Caesars Entertainment and UNLV Join Forces

A new education center is being created in the southwestern region of Las Vegas. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Caesars Entertainment have partnered up to build a hub that will focus on gaming and hospitality technology. The goal is to push the gaming industry forward with an educational setting, emphasizing the technical aspect of gaming.

New Education Hub

The education hub will be 43,000 square feet in size and focus on several aspects of gaming. The hub space will have simulated hotel rooms as well as a casino floor and sportsbook. The Harry Reid Research & Technology Park of UNLV will house the new hub. Titled Black Fire Innovation, the academic location will include virtual reality facilities along with an e-sports arena.

The new space should be open before 2019 comes to an end. The goal is to provide an educational hub where emphasis is placed on technology in the gaming industry to help push the industry forward. Black Fire Innovation will be situated in a four-story building on the UNLV campus. Caesars Entertainment has a four year lease on the space and two automatic extensions for a four year time frame. The Black Fire space will take up about a flour and a half. The total price for the hub project has been estimated at around $35m. This is a huge investment and will hopefully be lucrative for investors.

UNLV President Marta Meana said:

This collaboration with Caesars Entertainment will strengthen UNLV’s role as a research leader and further elevate Las Vegas as the global intellectual capital for gaming and hospitality. Collaborations like Black Fire also give our students unparalleled access to experts at the forefront of the industry.

Hub Details

Caesars Entertainment CorpAccording to UNLV’s associate vice president for economic development, Zach Miles, the fourth floor will be home to a mock resort. The space will have a casino and hotel rooms as well as a café, all of the future. Reportedly, there will be robots moving about the facility, with testing taking place as to how they engage within the facilities.

The project is a step by Caesars to be a leader in innovation when it comes to casino gaming. The company plans on using the hub to work with emerging student talent as well as technology partners. According to Les Ottolenghi, the chief information officer and executive vice president for Caesars, the facility is being designed to spur both creativity and entrepreneurship that will shape the future of the industry.

Research is expected to be conducted within the facility that will include several technologies that are emerging in the gaming industry, including ideas involving artificial intelligence and blockchain. By conducting research on the emerging technologies within the industry, Caesars will be able to remain on the edge of development. The company will be able to stay ahead of competitors and hopefully provide fresh ideas to the industry.

The education hub is a unique idea that should help to spur development in several sectors. The gaming industry, particularly in Nevada and primarily Las Vegas, is focused now not only on gaming but also on additional amenities. The younger generations are not as apt to play the slots and table games like the older generations. Newer amenities are being added to casinos to focus on offering something for the younger crowd.

The new educational hub should help Caesars be able to develop products and/or amenities that will meet visitor demand. It will certainly be interesting to see how the expensive development of an educational center will assist the industry and what comes from the research and experiments completed onsite.

Casino Self-Ban Program a Hot Topic In Louisiana

Summary: The self-exclusion program for Louisiana casinos is being discussed after a lawmaker admitted a gambling addiction and using the program.

In states where gambling is legalized, programs have been created where casinos can choose to exclude players from gambling or players can choose to self-exclude. The programs are available to help those who are addicted to gambling. In Louisiana, a self-exclusion program has been available for over ten years but is not well-known among residents of the state. A lawmaker recently admitted being addicted to gambling and using the program, which has now brought the program to life.

Issues Arise

Louisiana CasinosSenator Karen Carter Peterson of New Orleans recently disclosed that she has a gambling problem. This information came to light in an email from March. Peterson was outed by a television station in New Orleans, stating that the senator had violated her casino ban. The senator placed herself on the list and went to a casino, which she was not supposed to do. She was called out by the news station which now has proponents of the program worried that players will not be as willing to sign up as they will be afraid of keeping their identity private.

State Police are in charge of the self-exclusion program and keep the information private, for the most part. Lt. Nick Manale stated after the news broke that the Louisiana State Police will not comment on the process of the program out of respect to those who use it for personal challenges.

The police were contacted by the media and refused to provide information about the program including how many people are self-banned. Some members of the agency are worried that the news of the senator being on the list and being called out will keep addicts from placing their name on the list.

In February, Peterson went to the L’Auberge Casino which is located in Baton Rouge. She received a misdemeanor summons after gambling at the casino since she is on the self-ban list. A recent post on Facebook by the senator revealed that she has been an addict of gambling for many years, calling the condition a disease.

