PointsBet Is Now Licensed for Pennsylvania Sports Betting, Online Casino

PointsBet Is Now Licensed for Pennsylvania Sports Betting, Online Casino
By Lou Monaco

There is a new mobile option in Pennsylvania sports betting.

PointsBet announced Wednesday it has been awarded sports wagering and interactive gaming operator licenses to offer online sports betting and online casino products in Pennsylvania. The license to the Australia-based company was awarded by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

This comes through an exclusive partnership agreement with Penn National Gaming. Penn National in August opened the Hollywood York Casino.

The approval came during PGCB’s monthly meeting, with an expected launch in the first quarter of 2022.


PointsBet Footprint Expands

With the PointsBet addition, there are 21 sites under 10 casinos available for online casino games and 13 sites for sports wagering in Pennsylvania.

PennStakes.com can show you its picks for the best online casinos in the state.

“We are excited to be inching closer to officially offering PointsBet’s market-leading products to sports fans and bettors in Pennsylvania in partnership with Penn National Gaming,” said PointsBet USA CEO Johnny Aitken in a news release. “With Pennsylvania ranking among the top five sports betting states in the nation, PointsBet is thrilled to be able to soon establish its presence in this lucrative market.

“We are appreciative of the support we’ve received from the state of Pennsylvania and the great people at the Gaming Control Board. We ultimately seek to provide customers in Pennsylvania with the best-in-class sports betting and online casino experience.”


Deal Includes NBC Sports Philadelphia

As the official, exclusive sports betting partner of NBC Sports, PointsBet will utilize the media giant’s premium television and digital assets to promote the PointsBet brand in Pennsylvania. NBC is owned by the Comcast Corporation, which is headquartered in Philadelphia. 

As part of the agreement, NBC Sports provides PointsBet with year-round, multi-platform media and marketing opportunities across its portfolio, including multiplatform gameday integrations across NBC Sports Philadelphia, the regional broadcast home to the Phillies, 76ers, and Flyers. The network affiliate in Philly, NBC 10, also provides sports coverage.

“With NBC Philadelphia being a key asset in the NBC Sports portfolio, it will play a vital role in our ability to reach new customers and build brand recognition in this new market,” said PointsBet USA Chief Marketing Officer Kyle Christensen. “We are excited to continue telling the PointsBet story and demonstrate to sports fans and bettors in Pennsylvania exactly what sets the brand apart among the rest.”

PointsBet’s full Spanish-language functionality will reach Hispanic sports fans via Telemundo Deportes and Telemundo broadcast stations, which also are owned by Comcast.


PointsBet Poised to Go in New York

PointsBet was among the nine operators granted licenses to operate mobile betting in the state of New York. That word came back on Nov. 8.

However, while some operators were given the green light to go ahead on Jan. 8, PointsBet has not been given clearance. But that is expected soon.

The other operators waiting to commence are WynnBET New York, Bally Bet New York and Resorts World New York.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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