Operational testing of the new sportsbook at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack was due to begin today, January 22. The Book at Harrah’s Philadelphia will be put through its paces with live sports wagering in order to gain full approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board before a grand opening on Thursday this week.

In an official statement on the opening, Harrah’s Philadelphia Senior Vice President & General Manager Chris Albrecht commented: “We are excited to bring sports betting to Delaware County and allow our guests from the tri-state area to experience our property in a whole new way. With our gaming offering, live harness racing, our event center, award-winning restaurants and now the sportsbook, Harrah’s Philadelphia remains a must visit destination in the Philadelphia region.”

The new facility will offer betting on a variety of sporting events including football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, and college athletics. Betting options include straight bets, parlay bets, total bets, in-game betting, and more. Also, Total Rewards members will be able to earn valuable points for every wager made in The Book.

Located in the back of the casino floor previously reserved for “The Block,” The Book at Harrah’s Philadelphia is equipped with 19 ‘better-than-stadium’ lounge seats, 11 high-top tables, various bar seating and over 45 large screen TVs to watch the action live. Food and beverages tailored specifically for game day will also be available.

Christian Stuart, EVP of Gaming & Interactive Entertainment for Caesars Entertainment, added: “The launch of retail sports betting at Harrah’s Philadelphia is another exciting milestone, showcasing Caesars Entertainment’s commitment to leading this expanding industry. The Harrah’s Philadelphia offering is fully integrated into Total Rewards, so customers can easily earn and redeem points for all Caesars amenities worldwide. The Caesars brands powered by SG Digital technology will be a powerful player as we expand across the US in retail and mobile sports betting (pending regulatory approval).”