According to the senator, she was in the program and consented the officials to escort her out if she was spotted in a gambling facility. Her actions resulted in the court summons. She violated the voluntary ban due to what she called challenging times. The senator admitted that the program works as it should and she regrets failing to uphold her end of the self-ban agreement.

Gambling Addiction in Louisiana

In the United States, program gambling affects around 1% of the adult population. In Louisiana, the state has a gambling hot line that receives around 700 calls a year. The calls are completed by individuals who feel they have a gambling problem.

According to experts, the self-exclusion option to ban oneself from a casino establishment is an effective way to deal with problem gambling. However, there are doubters who feel that the program is hard to enforce and question if the program is even effective.

In Louisiana, to self-exclude, players have to schedule a formal meeting with a state police gaming operations field office. During the meeting, the individual has their picture taken and the photo is given to gaming officials at the casino facilities across the state. Facial recognition software is often used to find individuals who are not supposed to be on site.

Hopefully the recent introduction of the self-exclusion program in the news involving the senator will be a way to positively highlight the program and show others how it can be used as a beneficial tool.

Wire Act Case Arguments to Begin Soon

Summary: The arguments in the case involving the recent Wire Act opinion change by the Department of Justice will begin soon with reports suggesting a decision will be made by May.

When the United States Department of Justice decided to change their opinion of the Wire Act, it sent gaming operators scrambling. When the Wire Act was changed in 2011, after decades of remaining the same, the change allowed states to legalize online gambling. The only stipulation was that interstate sports betting online would not be allowed. Now, the DOJ has changed that opinion to include all interstate online gambling.

Wire Act is being challenged in court soon

Because of the decision, several stakeholders have filed a suit against the DOJ. The New Hampshire Lottery Commission is one such group, ready to take on the federal government and ensure their iGaming industry stays intact. Arguments in the case begin in less than two weeks and according to the executive director of the NH Lottery Commission, a decision could be made as early as May.

Legal Challenge

Charles McIntyre, the executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, recently spoke with Online Poker Report on the case. McIntyre expects the judge to make a decision before May comes to an end.

According to McIntyre, the issue is a statutory one. There is much to consider because the law was put on the books before the internet was created. Most older laws in the US have been updated to reflect the changes in technology. This one has not. McIntyre feels that Judge Paul J. Barbadoro, the one presiding over the case, will be considerate and take 30 to 40 days to come to a decision.

It was in January that the updated opinion was made public to include all forms of interstate gaming. The Wire Act was first created in 1961 to fight activities of the mob, including illegal sports betting operations. With the 2011 opinion, the DOJ made changes so that the internet was considered and states could legalize online poker, casino and lottery gaming.

Now that the new opinion has been made, states that offer online gaming are at risk. The New Hampshire Lottery Commission wasted no time in challenging the ruling. They filed a lawsuit in district court in the city of Concord. Other states and groups can tag along by filing an amicus brief.

What’s the Deal?

With the change, interstate gambling is at risk. Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada all work together to offer interstate online poker gaming. With the new Wire Act ruling, this would have to come to an end. Several states also take part in online lottery gaming. Such games as the Powerball can be played in multiple states. The DOJ’s new opinion of the Wire Act now puts hundreds of millions of dollars at risk as lotteries are unsure if they are in compliance or not with the changes.

Several possible issues have been under consideration, including payment problems and server locations. Several companies that operate in New Jersey are planning on offering online gaming services in Pennsylvania as well. Before the rule change, the operators could have used servers for iGaming in New Jersey to service Pennsylvania sites. Now, such operators will have to set up servers in Pennsylvania to be in compliance.

With payment issues, operators are worried that financial institutions will once again be leery of processing deposits based on the DOJ ruling. If this occurs, sites will have a problem providing financial options for their members.

The hearing is set to begin on April 11th. Hopefully we will know something soon as to what will happen to the online gambling industry in the US. Will the Wire Act be changed back to its 2011 format, or possibly changed yet again?

Pennsylvania Truck Stops May Lose VGTs Via New Bill

Summary: Truck stops may not be able to operate video gambling terminals if a new bill banning the option is approved.

In Pennsylvania, a gaming reform package was passed into law in late 2017. The package allowed for several expansions within the state’s existing gambling industry, including video gambling terminals at truck stops that met certain criteria. Now, a lawmaker has decided that VGTs do not need to be allowed and has introduced legislation to try and stop the games from being placed in the local truck stops.

