Online gamers and poker lobbyists celebrated an astonishing win when the news of The Pennsylvania legislature passing landmark bill allowing online poker, online casino, and daily fantasy sports (DFS) was announced. Governor Wolf has consequently signed the bill ‘H 271′ into law.

The revised iGaming charge, H 271, was passed in the Senate on last Wednesday night last week and was sent to the House, where it got a few hours of debate on both the days (Wednesday night and Thursday morning). The declaration makes Pennsylvania the largest U.S State with direct legalized online gaming.

The bill in Pennsylvania comes four years after New Jersey passed their own comprehensive iGaming legislation. The one key difference in the bill was the 54 % tax rate for online openings. That is in contrast with the 17.5 % rate for all iGaming in New Jersey and 16 % for online poker and table games in Pennsylvania. Similarly, the tax rates for sports betting and DFS were passed at 36% and 15%, individually.

The Pennsylvania bill offers three (online spaces, house-saved money amusements and distributed recreations like poker) separate licenses for operators. They can purchase separate licenses for the three game types at $4 million each or, existing PA casino operators can buy all the three licenses for $10 million within 90 days of license availability. After 120 days, operators outside of the state and non-casino entities will be permitted to apply for licensure.

John Pappas, Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), applauded the passage of iGaming legislation in Pennsylvania, saying, “Pennsylvania made the right decision today. This is a major victory for consumers who, for years, have asked the state to step up and provide meaningful protections. The iGaming law will also help create new growth opportunities for the Commonwealth’s brick and mortar casinos while providing needed revenue for the state budget.”

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