Hearing To Tackle All Possible PA Gambling Expansions, IGaming Included

More PA Online Gambling Traction: Joint House-Senate Casino Hearing On Tap For Next Week

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Online gambling is likely to be a part of a joint committee hearing involving the Pennsylvania House and Senate that will take place next week.

What will be discussed at the PA gambling hearing

The hearing regarding an expansion of gambling in the commonwealth is taking place on Tuesday, March 7, at 2 p.m.

It will involve members of both the Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee and the House Gaming Oversight Committee. Those are the two committees through which all gambling bills flow.

That the PA legislature had been trying to schedule such a hearing has been known for sometime.

A notice from the CERD Committee noted the hearing’s purpose is to “gather information regarding any House/Senate suggested Title 4 changes, gaming expansion options from the previous and current sessions…”

The hearing will also include “stakeholders from the Gaming Industry,” per the notice.

While online gambling is not directly mentioned, it is likely to be one of the cornerstones of any gambling expansion that takes place in the state. The topic of daily fantasy sports could also be touched upon in the hearing.

Where the conversation on PA online gambling stands

The news has mostly been good for online gambling in Pennsylvania, of late:

The state could still use online gambling money

Pennsylvania is still in the middle of a massive budget crisis. The state is running behind billions of dollars in the current and following fiscal years, unless spending cuts take place or new revenue is generated.

Online gambling would certainly help on the latter point. A recent white paper indicates the market for online poker and gambling could exceed $360 million by 2022.

- Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer -- including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner. He has played poker recreationally for his entire adult life and has written about poker since 2008.
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