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Sports betting in Pennsylvania blew through its previous monthly record with the start of the NFL season.

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Online sports betting is now live at a Pennsylvania casino.

Regulators on Tuesday gave approval to SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia to begin a three-day public testing period of its online sports betting systems.

It went live at 4 p.m. and a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board spokesman said that, if everything goes smoothly, then SugarHouse could begin taking online sports bets 24 hours a day on Friday.

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Another casino in Pennsylvania has secured a sports-betting license as casinos get closer to offering sports betting online.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday approved Mohegan Sun Pocono for a sports-betting license and Parx Casino told the gaming board that it expects to launch its online sports-betting system in June.

Counting Parx Casino, sports books are already open at six of Pennsylvania's 12 casinos and two off-track betting parlors.

Keith Srakocic / AP

This is the first NCAA men's basketball tournament where Pennsylvanians can legally bet on games, and expectations have been surpassed at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

The second full month of legal sports betting in Pennsylvania saw gamblers double the amount they wagered.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said gamblers bet $32 million in January at five casinos and one off-track betting parlor where it approved sports betting.

SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia led the way with $10.8 million in bets, trailed closely by Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh with $9.5 million in bets. The casinos made $2.6 million, while $940,000 went to taxes.

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Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis says federal TSA workers serving the region's two main airports are glad to be at work—and receiving a paycheck—since the government shutdown halted late last week. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

One of the first legal bets placed at Pittsburgh's Rivers Casino sports book didn't exactly bring the house down.

David Eldridge was one of five people to make the first legal bets at the casino during a grand opening last Thursday.

While many grand openings feature celebrities placing $20 on their favorite team to win the World Series or Super Bowl, Eldridge plunked down $10,000 — and on the New England Patriots over the hometown Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, to boot.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Two more casinos in Pennsylvania have started up with sports betting.

Kiichiro Sato / AP

Pennsylvania is set to launch its sports betting industry soon -- the first wave of states to do so after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May legalized the industry nationwide. Lawmakers in Harrisburg have already accounted for expected revenue in the state budget, but there's a lot we still don't know.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Pennsylvania is in the midst of launching its sports betting industry—becoming part of the first wave of states to do so.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Pennsylvania is approving sports betting at three more casinos as it gets closer to becoming the sixth state with sports betting.

Sports Betting Weeks Away From Opening In Pennsylvania

Oct 3, 2018
Wayne Parry / AP

Pennsylvania, one of the nation's most aggressive gambling states, appears weeks away from becoming the sixth state with sports betting after regulators Wednesday awarded the state's first sports betting licenses to two casinos.

Heather Ainsworth / AP

Sports betting is teed up in Pennsylvania, but it won't be up and running for the Sept. 6 start of the National Football League season.

Online Gambling Petitions Are Rolling In Ahead Of Pennsylvania's Deadline

Jul 16, 2018
Wayne Parry / AP

Applications to operate casino-style gambling online in Pennsylvania were rolling in ahead of Monday's deadline for the state's casino owners to get a license at a discounted rate of $10 million.

The deadline arrived as Pennsylvania is in the midst of an aggressive gambling expansion as the state scrounges for cash to shore up its treasury.

Under a law signed late last year by Gov. Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania became the fourth state to legalize online casino gambling, joining Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware.

Wayne Parry / AP

More regulations are being released for Pennsylvania’s fledgling sports betting industry.