Last week it was revealed that two additional PA casinos have applied to offer sports betting in the state. The applications bring the total to nine PA casinos that have either launched sports betting or have applied to offer sports betting. The Parx Casino has also launched sportsbooks at the Philly Turf Club and Valley Forge Turf Club, which will make a total of 11 sportsbooks in PA once the latest applicants are approved.
Should they be approved for licenses the Mount Airy and Mohegan Sun Pocono sportsbooks would be located at the respective casinos, which are located less than an hour from each other, north of Philadelphia.
It was long believed that Mount Airy would be eventually be getting into sports betting due their partnership with The Stars Group, which owns PokerStars and BetStars. What is a bit of surprise to outside observers is what took them so long? While Mount Airy has entered into a high-profile partnership with BetStars, the Mohegan Sun Pocono has partned with the Kindred Group.
All PA casinos are eligible to apply for $10 million licenses to offer both land-based and online sportsbooks. Initial interest in PA sports betting was muted due to concerns about comparatively high licenses as well as tax rates. The state’s casinos have gradually come to the realization that the benefits outweigh the costs.
Pennsylvania’s growing number of sportsbooks
When the Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino and Mount Airy Casino sportsbooks are approved, they would join an ever-growing list of casinos that have opened up sportsbooks in the state
- Parx Casino
- Philadelphia Turf Club (Parx)
- Valley Forge Turf Club (Parx)
- Hollywood Casino at Penn National
- Rivers Casino
- Sugarhouse Casino
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- Valley Forge Casino
- Preque Isle Downs and Casino (launching June 1st, 2019(
What can we expect next?
The Mount Airy and Mohegan Sun licenses are expected to be approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board sometime over the next two to three months, putting a summer opening on the table.
Also on the table this summer is the launch of PA online gambling and with it, online sports betting. Online gambling has been held up due to a U.S. Department of Justice opinion which called into question the legality of some forms of online gambling in the United States. The conventional wisdom is that online gambling will be able to operate in Pennsylvania as well as other states as long as the online gambling stays within a state’s borders.
If all goes well, Online gambling including online sports betting could be live by July, meaning there is a good chance that NFL fans could be placing bets over the internet by the start of next year’s football season. Most, if not all, of Pennsylvania sportsbooks are expected to offer online sportsbetting once they have been given the go-ahed.