Sports Betting Launch Timetable

The following locations have been approved for a sports gaming license by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB):

SportsbookLocationOperatorLaunch Date
Hollywood Casino at Penn NationalGrantvilleWilliam HillNov 2018
SugarHouse CasinoPhiladelphiaKambiDec 2018
Rivers CasinoPittsburghKambiDec 2018
Parx CasinoBensalemKambiJan 2019
South Philly Turf Club (Parx)PhiladelphiaKambiMar 2019 (Est.)
Harrah’s PhiladelphiaChesterScientific GamesJan 2019
Valley Forge CasinoKing of PrussiaFanDuelMar 2019 (Est.)
Presque Isle Downs and CasinoErieBetAmericaTBA

The PGCB requires that brick-and-mortar sportsbooks are up and running without any issues before it allows license holders to launch online and mobile operations. As a result, the first to open a physical sportsbook will also be the first to go live online.

All of these sportsbooks are expected to have online and mobile services in place sometime in 2019, with many opening in the spring.

Pennsylvania gaming laws allow any of the state’s 12 casinos that offer slot machines to apply for a sports betting license. The seven casinos above have gone through the application process and have either opened or will do so soon.

The five remaining casinos in the state that could still apply for a license but haven’t yet filed with the PGCB are:

  • Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin (Farmington)
  • The Meadows Racetrack and Casino (North Strabane Twp.)
  • Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (Wilkes-Barre)
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort (Mt. Pocono)
  • Sands Casino Resort (Bethlehem)

It is assumed that before these five make the $10 million fee commitment for a license, they will monitor the market and see how it evens out once the seven license holders are all open and online.