Bill Would Stop VGTs

PennsylvaniaSenator Scott Martin introduced a bill in January that would give the local communities of the state more control over VGT placement. The bill has five cosponsors already and has sat within a Senate committee for some time.

If the bill is able to move forward, a municipality would be able to decide if they do not want to allow the video gambling terminals in their community. The area would have to alert the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board of their decision.

If a municipality decides to void VGT options, they can reverse their decision in the future. A new resolution would need to be sent to the Gaming Control Board to reverse the decision. If a license has been provided in a region for VGTs at a truck stop and a municipality decides to void the option, then the Board will have to provide a refund to the license holder.

Gambling at truck stops has already been in operation since the decision was made in 2017 to allow VGTs. Senator Martin has not been a fan of how the gaming option has progressed. In speaking with Transport Topics, Martin stated that the applications for VGTs are propping up everywhere.

Facilities such as rest stops are making requests to change their property in order to meet criteria to offer the gaming option. According to the Senator, the local governments and citizens are not happy that the applications of VGTs continue to pop up.

Pushing for Support

Since last year, Martin has been pushing for support of his measure. he sent a letter to lawmakers in December 2018 that cited the gaming reform package allowed local governments to choose to opt out of category four gaming, the satellite casino portion of the bill. He felt that the same should be allowed for the VGTs as well.

An opt-out was provided for VGT gaming but it was only offered to counties where there was already a casino of a category 1, 2 or 3 variety. A total of 10 counties out of 12 decided to opt out.

According to Martin, municipalities that do not wish to have such gaming expansions in their community should have the option to say no if they so choose. The senator feels that the people of the state should have the ability to maintain their individual culture as well as protect their community.

The bill now sits within the Community, Economic and Recreational Development committee in the senate. As of yet, the committee does not have any meetings scheduled to review the bill.

It would seem the lawmakers will not really be on board for banning the VGTs when they were already agreeable to the 2017 gaming package. However, if Martin can garner enough support, the bill may push forward. We may see the state fall back when it comes to gaming expansions, despite the fact that they were able to move forward in several areas when the gaming package was first approved.

Only time will tell what will happen with VGTs in Pennsylvania. It may be weeks or even months before we see any movement with the bill sponsored by Martin.

Sugar House Sportsbook Planning March Madness Parties

Summary: With sports betting in full swing, SugarHouse Sportsbook is planning to offer March Madness viewing parties.

Sports betting is in full swing in several areas across the United States and is only expected to get bigger. After the United States Supreme Court ruled in May 2018 that sports betting was no longer an illegal activity, states wasted no time passing legislation and getting started offering services.

In Pennsylvania, several casinos are offering sports betting options, as they also prepare to launch online casino gaming. Sugar House is a land-based venue that already offers online gaming in New Jersey and they have a sportsbook in Pennsylvania. The brand’s sportsbook in PA is set to offer something special this month due to March Madness.

March Mania

Known as March Mania, the SugarHouse Sportsbook will be offering betting options on all games during the Division one championship series. The option will include the bracket format, even offering wagering on the first four games of the tournament series.

During the tournament, the casino will be hosting viewing parties titled March Mania. During these parties, players will be able to win tickets to the final game along with airfare and accommodations. During the series, the casino will offered seats at their sportsbook and Fishtown Hops.

Guests of the casino will be able to watch each game for free, including the championship event on April 8th, but only at Fishtown Hops. The sportsbook will require a paid reservation.

Sports Betting on March Madness

Sugar House CasinoEvery state that currently offers sports betting expects the NCAA tournament to be a big draw for bettors. Aside from the Super Bowl, the March Madness basketball tournament should be the next big producer of revenues for sportsbooks.

During the event, players will be able to place wagers on games via the six betting windows of the sportsbook as well as kiosks. Two of the kiosks will be removed from the sportsbook during the series and moved to Fishtown Hops so viewers there can place wagers.

Players who wager on the games from now until March 24th via the QuickBet function will be given a chance to win the prize package on offer. With QuickBet, players can place wagers at a fast pace, creating a betting slip at their own convenience.

Estimates have been made as to how much money will be generated by NCAA March Madness betting, but we will only know for real once the betting slips are in. It is expected that hundreds of millions will be placed on the NCAA games. Depending on the outcome of the bets, the casinos in Pennsylvania like the SugarHouse, as well as venues across the US, will be able to benefit from the popular tournament series.

