Penn National Fighting Satellite Casino Battle On Two Fronts

Penn National Gaming has entered into a battle with the state of Pennsylvania over satellite casinos and is defending its Hollywood Casino on at least two fronts.

Penn National Gaming has entered into a battle with the state of Pennsylvania over satellite casinos. The company is defending its Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course on at least two fronts.

First off, the Pennsylvania-based gaming and hospitality giant filed a lawsuit in federal court in Harrisburg this past Tuesday. The suit alleges the state’s plan to allow the construction of up to 10 satellite casinos will cause “significant and unique harm” to Hollywood Casino.

Secondly, Penn National Gaming outbid other PA casino owners and operators for the right to develop the state’s first satellite casino. The company bid a whopping $50.1 million for the right to go ahead with a satellite casino of its own in York County.

The radius around the new site, and the number of area municipalities opting out of hosting a satellite casino prior to the bidding process, would essentially give Penn National Gaming exclusive casino gambling rights in a large portion of south central Pennsylvania.

The satellite casino buffer zones

State lawmakers passed a comprehensive gambling expansion bill in October 2017. Alongside the authorization of online gambling, the new laws allow for the construction of up to ten satellite casinos, each with up to 750 slot machines.

The plan created a 25-mile buffer zone around existing casino properties so these new satellite gambling operations wouldn’t draw business away from them.

Municipalities who don’t want a satellite casino were invited to opt out of hosting one. Then, the bidding process opened up to owners and operators of Pennsylvania’s 12 existing casinos. The minimum bid is $7.5 million, plus $2.5 million for a gaming license. Auction winners can also buy a separate certificate to operate up to 30 table games for $2.5 million.

Penn National Gaming cries foul

However, Penn National Gaming has been crying foul from the start.

Company executives claim Hollywood Casino faces more competition from satellite casinos than any other Pennsylvania casino operation. It maintains these satellite casinos will poach its statewide customer base. Plus, it says other casino properties are being better protected by the law.

Penn National Gaming says casinos built closer together in other parts of the state help create larger buffer zones. In effect, that gives these properties more protection than Hollywood Casino enjoys.

Plus, the company claims most of its customers come from outside of 25 miles around the property, exacerbating the issue.

The state responded to Penn National Gaming’s complaints by claiming it would be unfair to change the law to create a larger buffer zone only benefiting one casino.

Mount Airy gets a bigger buffer

However, it may have already done that for Mount Airy Casino Resort. The new law prohibits satellite casinos in sixth-class counties. That nearly triples the buffer around Mount Airy Casino Resort. However, it does nothing for any other PA casino.

The lawsuit claims there was no rational basis for the decision leading to the creation of the buffer zones. It also claims Penn National Gaming is being treated in an arbitrary and inequitable fashion. Plus, Penn National Gaming is claiming its constitutional rights to equal protection and due process have been violated.

State Sen. Mario Scavello, chair of the Senate committee that handled the gambling expansion legislation, has maintained the buffer zones were created based on previous state gambling laws.

Mount Airy Casino Resort is in Scavello’s district. However, he maintains the protection afforded Mount Airy is fair because it provides a cut of revenues to the counties around it.

Penn National Gaming claims it will withdraw its $50.1 million satellite casino bid if it wins the lawsuit.

In the meantime, the satellite casino bidding process continues. The other nine licenses are set to be auctioned off bi-weekly. The next one is scheduled for Jan. 24.

Somebody In The PA Legislature Really Likes Mount Airy Casino

An amendment in the Pennsylvania gambling expansion bill provides a significant buffer for Mount Airy Casino and Resort from satellite casinos.

Amid all the hoopla of the Pennsylvania gambling bill was one small sentence that made a huge difference for the future of Mount Airy Casino and Resort.

That sentence was an amendment to the satellite-casino section of the bill, in which lawmakers were able to slip in the following legal jargon, the meaning of which we’ll cover after the quote:

“A category 4 slot machine license may not be located in a sixth-class county which is contiguous to a county that hosts a category 2 licensed facility.”

As we’ve detailed in past articles, the satellite casino portion of the PA gambling expansion bill allowed for up to 10 mini- casinos with considerably fewer slots and table games than non-satellites.

