Pennsylvania now has nine sportsbooks so far with more to come thanks to the Mount Airy Casino Resort and Mohegan Sun Pocono applying for sports betting licenses over the couple days, which was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
Mount Airy, which has partnered with BetStars wants to open up a sportsbook in the Mount Airy Casino, located in Mount Pocono, north of Philadelphia. There are sportsbooks also located… Mount Airy has long believed to be interested in offering sports betting since announcing their partnership with BetStars last year.
Mohegan Sun will bring their Wilkes-Barre based sportsbook to the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino, which is located just 40 miles northwest from the Mount Airy Casino. Mohegan Sun Pocono will partner with the Kindred Group on their sports book.
Applications are reviewed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and are expected to be approved within the next 60 to 90 days. Each license requires a casino to pay $10 million for a license fee.
PA sportsbooks so far
So far, eight sportsbook are open in the state.
- Hollywood Casino at Penn National
- SugarHouse Casino (Philadelphia)
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- Rivers Casino (Pittsburgh)
- Parx Casino (Philadelphia)
- Parx Phily Turf Club
- Valley Forge Casino
- Parx Valley Forge Turf Club
Initial fears eased
Although there was significant trepidation about entering the PA sports betting market due to high fees and taxes, the state’s casinos seem to gradually be warming to the idea. Now that the Mount Airy Casino and Mohegan Sun have applied for licenses, only the Sands Bethlehem, Stadium Casino, the Meadows Casino and Lady Luck have yet to apply for sports betting licenses in the state.
PA sports betting has so far generated over $7 million dollars in revenue thus far, a figure which doesn’t even account for online sports wagering, which has been delayed due to an opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice. The opinion has cast doubts on the status of online gambling in the United States, but the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board believes that the state is on track for a launch sometime this summer.