Pennsylvania Debates Over Gambling Machine That Could Destroy Online Poker

Pennsylvania is in a dilemma, whether or not to allow slot-like machines known as video gaming terminals (VGTs) at the bars and restaurants around the state.

The Senate and House both have approved the gambling expansion package and the lawmakers want these VGTs in the package but it has become a cause of concern for the other senators.

The cause of worry for those who opposed is because VGTs will give bar and restaurant industry a way to compete in the gaming space.

It is speculated that these would eat up the revenue market of casinos.

Pennsylvania is the fourth state to have regulated online poker.

In order to have the bill pass with the VGTs included in the package, the Senate should have had enough votes, which it doesn’t. The deadline for the same is around this week.

Pennsylvania has 12 casinos that make about $3.2 billion per year and this casino market has become stagnant.

After its launch, though it will take it own time to reach maturity, it’s expected that online gaming would add about $300 million to the state’s gambling market.

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