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Mohegan Sun Pocono secures PA sports betting certificate

Tribal casino operator Mohegan Sun Pocono’s petition for a sports wagering certificate in Pennsylvania has been approved by the state’s Gaming Control Board (PGCB). 

The operator was approved at a PGCB hearing earlier this week, allowing the operator to move a step closer to launching a Unibet-branded sportsbook in the venue.

It still has to have its sports betting platform certified by the state regulator and complete a testing period before it can complete the roll-out.

In a presentation delivered as part of its petition, Mohegan Sun Pocono set out plans for a 1,130 square foot facility near its casino entrance. This will have seating for 75 patrons, as well as a high definition video wall, seven sports betting terminals and up to three teller booths.

The sports betting lounge will launch under the Unibet brand, following a strategic partnership struck between Kindred Group and Mohegan Sun in January this year.

It will offer odds on all major US sports leagues, as well as golf, tennis, boxing, rugby, motor racing and a range of European and US soccer leagues.

As Mohegan Sun’s operator partner, Kindred Group will manage the retail and online sports betting operations, including providing managed services such as payments and risk management. Kindred’s former subsidiary Kambi, which already powers sports betting for a number of operators in the state, will provide the sportsbook odds and underlying technology.

Pala Interactive, meanwhile, will provide a player account management solution, while Novomatic will provide sports betting terminals.

The hearing also saw Mohegan Sun Pocono have a separate petition, to move its poker room in the venue, approved by the PGCB.