In March 2018, Churchill Downs Inc. bought Presque Isle Downs & Casino to enter the Pennsylvania online gaming market.
As stated by GoErie, before the casino submitted its $10 million license petition, many were questioning the reason behind the PA sports betting hold up. The application’s receival was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to PlayPennsylvania. When approved, this will be PA Sportsbook number seven.
Presque Isle Was Expected To Happen Any Time Soon
It’s only natural that Churchill Downs would add sports betting to its PA online gambling list. The company signed a deal with SBTech aimed at sports betting in May 2018, at the same time when the Supreme Court declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) as unconstitutional.
This was the same week when Churchill Downs cooperated with Golden Nugget Atlantic City to enter in the NJ sports betting game. The beginning of the football season made the betting market in New Jersey grow and Church prioritized its sports betting product, before entering the gambling market in Pennsylvania.
Now, as its NJ sports betting plan is in operation, and after the Presque Isle deal, the venture can set the PA launch in motion.
PA Online Gambling Site Number Seven
This is the seventh casino to petition for a PA sportsbook. Now, after Presque Isle’s petition, even more casinos are focused on launching sports betting in Pennsylvania. The company is in the waiting list of casinos to get a PGCB approval, together with Valley Forge. There is no set date for the launch for PGCB approved casinos, such as Parx, Rivers, Harrah’s Philadelphia and Sugar House.
According to GoErie, Doug Harbach, the Communication Director of PGCB stated that Valley Forge applied at the board meeting on Dec. 19 2018, but some time will pass before they can officially start.
Launching PA sportsbook has been going slow either way, so Presque Isle and Valley Forge must not regret that they’ve been the last to submit applications.
SugarHouse and Rivers PA online casinos expect to start this month, but there is no official launch date yet. Up to this moment, PGCB is letting only retail sportsbook to start. PA mobile sports betting will be most probably considered by the board at the first quarter of 2019.
This is good news for For Churchill Downs and Presque Isle. The only question now is why Mount Airy and other operators wanting to offer PA online sports betting haven’t done their paperwork correctly.