- The PGCB made sure a self-exclusion program was available for PA bettors.
- Bettors will be able to use their laptop, computer, and Android device. iOS devices will be further delayed.
- Full-scale online betting will be available Friday, after this three-day testing.
PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania has joined New Jersey and Nevada as the only states with operating mobile sports betting industries.
Sugarhouse Casino became the first sportsbook in Pennsylvania to offer mobile sports betting after the system-testing began its launch at 4 pm on Tuesday.
The testing will run for three days and will give the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board time to figure out if their geolocation, age verification, and operating system will be sufficient.
After the test period, the PGCB expects full-scale online sports betting to begin Friday morning. Until the full launch happens, the sportsbook will close all betting action after midnight every night this week.
All of the same betting lines and wagering styles will be available on the online platform through the testing as well as the full-scale launch. However, bettors will have to have an account already established with the casino before they can get started on the action.
Sugarhouse online betting is operated by Kambi Group, who has seen major success in the New Jersey market, being paired with DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts Casino.
The New Jersey market has seen roughly 80% of their betting action this year occur through online avenues and Resorts Casino has profited over $22 million this year alone from online sports betting.
Put those numbers in perspective when looking at a population of 9 million people in NJ compared to nearly 13 million in Pennsylvania and we may be looking at the largest gambling market in the country.
The ability to wager on slots, poker, and other casino games will not be included in this launch, but will likely be ready to go by summer, according to the PGCB.
Michael began writing as an NBA content writer and has spent time scouting college basketball for Florida State University under Leonard Hamilton and the University of Alabama under Anthony Grant. A graduate of both schools, he covers topics focused on legal sports betting, betting odds, and casino reviews. Michael likes to golf, play basketball, hike, and kayak when not glued to the TV watching NBA games.