BetAmerica Sportsbook, owned by Churchill Downs, is set to begin testing with PGCB “very soon” in preparation to open their retail sportsbook in Erie, PA.

A recent post on, stated that the PGCB has granted the conditional sports wagering license KT Group Limited. KT Group, is the company that makes the self-wagering kiosks on which bettors will place their bets at Presque Isle Downs & Casino. An exact launch date has not been given, but the construction contract for Sportsbook is set to end on Wednesday June 19th.

Back in February news broke of BetAmerica Sportsbook set to open in Erie, PA via a partnership of Churchill Downs and Presque Isle Downs Casino.

BetAmerica Sportsbook PA Details

The new sportsbook is a BetAmerica branded facility, with operations powered by their sports betting technology provider SBTech.

Located adjacent to the facilities’ poker room and simulcast area, the BetAmerica Sportsbook will stretch 1,275 square feet within the casino, with 50 self-service kiosks. The addition of 50 large HD TV’s throughout the casino, plus the use of a betting odds boards will help facilitate wagering. The renovation did require 69 slot machines to be relocated within the casino.

Churchill Downs purchased Presque Isle for nearly $179 million in January.

BetAmerica Online Sportsbook Launch?

BetAmerica and Presque Isle Downs have revealed plans for an online sportbook and mobile betting app, but the timeline for launch is not clear. The number of PA online sportsbooks is currently set at one, SugarHouse Sportsbook PA. News broke last week, that the SugarHouse brand will soon be replaced by BetRivers and Rivers Casino.

BetAmerica currently has an online sportsbook and mobile sports betting in app in New Jersey. It is safe to assume that a very similar app will be available to PA sports bettors sometime in late August or early September. The competition for sports betting market share will be fierce in PA, as BetAmerica will battle against top brands that many bettors recognize on a local and national level. FanDuel Sportsbook PA, Parx Online Sportsbook (Philly), BetRivers (Pittsburgh), will all launch before the 2019 football season.


Once the the BetAmerica PA online sportsbook and mobile betting app are live, expect to see a similar new player bonus that is available in NJ. A 100% bonus match promo at BetAmerica Sportsbook is the best offer currently available. The amount of the deposit will be matched in bonus funds, up to a maximum of $500. Bonus funds are available for wagering immediately, and viewable as bonus funds in your wallet. Those funds will be eligible to be used on straight wagers; moneyline wagers, spread wagers, and total wager markets, so long as the wager does not exceed odds of -150.

Use of the initial 100% deposit bonus requires 6x rollover of the combined deposit and bonus value. The 100% bonus offer is only available on your FIRST DEPOSIT. BetAmeria players will have 365 days to complete the withdrawal requirements or the bonus will be canceled and any remaining bonus funds will be forfeited.

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