This Thursday the first licensed sportsbook in Pittsburgh opened at the River Casino.
Casino executives celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and welcome selected customers to place their first bets.
The Sportsbook features 11 big screen television, leather theatre Chairs and options to either place a bet with a casino employee or at a self service betting terminal.
If the Pennsylvania Gaming Control board is satisfied with the casinos performance during the testing period, they will give their approval for permanent operations. River Casino and Philadelphia Casino SugarHouse are the second and third Pennsylvania to offer sports betting.
“Approximately $160 Billion of sports wagering is done underground and if some of could be brought above ground and wagered legally at places like the Rivers it should produce some significant tax revenues.”
River Casino general Manager Bill Kenna said plans are in the works for a permanent sportsbook expected to open in the third quarter of 2019.
“We have architects right now that are taking another area of casino, an area we defined that we think it’s the right place for our sportsbook and they are doing drawings on it right now.”
The Opening of the sportsbook comes just in time for one of the biggest football games at Heinz field this year.
Kenna said: “We can literally move some of the crowd away from here when we are going to get huge lines and I believe we probably going to have them. We are urging people to come early if you want to place a bet on that Sunday.”