Part of that rule included a 25-mile buffer between all current casinos and future satellites. The idea is that the 25-mile buffer cuts down on competing casinos losing customers to satellites.

The uniquely-worded amendment mentioned earlier takes that casino protection to the next level, but only for Mount Airy. Mount Airy is a Category 2 casino; satellites are Category 4. Moreover, the counties surrounding Mount Airy’s county are considered sixth-class counties.

What do all these categories add up to? Well, all those various designations mean that Mount Airy has a sweetheart deal.

The buffer around the casino is massive and, as the closest PA casino to New York, it guarantees that no satellite will stand in the way of gamblers coming from the Empire State.

Harrisburg mum on who added amendment

Perhaps the greatest mystery in this whole situation is who added the amendment that provide Mount Airy such a clear advantage over other casinos in the state.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette brought up this interesting discussion in an article earlier this month. After pointing out that lawmakers and politicians in the state capitol have stayed silent on who added the amendment.

The paper then went on to point out that the casino’s original owner, Louis DeNaples, sold off his share in the casino “after he was dogged by claims of ties to organized crimes.”

It’s quite a leap to even allude to the fact that the casino’s found had alleged ties to the mob — the implication is that organized crime had something to do with the amendment.

While that theory is certainly far-fetched, it’s not crazy to think that such a sweetheart deal for Mount Airy had to be added at the last second by virtue of more than just a few convincing conversations with the unnamed penman behind the amendment.

Table Game Revenue Boost Helps PA Casinos Combat 11-Month Slots Slide

A big boost in table game revenue throughout the month of August helped the Pennsylvania casino industry again as slot revenue was down for the 11th month.

A big boost in table game revenue has helped pull the Pennsylvania casino industry’s fat out of the fire once again.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released table game revenue numbers for the month of August 2017 this week. What the numbers revealed was an increase of close to 11 percent over the same month last year.

Earlier this month, the gaming board released similar numbers showing the state’s slot machine revenues were down in August, marking the eleventh straight month of year-over-year slot machine revenue declines.

However, the 10.92 percent increase in table game revenue helped the state’s 12 casinos post an increase in total gambling revenues for the month.

Total gambling revenue up 2.5 percent

In fact, Pennsylvania’s total gaming revenue reached $267.4 million in August 2017. This represented a 2.5 percent increase from the $260.9 million reported in August 2016.

Statewide table game revenues reached $74.2 million throughout the month. This was up from the $66.9 million reported in August 2016. August 2017 slot machine revenues were down 0.4 percent, from $193.9 million in August 2016 to $193.19 million last month.

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem continued to post the state’s largest table game revenue numbers in August. Sands reported table game revenues of $19.9 million. This represented an increase of 3.19 percent from the $19.3 million Sands reported in August 2016.

The race at the top tightened up a little, with perennial table game take runner-up Parx Casino posting a 23.95 percent increase in table game revenue last month. Parx’s table game revenues hit $16 million in August 2017, up from $12.9 million in the same month last year.

However, the biggest increase in table game revenues in August 2017 were reported by The Meadows Casino. In fact, Meadows posted $3.4 million in table game revenue throughout the month, up a whopping 114.12 percent from the $1.6 million the casino reported in August 2016.

Parx sets the total gambling revenue pace

Parx continued to set the pace for total gambling revenue in the state in August. The casino chalked up $48 million in total revenue. This represented a 7.02 percent increase over the same month last year.

Sands remains in second place, after posting $45 million in total gambling revenue throughout the month. This represented a 2.17 percent increase over August 2016.

In the meantime, Mount Airy Casino Resort saw the biggest increase in total revenues for the month. Mount Airy reported $17.3 million in total gambling revenue, up 10.65 percent from the $15.6 million the casino reported in the month of August last year.

The state charges a 16 percent tax on table game revenues. Total tax revenue from table games play during August hit $11.9 million.

However, Pennsylvania charges a 54 percent tax rate on slot machine revenue. As a result, the state pulled in $95 million in tax revenue from slot machines in August 2017. Total gambling tax revenue collected by the state for the month equaled approximately $106.9 million.

PA Gaming Revenues Dip 0.51 Percent In July 2017, As Slots Revenue Dwindles Again

Even an uptick in revenue from table games could not prevent Pennsylvania gaming revenues from declining $1.5 million in July. Slots continued to slump.

