Online Sports Betting Could Launch in Pennsylvania Next Week

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It’s been a longtime coming, but online sports betting in PA could launch within the next week, a spokesperson for the PA Gaming Control Board tells Crossing Broad.

A few weeks ago, the state said the first operator would begin testing the first mobile sports betting product to launch in PA within “2-3 weeks.” We’re toward the end of that period, and a follow up with PGCB spokesperson Douglas Harbach confirms things are mostly on track, telling us that testing will begin within a week.

“We are moving closer and if all move[s] as expected,” Harbach said in an email. “The first test of a site should occur in a week or so.”

We believe the first operator will be Rush Street, owners of the SugarHouse and Rivers brands. Each will launch an online sportsbook in PA.

SugarHouse Casino is in Philly, while Rivers Casino is in Pittsburgh. Online betting marketing efforts will likely focus on SugarHouse in the Eastern half of the state, and Rivers Sportsbook in the western half.

“Testing” means a limited live testing period available during select times of the day, where state regulators will get the chance to make sure everything is working properly, including geo-location and payments. It’s unclear if this testing period will be open to the public or only a limited few. Either way, it is expected to take about only a week, so full-scale online betting in Pennsylvania could be live by the end of the month.

Sportsbooks expected to follow are: FanDuel Sportsbook, Parx Sportsbook, and FOX Bet.

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3 Comments

  • Throat Boy May 14, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Yeah sure.
    And Joel Embiid could be in shape next season and Ben Simmons could learn how to shoot.
    Thanks Kyle for your constant ass kissing of the sports betting industry and shoving it down our throats
    because it benefits you……..and you only…………

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    • Rectum boy May 14, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      Great, more chances for debt ridden millennials to lose their paltry Starbucks paychecks.

      Well said Throat Boy!

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      • Testicle Boy May 14, 2019 at 2:11 pm

        That’s great. More ways for dumb folks to lose their social security, welfare or paychecks. The house always wins……………….but bring it on. I love the commercials where the folks are talking about online casinos. The shady folks are talking about winning $300,000……..and telling stupid folks to “join them in the winner’s circle”. The Greater Fool Theory at work!!

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