposal after the board meeting on October 3.

Rob Matzie of Democratic State Republic is not happy with the lackadaisical approach of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. He has actively lobbied for the sports betting legalisation in the state and is not the least bit happy with the attitude of the gaming authority of Pennsylvania.


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