Gambling’s eternal question ‘skill vs chance’ rears its head in Pennsylvania

The eternal question of games of skill versus games of chance is the gambling world's equivalent of what came first, the chicken or the egg? It' a question that's challenged in almost every market in some way or another. That includes everything from innocent claw games (which were recently banned in Thailand) to online poker,…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down casino welfare law

Late last week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court delivered some bad news for the Keystone State's poorest performing casinos when they struck down a 2017 gambling expansion law. From here on out, the court said, under-performing gambling halls can no longer rely on their more successful neighbors for a helping hand when it comes to marketing…

Pennsylvania sports betting suffers brutal February

Pennsylvania's regulated sports betting interests took a hit in February as sharp bettors and a slight handle put sportsbook revenue at anemic levels. All told, Pennsylvania sportsbooks took in $31.5 million worth of wagers in February, but cashed in revenue of just $1.95 million for the month. That's down about 1.6 percent over January's numbers,…

State Regulator issues Wire Act warning

Gaming regulators in Pennsylvania are warning operators that they have just 30 days to get compliant with the Department of Justice's (DOJ) latest interpretation of the Wire Act of 1961. The only problem is that most operators, and regulators, are still very uncertain as to how they can actually get compliant with the DOJ's very…

Pennsylvania Casinos Line Up for Online Gambling License Applications

Nine of Pennsylvania's 13 licensed casinos have filed applications to receive online gambling licenses ahead of the deadline to receive a discounted application price. It's a good sign that the Keystone State's embryonic online gambling industry could grow into something really massive once it's up and running. According to a report from the Associated Press,…

Pennsylvania Operators Unhappy with State's New iLottery Games

Pennsylvania gambling operators and casino owners are up in arms over the state's new ilottery games, which are actually run by the State of Pennsylvania. They say that the new games are not only unlawful, they represent unfair competition from the folks who wrote the state's over-the-top online gambling rules and regulations. At issue is…