Another sportsbook is coming to Pennsylvania. Presque Isle Downs & Casino will have a limited launch this week, according to erienewsnow.com, as it prepares for a full launch for the NFL preseason.
This marks the second retail outlet for sports betting in the western part of Pennsylvania as Rivers Pittsburgh currently has the only other place to bet in the region.
Originally slated to open June 1, Presque Isle Downs is finally launching its sportsbook this week.
It’ll start with a soft launch before a full-scale opening for the NFL preseason.
The soft launch was set to begin at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday and run until midnight, and then again on Thursday from 2 p.m. ET until midnight.
The sportsbook will be run by BetAmerica and will feature 50 different kiosks for patrons to bet at.
The kiosks will be all around inside the casino from The Hub Center to the high-limit area to the non-smoking part of the sportsbook.
Assuming everything goes smoothly, the official launch will be Friday. The grand opening will come on Aug. 8 when Week 1 of the NFL preseason begins.
We’ll see both Pennsylvania teams in action that day as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles will get their exhibition seasons started. The Eagles will be at home versus the Tennessee Titans. Meanwhile, the Steelers will get a visit from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Presque Isle first received its sports betting license in February of this year. Their original plan was to launch the sports betting side of things at the start of June but the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board didn’t give them approval in time.
They finally got the go-ahead on June 10 and then the company needed some more time on their end to get everything in order.
There were already eight active sportsbooks in the state of Pennsylvania, and they did well in the month of June.
They combined to collect $3.1 million in total revenue and keep in mind that June is typically one of the slowest months of the year in terms of sports betting.
One of the reasons this soft launch is important is it could pave the way for BetAmerica to fully introduce its online product.
As of now, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has not allowed any company to offer online sports betting without the retail aspect tied to it.
If all goes as planned at Presque Isle, BetAmerica would then have that retail operation and should be one step closer to opening up its online doors.
BetAmerica is slightly behind in the race in terms of the companies offering online betting as FanDuel went live in Pennsylvania this week. They now join Sugarhouse, who was first to market, Parx Sportsbook and BetRivers Sportsbook.