Even an uptick in revenue from table games could not prevent Pennsylvania gaming revenues from declining in July.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released July 2017 table games revenue numbers last week. The $77.8 million in table game revenues reported by the state’s 12 casinos represented an increase of approximately 3.8 percent.

However, when combined with declining slot machine revenue numbers posted earlier this month, total gaming revenue in the state was actually down around $1.5 million. This represented a 0.51 percent decrease compared to July of last year.

PA total gaming revenues hit $286.9 million

Pennsylvania’s total gaming revenue hit $286.9 million in July compared to $288.4 million last year.

Slot machine revenues in the state fell two percent in July. The number was down from $213.4 million in July 2016 to $209 million in the same month this year. This also represented the tenth straight month of year-over-year declines in slot revenues.

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem continued to hold the market lead in table game revenue in July. Despite a 2.5 percent decline from last year, Sands still reported $20.6 million in revenue from table games. No other casino reported more than $20 million.

Parx Casino was a distant second with $15.4 million in table game revenue. This July 2017 number actually represented a 10.38 percent increase over July 2016.

Both Mount Airy Casino Resort (up 44.93 percent to $5 million) and The Meadows Casino (up 39.57 percent to $3.7 million) saw massive increases in table game revenues in July.

Valley Forge Casino Resort saw the biggest drop. Its numbers were down 30.4 percent from $3.7 million to $2.6 million.

Parx Casino heads up the list

In terms of total gaming revenue, Parx Casino continued to lead the pack with $49.9 million in total gaming revenue in July 2017. This represented a 4.69 percent year-over-year increase.

Sands continued to hold on to second place, despite reporting a 3.72 percent dip in total gaming revenue to $47 million.

Pennsylvania charges a 54 percent tax rate on slots and 16 percent on table games. As a result, Pennsylvania casinos paid approximately $115.4 million in gaming taxes in July.

The Gaming Control Board estimates the state’s 12 casino operations generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play annually.

Lawmakers look for $200 million more

However, the state is still hoping to see an increase in tax revenue from gaming, having included $200 million in revenue from gambling expansion in its current budget. This hope lives in a comprehensive gaming expansion bill that is likely to legalize and regulate online gambling in PA.

The bill is still being considered by state lawmakers. After separate versions of the bill were passed by both the PA House and Senate, lawmakers appear stuck on whether to approve video gaming terminals at locations including bars, social clubs, and truck stops around state.

However, some form of the legislation is expected to pass in the fall.

No Real Money Online Gambling In PA Yet, But Mount Airy Casino Resort Launches Social Casino Online

Measures seeking to legalize internet casinos in PA may have stalled in the legislature, but one of the Pennsylvania’s casino resorts has gone live online.

Measures seeking to legalize internet casinos in Pennsylvania may have stalled in the legislature. However, at least one of the state’s casino resorts went live online last month.  

Mount Airy Casino Resort launched the social casino site Play Mount Airy, offering a number of free-to-play social casino games for PCs, tablets, and mobile devices.

The social casino offers no real-money gaming at this point. However, it would appear to be just the flip of a switch away should Pennsylvania lawmakers finally pass the online gambling legislation they have been considering. 

A comprehensive gambling expansion bill in PA

Over the past few months, the Pennsylvania legislature came close to passing a comprehensive gambling expansion bill that would legalize, regulate and tax: 

  • PA online casinos
  • PA online poker rooms
  • Daily fantasy sports
  • Video gaming terminals at liquor licensed establishments; and
  • Tablet gaming at airport locations

The plan to allow video gaming terminals at liquor licensed establishments and proposed tax rates for online casinos have proved the biggest stumbling blocks for the bill. 

Pennsylvania’s 12 land-based casinos currently pay a 54 percent tax on slot machine revenue and 16 percent on table games. 

The PA Senate first passed legislation including a 54 percent proposed tax rate on online casino games. However, the House amended the bill, changing that rate to 16 percent. The House also added the plan to authorize video gaming terminals at licensed establishments. 

Negotiations went on throughout July as a part of the state’s budget. In fact, lawmakers ultimately included $200 million in taxes from gambling expansion in that budget. However, lawmakers have yet to pass the comprehensive gambling expansion bill, with influential Sen. Jay Costa remarking on Twitter that the issue will be taken up again this fall. 

