More Casinos Vie for Penn Sports Betting

Two more casinos have applied for permission to offer sports betting at their sites in Pennsylvania. The state’s Gaming Control Board said on Friday that Mount Airy Casino Resort and the Mohegan Sun Poncono also want to offer mobile sports betting through their license.  The two casinos are located relatively near to one another and will be bringing sports betting to a corner of Pennsylvania that is currently not served.

In its application letter to the Pennsylvania gambling authority, the parent group of Mohegan Sun Poncono, Downs Racing said that the addition of a sportsbook to its location would see “increased tax revenue to the Commonwealth and a boost to the local and state economy via an increase in spending on various goods.”

Two meetings are scheduled for next month and in May to hear sports betting applications.  Applicants typically have to wait around two months between a submission of their request and a PGCB board meeting.

Mohegan Sun reassured the authority in its letter that it will offer sports betting at a permanent sportsbook on its property and “does not intent to utilize a temporary facility”.

The casino entered into a partnership with Kindred Group at the beginning of the year.

Mounty Airy also issued a letter to the gambling authority, saying that “it is anticipated that the addition of sports wagering will enhance the Mt. Airy facility, increasing its competitiveness in the regional gaming market by providing a significant amenity for gaming patrons. Mt. Airy will endeavor to market to the online sports wagering customers in order to drive additional traffic to the land-based facility.”

In August last year, the casino inked a deal with The Stars Group, the parent company of Poker Stars and BetStars.

Mount Airy said that it would offer land-based, online and interactive sports betting brands.

Several licenses have already been granted to Pennsylvania casinos; five out of the 12 casinos and one off-track betting parlor currently run sports books.

The properties that offer sports books are as follows:

  • SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino in Chester
  • Rivers Casino in Pittburgh
  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Hershey
  • Parx Casino in Philadelphia
  • Parx owned betting parlor in Philadelphia
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