The Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino has been approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to operate a sports betting lounge in their casino located in north eastern Pennsylvania, in Plains Township, on the outskirts of Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County. With the arrival of this new sportsbook, residents of northeastern Pennsylvania will no longer have to travel to place a sports betting wager. Sports wagering enthusiasts will now be able to spend their time wining and dining instead of driving and driving. This will be the first casino in the area to offer live sports betting.
Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment presented a full color brochure of the new facility.
Run in – Run Out or Stay and Play
The sportsbook will be located right inside the door close to the front lobby. According to Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino President Tony Carlucci, “there are two different kinds of sports bettor” and he wants to make sure that all gamblers will have their preference, adding:
“You’re going to have the people that want to come, have a few drinks, have something to eat, and watch the games with their friends, and then you’re going to have the people that just want to come in really quick, put a bet in and then leave.”
Both types of gamblers will be well served.
The plans call for an 1130 sq. ft. facility. The new area will hold 75 patrons, to include 42 couch seats with an additional 23 high-backed chairs. Patrons will watch games on an 8 foot by 15 foot high definition video screen wall with an additional four 3′ x 6′ screens on the side so none of the action will be missed. The sportsbook will be a smoke-free environment with its location close to the door. The betting area will feature seven sports betting terminals and up to three teller booths.
Not only will the new facility serve local patrons and generate tax revenue for the commonwealth, but it will create an additional eleven new full time employment positions.
What kind of sports can be bet on at Mohegan Sun Pocono?
Customers will be able to place wagers on a large variety of sports. This list includes but is not limited to:
- NFL, NCAA, MLB, NHL, NBA
- Golf, Tennis, Canadian Football League
- Tennis, Boxing, UFC, Rugby, Nascar
- Major League Soccer, Premier League Soccer, LaLiga, Bundesliga and more
What types of bets will be offered?
Customers will be able to place a variety of different kinds of bets. This list includes:
- Straight bets
- Round Robin
- Fixed odds
- Money Lines
- Prop Bets
- In-game betting
Mohegan Sun Pocono is one of Pennsylvania’s 6 licensed racinos featuring harness racing as well as a full Vegas-style casino with slots, table games, video poker, and live poker. This resort destination occupies 400 beautiful acres and has a four star hotel on site. Outlets for dining, drinking, entertainment, a spa and fitness center, and even some retail shopping await guests at this luxurious entertainment complex. Parking for 5,000 vehicles gives testimony to the casino’s size and popularity.
Mohegan Sun Pocono will have multiple partners in the new venture. European based Kindred Group, an operator in other Pennsylvania casinos, will be the sports wagering operator. Pala Interactive will provide player account management and technical integration to 3rd parties. Kambi will operate and run the book odds and technology, including risk monitoring and fraud prevention, pricing and trading. Novomatic will provide the sports betting terminals.
The Mohegan Sun Pocono plans to open the sportsbook sometime this fall, hopefully in time for the start of the college and NFL football seasons. Customers will be able to watch their favorite games on the numerous large screens, grab a bite to eat, and have an exciting Sunday with friends.
Eight Casinos in Pennsylvania Now Hold Licenses for Sports Betting
Including the Mohegan Sun Pocono, seven other casinos in the state of PA have received gaming control board approval to offer sports
betting. Most but not all are up and running today.
- Rivers Casino
- SugarHouse Casino
- Hollywood Casino
- Valley Forge Casino
- Parx Casino (three locations)
- Harrahs – Philadelphia
- Presque Isle Downs and Casino
If you’d like to place a bet today on sports, you can do so at these six retail establishments: SugarHouse, Rivers, Parx ( all three locations),
Hollywood, Harrahs, and Valley Forge Casino.
Mount Airy Casino Resort in northeastern PA has also applied for a sportsbook license and is in the process of seeking approval from the PGCB.
Some relevant history
In October of 2017, the PA legislature passed laws legalizing online versions of peer-to-peer games (poker) and Vegas-style gaming like slots and table games. In addition, they legalized casinos in the state to offer sports betting (both retail and mobile), as well as providing regulations for Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). These laws were passed in anticipation of the US Supreme Court clearing federal obstacles to state licensure of gambling, which they did in May of 2018 with the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in the landmark case of Murphy v. NCAA.
What did the new law do?
The 2017 legislation authorized the PGCB to offer each of the states thirteen casinos the right to apply for a sports betting license. The license costs $10 million and authorizes the casino to take sports bets in physical locations as well as online.
In addition to the hefty $10 million price tag for the license, sports betting revenues will also be taxed at 36%, a disproportionately high tax rate – both in comparison to other states and considering that traditional bookmaking on sports is a low-margin endeavor.
Sports Wagering Has Brought Tax Revenue to the Commonwealth
You don’t have to be a Pennsylvania resident to wager on sports in the state. In fact, PA is happy to play to host to neighboring gamblers. Tax revenue from sports betting so far has been:
- November 2018: $183,238.77
- December 2018: $722,356.00
- January 2019: $938,597.00
- February 2019: $700,853.95
- March 2019: $1,986,962
The future is bright for sports betting in Pennsylvania.