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Expansion Bill Passed by Pennsylvania State Senate

by Glenn Baird - May 27, 2017

Earlier this week, the State Senate in Pennsylvania passed an expansion bill to allow online gambling sites to operate within the state.

The bill was passed with little opposition but will now have to be approved by the State House before online gambling can be considered legal in the state.

The next set of discussions are unlikely to run as smoothly with issues involving tax and licence fees yet to be established.

Proposals for a 54% rate of tax will have to be negotiated if operators are going to manage to turn a worthwhile profit. It is likely that a new proposal, roughly 20% lower, will be made but it is unclear how opposition will respond to this. The small matter of a proposed $5m licence fee, with an additional fee of $5m to licence online poker, will also need to be looked at if online gambling is ever going to get off the ground in Pennsylvania.

Known as the Key Stone State for its shape and geographical significance during early state formation in the US, Pennsylvania will need negotiations in The State House to run smoothly if they are going blaze any trails in the quest to bring online gambling to the US.

Pennsylvania is one of a number of states looking to change the laws surrounding online gambling in the US, as pressure grows to expand the market from its stronghold in Europe.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.


The above information is what we believe to be the the legal status of online gambling, however information on this topic is limited and hard to find. We accept no liability for any errors or ommissions. It is the reader’s responsibility to ensure that they know the legality of online gambling in their country before engaging with any online gambling service.