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June Sports Betting Numbers Highlight Proliferation Of Online Betting

Another fiscal year, another consecutive record for gaming revenues in Pennsylvania. That’s due in large part from a strong boost from sports wagering and the recent addition of online sportsbooks.

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6/5/2020

article Pittsburgh Casino Reopens Tuesday, Counting On Guests To ‘Do The Right Thing’
(Pennsylvania) -- Half of the nation’s casinos reopened by Friday, some with mandatory temperature checks of everyone entering and some with verbal questioning of...

6/3/2020

article As the casinos reopen, no valet parking and lots of hand sanitizer
(Pennsylvania) -- Both Rivers Casino and Meadows Racetrack & Casino announced plans to open for the first time since they were ordered to close three months ago...
article Meadows Casino To Reopen Next Week
(Pennsylvania) -- Meadows Casino will open next week, according to upper management at the casino. The opening date is slated for June 9 at 12:00 p.m. The casino said it...

6/1/2020

article Gambling Business Stakeholders Can Contribute to Political Campaigns, 3rd Circ. Rules
(Pennsylvania) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that Pennsylvania’s law restricting those with business interests in legalized gambling from...
article Pa. can’t ban everyone involved in the gaming industry from donating to political campaigns: U.S. court
(Pennsylvania) -- A Pennsylvania law that bars people with state gaming licenses from making contributions to political campaigns is unconstitutional because it violates...
article Return To Normalcy, But No Set Date, Is In Sight For PA Casinos, Tracks
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania officials have provided the first authorization for casinos and racetracks to begin reopening, but no specifics were yet being offered...

5/29/2020

article Pa. ends threat of tax hike due to casino shutdown
(Pennsylvania) -- General Assembly approves transfer of $300 million to replenish fund for statewide homestead exemptions. An unforeseen hike in school tax bills is no...
article Horse racing industry struggles to survive in Berks County and across Pennsylvania as new report takes aim at it
(Pennsylvania) -- Berks County thoroughbred breeder Glenn Brok is in a precarious financial and ethical position. He is boarding 18 horses for a client who races them in...

5/28/2020

article PA’s Rules For Reopening Casinos Are Flexible, But Not When It Comes To Masks
(Pennsylvania) -- As multi-state casino operators reopen properties that have been shut down since mid-March by COVID-19 concerns, they’re finding different...

5/25/2020

article Erie casino closed but still funding local causes
(Pennsylvania) -- The slot machines remain silent at Presque Isle Downs & Casino, where the vast parking lot is all but empty. For some, the continued shutdown of...

5/24/2020

article Pa. board: Internet gaming soars
(Pennsylvania) -- People may not have been able to walk into Pennsylvania casinos during April due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but it doesn’t mean they...

5/22/2020

article State casino operators developing procedures for safe reopenings
(Pennsylvania) -- Online gambling is up but overall gaming revenue down as casinos remain closed. Online gambling is up across the state but overall gaming revenue way...

5/21/2020

article Masks, spaced-out slot machines and no poker rooms: Here’s what will happen when Pennsylvania casinos reopen
(Pennsylvania) -- Visiting a Pennsylvania casino, whenever the gambling halls end up reopening, will be much different than before the coronavirus pandemic. Mask-wearing...

5/20/2020

article Gaming board gives casinos guidelines for reopening
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is providing casinos with guidelines to follow when they reopen, even while acknowledging that it’s unclear...
article Masks, plexiglass, and more: What will Pa. casinos look like when they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic?
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s unclear when Pa. casinos will welcome guests again amid the coronavirus pandemic, but once they do, gamblers will see plenty of differences...
article There will be no poker when Pennsylvania casinos reopen
(Pennsylvania) -- Poker players who gamble in Pennsylvania casinos and are concerned about reading a rival’s expression through an N-95 mask need not worry: Poker...

5/19/2020

article Statewide gambling revenue down, online gaming spikes
(Pennsylvania) -- Online casino-style gaming in Pennsylvania jumped 73 percent from March to April, but overall gambling revenue has sharply declined. Online casino-...

5/18/2020

article Despite uptick in some online gambling, casino revenues seeing a staggering drop
(Pennsylvania) -- First, the good news for the Pennsylvania gaming industry: Revenue for online casino-type games skyrocketed 73 percent in April compared to the...
article The 2020 Poker Boom: With Sports Gone, Pennsylvanians Turn to Online Gaming
(Pennsylvania) -- On Monday, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released April revenue numbers for the state. As expected, revenue for anything related to sports...

5/16/2020

article Some convenience stores, others keep their ‘skill games’ plugged in despite orders to shut them down
(Pennsylvania) -- If more proof was needed that a state’s public health emergency declarations are often only as powerful as the willingness of individuals to...

