As you may have noticed, we’ve been writing quite a bit about sports betting around here. Part of the reason is because Philly, specifically, will serve as almost ground zero for the new legal sports betting wave that will eventually change sports consumption as you know it. With the opening of the sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, PA sports betting has arrived.
With New Jersey, Delaware, and now Pennsylvania being among the first three states to offer legal wagering – with New Jersey and Pennsylvania now being among the only states to have online sports betting – Philly is essentially the test market for how this all goes down, how it impacts the viewing experience, and what it means for team and in-stadium partnerships.
Now we have some dates for PA sports betting.
in October, the PA Gaming Control Board approved three more licenses for SugarHouse Casino, Harrah’s Chester and River Casino in Pittsburgh. They’ll join Parx Casino in Bensalmen and Hollywood Casino in Grantville as the five licensed operators, so far, that can offer sports betting.
Current PA sportsbooks
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
777 Hollywood Blvd.
Grantville, PA 17028
In November, Penn National Gaming launched the first legal sportsbook in Pennsylvania. The physical location is managed by William Hill, which is the largest sportsbook operator in the US, running several joints in Vegas and New Jersey.
1001 N Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
On December 16, SugarHouse Casino, which operates under the same brand for owner Rush Street as SugarHouse Sportsbook, which is expected to launch for PA online sports betting early in 2019, opened its temporary facility as part of a soft launch. They’ve outlined their plans in a proposal to the state for a permanent space that is expected to open in the spring. Here’s the mockup:
777 Casino Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Rivers Casino opened their space for testing on the same day as SugarHouse.
State officials plan to test these four facilities, in some order, over the first few weeks of December. Their launch should come any time now.
PA sports betting updates
Christmas is just a little more than a week away, so if you still haven’t gotten in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action, now
DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over three full months now and a lot has changed since launch, including promos and bonuses.
If you still haven’t gotten in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action, now is a great time to check out the various promos some
Where and when for PA sports betting?
Parx has said that it plans to open its sportsbook soon. I actually toured the temporary space and, while not large, it’s fairly impressive, but will pale it comparison to the 10,000 square foot behemoth they plan to open in the spring. I can tell you there is a lot of construction going on at Parx, and they seem poised to capitalize on PA sports betting– their location and brand recognition in the Philly area will help that get out of the gate early.
Harrah’s says it will build a 4,322 square foot facility where there is now a concert venue:
The physical sportsbooks are great and all, but the growth area for PA sports betting is, by far, online betting.