In general, fans of March Madness will take part in work place pools or betting with friends, where maybe $10 to $20 is wagered per person. Now that the option to bet on the event is legalized, it will not be surprising to see much money spent by bettors. After March Madness comes to an end, we will get to see just how popular the series really is and how it will affect the new sports betting industry in the US.

Online Gambling Legislation Steams Ahead in West Virginia

Summary: Legislation involving online gambling is quickly gaining ground in West Virginia, with only two more stops until it becomes a legal activity.

Online gambling has been available in the United States on a restricted basis since 2013. That year, Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware began offering iGaming and have not looked back since. Hundreds of millions have been earned and within the past few years, more states have considered joining in. Back in 2017, Pennsylvania passed online gambling legislation and should get started sometime this year. Now it seems that another state could be in the mix, if the final two steps in the legislative process prove to have a positive outcome.

West Virginia Steaming Ahead

After passing sports betting legislation and launching services a few months ago, West Virginia is now making headlines again. The state is the next in line to potentially join the handful of others who offer online poker and casino gaming. The state was able to see a bill pass within the House last month that will authorize poker and casino games online.

West Virginia CasinosHouse Bill 2934 was approved by the House and then sent on to the Senate. The West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act was then changed a bit by senate members and voted upon. The bill was approved by a vote of 26 to 7. The bill must now go back to the House for consideration and if approved, will sit on the desk of Governor Jim Justice for signing.

The House will have to approve the minor changes before it can move on to the Governor’s desk for approval. If signed into law, West Virginia will become the 5th state in the US to legalize online poker and the fourth to offer online casino gaming, as Nevada is strictly an online poker state.

Details of the Bill

Under House Bill 2934, the state’s Lottery would be in charge of regulating online gambling. The five casinos in the state would have the ability to apply for licensing. The state will set a tax rate of 15% on gross online gaming revenues. It is anticipating that West Virginia will be able to earn $5.9 million every fiscal year by way of tax revenues once the new industry is fully implemented.

A license would be good for five years and come at a cost of $250,000. To renew the license, operators would have to pay a $100,000 fee. With the help of technology partners, the land-based casinos in the state can offer online slot games, table games and poker based on the language of the bill.

To make sure gaming is taking place within state borders, geolocation technology would be used. The technology ensures that players are located in West Virginia and not another state.

Before, the tax rate was set at 10%. However, an amendment was made to push the rate a bit higher at 15%. There was a debate to increase the tax even further, to 35%. This was not done though as lawmakers felt that the bill would die due to the high rate.

If passed into law, the bill would take time to implement. It is expected that online casinos could launch by the end of the year, as the bill would take effect in a 90 day time frame. However, it was expected that Pennsylvania would launch rather quickly and we are still waiting on those sites to launch.

With the West Virginia bill, the Lottery will have to examine regulations that other states have implemented involving online gambling and adopt a similar plan. For now, the bill must be considered once again before moving on to the Governor. We will certainly keep an eye on these developments and report as details are provided.

Texas Representative Introduces Casino Legislation

Summary: A representative for the state of Texas has introduced new legislation that would create 12 destination resorts.

While many states offer casino gaming, there are still some in the United States that shy away from the activity. Texas is one such state, not home to traditional casino gaming. One representative would like to see that change. State Representative Roland Gutierrez has introduced House Bill 3043, a measure that would see 12 destination resorts created in Texas.

New Legislation

Texas CasinosAccording to Gutierrez, House Bill 3043 would bring commercial casino gaming to Texas. According to the Rep. the state has to change and lawmakers are open to gaming discussions. The request is not for casinos on every corner, but to see the state become involved in the industry.

Gutierrez has stated that Texas is currently losing out on billions as neighboring states offer full-scale gambling and residents of the state are taking advantage of slot and table gaming. Players from Texas can easily visit Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma to take part in tribal and/or commercial casino offerings. Arkansas just recently approved commercial casino gaming.

Texas does have one casino that is operated by the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle, but the vast square footage of the state makes the venue far away from most consumers. With his bill, Gutierrez would make casino gaming more accessible in all areas of the state.

Legislation Specifics

House Bill 3043 does not list specifics, such as how much a license would cost. However, it does set the Texas Lottery Commission as the one in charge of the new industry. They would set the price points for fees in order to cover the costs to the state for the administration of casino gaming.

