The Keystone State’s gambling expansion has been moving quite steadily with the most recent developments being the launch of sports betting which is set to be followed shortly by the official launch of the state’s online gaming sector. While the state was already prepared to offers sports betting, it was until the United States Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting that the lawmakers and the state’s gaming regulator intensified their efforts to add the sports betting options. In 2019, the state looks forward to furthering the expansions that kicked off in October 2017 when the lawmakers signed the gaming expansion bills.
In 2018, the gambling industry brought in a whopping $385 million to the state coffers, a figure that exceeded the expectations of analysts. $94 million was accumulated through licensing alone while the remaining was brought in through taxes. These figures are, in most part, a glimpse of just how lucrative the gaming industry in Pennsylvania can be. However, instead of fantasizing about the end product of the gaming expansion plans, it would be more tenable to focus more on the little victories the state is accruing along the way.
The Parx Casino Sportsbook
The sports betting sector has been progressing at a rather fast pace and the next entrant into the space (hopefully) will be Parx Casino in Bensalem. The sportsbook will feature seven teller windows and 26 self-service kiosks which place in the casino, which is owned and operated by Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment. Also, the sports betting facility will be operated by Kambi.
As from January 8, the Parx casino sportsbook ran its two-day testing phase within which they offered a limited range of services to their retail customers for 10-hour periods each day. After the two-day test period which was being overseen by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is completed and Parx Casino is given the necessary approval, it would officially go live on January 10. Mathew Cullen, the casino’s vice president of interactive gaming and sports expressed a lot of confidence in getting the green light to begin operations from the PGCB. He also believes that the casino will definitely be a welcome addition to Pennsylvania’s sports betting industry especially because of the forthcoming NFL playoffs which will feature the city’s American football team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rutter’s Selects Penn National as Its VGT Operator
In other related news, on January 7, Pennsylvania’s convenience store, Rutter’s announced that it had chosen an affiliate of Penn National Gaming to operate its video gaming terminals. Already, about 20 of Rutter’s establishments are expected to receive initial approvals to feature the video gaming terminals.
As it stands, Penn National has already received its conditional license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board allowing to act as a Terminal Operator. The casino operator will be providing and servicing the video gaming terminals at the Rutter’s locations – this is still subject to final regulatory approval by the gaming regulator. Rutter’s has also filed an application with the gaming control board to hosts its terminals at its initial 20 properties.