Play Mount Airy

In the meantime, Mount Airy Casino Resort continued to develop its social casino platform using iGaming developer Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions‘ private label social casino solution Greentube Pro. Kenny Huang and the team at Greentube subsidiary BlueBat Games also helped design the Mount Airy social casino. 

In the end, the company created a customized social casino product allowing players to experience the resort online and officially launched it in late July.  

The Mount Airy-branded product reflects the physical appearance of Mount Airy Casino Resort, including a virtual rendition of the property’s lobby and main casino. 

Additionally, games on the site were designed by Greentube and other third-party software providers. 

“Our goal was to build a social platform that delivered part of the Mount Airy Casino Resort experience into players’ homes and hands,” Mount Airy Casino Resort Executive Vice President and General Manager John Culetsu said. “We are proud to offer this platform to our regional players as well as casino enthusiasts throughout the country.”  

From social to land-based casinos

Greentube believes online social casinos can help draw foot traffic to land-based casinos. In fact, according to SuperData research, 82 percent of social casino gamers visited a land-based casino within the past year. In addition, 60 percent have visited within the past six months.  

According to the data, millions of players prepare to visit brick-and-mortar casinos by playing on a social casino online. 

“Social casinos are the gateway to attracting new players to visit a casino property and the means by which casinos can entice previous players to return,” Greentube North America President of Market Development Gabriel Cianchetto said. “With our assistance, Mount Airy Casino Resort is aptly positioned to deploy the latest marketing technologies and game content.”

Eastern PA Poker Rooms: Breaking Down Sands, Mohegan Sun, Hollywood And Mount Airy

A comparison of the four poker rooms in Eastern PA (not in Philly): Mohegan Sun Pocono, Sands Bethlehem, Mount Airy and Hollywood Casino at Penn National.

Ten of Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos house poker rooms, but the sizes and offerings vary quite a bit.

We’ll take a look at the four poker rooms in the eastern part of the state: Mohegan Sun, Mount Airy, Sands, and Hollywood Casino.

Mohegan Sun Pocono poker

The Mohegan Sun Pocono poker room in Wilkes-Barre has 18 cash-game tables, which is a decent amount for the region.

On most days, Mohegan Sun offers two daily tournaments — one at 11 a.m. and one at 7 p.m. — to go along with the Sit & Go tournaments offered in the poker room. On the promotional front, Mohegan Sun has an ongoing high-hand jackpot promotion that pays out three times daily.

Stakes and games typically available at Mohegan Sun Pocono are:

  • $1/$2 no limit hold’em
  • $1/$3 no limit hold’em with no-max buy-in
  • $2/$5 no limit hold’em
  • $10/$20 H.O.S.E. (A $10/$20 HOSE game with a full kill is available on Thursdays)
  • $4/$8 Omaha 8 or better with a kill
  • $2/$4 limit hold’em
  • $1-$5 seven card stud
  • State-approved games available upon request

Mount Airy poker

Mount Airy Casino in Mt. Pocono offers a small assortment of low-limit poker tables. The nine-table poker room is located a bit off the beaten path (on the third floor of the casino) and caters mainly to low-stakes locals and visitors. In fact, there’s not more than a blurb about poker on the casino’s website.

The casino doesn’t run daily tournaments on the regular, nor does it offer any special promotions beyond some jackpot-type promotions.

Stakes and games typically available at Mount Airy are:

  • $2/$4 limit hold’em
  • $3/$6 limit hold’em
  • $1/$2 no limit hold’em
  • $2/$5 no limit hold’em
  • State-approved games available upon request

Sands Bethlehem poker

Sands Bethlehem is the king of poker in the northeast region of the state and one of the larger poker rooms in any region.

The poker room is centrally located in the casino and boasts 30 cash-game tables. The tournament schedule is bit sparse considering the size of the room, as on average you’ll only find five daily tournaments throughout the week.

Sands offers a nice assortment of promotions, including a bad-beat jackpot and high hand bonuses at select times, but the big draw at its poker room are the amenities. From the complimentary beverages to massage services, Sands offers a lot of the luxuries one would only expect to find in a Las Vegas Strip casino. The poker room is close to 24-hour eateries within the casino and also offers tableside dining from 8 a.m. to midnight.

