SugarHouse Casino took its first sports bets earlier today, the first of a planned two-day soft opening. The casino is also expected to run a 10-hour soft opening on Friday, and if the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board gives the expected go-ahead, it will be all systems go for regular operations on Saturday, just in time for the start of NFL Week 15 action and college football’s bowl slate.
Footage of the first bets:
Woohoo! Philly’s first live bets have been placed here at SugarHouse Casino.
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— SugarHouse Casino (@WinAtSugarHouse) December 13, 2018
SugarHouse and Pittsburgh-based Rivers Casino, which also opened today, became the state’s second and third casinos to take legal sports wagers. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville opened its sportsbook last month.
For those wondering, among the first accepted bets were plays on the Chiefs, Eagles, Lakers, and Flyers. Bold strategy backing the local teams, I must say.
With SugarHouse’s soft launch, Pennsylvania moves one step closer to green-lighting online sports gambling, which is expected to happen sometime in early 2019. You can read all about the much anticipated arrival of PA online sports betting right here.