Penn National Gaming (PNG) announced that it has started a live test of its sports betting technology at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
Tests began on Thursday and will last throughout Friday to ensure Hollywood staff and equipment is in compliance with the regulation.
This makes Hollywood Casino the first venue in Pennsylvania to launch sports betting operations.
The first day of testing took place on Thursday 15 October at 3pm and the second day of testing will begin on Friday 16 October at 2pm and run until midnight.
Pending approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), the sportsbook will be open for business Monday through Friday from 11am to midnight and 10am to midnight on weekends.
Timothy J. Wilmott, Chief Executive Officer of PNG said: “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“The enthusiasm around sports betting has been growing since the federal ban was repealed in May, and we look forward to providing our patrons with another great amenity to enjoy at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.”
The sportsbook at Hollywood casino is managed by William Hill US, one of the largest operators in the US.
This puts PNG and Hollywood Casino in a strong starting position in the state of Pennsylvania.
A number of other venues in Pennsylvania have been awarded sports betting licenses but have yet to launch operations.
Parx Casino, Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack, Rivers Casino and SugarHouse Casino are expected to launch sports betting operations relatively soon.