Pennsylvania is set to welcome its 10th legal and licensed online sportsbook. The Keystone State’s Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino, has partnered with U.K. sports betting giant, Betfred, and is preparing to enter the online sports betting market later this year in Pennsylvania.
Wind Creek will introduce a sports betting retail website while Betfred will launch an online sportsbook. With the additions, that will round it out as 14 retail sports betting sites and 10 online sportsbooks in total for Pennsylvania’s online sports bettors. No precise timetable has yet been announced for the Betfred/Wind Creek launch date, however, they are both anticipated to go live within a few short months.
In addition to the Betfred online sportsbook, the Wind Creek Bethlehem casino will also have a state-of-the art retail sportsbook location equipped with;
- 13 Self-Service Kiosks
- 79 TVs for Viewing
- Betting Windows for Bettors
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) recently granted its approval, and simultaneously revealed that the creation of the casino’s sportsbook would begin in August and complete its construction in November.
Betfred Online Sportsbook – more than a half century of betting experience
Betfred lines up as a new and unfamiliar name to many sports bettors on this side of the Atlantic. However, in the U.K, the company is a household betting name with more than 50 years sportsbook experience. The British family-owned and operated sportsbook has set up their U.S. headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Betfred’s Pennsylvania sportsbook will be the company’s third sportsbook in the U.S. market, following opened their first states-side retail book at Grand Falls Casino in Iowa and will open another in Blackhawk, Colorado in a matter of days. The summer will see both of those retail sportsbooks set up online versions of their sports wagering offerings.
Betfred previously announced back in February that leading sports betting platform provider, Scientific Games, will provide the technology for both the online and retail sportsbook versions, including Android and iOS mobile apps and self-service kiosks respectively. To ensure transparency for bettors and industry integrity monitoring and reporting, Betfred will report the entirety of its betting data to the U.S. Integrity.
Wind Creek Bethlehem’s Vice-President of Compliance and Risk Management, Michael Magazzu, announced that Pala Interactive will be the Player Account Management (PAM) provider for interactive sports wagering. Magazzu outlined with Pala Interactive as their partner for “interactive gaming” or in other words, online casino plans:
“That is slots and tables for which we’re currently working with Board staff to get underway hopefully later in the summer.”
More PA online sportsbooks on the horizon
While major sports are currently considering restarts after a long period in a state of flux due to the global pandemic, new online sportsbooks will want to be up-and-running in time when major U.S. team sports restart and most importantly, the new NFL season begins in September.
That said, online sports wagering has been going strong through the pandemic through the industry’s proactive uptake of other sport betting opportunities like Czech, Russian and Ukrainian Table Tennis and there are still more plans to expand the online sportsbook sector in Pennsylvania.
Other than the Betfred sports betting offering, there are plans in the wind for the launch of two more online sportsbooks in the Keystone State. National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino and the future Philadelphia Live! Casino & Hotel, are two more operations that are reportedly making plans to bring even more online sports betting options to Pennsylvanians.
With major sports expected to restart soon, there is a mountain of sports betting optimism regarding their return. Pennsylvanians are looking forward to it and once sporting activities begin again, there should be more than enough sports betting options for them to enjoy.