Revenues from license cost, the renewal of licensing and taxes would go towards the general revenue fund. It could then be used from there for whatever is deemed necessary. Gutierrez would like to see gaming used as a way to bring new revenues to the state instead of relying on other means such as raising the property tax paid by residents of the state.

If the bill were to pass into law, it would have to still go through a voter referendum process. Voters would have to choose if they want to see a casino created in their community. However, the bill would first have to be signed by Governor Greg Abbott. In the past, Abbott has stated his opposition of casino gaming, so he might not be willing to approve such legislation.

For now, the legislation will have to be considered and go through the process of moving forward. Gutierrez is hopeful that the bill will be accepted by his fellow lawmakers. If Texas is to stay competitive with their neighbors, they will have to offer some form of gambling aside from the slim pickings they already provide.

Most states are looking at gambling in some form or fashion to be able to create revenues needed for education, funding road work, senior care and other programs. Millions of dollars stand to be gained and states that have budget shortfalls can certainly stand to gain by having the extra income.

Golden Nugget of AC Making Move to Be Top Overall Operator

Summary: While the Golden Nugget is the top earner with online gambling in the New Jersey, they have recently made moves to take over the number one spot regarding gambling as a whole in the state.

Over the past few years, the Golden Nugget has cemented themselves as the top earner when it comes to legal online gambling. Holding the majority market share, the Golden Nugget was the first to hit the $5 million monthly revenue mark as well as surpass the $10 million mark and show no signs of slowing down. The brand has done so well and have continued to grow in other ways, now with the potential to surpass the Borgata as the number one overall operator in NJ.

Hoping for First Place

Golden Nugget New JerseyThe month of January was a good one for the Golden Nugget as the operator was able to reach the number two spot for overall gambling revenue in Atlantic City. They are gaining closely to the Borgata and hope to take over the number one spot soon. For 2018, the Golden Nugget ranked 4thamong the nine operating casinos in the state so the move to number two in January is promising.

It is interesting to note the progression of the Golden Nugget over the years. Back in 2008, the casino was in bad shape, under the operation of Trump Entertainment Resorts. The company has come a long way in the past few years, easily becoming a dominating force in the industry.

Owned now by Tilman Fertitta, a billionaire from Texas and the owner of the Houston Rockets NBA team, the casino has been under his direction since 2011. With the acquisition, Fertitta paid $38 million for the facility. He then invested $150 million to make the venue competitive in the region. The casino was redone within the interior as well as the exterior, creating a more comfortable and enticing environment.

During the first year of operation, the casino was able to earn just over $130 million. This was the first time the venue experienced double digit growth in many years. Fast forward to January, the Golden Nugget earned $26.7 million in gambling revenues. This is not too far behind the $55.8 million earned by the first place Borgata.

It is unclear as to if the Golden Nugget will be able to catch the Borgata when it comes to overall gambling earnings. The brand is far superior when it comes to online gambling, but lag behind when considering land-based earnings. In the fall and winter, casino visitors are lower than they are in other months, so unless the Golden Nugget can come up with a way to bring in traffic, they may continue to be in second place when compared to the Borgata.

The Golden Nugget is also the smallest casino in Atlantic City, offering only 720 guest rooms. They do not have the capacity as other venues do, such as the Borgata, which can hurt the bottom line.

Overall, the Golden Nugget is doing quite well for themselves, but if they have the ability to move into the number one overall spot is yet to be seen. Hopefully, the casino will continue to see success and we will see an even larger rivalry emerge between the casino and the Borgata as they battle it out for the top spot.

West Virginia Online Gambling Bill Continues to Move Forward

Summary: An online gambling bill in West Virginia continues to move forward, passing yet another hurdle late last week.

While most states in the US seem to be focused on sports betting legislation, West Virginia has their eye on online gambling. The state has seen quick progression of legislation involving online gambling. Already offering sports betting within their borders, West Virginia lawmakers now want to get in on the online gambling market.

H 2934

West Virginia CasinosIn the state, lawmakers of the House passed H 2934 with the lower chamber approving the measure with a vote of 72 to 22. The bill would legalize online casino and poker gaming in the state. Titled the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act, the measure is now headed towards the Senate. The House was in heavy favor of the measure and it is believed that the Senate will be just as approving.

If the State Senate approves the measure, the online gambling bill will move on to Governor Jim Justice’s desk to be signed into law. If signed, West Virginia would become the 5th state in the US to have legalized online gambling.

