Online Gambling’s Wild Ride in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania 2The fate of a bill that would authorize online gambling in Pennsylvania seemingly changes by the day in recent weeks. Last week, the possibility of Pennsylvania online poker and casino games took an unprecedented step when an omnibus gaming bill passed the House of Representatives. Gambling is a major part of the revenue package being put forward by House Republicans to fund their spending plan for the state budget.

But in the days since, it’s become apparent that it’s going to be anything but smooth sailing for the gambling expansion legislation. Things were looking promising for the bill that would allow online gambling, regulate daily fantasy sports and create an expansion of slot machines in the state.

But the optimism that accompanied the affirmative vote in the House was quickly replaced with concern and pessimism, as it became apparent that neither the Senate or Gov. Tom Wolf was enamored with — or at least supportive of — the House gambling bill.

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