The day Pennsylvania gaming enthusiasts have been waiting for is officially on the horizon — the start of legal online gaming is upon us.
Last week, Kevin O’Toole, executive director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), announced iGaming would begin on July 15.
Here is more from O’Toole:
“Staff has reviewed the estimated time that it would take for us and the industry to complete all necessary steps, and it is our view that 90 days would be adequate. Accordingly, I have advised the 10 iGaming certificate holders and three iGaming operators that a coordinated go-live period for interactive gaming will commence on July 15, 2019.”
When will Pennsylvania mobile sports betting begin?
As far as PA mobile sports betting, launch dates will come much sooner than July. It’s unknown who will be the first, but at least one online sports betting app will likely launch in May, possibly the week of May 13.
Should everything go according to plan, Pennsylvania will become the fourth state with mobile sports betting and fourth state with legal online poker.
The long road to PA online gaming
Eighteen months ago, Gov. Tom Wolf signed H 271, an expansive gaming package.
Licenses to offer all three (slot machines, table games and poker) had an initial price point of $10 million.
Other provisions in the bill allow for:
- Satellite casinos
- Video gaming terminals at truck stops
- Tablet games at airports
- Online lottery
Pennsylvania mobile sports betting joins retail sportsbooks
Retail sports betting in the Keystone State took in more than $44 million in wagers in March. Toss mobile wagering into the mix, which has dominated in nearby New Jersey, and Pennsylvania instantly becomes a major player in the sports betting market.
Sports betting licenses were $10 million each. There are several PA sportsbooks, many anticipating going online soon.
- Hollywood Casino + William Hill
- SugarHouse Casino + Kambi
- Rivers Casino + Kambi
- Parx Casino + Kambi
- South Philadelphia Turf Club + Kambi
- Harrah’s Philadelphia + Scientific Games
- Valley Forge + FanDuel Sportsbook
- Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook + Kambi
Presque Isle Downs opens its retail sportsbook on June 1.
Doug Harbach, communications director for the PGCB, told Legal Sports Report, any one of the above operators would begin testing soon.
“We expect to begin live testing of the online sports betting app for at least one of the approved casino vendors within the next two-three weeks,” Harbach said.