On Wednesday, June 12, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced a number of new developments making the day’s hearing one of the most prominent ones in the recent past as the state continues to navigate towards implementing its gaming expansion plans. First, there was an announcement that SugarHouse Casino would be rebranding as Rivers Casino in the fall. In addition to that, the states very first satellite casino was finally given the green light to begin construction in Morgantown – it is expected to go live in the course of 2020.
Needless to say, all the aforementioned developments are vital to the growth of the Keystone State’s gambling scene but they are just part of the larger framework of occurrences and events that are going to define the gaming industry as a whole. That said, there are a decent number of developments and announcements that have been downplayed and one of the ones that have been lost in the shuffle is that of a combination of a sportsbook and poker room at the renowned Mount Airy Casino Resort.
While the announcement may seem to be a minor development, what makes it very interesting is the fact that the presentation for the retail sportsbook-poker room flaunted the brands of both the Mount Airy casino and The Stars Group (TSG) which is the casino operators’ online partner. The inclusion of The Stars Groups is an indication that its Fox bet and PokerStars brands are set to have a considerably significant online and retail presence at the casino, and therefore in Pennsylvania as a whole.
What Should You Expect from the Sports Betting, Poker Merger?
Mount Airy casino and The Stars Group inked a partnership deal in August 2018 and the deal involves sports betting as well as the entry of the Stars Group’s PokerStars brand to the Keystone State. During the June 12 gaming control board hearing, the casino operator presented details of its planned sportsbook and the poker room that it would be integrated with. This will see the property’s Gypsies Lounge turned into a 7,000-square-foot area that will feature a 12-table PokerStars-branded poker room and a sportsbook.
The sportsbook will occupy about 3,800 square feet and will be located on an elevated part of the space that will be overlooking the integrated poker room. Also, the sportsbook will include a “no smoking” zone and will feature four self-service kiosks, teller windows as well as a number of HD televisions some of which will be surrounding the poker room.