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Parx Casino targets sports licence in Pennsylvania

| By iGB Editorial Team
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has also applied

Parx Casino has submitted a formal application for a licence to offer legal sports betting in Pennsylvania, having already been successful in a bid to launch online gambling in the state.

Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, the owner of Parx, put forward the latest application on behalf of the property, which now joins the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in applying for a licence.

In addition to Parx, Greenwood is seeking permission from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to offer legal sports wagering at its South Philadelphia Turf Club off-track betting facility.

Documents seen by Legal Sports Report suggest that should Greenwood succeed in its application, Parx could be offering sports betting services before the end of the year.

The PGCB has already said that despite various other states having introduced regulated sports betting in recent weeks, Pennsylvania is unlikely to do so prior to the start of the NFL American football season in September.

Greenwood would not obtain a licence until September at the earliest, when the PGCB will next meet to discuss all new applications. Operators that do secure a licence face a combined 36% tax rate, comprising a 34% state tax and 2% local tax.

Parx has already been successful in obtaining an online gaming licence in the state, having put forward a joint application with GAN.

Meanwhile, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has suspended talks with two Native American tribes over sports betting regulation, with the state set to miss out on legalisation this year.

Malloy is keen to push ahead with regulation and said that the two tribes were “within days” of an agreement to amend their gaming compact.

However, according to the Connecticut Mirror, Malloy said that disagreements among legislators will delay the process until the next scheduled legislative session in January.

“I don’t think circumstances have changed dramatically, except that the Republicans in the legislature have indicated they don’t want come to come into session on this topic,” Malloy said.

“Unless that changes or unless the Democrats say they want to come in, then there wouldn’t be a session. There would be no reason to continue negotiations.”

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