Pennsylvania Sports betting regulation news

Pennsylvania finally managed to legalize the sports betting in the State! What’s more, some of the local land based casinos even managed to obtain license in October. It will take some time but we are more than sure that the sports betting will be quite accessible by the end of the 2018. So far everything is running quite positive and new brands are expected to receive local license pretty soon.

Stay with us and we will make sure to provide you with the latest news of Pennsylvania sports betting changes. Every new bookmaker as well as the development of the online and mobile betting.

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Pennsylvania grants sports betting licenses

10/04/2018 – Confirmed

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) said on Wednesday it has approved two sports betting licenses for the Parx Casino in Bucks County and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course near Harrisburg. Board spokesman Doug Harbach said that there are still some regulatory hurdles pending, but most of them are approval of entities that are set to work with the operators.

The upcoming weeks might see the actual launch of sports betting in the state, estimating approvals will come through this month, launching the markets in early November. Three other operators are currently awaiting the board’s approval for their petitions to offer sports betting: SugarHouse in Philadelphia, Harrah’s in Chester, and The Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania are a few weeks away from the sports betting

10/01/2018 – Important

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved two sports betting licenses for the Parx Casino and for Hollywood Casino. However, the segment still needs a few weeks before operating the PGCB said. According to the regulator, there are still a few regulatory and financial hurdles that must be cleared before anyone makes the first legal, commercial bets on any sporting event besides horse racing.
PGCB spokesman Doug Harbach said: “It’s not going to be an immediate turnaround”. Nobody expected the permits to be approved on Wednesday, however, the regulator will need to go through the onsite inspections of the sports books, and the payment of all the required licensing fees. “After a period of testing both by PGCB as well as the property, we hope to have the sports wagering facility operating within the next couple of months,” Daniel Ihm, Hollywood Vice President and General Manager, said.

SugarHouse applies for sports betting license in PA

09/30/2018 – Confirmed

Pennsylvania’s SugarHouse Casino is the latest to get into the world of sports betting. Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) received an application from the company making it the third local casino to do so. Parx Casino and Harrah’s Philadelphia are the other two who have applied for the license.

Harrah’s Philadelphia applies for sports betting license

09/25/2018 – Confirmed

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced on Tuesday that Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack has become the third casino in the state to apply for a sports wagering license. Caesars Interactive Entertainment, which also operates sports books in Nevada, will operate the sports betting service.

Hollywood Casino was the first to apply for a sports betting license in the state at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County. Parx Casino in Bensalem also applied for one to offer sports bets at offtrack racing outlet near Philadelphia. The PGCB spokesman Dough Harbach said earlier this month that the petitions were not ready to be discussed, but will be considered next month.

Pennsylvania sets regulations for iGaming

09/17/2018 – Update

Pennsylvania has legislated its iGaming market with different rules for local casinos that want to add the online gaming service and gaming companies outside of the state. The regulations states that 9 companies will immediately operate iGaming platforms in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) granted two iGaming licenses last week. Authorities in the state said they’ll receive application for qualified Gaming Entities from October 15 to 31. A total of 7 licenses are left out of 39. “We have already secured $110m in iGaming license fees and we are moving on with sports wagering pretty well.” Doug Harbach told iGamingBusiness. “However, we wouldn’t rush if that meant damaging the integrity of the new gaming market. We’ve always taken our role as protector of the public’s interests as first and foremost.” He added.

Pennsylvania not in a rush for the sports betting

09/13/2018 - Update

Pennsylvania is taking its time in coming up with a proper regulation to legalize sports betting after the striking of PASPA. Operation on it are not expected to start until next month. Two casinos have so far petitioned the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board or sports betting licenses, including Parx Casino, which wants to offer sports betting at the Bucks County casino and its racetrack in South Philadelphia.

Dough Harbach, spokesperson for PGCB, said the petition were not discussed during Wednesday’s meeting. “The petitions have to be looked at by our investigative unit and our operations unit, and also, the casino itself has to be prepared,” he said. Harbach added that one of those petitions should be up for a vote next month.