Pennsylvania Makes Progress Towards Online Gambling Launch

Pennsylvania made progress this week towards the launch of legal online gambling in the state. The state Gaming Control Board announced on Wednesday that it approved three casino license applications for online casino games, poker, and other table games.

A total of nine state casinos submitted applications for the $10 million package license that includes all three igaming segments. The board is now accepting licenses for individual segments. The remaining six applications are still under review. The board says they expect to issue additional licenses in the coming weeks.

The first three casinos to receive online gaming approval were Harrah's Casino Philadelphia, Parx, and Mount Airy Resort Casino. The board has yet to announce an official date when the casinos will be allowed to launch their platforms, but all three casinos are ready to go with their respective software partners.

Regulators initially expected online gambling to launch before the end of 2018, but it is more likely to take until at least Spring 2019. The board held a meeting on Wednesday that ran more than three hours and included multiple public hearings. One of the most important topics under discussion was geolocation technology.

Before the board can fully launch the industry they must finalize the regulations. Establishing an industry standard for geolocation practices requires the board to become familiar with the issue. Their next meeting is scheduled for September 12. According to PlayPennsylvania, as many as eight online gambling licenses could be approved at the next meeting compared to just three on Wednesday.

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