The bill was introduced by Delegate Jason Barrett and has 10 fellow co-sponsors. The bill would allow existing casinos in the state to offer online casino and poker gaming. Players would have to be physically located in the state to take part in gaming online.

The bill will set a tax rate at 15% for revenues generated and operators will have to pay a relatively low fee of $250,000 for licensing. All around, the bill seems to be accepted by lawmakers and gaming operators alike, with the potential to pass before the current session comes to an end.

Will the New Wire Act Opinion get in the Way?

Many analysts are pondering whether or not the new opinion of the Wire Act by the Department of Justice will play a role in the online gambling bill’s passage. Just a few months ago, the DOJ announced that the Wire Act no longer applied to solely online interstate sports betting but all online interstate gambling.

Concerns were raised that the change would cause lawmakers in West Virginia to move forward with caution. However, the opinion does not seem to have affected the efforts of lawmakers to see online gambling come to pass in the state. Other states are also considering online gambling legislation including Michigan and Kentucky.

Hopefully, as West Virginia continues their efforts, it will encourage others to do the same. Certainly, if lawmakers legalize online gambling in the state, it will push others to follow suit.

In the US, Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware have established successful online gambling industries and have been in operation since 2013. Pennsylvania passed legislation in 2017 and should get started sometime this year. If West Virginia were to pass legislation as well, it might have a snowball effect. We could see several states begin to propose online gambling legislation to see iGaming offered within their borders.

All eyes will be on West Virginia in the coming days and weeks as the Senate begins reviewing the measure. Supporters are sure to go crazy if the Senate votes in approval of the measure. If that is the outcome, the governor will simply have to sign the measure for online gaming to become a reality in the state. Hopefully that is outcome we will see and the online gaming market in the United States will become just a little bit larger!

We will stay up to date on the latest developments and report as new information is provided.

Online Gambling Bill Moves Forward in West Virginia

Summary: Legislation involving online gambling in West Virginia moves forward

After becoming one of the first states in the US to legalize and launch sports betting, West Virginia is now on the path to legalizing online gambling. A new bill has emerged, paving the way for the state to become involve in iGaming. H 2934 has seen a substitute bill advance within the House Judiciary Committee during a scheduled hearing yesterday. The bill now moves on to a second committee.

Moving Quickly

West Virginia CasinosThe bill was able to pass within the House committee and will now be reviewed in a second committee. To be legalized, the bill will have to move fast as the regular session ends on March 9th, only a few weeks away.

The primary sponsor of the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act is Delegate Jason Barrett. With 10 other co-sponsors, the bill is supported by both republicans and democrats. The bill would allow the five casinos in the state to offer online gambling. Included in the mix would be table games, slots and poker.

The West Virginia Lottery Commission would be in charge and licensing would cost $250,000 each. In a statement, Delegate Barrett said that West Virginia seeks to lead the charge once again by permitting their land-based casinos to provide gaming online via electronic devices. If approved, the option would bring millions of dollars in revenues to the state.

Within the bill, criminal penalties have been created for any online gambling operators who are not authorized to offer services in the state. This could include such brands as Bovada and Ignition, online casinos that offer services in the US.

Tax Percentage Increased

In the initial bill, a tax was set for online gambling at 10%. Yesterday, the committee decided to change that number to 15%. However, there were still some lawmakers who felt that the number was still too low. Delegate Tom Fast wanted to see the tax rate increased to 35%. Others argued that the 15% was on point with other states that have passed online gambling legislation.

In New Jersey, the tax is set at 15% on the high end and Nevada has a lower tax of 6.75%. The amendment was moved forward in the end with a 15% tax rate.

Now that the bill has passed within the subcommittee, it still has a way to go before it can become law. The bill moves on to the Finance sector next, where it will be reviewed by more lawmakers. Of the committee set to review, Delegate Eric Householder is the chair. Householder is a cosponsor so it would not be surprising to see the bill advance directly to the floor.

If the House passes the measure, it will then move on to the Senate. It would have to pass within the Senate as well to then reach Governor Jim Justice’s desk. The current session is short so lawmakers will have to act fast in order to see the bill pass into law.

Hopefully, we will see the measure continue to advance at a rapid pace and online gambling will become a reality in the state. It has been over a year since Pennsylvania approved online gambling and the state has yet to start offering services. It would be great to see another state in the mix.