Online Gambling in Pennsylvania Meeting Postponed

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The Pennsylvania House Committee was scheduled to meet yesterday on Bill HB649, which calls for legal online gambling in the state for existing casino licensees; the same type of deal that is presently live in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Unfortunately, this meeting was delayed, and there is no new date set as of this time.

House Bill 649 is described on the Pennsylvania General Assembly website as "An Act amending Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for authorized interactive gaming and for duties of Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and Department of Health; and imposing an interactive gaming tax and prescribing penalties."

According to a report at iGaming Business, State Representative John Payne indicated that Republican majority leaders requested the postponement.

Sportsbook Review reported that online gambling went live in New Jersey in November of 2013, though sports betting is not included. New Jerseyans are able to play online poker and casino games that are offered by Atlantic City casinos.

NJ is also leading the charge with respect to bringing legal sports betting to the state, though there remains federal opposition, and continued legal challenges posed by the major professional sports leagues along with the NCAA. SBR interviewed NJ State Senator Ray Lesniak on New Jersey sports betting last week. Lesniak remains optimistic that there will be sports betting in his state in time for March Madness 2016.

Sportsbook Review will continue to keep readers updated on the push for legal sports betting throughout the United States. In the meantime, the most practical way for most players to place a sports bet is with reputable offshore online sportsbooks.

Sportsbook Review launched in 1999 as a player watchdog and industry advocate, modeling itself as a better business bureau for online sportsbooks.

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