Online Casinos and Poker sites hadn’t been available to Pennsylvania residents, but that’s going to change on July 15. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has announced that the poker sites and online casinos can operate in the state from 15 July.
This means that the state residents would be able to enjoy real-money online casino and poker from their smartphones or computer devices.
While attempts to regulate online gambling in Pennsylvania started as early as 2010, but for over seven years the attempts failed due to lack of popular support. However, it was in October 2017, that both the houses in the state approved the bill to legalize both online poker and online casino games.
Following the approval from the houses, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board initiated the process to regulate online gambling activities.
As a part of the process, the gaming and gambling authority started to accept applications and bids for awarding the license to qualified operators, screening the operators, drafting regulations for the online gambling industry, and making way for the launch of online gambling sites in the state.
While it was expected earlier that online poker and casinos would be launched by 2018, it got delayed due to various reasons. Finally, the wait for poker players and online casino lovers in Pennsylvania will be over on 15 July.
In his announcement revealing the launch date PGCB this week, Executive Director Kevin O’Toole said: “Interactive gaming, featuring poker, slots, and table game play, is a key component in the legislature’s expansion of gambling in Pennsylvania. As part of our regulatory framework regarding interactive gaming, the board enacted the regulatory requirement to establish a commencement date for the rollout of i-gaming. Staff has reviewed the estimated time that it would take for us and the industry to complete all necessary steps, and it is our view that 90 days would be adequate.”