Clicky

Pennsylvania's iGaming Delayed PGCB Says - PennsylvaniaCasinos.com News : PennsylvaniaCasinos.com News
Philly's Gaming Control Board in 2019.
Published on
Update on

Pennsylvania’s casinos are coming. They have been for some time and while we knew that the industry will be launching in full in H1 2019, now we have an official confirmation coming from the top.

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) Executive Director Kevin O’Toole spoke during a recent Board meeting, explaining that PA casinos will have to wait until summer before they can launch in earnest.

The delay, Mr. O’Toole explained, was occasioned by the newly introduced Wire Act Opinion, looking to restrict the clout of online gambling in the United States. Pennsylvania has already joined New Jersey in issuing a firm warning to the Department of Justice that the states may seek litigation against the Opinion.

New Hampshire has already launched three independent lawsuits seeking to contest the Opinion before a 90-day grace period has expired. Meanwhile, Mr. O’Toole explained that the delay would cost the state three or four months, but he didn’t betray any sign of worry.

The Wire Act Destroys the Infrastructure

One of the greatest benefits for Pennsylvania would have been to use servers based in New Jersey, allowing local operators to knock off the cost of gambling and create shared-liquidity schemes, particularly insofar as poker and progressive jackpots go.

Networking between casinos, not to mention sharing technology and free server space, would have been a huge boon to the industry, but it has now all been imperilled by what many have described a frivolous interpretation of the act.

The PGCB has already asked operators to start reviewing how the new Opinion would affect their business prospects.

Meanwhile, the board would still need to go ahead and test important prerequisite of the gaming experience, such as limiting gambling to the bounds of the state and establishing age verification and wealth assessment methods.

Pennsylvania is definitely threatened by the Wire Act Opinion insofar as its ability to scale operations would be limited. However, as a populous state, the PGCB expects over $170 million to be contributed to the local coffers, although there will be additional windfall from slot machine revenue which hasn’t been factored in this sum.

Will Pennsylvania Be Fighting DOJ?

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has already joined his colleague from New Jersey, Gurbir Grewal, issuing a joint-letter in which the pair warned DOJ that trying to slap the rule on states that champion online gambling.

The joint statement warned the DOJ to “withdraw its opinion altogether or assure us that DOJ will not bring any enforcement actions against companies and individuals engaged in online gaming in our states – where it is appropriate under state law.”

With the next several months promising to be eventful, Pennsylvania is marching steadily towards a regulated online casino industry and there seems to be no stopping it.

Latest Headlines

Pennsylvania Welcomes 4ThePlayer As Its Latest iGaming Provider

Fast-rising iGaming provider 4ThePlayer has recently received formal approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to join the state’s rapidly expanding online casino sector. This important milestone enables 4ThePlayer to provide its captivating and inventive games to gamblers in Pennsylvania, contributing to its further expansion inside the US. Along with Connecticut, Michigan, and New […]

Pennsylvania State Gaming Board Targets Child Safety in Casinos with New Campaign

A new crackdown on child neglect and underage gambling has been unveiled by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), with an emphasis on making sure all gaming venues in the state are safe and following all regulations. To support these enforcement efforts, the PGCB has launched the “Don’t Gamble with Kids” public awareness campaign. Needless […]

Mohegan Digital Debuts New iGaming Option in Pennsylvania

Mohegan Digital, a pioneering force in the gambling industry, has recently unveiled its newest offering, an immersive online casino experience developed exclusively for the state of Pennsylvania. This marks yet another great development for the state’s lucrative iGaming sector. The launch is a triumph of ingenuity and complexity, and it was created under the capable […]

Online Gambling and Credit Card Debt Amid Pennsylvania’s Growth Streak

Pennsylvania State Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) is advocating for stricter regulations on online gambling payment options, citing concerns about rising credit card debt among players. Now that online gaming and sports betting have joined Pennsylvania’s traditional brick-and-mortar casinos as part of the state’s gaming expansion, Fontana is spearheading a legislative effort to revise the regulations […]

Supremeland Makes US Market Debut with Pennsylvania License

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has granted an interim license to Supremeland, a prominent gaming provider, allowing it to join the US market for the first time. This interim license is a common step in obtaining a license in the lucrative Keystone State gaming market. Supremeland joins the ranks of other successful applicants who […]

Similar Stories in Gambling

Pennsylvania Welcomes 4ThePlayer As Its Latest iGaming Provider

Fast-rising iGaming provider 4ThePlayer has recently received formal approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to join the state’s rapidly expanding online casino sector. This important milestone enables 4ThePlayer to provide its captivating and inventive games to gamblers in Pennsylvania, contributing to its further expansion inside the US. Along with Connecticut, Michigan, and New […]

Pennsylvania State Gaming Board Targets Child Safety in Casinos with New Campaign

A new crackdown on child neglect and underage gambling has been unveiled by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), with an emphasis on making sure all gaming venues in the state are safe and following all regulations. To support these enforcement efforts, the PGCB has launched the “Don’t Gamble with Kids” public awareness campaign. Needless […]

Online Gambling and Credit Card Debt Amid Pennsylvania’s Growth Streak

Pennsylvania State Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) is advocating for stricter regulations on online gambling payment options, citing concerns about rising credit card debt among players. Now that online gaming and sports betting have joined Pennsylvania’s traditional brick-and-mortar casinos as part of the state’s gaming expansion, Fontana is spearheading a legislative effort to revise the regulations […]

Supremeland Makes US Market Debut with Pennsylvania License

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has granted an interim license to Supremeland, a prominent gaming provider, allowing it to join the US market for the first time. This interim license is a common step in obtaining a license in the lucrative Keystone State gaming market. Supremeland joins the ranks of other successful applicants who […]