Betfred set to Offer Online Sports Betting in Pennsylvania
Betfred & Wind Creek Bethlehem Prepare Sports Betting Launch in Pennsylvania
Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino, along with its partner Betfred, is preparing to enter the online sports betting market in Pennsylvania. The casino will launch a sports betting retail website while Betfred will introduce an online sportsbook. This will make it 14 retail sports betting sites and ten online sportsbooks in total in the Keystone State. No exact timetable has been given for the launch, but they are expected to go live within months.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board get its approval of a sports betting operator license for Wind Creek last week. It was also revealed that the creation of the casino’s sportsbook would begin in August and be completed in November.
Kathy McCracken, the casino’s general manager, informed the board that Betfred’s online/mobile site would go live before the retail sportsbook opens, but she did not reveal an exact timeframe. A spokesperson from the gaming board has stated that as of this moment, Betfred has not applied to test its sports betting site for the public. The new online sportsbook will be run using a platform provided by Scientific Games.
British bookmaker Betfred already has a presence in Iowa and Colorado and is now looking to add a third state to the list in Pennsylvania. For its USA operations, Betfred operates through its subsidiary, Las Vegas-based Betfred USA Sports. This year, the company has begun serving casinos in Iowa and Colorado and plans to provide digital sportsbook sites in both of those states.
Following this approval, Wind Creek will become one of the last of the big casinos in Pennsylvania to offer a sportsbook after paying the required $10 million license fee. The only casino yet to join the party is Lady Luck Nemacolin.
Wind Creek is the second biggest revenue generator among Pennsylvania’s casinos. The property was purchased from Las Vegas Sands for $1.3 billion in May 2019. It is now owned by Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians and its subsidiary, Wind Creek Hospitality.
McCracken has revealed the retail sportsbook will take up residence within the existing space of Buddy V’s Ristorante and will be equipped with 79 TV monitors and 13 self-service kiosks as well as betting windows.
Further Online Sportsbooks Planned for 2020
There are currently nine online sportsbooks active in Pennsylvania. It remains to be seen if the Betfred-Wind Creek sportsbook will make it ten. There are also plans in place from Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino to launch online sports betting this year.
While major sports are currently in a state of flux due to the Coronavirus pandemic, new websites want to be up and running in time for when major team sports restart and the new NFL season begins.
Wind Creek has paid the state a $10 million fee also to have online casino games, but no timetable has been given about when those might begin.
Wind Creek has been shut since March 15th doe to COVID-19. It is waiting for confirmation by the state on when large entertainment venues can reopen under operating restrictions. It joins nine other casinos in the same region, waiting on news about when they can reopen.
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