5/13/2020

article Pennsylvania Governor: No Exemption For Racing, Counties Must Be ‘Green’ To Resume
(Pennsylvania) -- Horse racing in Pennsylvania will not be among the first wave of businesses reopening after the state's COVID-19 shutdown. The Pennsylvania Harness...

5/6/2020

article Inmate accused of devising scheme using fake credit cards to defraud Pa. casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- An inmate at the Northumberland County Prison has been accused of devising a scheme to defraud Pennsylvania casinos out of thousands of dollars....

5/4/2020

article There were more than 3,000 layoffs combined at these 2 Pa. casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Layoffs at two Pennsylvania casinos in recent months topped more than 3,000 combined. Parx Casino and Harrah’s both filed WARN (Worker Adjustment...
article When Will PA Casinos Reopen? What Will They Look Like When They Do?
(Pennsylvania) -- Casinos in Pennsylvania started closing on March 13 to curb the spread of coronavirus. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) ordered the...
article Parx Has Several Hurdles To Clear Before Racing Can Resume
(Pennsylvania) -- There is no firm timeline in place for the resumption of racing at Parx, but when it does happen, it's going to look quite different. That's...
article Ready To Run? PA Horse Racing Commission Formally Asks Gov. Wolf To Reopen Tracks
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has formally asked Gov. Tom Wolf to give special consideration for allowing horse racing to resume with...

5/1/2020

article DraftKings adds online casino gaming for Pa. residents
(Pennsylvania) -- DraftKings is now offering online casino gaming to Pennsylvania residents. The company announced Friday that it received its iGaming license from the...

4/30/2020

article Horse racing community asks Gov. Wolf to open starting gates before money for care runs out
(Pennsylvania) -- Horse trainers and owners in Pennsylvania are sounding an alarm as the shutdown of live racing stretches toward a seventh week, saying the weight of...

4/26/2020

article Pa., NJ casinos lose $274 million in a month
(Pennsylvania) -- Online gambling has seen a massive boost under COVID-19. It’s not enough to fill public coffers. Even in states with the nation’s laxest...

4/25/2020

article PA, NJ casinos lose $274M in a month, despite explosion in online gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- Even in states with the nation’s laxest online gambling laws, revenues plummeted by hundreds of millions of dollars following the closure of...

4/21/2020

article Could PA Sports Betting Revenue Help Homeowners In Keystone State?
(Pennsylvania) -- A state lawmaker wants to use revenue from PA sports betting to help homeowners cope with financial difficulties related to the coronavirus....
article For Pa. casinos, coronavirus means plummeting revenues and questions about the industry’s future
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania casinos have been closed for about five weeks, and experts have begun to wonder what the gaming industry could look like when they’...

4/20/2020

article Casino funds to help nonprofits through coronavirus pandemic
(Pennsylvania) -- Casino funds soon will be available for nonprofit groups “providing critical services to Bucks County residents” in response to the...
article PA Senator Wants State Reopened, Property Tax Relief From Sports Gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- A state senator from south-central Pennsylvania wants sports gambling revenue shifted to helping pay property taxes in light of economic issues created...

4/17/2020

article Pennsylvania online gaming numbers jump in March despite plummeting casino revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Statewide casino closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in stark total revenue drops during March, according to data released Thursday by the...
article Wolf offers his 6-point plan for reopening; casino revenue is way down
(Pennsylvania) -- As pressure mounts to reopen Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday offered his six-point plan on what needs to occur before that happens, which...
article March casino revenue plunges on pandemic impact
(Pennsylvania) -- Spending at Pennsylvania's casinos was way down in March, dropping by more than half as the novel coronavirus pandemic virtually eliminated leisure...
article March casino revenues plummet following COVID shutdown
(Pennsylvania) -- Casino closures ordered across the state in March as part of COVID-19 mitigation efforts led to a 51 percent drop in revenues for the month, according...
article Pennsylvania casinos took a large hit in March due to the coronavirus pandemic
(Pennsylvania) -- As with all businesses in Pennsylvania that have had to shut down, the revenue of the state’s 12 casinos took a nosedive in the month of March....
article Pennsylvania sportsbooks lose millions, online casinos thrive during coronavirus pandemic
(Pennsylvania) -- With pro and college sports shut down for most of March due to the covid-19 crisis, Pennsylvania’s retail and online sportsbooks took a big hit...

