The Commonwealth Court’s decision has come right before online casino gambling is to go live in Pennsylvania casinos.
Earlier in June this year, casinos approached the court seeking a ban on online lotteries which resembled casino gambling. The casinos fear that it could take a toll on their revenues from online gaming services, which is soon to be launched.
Pennsylvania legalized online lotteries in 2017, and it has also authorized online gambling at casinos.
Pennsylvania Lottery maintained that the lottery games are in line with the regulations and guidelines set in 2017. However, the casinos have alleged that these games resemble slot machines and casino-style gambling.
Parx Casino and Penn Nation’s Hollywood Casino are all set to launch their online gambling services. The Gaming Control Board would allow the two casinos to test their online gambling portals over three days through a trial run starting Monday.
Apart from Pennsylvania, Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware are the only other three states which allow online gambling at casinos.
Recently the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board also introduced “a self-help tool for individuals to voluntarily exclude themselves from participating in the new internet-based gaming (iGaming) activities for sports wagering and casino-like games.”