New gambling money poured into state in 2018. Now more new games will begin

Gary Rotstein | Monday, January 21, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sports betting and internet-based lottery games are here, casino games on your phone will likely be available within months and new mini-casino options closer to home for many Pennsylvania should be open a year from now.

Such new forms of gambling — even though many are yet to get started — are on pace to give the state a $300 million-plus cash infusion through new fees assisting its general fund. And that’s not even taking into account the prospects still ahead for playing devices similar to slot machines at certain truckstops and casino-style games on computer tablets at airports.

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Sports betting weeks away from opening in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania, one of the nation’s most aggressive gambling states, appears weeks away from becoming the sixth state with sports betting after regulators Wednesday awarded the state’s first sports betting licenses to two casinos.

The casinos, however, have other requirements to meet that could take until November to open a sports book. That timeframe would miss baseball’s World Series, but it could mean capturing the last weeks of fall’s college football and NFL seasons and practically all of the hockey, college basketball and NBA seasons.

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What are the odds? Colleges fear sports betting will lead to cheating.

Andrew Maykuth | Monday, September 17, 2018, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Every year, typically before the Super Bowl and the annual men’s college basketball tournament, university sports departments issue a standard reminder to athletes and staff that gambling on games is strictly forbidden.

But with the onset of legalized sports betting in several states — Pennsylvania is poised to approve its first sports-wagering license next month — universities are bracing for an onslaught of new temptations for student athletes. Educators say they are stepping up their games to thwart cheating.

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No legal sports betting yet in Pennsylvania, but it’s on the way

Gary Rotstein | Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This week’s arrival of the NFL season brings with it new opportunities for sports bettors in various states to place a legal wager on the Steelers, who are favored by nearly a touchdown over the Browns Sunday.

Just don’t expect to do so in Pennsylvania. Soon, perhaps, but not yet — and possibly sooner in the Philadelphia and Harrisburg areas than in the Pittsburgh region.

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Pa.’s sports betting taxes so high legal bookmakers may shun state

Andrew Maykuth | Monday, July 16, 2018, Philadelphia Inquirer

When the Pennsylvania legislature passed a sports-wagering law last year, it placed an audacious initial bet — it set the highest fees and taxes in the nation for operators to participate in the sports-betting business.

Critics say that Pennsylvania’s $10 million license fee, along with a 36-percent tax rate — four times higher than New Jersey’s — are a big impediment to the roll out of sports betting in Pennsylvania. None of Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos have yet to apply for a license to cash in on a potential multi-billion-dollar business now conducted mostly in the shadows.

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Pa. Gaming Control Board starts building sports betting framework

Charles Thompson | Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Harrisburg Patriot News

Sports betting officially got on the express lane in Pennsylvania Wednesday, as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board passed a first set of temporary regulations to bring the business to life.

The actions taken today, by themselves, don’t mean that someone can place a legal bet in Pennsylvania on Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night.

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With sports betting legalized, New Jersey leads a race to lure gamblers. Will Pa. lag behind?

Justine McDaniel | Monday, May 21, 2018, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Lifting a longtime federal ban, the Supreme Court on Monday legalized sports betting in the United States — and effectively fired the starting gun for a new gambling race among states.

New Jersey, which brought the lawsuit to strike down the ban, is poised to jump out of the gate: By June, it may well be the first state, outside Nevada, with casinos and racetracks offering bets on America’s favorite pastimes.

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Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide

Jessica Gresko | Monday, May 14, 2018, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.

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