Pennsylvania opened its first sports betting parlor at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National. Penn National which is located near Hershey in Grantville initially held two days of test operations Nov 15-16 before its official launch on November 17. The state Gaming Control Board approved the operators for the sports betting parlors.
On Wednesday they granted their approval to the plarlors planned by SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and the Parx Casino in Bensalem.
"We don't have any announcement but we are expecting sports betting for 2 to 3 casinos to be announced soon," said a Gaming Control Board spokesman.
The first legal sport betting in Pennsylvania was $20 which was bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers for winning the Super Bowl, confirmed Gary Pecorello, director of casino marketing for the Hollywood Casino at Penn National. Hollywood casino sports betting parlor has rows of desks lined up in front of a bank of 32 televisions along one wall. Cashiers are clad in black and white striped shirts and last week, there were only about 10 gamblers in the parlor. The minimum bet is $2 which offers a payout of $3.80 payout with the Wildcats as 14-point underdogs versus Ohio state.
As of now, only Hollywood casino in Pennsylvania offers sports betting to its customers. The Supreme Court of United States legalized sports betting earlier this year. Ever since the court has gave its verdict, New Jersey, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island have legalized sports betting in the state.