An untapped area of Pennsylvania may soon have its very own PA sports betting service. Two, in fact.
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) confirmed to PlayPennsylvania that both Mohegan Sun Pocono and Mount Airy Casino Resort recently filed petitions to offer legalized sports wagering. Located less than an hour from each other, Mohegan Sun and Mount Airy, if approved, will bring regulated sports betting to the northeast corner of the Keystone State.
Mohegan Sun throws PA sports betting hat in the ring
As reported by the Times Leader, Mohegan Sun requested permission from the PGCB to offer legalized wagering at its casino. While heavily redacted, Mohegan noted in its application that sports betting at the property would create jobs and carry economic benefits to the area. Take a look:DR-Public Sports Wagering Cert Petition and Motion to protect confidential info-27
The casino added that a sportsbook could result in “increased tax revenue to the Commonwealth and a boost to the local and state economy via an increase in spending on various goods and services.”
Though unclear when the PGCB will take Mohegan’s request under consideration, the board’s next two meetings are scheduled for April 17 and May 15.
Since the PGCB opened the application process to offer sports betting, a typical wait period of two months separates a petition submission and a board hearing.
Mohegan Sun, who partnered with Kindred Group in January, expects to offer sports betting via a retail sportsbook, according to its petition. In addition, the property will feature PA online sports betting and interactive wagering.
Interestingly, the casino “does not intend to utilize a temporary facility” for its brick-and-mortar sportsbook. That means when Mohegan opens its sports betting doors, it will do so with a permanent sportsbook.
Mount Airy also joins the PA sports betting party
Mohegan is not the only property in the Northeast corner of the state to move forward with PA sports betting.
The Citizen’s Voice hinted that Mount Airy’s application was in process. The publication discussed plans with Mount Airy executives.
Vince Jordan, the casino’s vice president of marketing and gaming operations, said Thursday that Mount Airy plans on “making an exciting announcement in the next few weeks.” He added that offering PA online sports betting “is the obvious next step for us to continue diversifying our casino offerings.”
In August 2018, Mount Airy partnered with the Stars Group to offer legalized wagering.
The Stars Group features several name-brand platforms, such as PokerStars and BetStars, which operates in New Jersey.
Per the property’s petition, Mount Airy will feature land-based, online and interactive sports betting. Its retail sportsbook will also include self-service kiosks on the gaming floor.
Also from Mount Airy’s petition:
“It is anticipated that the addition of sports wagering will enhance the Mt. Airy facility, increasing its competitiveness in the regional gaming market by providing a significant amenity for gaming patrons. Mt. Airy will endeavor to market to the online sports wagering customers in order to drive additional traffic to the land-based facility.”
Check out the full petition:MA-motion to protect confidential info re sports wagering pet and public copy-29