Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware are on the list of U.S. states to legalize and regulate online gaming, but another state could soon join that list – Pennsylvania.
In preparation of online gambling (including online casinos and poker rooms) being introduced to the Keystone State, Parx Casino, which is located in Bensalem, PA, has supposedly struck a deal with gaming developer GameAccount Network (GAN) to offer a stimulated online gaming experience for those players who just can’t wait.
“GAN has demonstrated its regulated gaming capability in New Jersey and the merits of simulated gaming when integrated with a casino management system,” said John Dixon, CTO of Greenwood Entertainment and Racing, which owns Parx Casino. “By deploying its system on-property, Parx Casino will have the opportunity to launch simulated gaming nationwide before year’s end and be well prepared in the event regulation of real-money internet gaming emerges in the state of Pennsylvania.”
The plan will be to launch the simulated gaming experience, comprising initially of just casino slots, in the fourth quarter of 2014 to players nationwide. When online gaming becomes legal in Pennsylvania, the site will be able to automatically switch to a real-money platform.
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A Pennsylvanian study released in early May projected that full regulated online gaming could potentially generate $184 million revenue for the state in the first year alone, growing to $307 million in subsequent years. Online poker would account for $77 million of the first-year revenue, and $129 million in the established years after that.
These statistics inspired State Sen. Kim Ward, who chairs the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee that ordered the study, to become an advocator of bringing online gambling to the state.
“Internet gaming, pensions and liquor are the big issues on our plate,” Ward previously said in a phone interview with PokerNews. “iGaming hasn’t been there in the past, but now that this looks like it could be a source of income it will probably become a prominent part of the discussion.”
In June, a hearing was held to discuss the iGaming study, and most casinos showed interest in moving forward with some form of online gambling in Pennsylvania, which is the second-largest casino market in the U.S. with 12 casino properties.
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