The Pennsylvania Gaming and Control Board (PGCB) approved a DraftKings retail sportsbook in partnership with Meadows Racetrack and Casino, about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh, with an online launch expected for November
After a successful two-day live test period, DraftKings Sportsbook held a grand opening ceremony on Oct. 10. Just days before, Mohegan Sun Pocono opened its brick-and-mortar Unibet Sportsbook in central Pennsylvania, making Meadows the 12th casino to open a retail sportsbook in the Keystone State.
Pending approval by the PGCB, both DraftKings and Unibet plan to launch online sportsbooks before the end of the year.
Owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties and operated by Penn National, Meadows Casino invested $1.5 million in renovations to prominently situate DraftKings Sportsbook at the center of the complex.
The sportsbook features 18 self-serve betting kiosks, five live tellers and 17 86-inch HD televisions. Wagers, including straight bets, parlays, match-ups, futures, prop bets and more, can be placed on professional and collegiate sports.
Competition Expected to Ramp Up
Before FanDuel launched its online sports wagering app in Pennsylvania a few months ago, the other three brands, including BetRivers and SugarHouse, sister sites owned by Rush Street Interactive, as well as Parx Casino, launched online sportsbooks in partnership with international sports betting giant Kambi Group plc.
The early market leader in neighboring New Jersey, FanDuel introduced the first non-Kambi-powered mobile sportsbook in Pennsylvania last July. With DraftKings and Unibet expecting to launch PA online sportsbooks within weeks, bettors can expect to benefit from generous promotional offers as healthy competition between sports wagering brands begins to heat up.
DraftKings and Kambi have been successful partners since their original New Jersey partnership in June 2018, one month post-PASPA repeal. Operating on a Resorts Casino license, the team launched the first-ever online sportsbook outside of Nevada on August 6, 2018.
In New Jersey, DraftKings and FanDuel are the clear leaders among the state’s numerous sports betting brands. DraftKings led the state in online betting revenue last month.
Boston-based DraftKings launched in 2012 as a fantasy sports provider, but the company’s focus has shifted after its first, wildly successful year in retail and mobile sports betting.