Make way, one of the kings is arriving this week.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) conditionally approved a DraftKings-branded Pennsylvania retail sportsbook last week. It will open for live testing this Tuesday and Wednesday at The Meadows Casino.
If those test days go off without a hitch, the retail book will fully launch on Thursday, Oct. 10. A grand opening ceremony with some local sports celebrities is being planned for Thursday.
DraftKings online site should go live next month
While the DraftKings retail sportsbook will open this week, the online sports wagering site will need to be approved at the PGCB meeting on October 30. That means it will be November before DraftKings Pennsylvania is up and running.
Retail sportsbook a result of $1.5 million renovation
The DraftKings retail sportsbook will open in the spot of the former Vibe Lounge. A seven-figure renovation has created a top-notch sports wagering space that, according to PlayPennsylvania, will feature:
- 17 TVs
- Five live tellers
- 18 self-serve betting kiosks
- Two horse racing betting kiosks
- 28 new lounge seats
- Food and beverage service
UK-based Kambi will support the Meadows sportsbook and its betting operations. Bettors will be able to earn incentives such as tier points and MyCash from their wagers at The Meadows.
Furthermore, the facility investment and upgrades should help The Meadows location compete with Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino sportsbook, which just opened its renovated space this past week.
The Meadows retail sportsbook will be operated by Penn Interactive, while DraftKings will handle the online operations once they are approved.
Meadows sportsbook is the 12th to open in PA
Pennsylvania continues to be fertile ground for sports wagering. The DraftKings retail sportsbook will be the 12th to open in Pennsylvania and the first one to open south of Pittsburgh.
Penn National previously partnered with William Hill in some sports betting operations, but in July the company announced multi-year agreements with other big-name sports wagering and iGaming entities, including DraftKings, PointsBet, theScore, and The Stars Group. The William Hill partnership is likely over.
DraftKings looks to build on its success in New Jersey
DraftKings is consistently one of the strongest performers in New Jersey, where DK has an established presence both online and at Resorts Atlantic City.
Now, the company is bringing its big-name and brand recognition to Pennsylvania. And it’s likely to perform very well here too.
“We think DraftKings is an ideal partner for the Meadows,” Penn National Head of Development Chris Rodgers said. “It’s a well-known, trusted brand. We expect them to be a market leader in Pennsylvania as well.”