Pennsylvanians now have two new casinos to place their sports wagers after the Rivers Casino and SugarHouse — two Rush Street Interactive casinos — began public testing periods on Thursday and Friday. Should the casinos be given the go-ahead by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, both casinos will begin taking bets under normal hours beginning on Saturday.
The opening of the new sportsbooks means that there are now three locations in the state where Pennsylvanians can wager.
The launch of the Rivers Casino sportsbook allows bettors their first chance to place wagers in western Pennsylvania, while the debut of the SugarHouse Sportsbook marks the first sportsbook to be available in Philadelphia. Hollywood Casino, the first location to go live with sports betting late last month, serves central Pennsylvania.
The countdown is here to introduce the NEW Rivers Sportsbook! Join us Thursday at 2pm for the introductory period of the FIRST Sportsbook in western PA! Our introductory period has limited hours, is open to the public! Visit https://t.co/tTjbjDHkpq for details! pic.twitter.com/Z1ZwbXoAEV
— Rivers Casino (@WinBigRivers) December 12, 2018
Details of the new Rivers and SugarHouse Casino sportsbooks
The Rivers Casino will begin taking bets from 2 PM ET to midnight on Thursday with a second test period set for noon to 10 PM on Friday. Meanwhile, the SugarHouse will be open from 2 PM to midnight on both Thursday and Friday.
Upon the PGCB gives the green-light, the sportsbook will resume normal hours of operation in the sportsbook on Saturday. Specific hours will vary based on the day with wagering available until at least midnight every day.
|Rivers Casino Sportsbook Hours|
|Monday-Thursday||10 AM to 12 AM|
|Friday||10 AM to 2 AM|
|Saturday||9 AM to 2 AM|
|Sunday||9 AM to 12 AM|
Football, basketball, hockey and boxing are among the sports that will be available for wagering at the Rivers Casino and SugarHouse casinos, where players will be able to place a variety of bets including spread, moneyline and parlay wagers.
Both Rivers Casino and SugarHouse Casino sportsbook locations will utilize a platform and services from Rush Street Interactive and Kambi. A mobile sportsbook is in the works, but the casinos have provided no specific details on a launch. Pennsylvanians will likely have to wait until 2019 before mobile wagering is available anywhere in the state.
Three out of the six casinos that have been applied and/or approved for sports betting in Pennsylvania have now opened their doors. Another casino, Presque Isle Downs, became the 7th PA casino to apply for a sports betting license when they submitted their application last Friday.
Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, the owner of Parx Casino, was approved to go live with two sportsbooks — one each at the Parx Casino and Philly Turf Club — will likely be the next sportsbooks to open in the state. Greenwood had originally planned for the sportsbooks to open in November, but was held up while waiting for platform provider Kambi to be authorized in the state, among other reasons.
Harrah’s Philadelphia patrons will likely have to wait until early 2019 before seeing a sportsbook at their casino.
The final two casinos, Valley Forge and Presque Isle Downs, which only applied for their license last week, are still in the approval stage. Additional PA casinos, notably Mount Airy, will likely join the mix over the coming months.
It looks likely that by next football season, Pennsylvanians will have at least 7 sportsbooks scattered throughout the state to wager, and likely online.