Pennsylvania Online Poker News
Will 2017 be the year that Pennsylvanians finally get legal and regulated online poker? It’s been a long, multi-year process to this point, but many believe that 2017 marks the best chance for the state to pass a bill legalizing online poker.
Standing in the way are disagreements over the merits of regulating online gambling, differing positions on who should be able to be licensed, and disputes over the particulars such as tax rate.
One thing that all agree on: If Pennsylvania were to regulate online poker, the state would become the largest market for legal online poker in the United States. Currently only three other states offer legal online poker: New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. Pennsylvania is roughly as large as all three states combined.
Additionally, live poker has proven quite popular at Pennsylvania’s land-based casinos, so there’s little reason to believe that said popularity wouldn’t transfer over to the online version of the game.
Keep up on all the latest regarding efforts to bring legal, regulated online poker to Pennsylvania with our regularly updated news below.
Parx Casino is the largest casino in Pennsylvania. The company has grown over the years by taking advantage of trends in the market. Parx executives realize that online gambling may be the future of Pennsylvania’s online gambling market. They have recently announced that it is building a new platform called the Play4Fun Network to offer [...]
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has been vigorously lobbying against the legalization of online gambling. He founded the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling less than a year ago, but has already invested large sums of money in his lobbying efforts. Adelson has hired a number of distinguished experts to help spread his message. He recently announced [...]
Online gambling analysts have been disappointed with the sluggish growth of the United States online poker industry. Many experts hope that allowing PokerStars to return to the United States would help boost profitability. Jeff Ifrah, an attorney that specializes in Internet gambling law, said that the market can’t grow without PokerStars. [...]
Sheldon Adelson has spent months lobbying against online gambling. The online gambling community initially dismissed his efforts, because both lawmakers and citizens were becoming more favorable about legalization. However, Forbes contributor Nathan Vardi recently said that Adelson’s campaign to reinstate the Wire Act is gaining support. [...]
Many experts have warned that people using social gaming sites are at an increased risk of becoming gambling addicts. A recent report from the International Social Games Association (ISGA) has disputed those claims. The study was conducted by the Harvest Strategy Group, a company that offers leading accounts receivable solutions. The authors [...]