Two more sportsbooks have opened today in Pennsylvania. Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia both confirmed today the start of a test run of their sportsbooks to join the PA sports betting market.
Both casinos join Hollywood Casino, which opened its sportsbook last month, to bring the total number of Pennsylvania sportsbooks to three. Rivers Casino and SugarHouse both announced this morning that they will be holding limited-hours test runs today and tomorrow, with the general public welcome to stop by to place real bets on a wide range of sports.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review explains state gaming officials will be on hand at both sportsbooks during the initial launch phase to ensure everything runs smoothly. Once the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) is satisfied with both sportsbooks, they’ll be able to set permanent hours.
Rush Street Gaming operates both casinos and received its sports betting approval from the PGCB at the end of October. Both casinos have stated their intent to offer online sports betting, with potential launches planned for early 2019.
In New Jersey, SugarHouse Sportsbook has already been taking online wagers since August. Rush Street Gaming does not have a physical presence in New Jersey, but its online arm, Rush Street Interactive, is partnered with Monmouth Park as required by NJ gaming law to operate SugarHouse Online.
Rivers Casino Sportsbook Pittsburgh
Rivers Casino Sportsbook took to Twitter this morning to announce the launch of its sportsbook during an inaugural testing period on Thursday and Friday. Sports betting hours will run from 2 PM to midnight on Thursday and from 12 PM to 10 PM on Friday.
The countdown is here to introduce the NEW Rivers Sportsbook! Join us Thursday at 2pm for the introductory period of the FIRST Sportsbook in western PA! Our introductory period has limited hours, is open to the public! Visit https://t.co/tTjbjDHkpq for details! pic.twitter.com/Z1ZwbXoAEV
— Rivers Casino (@WinBigRivers) December 12, 2018
Rivers Casino has also launched a new website specifically for its sportsbook at RiversCasinoSports.com. According to the website, the sportsbook’s proposed hours of operation once it receives final PGCB approval will be:
- Mondays-Thursdays: 10 AM to Midnight
- Saturdays: 9AM to 2 AM
- Sundays: 9 AM to Midnight
The website also explains Rivers Casino Sportsbook features “over 10 TVs” and will be offering the usual assortment of sports wagers including straight bets, moneylines, point spreads and parlays. Sports covered will include football, baseball, basketball, hockey, boxing and more.
The launch of a separate website for the Rivers Casino sportsbook is also interesting to note. Casinos typically do not launch separate websites for their sportsbooks unless it’s to begin taking online wagers. RiversCasinoSports.com could be a longer-term play in anticipation of the casino eventually launching online betting in PA.
SugarHouse Sportsbook Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s first sportsbook launched at SugarHouse Casino on Thursday afternoon to kick off a two-day testing period that will run from 2 PM to midnight on Thursday and Friday. SugarHouse posted a photo of its new sportsbook on Twitter this morning and it looks like a sleek environment with TVs adorning the walls and plenty of seating space in the middle of the main sportsbook floor:
Ready to get in the game? Live #sportsbetting is now here! Be among the first to place your #bets during our test period today and tomorrow from 2PM – MIDNIGHT.
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— SugarHouse Casino (@WinAtSugarHouse) December 13, 2018
The casino has not announced the sportsbook’s proposed hours once it receives approval, but the new sportsbook should be up and running normally on Saturday barring any unforeseen issues during the testing phase.
SugarHouse Casino also has plans to launch online betting in Pennsylvania. Philly.com reports online and mobile wagering may be launched sometime around the Super Bowl (February 3rd).