Pennsylvania legislators met Tuesday for the 84th time during the past two years to consider the future of online gaming.
Lawmakers are aiming to further boost the potential of the Pennsylvania $3.2 billion casino gambling market which currently ranks second in the country.
Various opinions were expressed during the joint House and Senate hearing which closed without a vote.
The dominating pro-online-betting argument was that millions of Americans play on offshore gaming sites so lifting the ban on online casinos would eventually bring tax revenue to the state. Moreover, every industry needed to adapt to technology changes and demand from customers that were increasingly hooked on mobile technology and internet games.
According to estimates, Pennsylvania’s online gaming market could be worth more than $300 million annually.
Stakeholders who opposed the proposal claimed cannibalization would occur, and ultimately the state would lose revenue by implementing internet gambling.
Overall, the hearing on Tuesday demonstrated that almost all of the state’s casinos supported internet poker. Another hearing has been scheduled for March 20.