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NEWS 4 October 2018
Pennsylvania awards first two sports betting licenses
By Tim Poole

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has approved the state’s first two sports betting licenses.

Park Casino in Bensalem and Hollywood Casino in Dauphin County are the first two casinos to be awarded sports betting licenses by the state's regulator.

The PGCB has seen five applications so far, despite a $10m license fee and a 36% tax rate (34% of which will go to the state, with a further 2% going to local governments), a rate more than four times higher than New Jersey’s 8.5% tax for sports wagering in casinos.

The three other applications are likely to be considered at the PGCB’s meeting on 31 October, comprising of Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack in Chester, SugarHouse Casino in Fishtown, and Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

News of licenses being approved suggests the launch of regulated sports betting is not far away in Pennsylvania, with Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi and West Virginia already legalising regulated sports wagering following the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in May.

RELATED TAGS: Casino | Legal & Regulatory | Sports Betting
IN-DEPTH 10 December 2018
Tackling the issue of UK self-exclusion

Harrison Sayers asks three industry executives about self-exclusion in UK gambling. Jack Symons, founder of Gamban, tells us why he saw it necessary to create his own self-exclusion software. Tracy Damestani, Chief Executive, National Casino Forum, explains how SENSE has long looked after those looking to avoid land-based casinos. Fiona Palmer, CEO of GAMSTOP, gives an update into the effectiveness of the UK’s National Online Self Exclusion Scheme.