HARRISBURG — Sports betting should soon be available to gamblers in all four corners of the state.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is expected to vote next Wednesday on a proposal by a casino in Erie to offer sports wagering.
Doug Harbach, a spokesman for the board, said the agenda for the Feb. 6 meeting hasn’t been posted yet, “but the expectation is that the approval for the petition of Presque Isle Downs in Erie for sports wagering will be before the Board.”
The casino in Erie was purchased by Churchhill Downs, a $179 million deal that was finalized earlier this month.
“Presque Isle will give us a foothold in Pennsylvania and the opportunity to participate in the sports betting and online gaming market throughout the state,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchhill Downs in a statement released by the company on Jan. 13.
Mohegan Sun in Luzerne County announced Monday that it’s partnering with Kindred Group to offer online casino gambling and sports betting. The casino didn't disclose how quickly it plans to have its sport books operating and that plan has not been put before the Gaming Control Board yet, Harbach said.
The Kindred Group already runs a sports book in New Jersey.
“We are excited and proud to extend our US footprint into one of the largest US states to regulate both online sports betting and casino,” Manuel Stan, senior vice president for Kindred US.
To offer sports betting, the casinos must pay a $10 million fee to the Gaming Control Board.
Pennsylvania legalized online casino gambling in 2017. That same law included a provision indicating that sports betting would be allowed if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the longstanding ban on sports wagering. Last May, the Supreme Court did just that, making Pennsylvania one of the first states positioned to offer sports wagering.
Pennsylvania is now one of eight states where sports betting is legal, according to ESPN. The others are: New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware, Mississippi, New Mexico, Rhode Island and West Virginia.
The Penn National Hollywood Casino near Hershey began offering sports betting in November. then, the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and two Philadelphia casinos, Parx and SugarHouse, and the Harrah’s casino in Chester have begun offering sportsbooks.
In addition to its main casino, Parx takes sports bets at an off-track betting parlor, the Turf Club, in South Philadelphia.
State law allows casinos to offer sports betting online but none of the casino’s have gotten permission from regulators to run Internet-based sports books yet.