Philadelphia's SugarHouse Casino to begin taking sports bets

SugarHouse Casino has started taking bets on games. After two-day tests of live betting, the state is expected to grant full approval Saturday.

One of the first bets taken was a $500 bet on Friday night's Flyers game.

A year-old state law allows owners of Pennsylvania's 12 casinos to pay a $10 million fee to operate sports betting.

In May, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting.

On the other side of the Delaware River, New Jersey's sports betting market is closing in on the $1 billion dollar mark after less than six months of operation.

Figures released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show New Jersey's casino and racetrack-based sports books took in over $330 million worth of bets in November.

Gamblers in the state have plunked down $928 million on sports events since sports betting began in mid-June.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.