SugerHouse Casino in Fishtown and the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh officially became the fourth and fifth applicants for state sports-betting licenses, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced Friday.
The two casinos, operated by Rush Street Gaming LLC of Chicago, join Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, Parx Casino in Bensalem, and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County in the sports-betting business. SugarHouse's application, filed late Wednesday, was first reported Thursday by Philly.com.
Sugarhouse said it intends to offer a full range of bets on American and international sports, and will construct its permanent sports book on the existing gaming floor, though it said it expects the sports betting will have no impact on operating slot machines or casino tables.
Applicants expect the sportsbooks will draw more traffic to the casinos. The SugarHouse construction will create 45-55 temporary jobs, but it did not spell out in public how many permanent jobs would be created. Harrah's, in its application filed on Monday, said its sportsbook will create about 10 jobs.
Sports betting was legalized in Pennsylvania after the U.S. Supreme Court in May declared a federal ban unconstitutional. Sports-wagering licenses are available only to the 13 licensed casino operators.