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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
303 Walnut Street
Strawberry Square
Commonwealth Tower, Fifth Floor
Harrisburgh, Pennsylvania
United States 17101

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(717) 346-8350

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(717) 346-8300

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Penn National Gaming set to soft launch Barstool Sportsbook App in Pennsylvania
Following a test period, Penn National intends to officially launch the Barstool Sportsbook app in Pennsylvania on 18 September, subject to final regulatory approvals.

BetAmerica launches online casino platform in Pennsylvania
Via Churchill Downs and the online BetAmerica casino platform, players in Pennsylvania can now enjoy over 40 casino games and slots and take advantage of 100 free spins.

FOX Bet launches PokerStars and PokerStars Casino in Pennsylvania
The world’s largest online poker site became the first poker operator to go live in the Keystone State on Monday.

FanDuel launches online sports betting in Pennsylvania
In partnership with Boyd Gaming and Valley Forge Casino Resort, FanDuel Sportsbook offers a variety of betting options, special sign-up promotions and a range of payment options.

Chris D'Elia's "Follow the Leader Tour" comes to SugarHouse Casino
Best known for his starring role on the NBC comedy series “Undateable” and the Netflix special “Man on Fire,” Chris D’Elia brings his “Follow The Leader Tour” to The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino on Saturday, 29 September, at 7:30 p.m.

US Supreme Court decision paves the way for legalized sports betting in New Jersey and beyond
Today's monumental ruling by the Supreme Court determined that the federal ban on sports betting, as established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, is unconstitutional, which could lead to as many as 20 U.S. states legalizing sports betting within the next year.

Inspired Entertainment announces new locations for Virtual Sports products
Inspired will place the market leading Virtual Sports products at retailer locations in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania launches fantasy sports contests
The introduction of fantasy games last week with select operators was the first new gaming roll-out under the state’s gaming expansion initiative

Pennsylvania online gambling could be ready in November, say analysts
With the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board soon accepting petitions for licenses, online gambling in the state could be up and running in a few months, say analysts at PennBets.

This Week in Gambling: Pennsylvania online gambling comes into focus
Pennsylvania online gambling was recently passed, and as we draw closer to a launch date, several questions remain. Which state casinos will participate in the new internet gambling industry? And what are some of the rules for players in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania

Since first bringing casino gaming to the state in 2006, Pennsylvania has consistently expanded gaming within the state. The state started with slot machines, then added table games, and then authorized its bars and taverns to offer limited forms of gaming. Each step was deemed necessary, either to protect the nascent industry or to expand revenue coming into the state.

In April 2013, House Bill 1235 was introduced by Rep. Tina Davis to legalize online gambling in Pennsylvania. The legislation called for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to regulate the licensing, operation and responsible participation of Internet gambling. The bill also called for the proceeds from the licensing and operation of Internet gaming in the state of Pennsylvania to be split between the Property Tax Relief Fund and the State Lottery Fund. Applicants for internet gambling licenses in Pennsylvania would be limited to entities that hold an existing slot-machine license in the state. Included in the measure were online poker, other non-house-banked games and traditional casino table games.
The bill, however, didn't go anywhere. In June 2013, Rep. Tina Pickett, the chair of the Gaming Oversight Committee, voiced concern about bringing online gambling to Pennsylvania. Pickett said she was worried both by how online gaming could impact brick-and-mortar casinos and the possibility of bringing more gambling to the state. The legislation wasn't taken up, but the Senate did request a study on internet gaming.

The findings of the study were made public in spring 2014. Among the findings: People who gamble online are typically people who don't visit casinos, and they wager much smaller amounts than people who visit casinos.

These findings are critical because the chief objection to online gaming has been that it might cannibalize the land-based casino industry.

In June 2014, Sen. Edwin Erickson introduced legislation to license and regulate online gaming in the state. The bill would have licensed all forms of online gaming, but it failed to make it out of committee.

In February 2015, Rep. John Payne introduced legislation that would give the state the authority to license and regulate online gaming. The proposed tax rate in Payne's bill was 14%. The bill passed in a committee vote 18-8, but was never taken up by the full House, because an amendment that would have allowed video gaming terminals (VGTs) into bars, taverns and private clubs was attached to the bill as a poison pill.

In late 2015, House committee members also held an informational hearing on daily fantasy sports, but no action was taken.

The Parx Casino began dabbling in online gaming when it launched a play-for-fun site in summer 2014 using WMS software. It also has a separate deal with GameAccount to run a "simulated" gaming website.

In June 2016, HB 2150 cleared a vote in the House. The bill would regulate online gambling in the state, including online casino and online poker, and would allow daily fantasy sports.

In 2017, a push was made for a gambling expansion bill that would legalize online casino games and resolve problems with the $10 million local share tax. The bill also aimed to regulate DFS and allow gambling in airports.

With the passage of H 271 and its subsequent signing into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on 30 October 2017, Pennsylvania welcomed legal online casino games and legalized paid-entry fantasy sports and daily fantasy sports. The implementation of online gambling was finally took place in July 2019.

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Pennsylvania
Address
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
303 Walnut Street
Strawberry Square
Commonwealth Tower, Fifth Floor
Harrisburgh, Pennsylvania
United States 17101

Website

Email

Fax
(717) 346-8350

General Information
(717) 346-8300

View All Gaming Jurisdictions
 
Bonuses! New games! Gossip! And all the player news you can handle. Sign up NOW!

Pennsylvania Jurisdiction News

Penn National Gaming set to soft launch Barstool Sportsbook App in Pennsylvania
Following a test period, Penn National intends to officially launch the Barstool Sportsbook app in Pennsylvania on 18 September, subject to final regulatory approvals.

BetAmerica launches online casino platform in Pennsylvania
Via Churchill Downs and the online BetAmerica casino platform, players in Pennsylvania can now enjoy over 40 casino games and slots and take advantage of 100 free spins.

FOX Bet launches PokerStars and PokerStars Casino in Pennsylvania
The world’s largest online poker site became the first poker operator to go live in the Keystone State on Monday.

FanDuel launches online sports betting in Pennsylvania
In partnership with Boyd Gaming and Valley Forge Casino Resort, FanDuel Sportsbook offers a variety of betting options, special sign-up promotions and a range of payment options.

Chris D'Elia's "Follow the Leader Tour" comes to SugarHouse Casino
Best known for his starring role on the NBC comedy series “Undateable” and the Netflix special “Man on Fire,” Chris D’Elia brings his “Follow The Leader Tour” to The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino on Saturday, 29 September, at 7:30 p.m.

US Supreme Court decision paves the way for legalized sports betting in New Jersey and beyond
Today's monumental ruling by the Supreme Court determined that the federal ban on sports betting, as established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, is unconstitutional, which could lead to as many as 20 U.S. states legalizing sports betting within the next year.

Inspired Entertainment announces new locations for Virtual Sports products
Inspired will place the market leading Virtual Sports products at retailer locations in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania launches fantasy sports contests
The introduction of fantasy games last week with select operators was the first new gaming roll-out under the state’s gaming expansion initiative

Pennsylvania online gambling could be ready in November, say analysts
With the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board soon accepting petitions for licenses, online gambling in the state could be up and running in a few months, say analysts at PennBets.

This Week in Gambling: Pennsylvania online gambling comes into focus
Pennsylvania online gambling was recently passed, and as we draw closer to a launch date, several questions remain. Which state casinos will participate in the new internet gambling industry? And what are some of the rules for players in Pennsylvania?

 
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