Rivers Casino set for trial run of sports-betting operation today and Friday |

Rivers Casino set for trial run of sports-betting operation today and Friday

Tony LaRussa
In this Sept. 9, 2018 photo, customers watch an NFL game in the sports betting lounge at the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Figures released Sept. 12 by state gambling regulators show that New Jersey gamblers plunked down more than $95 million on sporting events, more than twice as much as a month earlier. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

The Rivers Casino on the North Shore will begin a two-day “introductory period” in which visitors can experience its sports betting operation.

Rivers Sportsbooks will be open today from 2 p.m. to midnight and again from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday.

Visitors will be able to place wagers on football, baseball, hockey, basketball, boxing and other sports and watch the games on 10 television.

Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino also is scheduled to begin a test period for its sports betting operation today.

The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course near Hershey began accepting bets on sporting events last month.

Before setting a regular schedule of operations, Rivers will have to wait until the state gaming commission has completed a review of how Sportsbook was operated during the introductory period.

If the casino gets the OK from the state, it plans to be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.

Until this year, betting on sports was illegal in most states.

But in May, the United States Supreme Court struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, which paved the way for states to legalize betting on sports.

Pennsylvania lawmakers were already set to move forward on sports betting before the court rendered its decision.

Included in a 2017 Pennsylvania gambling expansion law was an authorization for sports wagering as soon as a federal court ruling allowed the state to regulate such bets.

The state bill also allowed as many as 10 satellite gaming sites in the state.

One of the mini-casinos is slated to be built in the Westmoreland Mall by Stadium Casino LLC, the company that earlier this year paid $40.1 million for the mini-casino license.

The firm is planning a 100,000-square-foot gaming and entertainment facility in the former Bon-Ton department store inside the mall.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368 or [email protected] or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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