West Virginia approved its sports betting regulations Thursday, setting the stage for sports books to open ahead of football season.
Churchill Downs, which hosts the Kentucky Derby and operates TwinSpires.com, has recently expanded it's casino portfolio into Pennsylvania. Will they be major players when online gambling launches?
Some are concerned, after satellite casino auctions slowed significantly, that the Pennsylvania gambling expansion may not live up to expectations. But expectations will likely be met, at least, as other parts of the expansion roll out.
Five of ten available mini casino licenses have been auctioned to PA's existing land-based casino owners, but it doesn't appear that the auctions, which have so far provided more than $128 million to the state, will continue.
While some casinos have used the new "satellite" casino licenses as an opportunity to expand into new geographical areas, Penn National is shoring up their near-monopoly in Central PA.
The American Gaming Association recently admitted three new companies that are focused heavily on online gambling. Will the most powerful casino lobby group in the US finally support online poker and casinos unequivocally?
On the heels of Pennsylvania's 2017 passage of a transformative gambling expansion, a neighboring state is pursuing some of the same measures.