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.
In what could be characterized as shocking news, Sands Bethlehem President Mark Juliano resigned. Sands VP Brian Carr took his place at the PA casino helm.
Legislation that would legalize and regulate online poker and PA online gambling has been put on hold for now with Pennsylvania lawmakers at recess.
Pennsylvania casino regulators announced slot revenues had dipped two percent over the past year, just as lawmakers were considering gambling expansion.
North Wales, Pennsylvania's Joe McKeehen, who won the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, captured the WSOP $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship in June.
Sands Bethlehem contributed $1 million for an ad campaign attacking proponents of a bill that would allow video gaming terminals in certain PA businesses.