Pennsylvania agree online gambling bill
At long last Pennsylvania lawmakers have agreed on budget proposals that include a huge expansion on gambling allowing for online gambling along with online lottery games, mini casinos to open, gambling portals will also be allowed in truck stops and at airports.
The bill which was passed by a vote of 109 to 72 had the support of both parties and will now go to Governor Tom Wolf who is in favour of expanding gambling instead of raising taxes to plug the $2.2 billion budget deficit.
Supporters of expanding gambling believe that with new licensing and taxes to operators and suppliers as much as $200 million a year can be raised by the state that already had the second highest level of commercial revenues by casinos behind Nevada.
Pennsylvania would also become the third state to allow gambling at airports with only Nevada and Puerto Rico doing the same.
Having passed the vote Governor Wolf’s office said it will decide on signing the bill in the next few days possibly allowing for online gambling to start as early as mid 2018, The iGaming Post called Pennsylvania as having online gambling passed this year and seems the call was spot on (read here back in July).
Already New Jersey are talking about sharing player pools with Pennsylvania which will be the biggest player in the online business in the US with New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada.
All eyes move to the Governors office now this week to see if after years of preparation will become reality for online gambling supporters in the state.