Wind Creek Bethlehem & Betfred Enter PA Sports Betting Market

Wind Creek Bethlehem & Betfred Enter PA Sports Betting Market
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Pennsylvania’s Wind Creek Bethlehem entered the state’s growing sports betting market on Wednesday with the opening of its first sportsbook operated by Betfred Sports.

The sportsbook is the first for Wind Creek Hospitality in the U.S., and it’s the third for Betfred Sports USA, according to a news release. Betfred has opened sportsbooks at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort in Larchwood, Iowa, and Saratoga Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado.

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The Betfred online/mobile platform will join top Pennsylvania sportsbooks at a later date.

It’s a good time to be entering the Pennsylvania market. On Tuesday, the state announced a record handle of $525 million for October.

The Wind Creek retail sportsbook is located in the space formerly occupied by Buddy V's Ristorante, the release said. It features two state-of-the-art video walls, 31 individual TVs, three betting windows and eight self-service betting kiosks, in addition to multiple viewing areas and a sports pub for food and beverage.

“We’re extremely excited about our partnership with Wind Creek Hospitality and couldn't be happier with the launch of our third US-based sportsbook in one year,” Bryan Bennett, chief operating officer of Betfred USA Sports, said in the release. “Pennsylvania is a massive sports betting market, and we look forward to making Wind Creek Bethlehem a go-to destination for sports bettors.”

Grand Opening Saturday

The sportsbook, which had a soft launch this week and received permanent approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday, will hold a grand opening on Saturday.

“Opening the Sportsbook at Wind Creek Bethlehem provides yet another exciting gaming opportunity for our guests,” Jay Dorris, President & CEO of Wind Creek Hospitality, said in the release. “Partnering with Betfred USA Sports will allow us to bring a first-class sports betting experience in a high energy environment to the property. “

Betfred USA Sports, a sportsbook sponsor of the Denver Broncos, is currently a licensed operator in Pennsylvania, Iowa and Colorado, with Nevada coming soon pending regulatory approval.

Wind Creek Hospitality is an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Wind Creek Hospitality manages the Tribe's gaming facilities including: Wind Creek Atmore, Wind Creek Wetumpka, Wind Creek Montgomery, Wind Creek Bethlehem, Wa She Shu Casino in Nevada, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino,, as well as racetracks in Alabama and Florida, the release said.

Live! Mini-Casino Set to Go

Live! Casino Pittsburgh is opening the first Category 4 casino facility, located in Hempfield Township in Westmoreland County.

A two-day test period was completed on Nov. 14-15, which also included the test and approval of its sports wagering operation with FanDuel, it was announced Wednesday at the gaming control board meeting. The first week of operation began Tuesday to invite-only patrons and will open to the general public on Nov. 24.

Opening amid the coronavirus pandemic, Live! has developed a “Play It Safe” comprehensive plan focusing on mask requirements, temperature checks, social distancing, and repeated cleaning of high-traffic areas, slot machines, and table games. Signs will be up throughout the facility to make sure patrons are aware of the requirements.

Category 4 indicates a new “mini-casino” category, meaning a facility can have a maximum of 750 slot machines and 40 tables. The bigger casinos can have 5,000 slots max and 250 tables.