My. Airy Casino and Resort, which last year announced a partnership with BetStars, was one of two casinos along with Mohegan Sun Pocono to file a petition for their sports betting certificate. Each casino would have to pay a $10 million license fee if they are approved.
BetStars and Mt. Airy
Unlike SugarHouse Sportsbook or Parx Sportsbook, Mt. Airy probably doesn’t have strong enough brand recognition to launch its own betting app in PA, so last year it struck a deal with The Stars Group, owners of PokerStars, to use the company’s sports betting app, BetStars, as a skin in PA.
BetStars is live in New Jersey and falls somewhere in the middle in terms of revenue and popularity. It was plagued with deposit issues early on but has since been updated to allow more customers to deposit more quickly and easy.
The BetStars interface is instantly familiar and easy to use, which will be a great benefit to novice bettors in PA.
Mohegan Sun Pocono gets a sports betting partner
Mohegan Sun Pocono also filed its application, according to CitizensVoice.com. They had previously announced a partnership with Kindred Group, owners of Unibet, the popular European brand which will headline the partnership with Mohegan Sun.
That brings the total number of expected PA sportsbooks to nine.
Several local sportsbooks have reached out to us and indicated that online sports betting in Pennsylvania may be imminent. News of these two additional filings certainly indicates that may be the case.
With the NBA playoffs around the corner and the Phillies starting hot out of the gate, the major sports market that is PA could be about to get its first taste of legal online betting. And now it has two more likely apps to add to the mix.