Pa. gaming regulators move to set up sports betting

There's no set time frame for its start.

Tony Romeo
May 30, 2018 - 1:06 pm
Gaming Control Board spokesman Doug Harbach

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- After a May 14 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it possible, state gaming regulators Wednesday took the first steps to bring sports betting to Pennsylvania. 

The Gaming Control Board has approved initial, temporary regulations under which Pennsylvania casinos may offer sports betting. Spokesman Doug Harbach says any day now the board will give the go-ahead to those in-state casinos to apply for a sports wagering license. Harbach says to start, expect to have to go to a casino to place a sports bet…

"On-site sports books, and then down the road the law also allows them to have online wagering on your tablets, your mobile phones, etc.," he said. 

Casinos will have to tell the gaming board what their sports book will look like, and decide whether they want to proceed with a $10 million dollar license fee and a 36 percent tax rate. 

"As soon as we announce to the casinos — very soon — they can start sending in certificates to ask and request for approval of this. Then those can move forward," Harbach  said. "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 says, the casinos may need some time to put together their applications. He could not offer a time frame for the start of sports betting in Pennsylvania, except to note that board has moved “rather briskly” so far.