This Week in PA Gambling: Gambling Terminals Found in Bar Raids, Considered by Lawmakers

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This Week in PA Gambling is a round-up of some of the top stories in Pennsylvania’s gambling industry, online and off.

This week we take a look at Pennsylvania lawmakers considering other forms of gambling expansion outside of iGaming, an illegal gambling raid, a gaming battle at Gettysburg, and more.

PA Lawmakers Consider Video Gambling Terminals at Bars

Pennsylvania lawmakers are now considering other forms of gambling expansion outside of iGaming, including Video Gambling Terminals.

This week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ House Gaming Oversight Committee held a public hearing on a proposal to legalize Video Gambling Terminals in bars and other businesses across the state.

A proposed bill would allow for the installation of up to 35,000 gaming machines in bars, social clubs, and restaurants all over Pennsylvania.

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More on Video Gambling Terminals and what lawmakers are considering.

State Senate Still Considering iGaming Options

A Pennsylvania State sub committee is currently throwing around all kinds of ideas regarding online gaming legislation in the state.

The senate is now considering making Category 3 casinos like Valley Forge and Lacy Luck Nemacolin ineligible for online licensing, and making licensing for poker sites and casino sites entirely separate.

The Senate is apparently also having major issues settling in on a tax rate and upfront licensing fee for online operators.

Whatever they come up with is expected to hit the senate floor for a vote sometime this week.

More on what’s being considered.

215 Gaming Machines, $177,000 in Cash Seized in PA Bar Raids

Even as Pennsylvania lawmakers considering legalizing Video Gaming Terminal gambling at bars and restaurants in the state, proof is coming in that it’s already happening illegally on a relatively large scale.

The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement executed search warrants at 48 licensed establishments in Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette, and Allegheny counties at the end of last month.

Ultimately they seized 215 Video Gaming Terminals and over $177,000 in cash.

More on the raids and the impact of illegal gaming operations.

Gettysburg Casino and Racetrack Proposal Stands Alone

After the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board rejected a plan to establish a racino in Lawrence County, the state Horse Racing Commission voted to seek new applicants for what will be the state’s last gaming license.

So far, the only applicant for lone remaining horse track and casino license in Pennsylvania is an Adams County businessman who wants to build a track and casino near Gettysburg.

Apparently, people are lining up against the idea for all kinds of historic and conversationalist reasons. However, it remains the only idea on the table.

More on the plan, its detractors and what is expected to happen with the state’s final gaming license.

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Marty Derbyshire has been covering online gambling for various industry media outlets since 2007.

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