Pennsylvania OKs sports betting at Mohegan Sun Pocono

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PLAINS TWP. — After months of waiting, people wishing to place sports bets at Mohegan Sun Pocono will finally get their chance this fall.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Tuesday approved the casino’s petition to offer all types of sports betting permitted by state law, Mohegan Sun Pocono President and CEO Anthony Carlucci said.

That petition had been filed in March.

The casino gas inked a five-year deal with European-based Kindred Group, previously known as Unibet Group, to run the sportsbook. The deal also leaves the possibility of two additional five year extensions.

Based in Malta, Kindred operates 11 online gambling brands across Europe and Australia.

Kindred will largely be apart of the online sportsbook and casino under the Unibet brand.

Carlucci said the sportsbook will be near the casino’s main entrance in a former electronics store next to Molly O’Shea’s Irish Pub.

With the Gaming Control Board’s approval, Carlucci anticipates approximately 10 to 12 jobs being created for the sportsbook.

According to Carlucci, games being offered include NFL, NCAA, MLB, NHL, NBA, golf, tennis, UFC, rugby, NASCAR, MLS, Premier League Soccer, La Liga, Bundesliga among many others. Bets and offers include straight bets, parlays, round robin, fixed odds, money lines, prop bets and in-play betting.

The 1,130 square-foot facility will have a total room capacity for 75 patrons, including 42 couch seats and 23 high chair seats. It will include an 8-foot by 15-foot high definition video wall with additional four 3-foot by 6-foot screens for various games.

The sportsbook will be a smoke-free environment. It will also feature seven betting terminals and up to three teller booths.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act No. 42 into law on Oct. 30, 2017, amending the state’s Gaming Act to allow slot machine licensees to conducting sports wagering. The law requires the licensee to submit a petition and qualify for a certificate to be issued.

Last May the U.S. Supreme Court determined that a federal ban on sports betting, established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, was unconstitutional. That paved the way for Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos to apply to offer sports betting based.

Aside from the Keystone state, sports betting is legal in Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, Nevada, Rhode Island and West Virginia. New Mexico offers some sports betting, while Arkansas and Iowa recently passed legislation to allow sports betting. New York and Connecticut allow limited sports gambling.

Mohegan Sun Pocono also received approval Wednesday to relocate its poker room to the main floor.

According to www.legalsportsreport.com, Pennsylvania generated $32 million in revenue from six casino’s with three of them having only opened up their sportsbook in January. It’s imperative to note that none of the casino’s have an online sportsbook at the moment. Many expect mobile sports betting to launch later this month.

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