PGCB discusses Presque Isle Downs sale

The local regulator discussed this week the sale of the facility. Credits: Presque Isle Downs

The facility is hoping to obtain approval from the local regulator to offer sports betting as early as February.

US.- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) met on Wednesday to consider the final approval of the sale of Presque Isle Downs & Casino to Churchill Downs. If everything goes smoothly, the sale will close Friday morning.

However, the sale could face some problems as the board is currently reviewing a petition dated December 7, 2018, in which Presque Isle asked to offer sports betting on every sport, including professional and collegiate levels.

Kevin O’Sullivan, general manager of Presque Isle Downs & Casino, said: “We hope to be on the February docket of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to present our sports wagering format. Right now, we are looking at carving out space on the existing casino floor for a designated space.”

Richard McGarvey, deputy director of communications for the PGCB, said: “I would expect within the next few meetings that’ll come up for a vote for the board to approve or deny them their sports wagering petition. Once they get approved, then they really will start in earnest getting ready to open up their sports book. They’ll start training employees, maybe renovating space.”

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