Check out what games are currently running at the casino and the size of the jackpot on Sands’ website.

Stakes and games typically available at Sands Bethlehem are:

  • $1/$2 no limit hold’em
  • $2/$5 no limit hold’em
  • $5/$5 no limit hold’em
  • $5/$10 no limit hold’em
  • $10/$25 no limit hold’em
  • $3/$6 limit hold’em
  • $5/$10 Omaha 8 or better
  • $1/$3 pot-limit Omaha
  • State-approved games available upon request

Hollywood Casino

Located at the iconic Penn National Racecourse in Grantville, Hollywood Casino’s poker room has 16 tables, and like Mount Airy, mainly caters to low-limit players.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National offers one of the best tournament selections in the area, with one to two tournaments most days.

Hollywood Casino offers a bad-beat jackpot (see how large it is on the casino’s website), as well as a high-hand promotion at select times. Other perks of playing at Hollywood Casino include call-ahead seating and weekend massage rates of $1/minute.

Stakes and games typically found at Hollywood Casino at Penn National are:

  • $1/$2 no limit hold’em
  • $2/$5 no limit hold’em
  • $2/$4 limit hold’em
  • $1/$2 pot-limit Omaha 8 or better
  • State-approved games available upon request

PA Casino Serves 27 Drinks To Gambler, Smacked With Big Fine

One Pennsylvania casino served 27 alcoholic beverages to a gambler over the course of nine hours, resulting in a large fine from state regulators.

One Pennsylvania casino served 27 alcoholic beverages to a gambler over the course of nine hours, resulting in a large fine from state regulators.

What happened at Mount Airy

Mount Airy doesn’t usually make a lot of news in PA, good or bad. But the recent revelation from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board about one intoxicated patron at the Pocono resort falls decidedly in the “bad” category.

Here’s the report from the PGCB:

The fine against Mount Airy #1, LLC was the result of a failure by casino personnel to prevent serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated gaming patron.

In this instance, the casino patron was served 27 drinks over a nine hour period, including 18 drinks after he showed signs consistent with intoxication while the patron engaged in slot play at table top slot machines located at the bar.

Mount Airy had no comment on the incident or the fine, per The Associated Press.

That’s a lot of booze for a gambler

That’s an amazing amount of drinking for a casino to allow a patron to do in one of its casino. Certainly, multiple instances of such a thing occurring would likely result in much harsher penalties.

Penalties handed out by PA regulators usually have to do with underage gaming, including several instances that resulted in fines for Sands Bethlehem.

Nevada looking to lower drinking age

The news in Pennsylvania comes as the biggest gambling state in the country, Nevada, eyes lowering the legal gambling age. The state legislature recently introduced a new bill.

A casino’s job of keeping underage patrons from staying out of the gaming area is already a difficult one. Reducing the gambling age would certainly complicate things for casinos trying to keep people under the age of 21 from drinking.

Pennsylvania is considering a number of changes to its gaming laws, but reducing the age for gambling is not one of them.

Mount Airy Wants To Axe $10 Million Casino Host Fee

Pennsylvania’s Mount Airy Casino Resort doesn’t like paying the piper, so they’re taking up their case with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The Pocono casino’s beef is with the Pennsylvania law that says casinos must pay a yearly $10 million “host” fee, in which they give the amount to the municipality in which they’re located.

The fees are not an issue for successful casinos bringing in huge revenues, but Mount Airy reps say the substantial fee creates hardship for some casinos, and that the fee is unconstitutional.

Mount Airy says fee isn’t fair, uniform

In an article earlier this week, The Morning Call outlined Mount Airy’s position. The argument boils down to the interpretation of the state constitution’s use of the word “uniform” when talking about how taxes should be uniform “upon the same class of subjects.”

The host fee’s amount is an either/or proposition. Either casinos pay two percent on $500 million in gross slot machine revenues, or they pay $10 million.

Since the nine casinos who are subject to the law don’t bring in the $500 million, they pay the two percent on slots revenues. Then they pay out of pocket to make up the difference between those taxes and $10 million.

