Last Wednesday the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved a petition by Presque Isle Downs & Casino to offer sports betting services in the Keystone State. As always, additional review and testing will be required before the casino’s sports betting sector is launched officially – there will be a two-day public testing period but the actual dates for this activity are yet to be specified.
Presque Isle Downs & Casino petitioned for the sports betting license in December 2018 hoping to be approved to offer sports betting at its land-based venue and, in the near future, on the internet as well as on mobile devices. The services will be available for a wide range of professional and collegiate sporting events including baseball, football, soccer, boxing rugby, lacrosse, darts, cycling, sailing, the Olympics, rowing, golf, basketball, football, hockey, cricket, and even esports. For the licenses, the casino operator will be required to pay a $10 million fee within the next 60 days before its sports wagering facility goes live.
As per the plans of the operator, the Presque Isle Downs & Casino sports book will be located within a 1,275-square-foot space that is adjacent to the existing poker room and the simulcast area. In addition to that, 315 square feet in the establishment will be dedicated to 50 self-service sports betting kiosks. For this to be realized, Dan Cuic, the director of slots for Presque Isle Downs Casino revealed that about 69 or more slot machines will need to be relocated. He also mentioned that the sports betting area of the casino will be smoke-free but to accommodate smokers, they would be allocating some sports betting kiosks to Bar 90 and the Center Bar.
NetEnt’s Offerings to Go Live in Q2
In other news, NetEnt has announced that it is anticipating to launch its online gaming offering sometime within the second quarter of 2019. The company recently bolstered its presence in the Keystone State through a partnership with Parx Casino. The partnership agreement will see NetEnt provide Parx Casino with its neat portfolio of table games and slot machines – these will be accessible through the Parx Casino online platform and operated by Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, which also happens to be the operator of Parx Casino.
“We are looking forward to expanding the Parx Casino offerings into the online world. As part of this, we’re excited to be able to offer NetEnt’s outstanding suite of game content as part of our online casino launch in Pennsylvania,” Matthew Cullen, the senior vice president of iGaming and Sports at Parx Casino said.
It is no surprise that Pennsylvania is attracting so much attention in the online gaming space – the state which has close to 13 million residents is not only the fifth largest state in the United States but also the largest state that is on board the online gambling and sports betting bandwagon.