Pennsylvanians who are eager to bet sports online won’t have much longer to wait. A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has said that some mobile sportsbooks will likely be live by early May, a couple of months ahead of what some industry observers had predicted.
PA Mobile sportsbetting moving forwar
Land-based PA sports betting first launched in November of last year with the opening of the Hollywood Casino sportsbook. But while land-based sports betting has spread across the state, mobile sports betting had been put on the back burner. This was due to a variety of factors, including a desire to launch the easier-to-implement land-based sports books and to get more clarification on the U.S. Department of Justice’s new Wire Act reinterpretation.
Fortunately, land-based sports betting has so far gone well, while concerns have been eased about the Wire Act effect on PA mobile sports betting.
“I really believe that within the next two to three weeks, we will see the first of the sports wagering internet sites go up for testing,” said PGCB spokesman Doug Harbach.
Once Pennsylvania regulators give the go-ahead, PA citizens will be able to wager on sports over the internet. Mobile apps will likely dominate much of the sports wagering, but betting will also likely be available through online sportsbook websites as well.
PA B&M sportsbooks continue to open
So far, eleven casinos have been approved to offer sports betting since last year. The Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment owns a total of three sportsbooks, including branches in the Parx Casino, Philly Turf Club and Valley Forge Turf Club.
Most PA sportsbooks are believed to go live sometime within the first two months of launch with indications that the SugarHouse and Parx Casino could be the first to go live with sports betting in the state.
Harrah’s Philadelphia, Valley Forge Casino, Rivers Casino, Hollywood Casino at Penn National, Presque Isle Downs are expected to go live by the middle of the summer. Mount Airy and Mohegan Sun Pocono have recently applied for sports betting licenses over the last few months, so those mobile sportsbooks likely won’t be seen by Pennsylvanians until later this summer.
Mobile sports betting is seen as a big deal not only for sports bettors but for PA sportsbooks.
Going online will effectively bring sports betting to the phones of every eligible citizen in the state. Citizens will no longer have to drive to the nearest casinos to place their bets, making it much more convenient to place wagers.
The vast improvement of convenience will mean that participating PA sportsbooks will see almost instant increases in revenue to their sportsbooks as more Pennsylvanians are able to easily bet online and in greater numbers.