This could be a big week for online gambling and sports betting in Pennsylvania as the state Gaming Control Board meets on October 31st with a list of applicants for licensing on the agenda despite the pricey fees of $10 million for mobile and retail sports betting operators.
The regulations impose a 90 day waiting period between application and launch, but the Board at its discretion may waive that provision, allowing approved companies to get into the nascent market faster.
Among the sports betting applicants are Penn National, Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, Rivers Casino and Sugarhouse Casino.
On the online gambling front, two applicants are on the PGCB agenda for Wednesday seeking $10 million licenses – Stadium Casino and Presque Isle Downs.
The applicants have already been the subject of intense scrutiny and vetting, and it is anticipated that the Board will grant sports betting licensing as it did at its last meeting, when Hollywood Casino and Racetrack, Parx Casino and South Philadelphia Turf Club received approval.
At the same meeting the board granted online gambling licensing approval to Valley Forge and Sands Bethlehem (see previous reports).