Despite some questions about legality at a federal level, the USA is slowly but surely embracing legal online gambling and this week Pennsylvania has become the fourth state in America to legislate and legalise.
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Monday morning, Pennsylvania embraced the world of legal online gambling after a decision by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board who will oversee the launch of the first public test runs of betting applications that will allow registered players to play slots and other casino-style games from computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets.
The legislation has been beaten out over months and as this is only a test run we could see changes as the new laws play out. Currently Pennsylvanians must be registered with an online casino, and be over 21 years of age to be allowed to play.
Right now players cannot access online poker games but it’s hoped that will launch later this summer.
Who Will Run the Games
The move is part of a planned gambling expansion proposed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly and agreed to as part of a budget-balancing agreement in 2017.
When the games were first offered out they were offered to operators who already had land-based licenses in the state. The operators that were interested were offered interactive gaming licenses to go with their online ones and are rolling out casino products as they are ready.
After that the state opened the market to non-Pennsylvania operators and received new applications from MGM and Golden Nugget who currently have their licenses under review with the state.