Mobile Mania About To Hit In PA
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Mobile PA Sports Betting Finally Set To Arrive In Next Three Weeks

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The wait is (almost) over: PA sports betting will go mobile within three weeks.

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) confirmed Wednesday to Legal Sports Report that at least one Pennsylvania sports betting operator will turn on its app shortly.

“We expect to begin live testing of the online sports betting app for at least one of the approved casino vendors within the next two-three weeks,” said Doug Harbach, PGCB communications director.

The identity of that vendor is not yet clear, but here are the potential candidates:

PropertySupplier/PartnerOpening date
HollywoodWilliam HillNovember 16, 2018
SugarHouseKambiDecember 13, 2018
RiversKambiDecember 13, 2018
ParxKambiJanuary 10, 2019
South Philadelphia Turf ClubKambiJanuary 16, 2019
Harrah’s PhiladelphiaScientific GamesJanuary 24, 2019
Valley ForgeFanDuelMarch 12, 2019
Valley Forge Race and SportsbookKambiMarch 13, 2019
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibetTBA
Mount AiryBetStarsTBA
Presque Isle DownsCDITBA

Mobile PA sports betting is a game-changer

Pennsylvania sportsbooks generated more than $44 million in wagers in March. On its face, the number looks great — it’s a record handle for any state outside New Jersey and Nevada.

Accounting for the more than 12 million people in the Keystone State, though, that handle pales in comparison to what NJ sports betting is producing. The Garden State approached $400 million in handle in March in a state with more than 3.5 million fewer people.

The difference is obvious: mobile sports betting. For three consecutive months, more than 80% of legal sports betting in New Jersey came via a mobile device.

Adding mobile to the mix in Pennsylvania should drive similar growth in the coming months. It could affect the New Jersey market as well.

Timeline to launch for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania legislators approved a sports betting bill in 2017 in preparation for a potential repeal of PASPA. When that happened last May, Pennsylvania began preparing for a launch of retail and online sportsbooks, both of which are legal.

The first Pennsylvania sports betting shop opened in November 2018 when Hollywood Casino launched its sportsbook. Seven others followed since, but the PGCB continued a slow testing phase and rollout plan for mobile PA sports betting.

In part, that attributes to the new Wire Act opinion from the federal Department of Justice and its murkiness about the legality of online gaming. But Pennsylvania also tends to move cautiously, leading to the wait for mobile that is just about over.

Adam Candee
- Adam Candee is the managing editor of Legal Sports Report. He covers sports business and news from Las Vegas. Adam is a former editor and reporter at the Las Vegas Sun, Arizona Daily Sun and KLAS-TV. He can be reached at [email protected]
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