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Here is a quick round up of some of the latest news from the world of gambling and casinos.

Parx Casino

Starting in Pennsylvania, Parx Casino which is owned by Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment has now applied for their third license in sports betting which would mean, if successful that their Phoenixville site, Valley Forge Turf Club would be licensed.

The Communications Director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) Doug Harbach spoke to AmericanCasinos.com and was keen to stress that as yet no decisions have been made and assumptions should not be made either way.

“We received the attached petition on Friday and knew you would be interested based on our previous discussions. This would be the second ‘non-primary’ location for Greenwood Gaming/Parx Casino. The PGCB had earlier approved a sports book at their Turf Club in Philadelphia which is now operational. I cannot, at this time, predict when approval may be granted on this petition.’

So, as he confirms the primary location at the Parx Casino and their secondary site South Philadelphia Turf Club are now both live sports betting sites for Greenwood Gaming. Both places have sports betting powered by technology giants Kambi, and this is the plan for the third site should the license application be successful.

While there has been some confusion, we feel it should be clarified that this venue, the Valley Forge Turf Club is not the same venue of the Valley Forge Casino. This site is in King of Prussia which is some miles away. This is also a licensed venue after the PGCB grated their application for a sports betting license on 19th December 2018 after the site was purchased by Boyd Gaming shortly before. They use a FanDuel betting platform which has proven popular in New Jersey and will technically offer them the larger market share.

Presque Isle Downs

Meanwhile, over in Erie the Presque Isle Downs casino was granted conditional approval in response to their sports betting license on the 6th February. This is another casino that has recently changed hands and is now owned by Churchill Downs. Despite being too late for their license application, they are pushing ahead at a rapid pace to work with their partner tech company SBTech. As explained by Bill Carstanjen their SEO this is vital to their expansion plans and Pennsylvania is a key site. ’Presque Isle Downs will give us a foothold in Pennsylvania and the opportunity to participate in the sports betting and online gaming market throughout the state. This acquisition is projected to be immediately accretive to our shareholders

Mount Airy

Finally, over at Mount Airy Casino, the PGCB has slapped the venue with a $250,000 fine after a drunk customer was involved in a road traffic accident which resulted in the death of the pedestrian. While the customer was charged with committing homicide by vehicle the casino did not escape their responsibility. The fine was levied because the casino did not appear to have any procedures in place to avoid drunk drivers leaving their venue and despite offering to make changes they did not – the fine is for the failure to act.





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