Mount Airy Resort Casino, located in Mt. Pocono (NE PA), is the latest to apply for a PA Sports Betting License. Just a friendly reminder that the license comes with a $10M fee to join the current group of PA Sportsbooks.
In their long 35-page application, Mount Airy Resort says that The Stars Group (TSG – NASDAQ), owner of BetStars, will be the technology behind the PA sports betting operation. This is the second Pennsylvania casino to apply in the last week, as Mohegan Sun (Wilkes-Barre, PA) also filed with the PGCB. It is now one of four applications that have either not received a certificate or have an application waiting to be granted by the PGCB.
Mt. Airy Sportsbook Ready for Mobile Betting?
With all of the sports betting applications, including the recent few, one would think the next step is mobile betting. New Jersey Sports Betting is succeeding big time with their mobile apps. The most recent NJ sports betting handle shows over 80%, YES 80%, of the bets in NJ are coming in via internet/mobile options. Recently Parx Sportsbook has hinted that a mobile launch could happen at some time in April.
It’s quite obvious that states need mobile betting, as Nevada and New Jersey are ahead of the game while Delaware still lacks the infrastructure to allow online betting. Once PGCB gives the green light, it will obviously allow for the revenue to come in much faster. The Mount Airy Sportsbook app will be powered by BetStars. We expect the app to be very similar to the BetStars NJ app, which is user-friendly and loved by sports bettors. Meanwhile, Rivers Sportsbook looks to be actively testing their mobile sportsbook app.
Per a recent article from Citizens Voice, BetStars VP of Strategy and Operations provided his thoughts on the deal with Mt. Airy.
“We’re excited to take this next step as The Stars Group looks to broaden its presence in the United States,” Matt Primeaux, senior vice president of strategy and operations, USA at The Stars Group, said in a statement. “In partnership with Mount Airy Casino Resort, we believe we’re well positioned to capitalize on opportunities in the Commonwealth by bringing our world leading offerings to Pennsylvania players.”
Mount Airy Retail Sportsbook Plans
Per their application, there are plans for Mount Airy Resort Casino to build self-service betting kiosks, and will be looking to build a state-of-the-art sportsbook. More details will be released after the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) hears and hopefully grants the sports betting application on April 17th. We also expect to hear news on the possible launch of the mobile FanDuel Sportsbook in PA at the next PGCB meeting.MA-motion-to-protect-confidential-info-re-sports-wagering-pet-and-public-copy-29
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