Pennsylvania online gaming push gathers pace as new bill unveiled

8 June 2015

Pennsylvania is set to take a major step towards legalising online gaming after details of a new bill that would regulate such activities in the state were unveiled.

Senate Bill Title 4, Amendments to Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act, focuses on the licensing process behind slot machines in the state, but also includes literature regarding online gaming.

The bill would allow licensed land-based casinos in Pennsylvania to offer slot machines and table games online.

Players would be able to open an internet gambling account and partake in such gaming activities when physically present in the state.

The bill has gained support from a number of state Senators including Kim Ward, Robert Tomlinson, Elder Vogel and Joseph Scarnati.

“Existing Pennsylvania casinos that offer slot machine and table games would be eligible to offer Internet gaming to individual patrons that have registered and established an internet gaming account and are physically present in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania while playing online,” a senate co-sponsorship memoranda said, outlining details of the new bill.

“In addition, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs would be required to develop expanded compulsive and problem gambling programs specifically related to internet gaming.”

The news comes after Senator Sean Wiley also recently announced his intention to introduce an online gaming bill to the Senate.

Wiley’s bill, the full details of which are yet to be unveiled, would only legalise online poker in the state, no sooner than January 2017.

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