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April 18, 2019

Online sports betting in Pennsylvania expected to launch before NBA Finals

Gaming Control Board sees fans betting on their phones within a month

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If you’re a Sixers fan who feels confident enough in Pennsylvania’s only NBA franchise to bet on some playoff games, but you don’t want to leave the comfort of your house, the state’s Gaming Control Board has good news.

Online sports betting is expected to go live in Pennsylvania in the next two or three weeks, PGCB spokesman Doug Harbach told PennLive this week.

“I really believe that within the next two to three weeks, we will see the first of the sports wagering internet sites go up for testing,” Harbach told PennLive. “Assuming no major glitches, the sites should be given the green light from there.”

Pennsylvania sports bettors placed $32 million in bets in January, but online sports betting would take things in the Keystone State to another level. One state over, in New Jersey, online sports bets alone generated $39 million in March, likely fueled by a bevy of March Madness bets.

The move to online gambling has been a long time coming. Last August, Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia in Chester and Parc Casino in Bucks County were approved for “interactive gaming,” or Internet-based gambling, licenses

Of course, online gambling still wasn’t approved in Pennsylvania when the casinos were approved for the licenses, hence the wait.

To participate in online sports betting, users will have to verify they are 21 years old and that they’re placing the bet within Pennsylvania’s borders.

If the Sixers can figure things out against Brooklyn, and then survive likely matchups against the Raptors and Bucks, Pennsylvania basketball fans should be in business with that two-to-three-week window: the NBA Finals are expected to begin May 30.

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