On October 25, 2017, an expansive new gaming bill passed in both the House and Senate in the State of Pennsylvania and was signed into law by the Governor. The new law allows for development of up to 10 “satellite casinos” in the state, legalization of online gaming, adding gaming areas in airports and video gaming terminals at truck stops.

The highlights of the bill include:

Satellite casinos can be created by the larger 12 existing casinos in the state. These smaller casinos will be limited to 750 slots and 30 table games. Bidding for these casinos will start at $7.5 million for slots only, with an extra $2.5 million to include table games.

Online gambling will now include both slot and table style games on web platforms operated by existing commercial casinos. The state lottery can now also be played online. This will be permissible on any online device within the state of Pennsylvania once the player passes online age verification.

Airport gaming will be allowed to take place at 8 Pennsylvania airports to include interactive gaming parlors provided by the states existing casinos.

Truck Stop video gaming terminals will be allowed at stops that have 20 or more commercial vehicle spaces, occupy at least 3 acres and have sold 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel in the past year. Qualifying truck stops will be allowed up to 5 video gaming terminals.

Pennsylvania lawmakers expect the new gambling legislation to produce $200 million or more annually from casino license fees and taxes on higher gambling losses.  This bill was passed as part of a broader package created to assist in diminishing a projected $2.2 billion state deficit. Pennsylvania is the second largest casino state and will be the fourth state to legalize online gambling.


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