More from the Morning Call:

“That creates an unequal tax that has some casinos paying a much bigger portion of their revenues to their host community. So, while the $10 million paid by Pennsylvania’s most lucrative casino, Parx in Bensalem, was just 2.8 percent of the casino’s 2014 gross slot machine revenue, the $10 million Mount Airy paid was more than 7 percent of its $140 million in revenue for 2014.”

Mount Airy’s attorney, Michael Sklar, said the casino’s demands are simple: “uniformity and fairness.”

Communities say fee is necessary

The host municipalities in which the casinos are located are also crying foul at the prospect of the yearly fee being changed.

Sen. Pat Browne, head of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told the Morning Call that getting rid of or cutting back on the tax would put communities in dire situations.

“I don’t know exactly how we’d go about it, but given that this fee has been established for a decade,” Browne said, “we’re not just going to let this money be stripped from municipalities that rely on it.”

Mount Airy not the first casino to go after host fee

Earlier this summer Rivers Casino raised the same issue. On June 27, the casino’s holding group, Holding Acquisitions Co., sued the Department of Revenue and Secretary Eileen McNulty.

Like Mount Airy, Rivers said in a statement that it didn’t want to be treated differently than other casinos.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s office released a statement saying it would fight the Rivers lawsuit.

“Rivers Casino knew about this funding commitment prior to applying for their license, and knew this funding was due to the city for hosting them,” Peduto said.

About one month later, the casino dropped the suit without explanation.

Harrah’s Philadelphia has also fought the fee in court.

After Pennsylvania Casinos’ Bad August, Could A Push For Online Gambling Follow?

Pennsylvania casinos experienced less-than-stellar revenue numbers in August, and it could mean redoubled efforts for legalizing online gambling.

Pennsylvania casinos experienced less-than-stellar revenue numbers in August, and while it may be a blip on the radar, it could mean redoubled efforts for legalizing online gambling.

The August numbers = not great news

Casino revenue had generally been humming along in Pennsylvania; if operators weren’t growing, things were generally at least staying level. But August was not a very good month for the gaming industry in the state.

More from the Morning Call:

Pennsylvania casinos had a nearly $7 million drop in slot machine revenues for July, as 10 of its 12 casinos — including Sands in Bethlehem — saw reductions in August, compared with a year ago, according to figures released Friday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The $203 million in slot machine revenues brought in statewide was a 3.3 percent reduction over the $210 million in August 2014.

According to the MC, Mount Airy saw a nine percent reduction in revenue year over year, while Sands had a poor showing just a month after a record July.

Still, it’s not a reason for concern, at least according to the PA gaming board, which attributed the YoY to decline to the fact that there was one fewer Friday in August this year than there was in 2014.

PA casinos want more revenue, not less

Whether the state’s casinos are worried after the poor August showing, or if they agree with the gaming board’s assessment, is unclear. What we do know is that there are concerns that growth for brick-and-mortar casinos has already plateaued.

Coupled with last month’s numbers, could that result in an increased lobbying push from the state’s gaming interests? Might there be more willingness to back an online gambling-only bill, instead of a more wide-ranging gaming bill that affects slot machines and an increased ability to serve liquor?

If a bill doesn’t happen now, the possibility of internet gambling regulation is likely shelved until 2016. So it’s feasible that the poor month could increase casinos’ sense of urgency on the matter.

Where online gambling sits in the budget showdown: Still on the sidelines

The slow revenue month comes in the midst of the ongoing budget impasse in Pennsylvania, which has now surpassed two months in length.

It is still not out of the realm of possibility that online gambling could become a part of the solution in bridging the gap between Democratic governor Tom Wolf and Republican legislators, who still haven’t found much common ground on expenditures, or how to fund them with revenue. Right now, the focus is on passing a stopgap bill to fund the government in the short term.

From the past few months, we have learned that:

  1. Online gambling remains a fairly non-controversial way to generate state revenue.
  2. Nearly all casinos (Sheldon Adelson’s Sands Bethlehem excluded) are in favor of iGaming, they just disagree with some of the details in gaming legislation that has been introduced.

Even so, one bad month is likely not enough to push PA’s casinos into panic mode. Online gambling legislation is a long-term play, and casinos will back an iGaming measure only if it is in their best interest moving forward, not as a quick revenue fix.

Photo by Antoine Taveneaux used under license CC BY-SA 3.0.