Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack in Chester is making plans to open up a sportsbook on the property and launch a mobile sports betting product across PA.
In fact, this week, the Caesars Entertainment casino and horse racing facility became the third casino license holder in the state to apply for a $10 million sports betting license.
Land-based, interactive and mobile sports betting
Harrah’s Philadelphia’s application clearly states its intention is to offer a combination of land-based, mobile, and interactive sports wagering.
Plus, it outlines that subsidiary Caesars Interactive Entertainment and gaming tech firm Scientific Games Corporation are collaborating to put together the online, mobile, and interactive sports wagering side of things.
Additionally, the application indicates modifications will be made to the property to create a sports wagering area.
However, details of exactly what the sports wagering area will include and how much money Harrah’s Philadelphia is spending on building it are unknown at this time.
Appendices attached to the application included specific details. A publicly released version of the application had the appendices redacted though.
The other two PA casino license holders to apply for sports betting licenses are:
- Parx Casino in Bensalem
- Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville
Harrah’s Philadelphia’s application also indicates it will lean on its casino operations and parent company Caesars Entertainment’s sportsbook operations elsewhere to build a successful sports betting operation in PA.
Caesars and Harrah’s sportsbook locations
Caesars Entertainment runs sportsbooks at 13 Nevada casinos. Plus, it runs a Nevada mobile sports betting app. Additionally, the company launched sports betting at several of its New Jersey and Mississippi properties this summer.
In New Jersey, Caesars Entertainment opened sportsbooks at its Harrah’s Resort and Bally’s Atlantic City casinos. Plus, it launched an NJ mobile sportsbook app under the Caesars Casino & Sports brand.
In Mississippi, Caesars opened sportsbooks at its Harrah’s Gulf Coast and Horseshoe Tunica properties.
PA sports betting timeline
When exactly sports betting will launch at Harrah’s Philadelphia or any other PA casino is still up in the air.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) could approve the first three license applications at its next meeting on Oct. 3.
However, license applications must be submitted 90 days ahead of operations launching in accordance with state sports betting regulations.
That would mean a sportsbook at Harrah’s Philadelphia could not start taking bets until December. However, the Board could shorten the process for any of the applicants, as it sees fit.
PaddyPower Betfair and FanDuel want in
Additionally, PaddyPower Betfair submitted an application to the Board to become a PA sports betting technology provider this week.
It is the parent company of daily fantasy sports and New Jersey sportsbook operator FanDuel.
FanDuel plans to run sports betting operations out of Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia. It has a deal in place with the casino’s new owner Boyd Gaming. However, Valley Forge has not yet applied for a PA sports betting license.
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