Pa. Gaming Control Board Awards Rivers Casino Sports Betting Licenses


REPORTING LIVE IN CHIPPEWA, BRENDA WATERS, KDKA TV NEWS. THANKS BRENDA. SPORTS BETTING IS COMING TO PITTSBURGH. THE RIVERS CASINO GOT APPROVAL THIS MORNING. THEY’RE SAYING IT COULD BE IN PLACE IN A FEW WEEKS. PAUL MARTINO JOINS US LIVE WITH MORE. REPORTER: KEN, IF YOU’RE INCLINED TO BET WITH A BOOKIE, YOU CAN SOON FORGET ABOUT CALLING HIM. COME TO THE RIVERS AND BET SPORTS LEGALLY. YEAH. THEY JUST GOT THE TENTATIVE OKAY TO MAKE BOOK HERE. STARTING DECEMBER 1st POSSIBLY. YOU CAN BET THE ODDS AT THE RIVERS CASINO. THE RIVERS HAS STEADILY BEEN EXPANDING GAMBLING ON THE NORTH SHORE FOR NEARLY TEN YEARS. IT STARTED WITH SLOTS. THEY ADDED TABLE GAMES. AND SOON SPORTS BETTING. JUST ACROSS THE STREET FROM HEINZ FIELD AND DOWN THE ROAD FROM PNC PARK. TRY YOUR LUCK OR SKIMS AT BASEBALL, FOOTBALL, HOCKEY, NBA, AND INTERNATIONAL SPORTS BETTING. THE RIVERS CASINO HOPES TO HAVE A TEMPORARY SPORTS BETTING PARLOR LIKE THE ONE SHOWN IN THIS ARTIST’S RENDERING OPEN DECEMBER 1st. IT MEANS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO PLACE A BET ON THE STEELERS DECEMBER 2nd HOME GAME AGAINST THE CHARGERS, THEN WALK OVER AND WATCH AND HOPE THEY COVER THE SPREAD. A PERMANENT SPORTS BETTING LOUNGE IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE BY THE SPRING OF 2019 THIS NEW FORM OF LEGAL GAMBLING FOLLOWS A RECENT SPORT RULING THAT STRUCK DOWN A BAN AGAINST SPORTS BETTING OUTSIDE NEVADA. IT’S NOT CERTAIN HOW MUCH REVENUE SPORTS BETTING WILL BRING TO THE RIVERS CASINO. WHAT IS CERTAIN IS IT WILL COST THE CASINO PLENTY. THERE’S A 10 MILLION-DOLLAR LICENSING FEE. AND THEN THEY’LL PAY A 36% TAX ON THEIR REVENUES.

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