The wait is over for legal sports betting in Pennsylvania as the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has begun taking sports wagers.
Hollywood’s sports book is located just steps off of the casino floor close to the Skybox Sports Bar. The casino’s sports book offers betting on all major sports including football, basketball, hockey, soccer and baseball. It also takes wagers on other sports such as boxing, rugby, cycling and even MMA events.
While Hollywood Casino is the only casino in Pennsylvania to operate a sports book for the moment, other casinos will be following in its footsteps very soon. SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh are slated to open their sports books on December 1 while Harrah’s Philadelphia and Parx Casino hope to open by the end of December.
Sports fans are not the only ones to applaud the arrival of sports betting in Pennsylvania. The state itself is expected to rack in the cash. Each casino that wants to offer sports betting has to pay a $10 million fee to the state. In addition, the state gets 34% of each casino’s sports betting profits.
The local governments are not missing out on the action either. The local governments that host the casinos will receive 1% of profits plus the local county will also receive 1%.
Sports betting in Pennsylvania will compete with legal sports books already operating in seven states. Most directly, PA sports books will go head-to-head with the newly opened sports books in Atlantic City. Most of the major AC casinos, including Harrah’s, Ocean Resort and Golden Nugget, have had their sports books up and running for several months.
As 2018 comes to a close, Pennsylvania sports and gambling fans have one more reason to celebrate and gamble locally – sports betting has arrived in the state!