Online Gambling Regulations Revealed by the PGCB

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

Pennsylvania Gaming Control BoardThe Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board have released information regarding the regulations being created for online gaming in the state.

In late 2017, the state of Pennsylvania approved a gaming reform package that would see several changes take place within their existing gambling industry. One such change was the legalization of online casino and poker gaming. The licensing process for iGaming in the state is about to begin and in preparation, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has now approved a few regulations. More regulations are expected for April 2nd, when the board meets again, but for now, we have an inside look as to what will be expected from operators.

New Regulations

To begin, the Board released information on regulations involving security of online gaming. Interactive gaming platform requirements have been created that will help to make sure that players are not exposed to security risks by taking part in online gaming in Pennsylvania. For interactive gaming operators, the Board must give approval for the location of servers. Equipment that is used to run the games must be located in a restricted area found within the property of the licensed holder’s facility.

Operators can have servers located in the same county as their land-based operations or anywhere within the United States as long as the minimum requirements set by the Board are met. The security of servers is paramount. The facility used to house the servers must be able to provide physical protection against damage such as fire or flood as well regarding who has access to the servers.

A disaster and emergency recovery plan must be in place in case a platform becomes inoperable. Players also have to have the option where players can opt to exclude themselves from game play. Geolocation protocols must also be implemented so that players can only be located in Pennsylvania and not elsewhere.

Additional Regulations

The Gaming Control Board also covered additional regulations, including information regarding the testing of games and advertising, plus live dealer games. The online operators must list the paytables and game rules clearly for all slots and games, for all players, even those who have yet to make a deposit. The rules must go into great detail for total transparency.

Once a game is accessed by a player, it must provide a minimum of information as specified by the Board, including the name of the game, the current balance of the player’s real money account, amount won and lost during the gaming session and more. Random number generators used during game play must meet the standards of the Board for determining game outcomes and undergo testing within a gaming laboratory.

Any changes an operator completes within a game must be done after it was approved by regulators. Players must also have easy access to comprehensive house rules that govern wagering transactions. With advertising, the operator has to meet minimum and ensure that no ads target players who have excluded themselves or have offensive material.

Any promotions provided by an operator must be approved via a vetting process. Approval must also be given for live dealer games to be offered.

These are just a few of the regulations that the Board has been working on. We still do not know if license holders will be able to operate one skin or if they will be allowed to offer multiple options as is seen in New Jersey. It is expected that the new regulations revealed during the next Board meeting will cover this topic.