The Pennsylvania Gaming Control board awarded an online gambling license to Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, and another casino on Wednesday also granted them Pennsylvania's first sports betting licenses to both the casinos.
Sands Casino Resorts sought online gambling license for facility's pending owner Wind Hospitality which is an Alabama Company.
The first sports wagering license went to Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course located near Hershey and Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment which operates Parx Casino in Bucks County and South Philadelphia Turf Club.
During the hearing, a Parx official asserted that they aim to offer sports wagering in the casino by November, midway through the college football and NFL seasons as these two sports Are capable of bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars alone. Plans call for allowing age-appropriate adults anywhere in Pennsylvania to use computers and mobile devices to log into Parx’s betting site and place their bets.
After possessing the licenses, the casinos will be able to take bets on college sports and professional sports. With this, Pennsylvania will become the sixth state of the United States to offer sports wagering after all the legal formalities get completed.
In October 2017, the Legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf has presented gambling options as part of the 2017-18 budget in the parliament under Act 42 that legalised fantasy sports wagering, permitted up to 10 mini-casinos and also permitted some truck stops and airports for offering gambling options. The law allowed the Pennsylvania Lottery, a division of the Revenue Department, to sell lottery tickets online and to offer keno, an online random-drawing game.