Pa. sports betting takes the back seat this month, says Gaming Control Board

Board is set to approve more petitions for internet gaming, however

Tony Romeo
September 11, 2018 - 9:03 pm
 William Hill Sports Book at Ocean Resort Casino in AC

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There won't be any sports wagering in Pennsylvania until next month, at the earliest. 

Two casinos have petitioned the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for sports betting — including Parx Casino, which wants to offer sports betting at its Bucks County casino and its off-track betting site in South Philadelphia. 

But board spokesman Doug Harbach said those petitions are not ready to be acted on at Wednesday's meeting of the gaming board.

"The petitions have to be looked at by our investigative unit and our operations unit, and also, the casino itself has to be prepared," he said. "So we're just not to the point of these being ripe for a board decision."

But Harbach said at least one of those petitions should be in position for a vote next month. 

The board is expected to approve more petitions for internet gaming during Wednesday's meeting, though there is still no clear idea of when that will start. It is excepted to begin before the end of the year, but exactly when is unknown.