We’ve all been on tenterhooks the last few weeks sitting, waiting, wishing (it’s a Jack Johnson kinda morning) for DraftKings to put down roots in Pennsylvania.
A deal was supposedly close and then on the verge of collapse altogether, depending on your source.
But the news we’ve all been waiting on has finally arrived: DraftKings is coming to PA!
The move was confirmed emphatically by Penn National Gaming who’ve struck a ten year deal with DraftKings, in addition to a host of other partnerships that’ll see Penn take hold of US sports betting for years to come. More on that another time though.
Who will DraftKings partner with?
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino (owned by Penn) is thought to be in pole position to become the land based partner and licence provider to DraftKings.
When is the likely launch for DraftKings PA?
The deal has been struck but the arrangement still needs ratifying by the PGCB. If all goes well in either meeting scheduled for August and September 4, DraftKings PA will be live in time for NFL betting. Worst case scenario it comes during the first week of the new season.
Why have DraftKings acted now?
The NFL season is about as lucrative as it gets for sportsbooks and DraftKings simply need to be part of it.
The need has multiplied further given FanDuel set up camp in PA in July; having already overtaken DraftKings in New Jersey, FanDuel are well on their way to becoming market leaders in Pennsylvania.
DraftKings cannot afford to further behind. Period.
How long for mobile betting and the app?
The question most will want answered quickly. However, given the short time frame its unrealistic to think the app will be ready in time for the big September 5 kick-off - there we go, challenge set DK.
Expect the app to feature the branding of Meadows Casino when it does show up, a regulation all sportsbooks have to adhere to in the Keystone State.