Pennsylvania

Latest newsPartnershipsCompetitor landscapeMarket dataComplianceRegulation

Licensed operators

There are currently no applicants for a sports betting license in Pennsylvania.

 

The following land-based casinos have applied for an online license:

Parx (Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment)

Stadium Casino (Cordish Companies/Greenwood)

Mount Airy

Sands Bethlehem (Las Vegas Sands)

Hollywood Casino (Penn National Gaming)

Valley Forge (Boyd Gaming)

Harrah’s Philadelphia (Caesars Entertainment Corporation)

Rivers Casino (Holdings Acquisition)

Sugarhouse Casino (Rush Street)

 

 

State population

12.8 million

 

Revenue

 

Online/offline revenue split

Until online casino and sports betting go live, offline continues to account for all revenue other than DFS.

 

Amounts wagered

N/A

 

Number of customers

N/A

 

Total number of betting premises

12 licensed land-based casinos.

 

State tax take

The state has already taken $90m from nine applicants for online gaming licenses.

What type of licenses are available?

As well as sports betting licenses, land-based casinos were given a 90-day window in 2018 to apply for an online license that covered slots, table games and peer-to-play games. Going forward, it will be possible to apply for these verticals separately.

 

How many skins are permitted per license?

The PGCB had previously said there will be no limit on the number of skins permitted for online casino licensees. However, it appears to be a different set of rules for sports betting, with the regulator stating that only one skin that “prominently displays the name of the sports wagering certificate holder” will be allowed.

 

How do you apply for a license?

Operators and suppliers can apply for a license on the PGCB website: https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/?p=296

 

What are the integrity fees?

There are currently no plans for integrity fees in Pennsylvania, although this could change over the coming months as regulation is finalized.

 

What is the current tax rate?

Sports betting: Initial approval fee of $10m and an effective tax rate of 36% on revenue

Online slots, table games and peer-to-peer: Initial approval fee of $10m or $4m per vertical. Then taxed at 54% of revenue for slots, 16 percent of revenue for table games and poker.

DFS: $50,000 for a five-year license and 15 percent of revenue.

 

Is there a self-exclusion register in the state?

Yes. More information on Pennsylvania’s self-exclusion register is available here: https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/?p=67

Is sports betting regulated or unregulated? 

Regulated

Pennsylvania signed a sports betting bill into law in October 2017, ahead of the repeal of PASPA, as part of broader regulation including online casino, poker and DFS. The state’s aim at the time was to go live in 2018, although slow process and the lack of applications makes 2019 more likely.

 

Regulator details

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

PO Box 69060

Harrisburg, PA 17106-9060

Phone: (717) 346-8300

pgcb@pa.gov

https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov

Chairman: David M. Barasch

 

Is sports betting permitted online?

Pennsylvania’s 12 licensed land-based casinos can now apply for a sports betting license that will permit them to accept wagers on-site, online and, in some instances, at off-track betting facilities in the state. However, with regulations still being drafted, there is yet to be an applicant.

 

Is there any specific legislation for daily fantasy sports?

Daily fantasy sports regulation became active in May, with operators able to apply for a five-year license costing $50,000. Licensees are taxed at 15 percent of gross revenue. In June 2018, the state’s 10 licensed DFS operators generated revenue of $1,017,862, the vast majority split between DraftKings and FanDuel.

 

What legislation, if any, is currently pending?

Pennsylvania has published temporary regulation as the state continues to draft full sports betting legislation.