Penn National Gaming, Inc., with guidance and approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), commenced two live money sports betting test days at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course beginning Thursday afternoon, November 15, at 3:00pm. The company's Pennsylvania sports book will be managed by William Hill US, the largest sports betting operator in the United States.
Kenneth Sweeney of Annville, Pa., placed the first live cash sports wager on Thursday, putting $20 on the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the Super Bowl.
Timothy J. Wilmott, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Penn National is excited to be the first casino to offer sports wagering in Pennsylvania. The enthusiasm around sports betting has been growing since the federal ban was repealed in May, and we look forward to providing our patrons with another great amenity to enjoy at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.”
“We are extremely appreciative for the tireless effort and support of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB)”, said Dan Ihm, General Manager at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. “They moved heaven and earth to get us to this point and we couldn't be more excited to be Pennsylvania's first sports book.”
The purpose of the live wagering test days is to ensure that Hollywood Casino's staff and the equipment necessary to operate sports wagering are in compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.
Penn National will be operating its sports book in the existing simulcast theater next to the Skybox Sports Bar, which has been completely renovated and includes dozens of new televisions for customers to enjoy sports action from across the country and around the world.
The Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino will have their second live money wagering test day on Friday, November 16, from 2:00pm – midnight. Upon final regulatory approval from the PGCB, regular hours of operation will be 11:00am – midnight each Monday through Friday, and 10:00am – midnight each Saturday and Sunday.
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