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Now, it’s sports betting in PA that is likely to have some movement towards a sportsbook.
FanDuel began a three-day testing period this Monday, running through Wednesday.
The testing ran under the supervision of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
During the three days, sports fans in Pennsylvania were allowed to sign up and place wagers.
There was a slight delay, with the scheduled 4 pm start on Monday moving to 7:30 pm.
The first day of testing ran for more than five hours, ending at 11:59 pm.
The second day on Tuesday ran from 2 pm until 11:59 pm.
Wednesday, the final day of testing ran for the longest time, from 12 pm to 11:59 pm.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is set to make its decision on Wednesday.
Should everything run smoothly, FanDuel will likely receive the green light for a proper launch at an unspecified date.
FanDuel has a partnership with Boyd Gaming in Pennsylvania, established in March.
It marked the opening of FanDuel’s retail sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino Resort.
Pennsylvania bettors that had previously downloaded FanDuel’s app in New Jersey will not be required to download a new version.
FanDuel will simply provide an app update, offering geolocation tools.
The app will be available for download on Android and iOS versions.
With this, FanDuel is set to become the first sportsbook to offer an iOS-compatible app.
SugarHouse was the first one to provide an alternative for iOS users.
This option, however, required the use of a third-party geolocation app along with the web browser.
Online sports betting went live in Pennsylvania in late May.
SugarHouse was the first sportsbook to go live with a May 31st launch.
Rivers and Parx followed almost a month later, making it three sportsbooks available.
FanDuel will be the fourth one once it gets green-lighted.
The sportsbook has held the lead in New Jersey’s sports betting market.
It will now look to replicate the success in Pennsylvania.
Last month, 41% of the wagers in the state were placed online.
June was the first full month of legal online mobile sports betting in Pennsylvania.
SugarHouse was the only sportsbook available for most of that time, with Rivers and Parx launching at the end of the month.
With more options available for July, the numbers will likely see a significant rise.
For comparison, 83% of the bets in New Jersey were placed online.
In Pennsylvania, SugarHouse alone received more than $18 million in handles last month via online wagers.
That represented over 39% of the state’s total in handles during the month of June.
FanDuel’s retail sportsbook had a total of $2,3 million in wagers.
Should FanDuel carry over its market lead from New Jersey, it will likely boost the numbers for Pennsylvania as well.
In other words, there is plenty of room for growth in the state.
Once all four sportsbooks go live, a significant boom in online sports betting is guaranteed to happen.
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