Pennsylvania Sports Betting Inches Closer With Initial Regulations

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Inches Closer With Initial Regulations

May 31, 2018 11:50 AM


Before the Supreme Court axed PASPA on May 14, the 1992 federal law that had banned full-fledged sports betting outside Nevada, Pennsylvania had positioned itself to become one of the first non-Nevada states to roll out legal sports wagering. That’s because 2017 brought the passage of the gaming bill HB 271, which included language legalizing Pennsylvania sports betting, contingent upon what the Supreme Court has now done.

While there’s much more work to do on the regulation front, it has now started in earnest on the expansive bill that requires regulations for iGaming, among other things. On Wednesday, the Gaming Control Board set forth temporary regulations for PA sports betting, which marks the first concrete step on that front. 

“We understand that there are a lot of entities that would like to get this underway as soon as possible, but at the same time, our main function here is to protect the public,” said Gaming Control Board Spokesman Doug Harbach on Wednesday, reports the Bucks County Courier-Times. “We’re going to make sure all regulations are tied up before [sports betting] gets launched.”

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