Fantasy Sports Bill Considered in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania 2A group of representatives in Pennsylvania has put forward a new bill that would allow casinos in the state to offer on-site daily fantasy sports contests.

Headed up by Representative George Dunbar, House Bill 1197 was referred to the House of Committee on Gaming Oversight last week.

Details of the bill include the requirement for casinos to hold a licence in order to operate tournaments, with the bill only covering daily fantasy sports contests in land-based facilities.

The licensing fee would cost $50,000 (€43,900) while all tournament vendors that work with a licensee to provide contests would have to pay a fee of $10,000.

Pennsylvania would collect a tax of 5% on monthly gross tournament revenue while players must be aged 21 or over to take part.

Licensees will also be able to develop a website or mobile application to enable players to keep track of the contest, but such services should not allow actual game play.

Only gaming interests that already hold a Pennsylvania licence will be considered for a daily fantasy sports licence.

In addition, the bill contains a bad actor clause that will prevent companies in violation of the Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act from obtaining a licence for daily fantasy sports.

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