There are only three areas of the state — Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Harrisburg — where legal bets will be accepted by the time of the Feb. 3 clash between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots.
New England stood as 2 1/2-point favorites, as of Tuesday afternoon, according to odds posted at the Hollywood Casino.
The Hollywood Casino at Penn National, 15 miles from Harrisburg, was the first in the state to offer legal sports betting. Since then, the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and two Philadelphia casinos, Parx and SugarHouse, have begun offering sportsbooks.
In addition to its main casino, Parx takes sports bets at an off-track betting parlor, the Turf Club, in South Philadelphia.
Tuesday, the Gaming Control Board also began testing the sports betting operation at Harrah’s casino in Chester, outside Philadelphia, said Douglas Harbach, a Gaming Control Board spokesman.
“If all goes well, they would open for regular hours on Thursday and the number of operational sportsbooks would stand at six,” Harbach said.
The state’s casinos took in $16.17 million in sports wagers in December, the gaming control board announced last week. After paying out winnings to players, those wagers translated into $2 million in revenue for the casinos and the state collected $722,000 in tax from it, according to the Gaming Control Board.
That’s far less than the betting seen in neighboring states, West Virginia and New Jersey, which have already rolled out online sports betting.
There were $42 million in sports wagers in West Virginia in December and $319 million bet on sports in New Jersey in the month, according to an analysis by Legal Sports Report, a gambling industry trade website.
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