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Pennsylvania Becomes the Fourth American State to Legalize Online Poker

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Posted on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by "T".

picture of Philadelphia skyscrapers October 30, Monday was a big day for advocates of online poker throughout the nation, as Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill that legalizes online gambling, thereby making it official that his state shall soon become the fourth one in the country to have licensed and regulated Internet-based poker sites.

On October 25, Wednesday, Pennsylvania's House of Representatives have voted 109-72 in favor of House Bill 271, a major gambling expansion bill that included not only the legalization of online poker, but also online casino gambling as well as daily fantasy sports. Thanks to the governor's signature, avid poker fans and players in the Keystone State were relieved that this excitement has not turned out to be another frustrating letdown.

It sure has been a very long wait for Pennsylvanian poker players, and a hard-fought battle by lawmakers in the House and Senate who were met by strong opposition.

Back in January 2016, the optimism was high that a similar bill would pass; however, due to clashing views later that year by lawmakers, they ended up not agreeing on how impactful the proposed measure would be on their state's economy.

With the bill signed, Pennsylvania joins Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada as the only states in America with legalized online gambling. Recently, those three states have agreed to a shared liquidity deal that shall enable interstate player pool sharing for the very first time. It is still too early to speculate whether Pennsylvania will join in on this deal.

Just like in New Jersey and Nevada, the opportunity to play online poker in Pennsylvania is also open to non-residents of the state, just as long as they are staying in the state if and when they choose to play.

Many are hopeful that Pennsylvania's decision to legalize online poker will cause a domino effect, triggering other states to hop on the bandwagon. So far, three of the biggest states in the nation: California, Illinois, and New York, have legislation related to online gambling moving through various stages of the lawmaking process.

The newly-signed Gaming Act of 2017 shall allow the state's 12 land-based casino operators to apply for a license so they can offer online poker games. Also, should it become legal at the federal level, online casino gaming, sports betting and daily fantasy sports will also be allowed.

Gambling operators shall be charged a $10 million licensing fee for the rights to offer slots, table games, and poker, or $4 million each.

Online poker and table games will be taxed at 16% of gross gaming revenue, whereas slot machine revenues will be taxed at 54%.

Also, Pennsylvania's new gambling law allows truck stops in the state to install video gaming machines.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Sheldon Adelson, who does not support the presence of online poker, is in the process of selling his highly-successful Sands Bethlehem casino.

Online poker in Pennsylvania is expected to launch next year, though there's no specific date yet, as regulators must first sort out their licensing and testing processes.

Source:
https://www.pokernews.com/news/2017/10/pennsylvania-online-poker-legal-29242.htm

 


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15 comments for "Pennsylvania Becomes the Fourth American State to Legalize Online Poker"

 doubletop77711/1/2017 10:13:40 AM GMT
I think that it makes perfect sense to legalise poker in this state and i cannot see why all the other states will not be following suit very shortly.. It must be a relief for all the online players that this has happened
 CALICUL11/1/2017 2:16:30 PM GMT
It's very good news for the players of this city. I think they are very happy at this moment. Have been deprived of online games many years and now have the opportunity to show their talent in poker games. I'm curious when it will be legalized in most sua states online games because there will be others who will begin to legalize in future.
 dule-vu11/1/2017 3:36:35 PM GMT
its good that more and more people in america will have chance to play poker without restrictions!not many states,but still they change something!they will pay big fee for this gambling,but poker and casino should be free for every man in world and to do with his money whatever he want!
 Mober11/1/2017 9:29:23 PM GMT
They are still pretty far from the whole country, being able to play online.
And that may not even happen, at some point, if someone takes a close look,
at the license fees for example and the tax they will need to pay.
54% tax from slots? More than equal partner with the government.
So why even bother with it...
 pochui11/2/2017 2:53:35 PM GMT
well honestly I cannot think of enough reason why the hell this is taking so long for all the states to make online gambling legal again, jeez I even ponder that all states will legalize medical marijuana usage more faster than online gambling...
 pajalnick11/2/2017 4:48:29 PM GMT
oh ...... it's that interesting .... maybe all the US states will gradually come to the opinion that online poker is fun and not at all a violation of some ridiculous laws .... American players at the tables it will be very interesting ... I think so ..... maybe there will be many bad players
 Gerimantas11/2/2017 8:34:27 PM GMT
Yes like some people on this forum say i can too agree that ut is much better to have all american states to make online poker a legal thing and we can all play against americans who like to play some crazy poker. So I hope that it is only time that is needed to see all americans play online
 Mober11/2/2017 9:56:17 PM GMT
Their only problem i guess is to find an appealing deal for all the operators that would like to purchase a license, in order to get their money.
Money for doing absolutely nothing once more, like what it happens in most cases
with taxes all over the world.
We have to note here though, that they are not doing a bad job, when it comes paying the players,
that had lost money with the know stories.
 DaCapo7111/3/2017 10:45:18 AM GMT
I don´t no understand, why not all States become a license for Online Poker. So it was easier to have a overview between the different states. With a license it must be allowed overall of the world in every state to playing online poker in my opinion.
 CALICUL11/3/2017 5:17:37 PM GMT
Posted by DaCapo71:
I don't no understand, why not all States become a license for Online Poker. So it was easier to have a overview between the different states. With a license it must be allowed overall of the world in every state to playing online poker in my opinion.


Each usa states protects citizens as their leaders believe. After black Friday poker scandal when fbi closed the most popular poker sites many leaders of states did not trust online poker anymore. Pokerstars then escaped too easily because they also had many irregularities. Now they open online poker but not all at once but with changed laws and precaution.

 pochui11/3/2017 6:43:47 PM GMT
I guess that online poker world does need American players to at least maintain it's current status quo, because from what it looks it's really in a bad state, constantly shrinking and operators fighting each other with the end result being ultra thin profit margins and even bankruptcies of smaller rooms.
 Mober11/5/2017 10:37:39 PM GMT
If they all come back online, it will be better for the whole online world indeed.
That is what i believe also.
Too many of them, and the sites will start the competition with more offers.
I hope they wont be restricted to US, if that ever happens Smile
 pajalnick11/5/2017 10:51:11 PM GMT
Posted by Mober:
If they all come back online, it will be better for the whole online world indeed.
That is what i believe also.
Too many of them, and the sites will start the competition with more offers.
I hope they wont be restricted to US, if that ever happens Smile

The US is a very large country and there are a lot of people living there .... and of course among these people there are a lot of players who are forced to only regret that the law forbids them to engage in their favorite hobby .... but it probably does not change immediately .... this as with the legalization of marijuana))
 pochui11/6/2017 9:04:32 AM GMT
yeah good point mober is making here, if and when the Americanos come back to online poker stage as a full force then I do hope they will not come back as some segregated community battling it out amongst the states for the best players of the state tag or sth like that and they will open up to battles against the whole wide world.
 Tony_MON7ANA11/10/2017 2:31:43 PM GMT
How many states are there in the United States? 50 or 52 states? How many people are living in the US? 300 million or more? How big is the continental US? It's so huge, so diverse, and so complicated.
Will the populated states like California, Florida, New York, and Texas ever follow suit?

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