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   Sunday, July 14 2024 
More hearings to be held for online gaming legalization - Pennsylvania

After New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware, the State of Pennsylvania is likely to be the fourth US state to legalize online poker business. A hearing involving legislators and igambling industry representatives was held last week to adress the issue on online gaming legalization in Pennsylvania. Actually, there are two bills under discussion, which will expectedly see online poker rooms regulated and legalized in this state, as are the now-operational land-based casinos scattering there-in. The first bill was introduced last month by State Rep. John Payne while the second was recently submitted by Rep. Nick Miccarelli.

At the hearing, Caesars Entertainment Group Executive Vice President “Jan Jones Blackhurst” mentioned the ongoing operation of online gambling in Pennsylvania while stressing out the way it desperately provided no tax income to the state. All US 50 states are concerned about illegal igaming, even in the three states where internet gaming is fully regulated, he said. Of course, these illegal businesses are conducive to fraud and criminal activities. And given the fact that online gambling has become a daily-todo for players, it is high time Pennsylvania took such decision to regulate this industry, added Blackhurst. According to John Payne, more hearings will be held to discuss this initiative. Last year, Pennsylvania released a study report, stating that online poker market would generate $ 129 million of annual revenue to the state. As for online casino gaming, the estimated revenue figure is $ 178 million annually.

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