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2 more Pennsylvania casinos open up for sports betting

December 13, 2018 GMT
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The exterior of SugarHouse Casino, where gamblers can now place bets in Philadelphia, is shown Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A year-old state law allows owners of Pennsylvania's 12 casinos to pay a $10 million fee to operate sports betting. The U.S. Supreme Court in May cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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The exterior of SugarHouse Casino, where gamblers can now place bets in Philadelphia, is shown Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A year-old state law allows owners of Pennsylvania's 12 casinos to pay a $10 million fee to operate sports betting. The U.S. Supreme Court in May cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two more casinos in Pennsylvania have started up with sports betting.

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia began test periods Thursday. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says that, if all goes well, the casinos can start regular sports-betting hours on Saturday.

A Rivers Casino spokesman says the first bet placed there was $11,000 on the New England Patriots minus 2½ points over the hometown Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course near Hershey opened its sports book last month, making Pennsylvania one of seven states where it’s allowed.

A year-old state law allows owners of Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos to pay a $10 million fee to operate sports betting. The U.S. Supreme Court in May cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting.