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Hollywood Casino in Grantville is located just outside Lebanon County and about a 15-minute ride from Hershey.(Photo: Jeremy Long, Lebanon Daily News)Buy Photo

Hollywood Casino in Grantville, Dauphin County, is likely just a few weeks away from offering sports betting at its site after Penn National Gaming was awarded a sports betting license on Wednesday.

Hollywood Casino was one of two Pennsylvania casinos approved by the state at a permit hearing Wednesday. Philadelphia-based Parx Casino was also awarded a license.

Pennsylvania would be the sixth state to offer legal sports betting.

The casinos, however, have other requirements to meet that could take until November to open a sports book. That timeframe would miss baseball’s World Series, but it could mean capturing the last weeks of fall’s college football and NFL seasons and practically all of the hockey, college basketball and NBA seasons.

Penn National Gaming, which already operates sports betting at casinos in two other states, applied for the Hollywood Casino and racetrack it owns near Exit 80 off Interstate 81. Penn National officials would say only that it plans to open a sports book in the next “few months.”

The owners of Parx Casino plan to offer sports betting through the suburban Philadelphia casino and horse-racing track and at an off-track betting parlor in Philadelphia called the South Philadelphia Turf Club. Both are controlled by London-based businessman Watche Manoukian.

Parx Casino could begin offering sports betting in November on banks of TV screens showing a range of different sports.

“People can watch pretty much any game that’s on in the country,” John Dixon, the chief technology officer of Parx Casino, told the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board during a

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