Harrah’s Philadelphia is a large casino property in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester, Pennsylvania. The property features over 2,900 slots, a swath of table games, a poker room, and a harness racing track.

The casino’s parent company, Caesars Entertainment, submitted its application to open a sportsbook to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) on Sep. 25, 2018.

In the United States alone, Caesars owns 17 sportsbooks. The company already takes wagers in Nevada, New Jersey, and Mississippi.

Latest news on Harrah’s Philadelphia Online Sportsbook

During the Oct. 31 meeting of the PGCB, Harrah’s Philadelphia received its approval to open a PA sportsbook. However, in contrast to its competitors SugarHouse and Rivers Casino, which also received approvals, Harrah’s has yet to specify a timeline for the launch of the retail operation. The most company representatives will say is sometime in early 2019.

For its part, the casino’s application asserted that Harrah’s does not plan to build a temporary facility. It already has a racebook on property.

Harrah’s Philadelphia Sporstbook details

The permanent venue will be in the renovated racebook. The space offers bettors over 4,300 square feet to place their sports wagers.

Once renovations are complete, the room will possess many top-of-the-line amenities. Those features will include:

  • 40 flat-screen televisions
  • Large odds display board
  • Six live teller windows
  • Several self-service kiosks located throughout the entire casino floor as well as the sportsbook
  • Two horseracing terminals
  • Stadium seating
  • Television packages for all major American sports leagues
  • Television packages for college and international athletics

The racebook currently sits adjacent from one of the casino’s table games areas. So, the finished sportsbook will be steps from the casino floor.

Harrah’s Philadelphia online sports betting plans

Harrah’s, and by extension, Caesars Entertainment, has been less willing to announce plans or a particular focus on the online sphere. However, the company has announced that its Pennsylvania online casino and sportsbook will launch in Q1 2019.

Presumably, an online sportsbook will look and feel like Caesars Online Casino does in New Jersey. In that state, the two elements are integrated into a single app. However, Caesars representatives have said they will launch separately at first if one element gets the green light before the other.

Harrah’s Philadelphia partners

Harrah’s does have a strategic partner for both the retail and online sides of sportsbook development. Scientific Games will power the Harrah’s land-based operations and build its mobile site.

Scientific Games is a company that possesses a solid track record of quality in its creations. However, the New Jersey version of Caesars’ site is rather lackluster. It does not really compete aesthetically or functionally with some of the other sites like DraftKings or FanDuel.