Pennsylvania Launches Online Gambling (maybe)


According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) executive director Kevin O’Toole, the iGaming certificates and licenses previously issued by Pennsylvania’s PGCB will become effective on July 15, this year. Which means that the state’s online gambling licensees will be permitted to launch their casino and poker products at that time.


The licenses include ten land-based casinos and three operating partners all of which will be allowed to launch on the same day in order to keep the playing field equal. This will bring the number of active states allowing online gambling to four as Pennsylvania joins Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey. (West Virginia has recently approved similar legislation, but that legislation will not go into effect until 2020.


There’s just one hitch, the US Department of Justice, DOJ. In January, the DOJ softened it’s ruling on the 1961 Wire Act, but the DOJ opinion still mentions that gambling transactions, (any relevant data), must not cross state lines. While this may seem like an easy criteria for the operators to meet, banks often connect to other financial organizations in order to complete a transaction and that could be a big problem.


We should find out soon though because New Hampshire is currently dealing with this exact issue in the US District Court for New Hampshire.