Pennsylvania Online Gaming Licensing Process Begins in April

A timeline is taking shape for the launch of online poker in Pennsylvania. State gaming regulators presented their planned schedule for the implementation of online gambling during a House budget hearing last week. The timeline begins with the start of the licensing process in April.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is currently in the process of drafting temporary regulations, which should be posted in the coming weeks. By mid-April, they plan to begin accepting license applications from operators. They started the process of receiving requests from non-operator interactive software providers last month.

From the date Board begins accepting license applications, state casino operators have 120 days to submit their applications and purchase a license. The number of available permits matches the number of casinos in the state. Should any casinos decline to apply or be denied within the 120-day period, the remaining licenses will be available to additional entities.

For the first 90-days of the 120-day application window, state casino operators will only be able to apply for the full online gaming license. This first option covers all aspects of the regulated industry including online slots, table games, and poker for a packaged price of $10 million.

The Board has just 90 days to approve or deny a license after an application is received. Permits for individual segments of the industry are priced at $4 million each and will become available on day 91. Based on the above timeline, online gaming will not be ready to launch in Pennsylvania until November, at the earliest.

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