Artists rendering of Harrah’s Chester PA sports betting parlor within “The Book”


Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack (Chester,PA) is set to join the PA Sports Betting party on Tuesday Jan. 22nd. “The Book,” Harrah’s on-site retail sportsbook will become the 4th sportsbook in the Philadelphia area. It is the 6th legal sportsbook in the state of Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board requires a 48-hour testing period for all new PA Sportsbooks. We recently visited Parx Casino Sportsbook during their testing phase. January 22nd will be the start of Harrah’s “The Book” testing period.

Philadelphia Area Sportsbooks

The Philadelphia area now has 4 active sportsbook locations.
1. Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA
2. SugarHouse Casino in Philly
3. Harrah’s “The Book” in Chester
4. Parx Casino South Philly Turf Club

The Valley Forge Casino Sportsbook, who has partnered with FanDuel sportsbook, is due to launch very soon. The SugarHouse Casino Sportsbook opened in December 2018 and reported sports betting handle of $5,539,806.46 for December 2018.


Harrah’s Philadelphia Sportsbook Details

Harrah’s Philadelphia Sportsbook recently shared information and an artist rendering of “The Book”.

“The Book” Details:

• Odds Board
• 40 Flat Screen TVs
• Six Teller Windows
• Self Betting Kiosks
• 2 Horseracing Terminals
• Stadium-style seating
• Bar Seating
• Food & beverage offerings

– Operating Hours: Monday-Friday: 11am-12am & Saturday-Sunday: 10am-12am.

Caesars Entertainment, Harrah’s parent company, currently operates sportsbooks in Harrah’s Atlantic City (also called “The Book”), 13 Nevada locations, plus a casino in Mississippi. Caesars sports betting in PA, NJ, and MS run on a platform developed by Scientific Games. Caesars online sportsbook and mobile app is approved in NJ.

PA Sports Betting Hits 6 Sportsbooks

Pennsylvania now has 6 active sportsbooks, with 4 in the Philadelphia area.

1. Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA
2. SugarHouse Casino in Philly
3. Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh
4. Hollywood Casino Sportsbook by Harrisburg
5. Parx Casino South Philly Turf Club
6. Harrah’s “The Book” in Chester, PA

Online PA Sportsbooks are expected to launch late in 1Q of 2019. Parx Casino and SugarHouse are expected 2 of the first mobile sports betting apps available in the state. Betting revenue will rapidly increase once online and mobile sportsbooks are active. Here is a look at the latest sports betting handle and revenue reports:

Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Totals:
– Sports Betting Handle: $17,587,676.79
– Sports Gross Revenue: $2,515,542.33
– Sports Betting State Tax (34%): $855,284.39
– Local Share Assessment (2%): $50,310.85



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