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Central Pennsylvania casino sees $1.4M in sports bets in 2 weeks

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 18, 2018 4:27 PM
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Gamblers place bets in the temporary sports betting area at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. The casino began sports betting last week, but Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course took in $1.4 million in bets during its first two weeks. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- The first two weeks of legal sports betting in Pennsylvania at a single casino saw just over $1.4 million in bets.

Tuesday's report by Pennsylvania state regulators includes November results for sports betting at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course after it began taking bets mid-month.

For comparison, New Jersey's casino and racetrack-based sports books took in over $330 million worth of bets in November.

SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh began sports betting last week and Parx Casino in suburban Philadelphia could open in the coming weeks.

A year-old state law allows owners of Pennsylvania's 12 casinos to pay a $10 million fee to operate sports betting.

States are increasingly legalizing sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way in May.

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