PointsBet Taking Its 1st Wagers in Pa. Sports Betting Before Super Bowl

PointsBet Taking Its 1st Wagers in Pa. Sports Betting Before Super Bowl

By Lou Monaco

Australian-based PointsBet is open for business for Pennsylvania sports betting.

PointsBet Pennsylvania announced Tuesday it has taken its first sportsbook bet within the state.

This comes following approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), which gave the go-ahead to PointsBet to begin a soft launch.

The PGCB awarded a sports wagering and interactive gaming operator license on Jan. 20. It came through an exclusive partnership agreement with Penn National Gaming, which opened the Hollywood York Casino in August of last year.

PointsBet's online casino has not yet launched and will be offered in the near future.

3 Days of Soft Launch Started

Starting Tuesday, PointsBet will operate its soft launch for three days and anticipates live full operations and marketing ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams (NBC, 6:30).

“PointsBet launching in our 10th U.S. jurisdiction represents a very proud moment for our company, and I am especially grateful to our technology and compliance teams for their ongoing dedication and commitment,” Sam Swanell, PointsBet Group CEO and managing director, said in a news release. “The PointsBet team is excited to continue to prove our reputation and consistent ability to deliver a world-class experience.”

With the Pennsylvania launch, PointsBet has its mobile sportsbook platform live in 10 states — Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia are the others.

Last Launch: New York

On Jan. 24, Points Bet New York became the sixth mobile sports betting provider to launch in New York, following Caesars Sportsbook New York, DraftKings New York, FanDuel New York and BetRivers New York (all on Jan. 8) and BetMGM New York (Jan. 17).

On Nov. 8, Points Bet was one of nine operators selected by the New York State Gaming Commission  (NYSGC) to receive a mobile sports betting license.

Recently, PointsBet gained access to the Maryland market through an agreement with Riverboat on the Potomac, a licensed satellite simulcast facility for horseracing and minority-owned small business located in Charles County, Md. 

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Lou Monaco
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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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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