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Trio of Pennsylvania casinos move closer to sportsbook launch

| By iGB Editorial Team
Kambi and Rush Street Interactive secure conditional licences from state's Gaming Control Board

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has awarded conditional licences to a key sports betting supplier and the company set to manage sports betting at two of the state’s land-based casinos.

The regulator has awarded conditional licences to sports betting solutions provider Kambi, via its Sports Wagering Information Services subsidiary, and Rush Street Interactive, operator of SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. Rush Street Gaming also operates the Rivers Casino on behalf of the venue’s owners Walton Street Capital and High Pitt Gaming.

Kambi is to power sports betting for the state’s largest casino, the Greenwood Gaming-owned Parx, through a deal agreed earlier this month. It was also named Rush Street’s sports betting technology provider in May this year.

With Parx having already secured a conditional licence, the Kambi-powered offerings now move a step closer to launch. Before a two-day testing period can get underway, the PGCB must assess whether the physical location is ready, systems are working and all personnel are prepared.

To date, just Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino has launched sports betting, in partnership with William Hill. The venue went live on November 17, following two days of testing.

Caesars Entertainment has secured a licence for its Harrah’s Philadelphia property, and will launch a Scientific Games-powered sportsbook, while Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia filed its application on November 15. The operator has teamed up with Paddy Power Betfair’s FanDuel subsidiary for the launch.

Licensees must pay a $10m (£7.8m/€8.8m) licence fee, as well as a 36% tax on gross wagering revenue.

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