Gaming regulators waiting for go-ahead to apply for wagering licenses

Tony Romeo
May 30, 2018 - 10:45 pm

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this month made it legal, state gaming regulators have taken the first steps to bring sports betting to Pennsylvania. 

The Gaming Control Board approved initial temporary regulations under which Pennsylvania casinos may offer sports betting.

Spokesman Doug Harbach said the board will give the go-ahead to those in-state casinos any day now to apply for a sports wagering license, though gaming industry insiders are not thrilled by the $10 million license fee and 36 percent tax rate.

“As soon as we announce to the casinos — very soon — that they can start sending in certificates to ask and request for approval of this, then those can move forward," he explained. "They're going have to outline in that a number of things that are stated in the law and in our regulations as far as what the sports book is going to look like, where it’s going to be, those type of things.”

For that reason, Harbach said the casinos may need some time to put together their applications.

Harbach couldn't offer a timeframe for the start of sports betting, but he noted the board has moved "rather briskly" so far.