Pennsylvania To Ban Online Gaming From Land-Based Casinos

Publish: 14.03.2018

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has revealed its plans to completely banish online casino games and online poker from the state’s land-based casinos.

In addition to this, the Board announced that it would introduce an extremely high tax rate of 52% on online slot machine games. 34% is intended for the Property Tax Relief Fund, 13% will go straight to the Commonwealth Finance Agency, while 5% will be divided among those counties which suffered a year-on-year drop in local share assessment funds from video slots.

Furthermore, all types of online gaming will have to pay a 1% tax to the host county of the licensee, while 14% tax on table games will go to the Pennsylvania General Fund.

Board Gives The Green Light

Commenting on the latest decision, the state’s gaming board said that existing casino license holders might request the Board for authorization to offer internet gaming.

The Board added it would install a system that would be responsible for blocking entry and play of Pennsylvania-licensed internet gaming if a user was located outside of the state, but will also block participating in online gaming when in a casino located in Pennsylvania.

Licensees will be required to submit specific rules for each of their games, while the Gaming Control Board will review them and eventually approve them at a future date.

The First Phase Of A Rollout

The announcement made by the gaming board added that players should expect that the rules of play for internet gaming would be similar to the rules of play in the brick and mortar venues.

In addition, the state’s Gaming Control Board stated it was in the phase one of an internet gaming rollout with the launch date yet to be confirmed.

Pennsylvania is already on the road towards online gaming legalization after Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill in October last year.