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.
Pennsylvania table game revenue numbers saw a big jump in April, helping total gaming revenues increase for the second month in a row.
As Pennsylvania mulls online gambling, Republican Sen. Camera Bartolotta is now proposing up to 25 new satellite casino locations be built across the state.
The PA Senate will be moving ahead with legislation seeking to legalize and regulate online poker next week. The taxation rate is still up for discussion.
Penn National Gaming officials commented that if Pennsylvania lawmakers set online gambling taxes too high, the Pennsylvania casino industry will walk away.
After five straight months in decline, Pennsylvania casino gaming revenues turned around last month, seeing an increase of 0.12 percent over March 2016.