Legislators in Pennsylvania will vote on whether to approve a bill to regulate online gambling this week when the 2016 legislative session comes to an end.
John Payne, a member of the House of Representatives and sponsor of the bill, wants to approve a bill to regulate online poker, casino gaming and esports as well as allowing slot machines in airports and off-track betting locations. A projected revenue increase of $100m has already been written into the state’s budget.
He said that adding online gaming to Pennsylvania’s gaming mix would keep the state ‘competitive.’
John Pappas, Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance, said: “There is no policy or political justification for delaying regulation of Internet gaming in Pennsylvania. Each and every day that the Commonwealth goes without regulation is another day that consumers are left unprotected and revenue is left on the table. Doing nothing is simply not an option; Pennsylvania consumers and taxpayers have waited long enough.”