Mohegan Sun Pocono To Offer Sports Betting, Online Gaming
PLAINS TWP. — Mohegan Sun Pocono has signed a partnership with Kindred Group to offer online casino gaming and sports betting.
Kindred will offer customers an online sportsbook and casino experience under the Unibet brand as well as a Unibet sports betting lounge at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Through an online sportsbook, people can use a mobile or web device to place a bet.
“The only difference is that you have to open an account and register so we can verify that you are 21 years of age or older,” said Aviram Alroy, vice president of interactive gaming at Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.
Mohegan verifies someone’s age and identity through multiple third-party services, Alroy said.
“We then also use location services to make sure you are placing a bet within the state of Pennsylvania as required by law,” he said.
Alroy could not yet say when Mohegan Sun Pocono will begin offering sports betting and online casino gaming.
“We, along with Kindred, are working with the Pennsylvania regulator and are planning to launch when we’re confident that we’ll have a strong offering in the market,” he said.
Alroy also could not yet say where the sports betting lounge will be at the casino and when that will open.
“We have yet to finalize the sport betting lounge location at this point, but we want it to be easy to get to, and exciting to stay in,” he said. “We’re going through the same process with the launch with the regulator as we are with online, so we expect to launch when we feel we have a strong offering.”
The partnership’s initial phase covers five years with the possibility to extend the collaboration for two additional five-year terms, according to a news release from Mohegan Sun Pocono and Kindred.
Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, is situated on about 400 acres in Plains Twp. and features a 238-room hotel with an on-site spa and adjacent 20,0000-square-foot convention center.
It’s home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and harness racing.
“We’ve aligned with one of the best online casino and sport book operators in online regulated markets which will allow us to offer best in class experience to our existing customers as well as attracting new ones,” Alroy said. “Introduction of the Kindred offering to the market is a great positive for Mohegan Sun as well as the state of Pennsylvania.”
Manuel Stan, senior vice president, Kindred U.S., said, “We are excited and proud to extend our U.S. footprint into one of the largest U.S. states to regulate both online sports betting and casino.”
“Finding a strong partner who shares Kindred’s dedication to customer experience and values has been critical and I am delighted that we have found just that in Mohegan Sun Pocono,” Stan said in a statement. “I am confident that Kindred and Mohegan Sun Pocono will offer customers in Pennsylvania a truly great online sports betting and casino experience,”
Pennsylvania will be the second state Kindred Group has entered, following its entrance in New Jersey.
The next step is secure regulatory approval.
Mohegan must file a petition with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board requesting approval for sports wagering, said Doug Harbach, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Kindred also would need to apply and be approved by the board, he said.
In December, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported state residents waged $16,173,090 across sportsbooks at Hollywood Casino at Penn National, SugarHouse Casino and Rivers Casino and two of them were only open to the public for roughly half the month.
SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh both started sports wagering operations on Dec. 15 last year.
Pennsylvania recorded $2,006,545 in sports betting revenue in December last year and $722,356 of tax revenue was generated and returned to the state from sports wagering during the month, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
A licensing fee for a casino to offer live and online Pennsylvania sports betting cost $10 million, Harbach said.
Mohegan Sun Pocono would be the ninth location in the state that is either offering or petitioned to offer sports betting, he said.
Parx Casino located just outside Philadelphia joined the sports betting fray in January and Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino also took its first bets this month. The Turf Club in Philadelphia, an off track wagering owned by Parx, also is open for sports betting.
According to Harbach, Valley Forge Casino in Montgomery County also has been approved to offer sports wagering and getting its location geared up for it and Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie has petitioned the board.
There will be no online sports betting at Pennsylvania casinos on the Super Bowl, Harbach said.
“The casino operators and their partners are not ready to launch online sports wagering yet, which is why wagering on the Super Bowl this year can only be conducted at the land-based sportsbooks,” he said.
Mohegan Sun Pocono’s announcement that it will offer online casino gaming and sports betting comes after a decline in both table games and slots revenue at the Plains Twp. casino in 2018.
According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, gross table games revenue dropped more than 15.8 percent at Mohegan Sun Pocono to about $35.7 million last year from about $42.4 million in 2017. Gross slot machine revenue dropped nearly 3 percent at the casino to about $198 million in 2018 from about $204 million in 2017.
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Through online betting that will be offered at Mohegan Sun Pocono, people can place wagers on all major sport events in the U.S. and the world, including baseball, basketball, football and hockey, said Aviram Alroy, vice president of interactive gaming at Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.
“Over/under wagers are certainly one of the more popular sports betting options, as are the regular game lines,” Alroy said. “Proposition bets will also be offered and an example of a ‘prop’ bet would be: ‘will Jimmy Butler score more than 25 points?’”