4/16/2020

article Online gambling explodes in Pa. as brick-and-mortar casino revenues tank due to pandemic
(Pennsylvania) -- Casino revenues in Pennsylvania crashed in March as all gaming halls were shuttered for half the month due to the coronavirus pandemic. The...
article PA Sports Betting Handle Plummets 60 Percent In The Ides Of March
(Pennsylvania) -- Table tennis couldn’t paddle the ship of Pennsylvania’s sports betting handle. The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on nearly every...
article Pandemic halves casino gaming revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Presque Isle Downs and Casino has been closed since March 17. The shuttering of Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos in mid-March resulted in a loss of $162...
article With coronavirus precautions in place, Pa. casino revenue takes a massive hit in March
(Pennsylvania) -- Closures of all Pennsylvania casinos in March due to mandated restrictions to protect citizens from the COVID-19 virus led to a 51 percent drop in...
article Man stabbed Belfast gambling consultant five times during 'psychosis', court told
(Ireland) -- A man allegedly stabbed an online gambling consultant five times at an arranged meeting in Belfast, a court was told on Thursday. Cameron McClements is...

4/13/2020

article Costly Losses From Casinos’ Shutdown — Maybe More Than $250M Already — Adding Up In PA
(Pennsylvania) -- The casino industry’s shutdown couldn’t have come at a worse time for Pennsylvania, and not just because of the loss of March Madness...
article Hyde: With games gone, so is gambling’s temptation for these addicts
(Pennsylvania) -- His name is Douglas, he’s an addicted gambler and he values this world without games. “It’s like being an alcoholic and there’s...

4/11/2020

article Parx To Furlough 2,200 Employees On Monday
(Pennsylvania) -- One of the largest employers in Bucks County is temporarily laying off a large number of employees come Monday. Parx Casino and Parx Racing in Bensalem...

4/10/2020

article Rivers Casino Pittsburgh plans to furlough most employees
(Pennsylvania) -- Rivers Casino Pittsburgh will start furloughing most of its employees beginning next week amid the coronavirus pandemic. “This was an extremely...

4/8/2020

article Video Gaming Terminals Approved In Four More PA Counties
(Pennsylvania) -- Four new truck stop video gaming terminals (VGTs) can launch in Pennsylvania. But for now, the public cannot use them due to virus shutdown...

4/7/2020

article PA State Police Crack Down On Unregulated Gambling During Pandemic
(Pennsylvania) -- In Pennsylvania, the road to degradation – and perhaps deadly germs – are lined with unregulated gambling devices. At least 15,000 of the...
article Pa. let construction continue on a South Philly casino during the pandemic. Workers feel endangered.
(Pennsylvania) -- In the midst of a pandemic that has shut down the region and hospitalized thousands, dozens of construction workers reported for duty Monday morning at...

4/4/2020

article Parx Casino Decides to Reschedule Events Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
(Pennsylvania) -- As governments across the world are geared up to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, Parx Casino has decided to reschedule and postpone some of its events.

4/1/2020

article Sportsbook Prospects Dimmed At Westmoreland Mall Mini-Casino
(Pennsylvania) -- A sportsbook will evidently not be part of the gambling picture if and when a mini-casino opens at Westmoreland Mall in suburban Pittsburgh. Stadium...

3/31/2020

article Online gaming may soften blow of lost revenue from casino shutdown in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Two weeks ago on Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board ordered all the land-based casinos in the state to shut down as part of the effort to...

3/30/2020

article Casino Closures Devastate PA & Beyond, But Relief Efforts Are Underway
(Pennsylvania) -- As of March 25, all the US’ 465 commercial casinos closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. An estimated 649,000 casino employees are...
article Despite Casino Industry’s Halt, A Big Project Chugs Toward Philadelphia Completion
(Pennsylvania) -- Casinos are shut down indefinitely across Pennsylvania, and that goes for multiple mini-casino construction projects as well, but one massive project...

3/29/2020

article Sportview: Nothing 'Trumps' gambling for people who miss betting on sports
(Pennsylvania) -- Place your bets now! OK, so where do people who enjoy betting on sports get their fix today? The major sports leagues are all shut down. Yeah, there...

3/27/2020

article PA Online Casinos Report Upticks With Sports & Land Casinos On Hold
(Pennsylvania) -- With parts of the state under stay-at-home orders and many heeding the suggestion to hunker down at home to flatten the curve, Pennsylvania has seen an...

3/25/2020

article Casino taxes will go to Bucks businesses devastated by coronavirus
(Pennsylvania) -- Tax revenues from gambling at Parx casino will be loaned to some hospitality and tourism companies devastated by the coronavirus. On Wednesday, the...
article Rivers Casino Philadelphia Table Games Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19
(Pennsylvania) -- A Rivers Casino Philadelphia table games employee has tested positive for the coronavirus, the casino announced Wednesday. Officials say the employee...

3/24/2020

article Mount Airy Casino Resort donated fresh food to PVEN
(Pennsylvania) -- It's food distribution day here at Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network, or PVEN, near Brodheadsville. Because of Coronavirus, food is being placed...
article Pocono casino donates more than a ton of fresh food to pantry after coronavirus closure
(Pennsylvania) -- Making sure food isn't going to waste, Mount Airy Casino Resort, which closed because of coronavirus concerns, donated nearly 2,500 pounds of food...
article Illegal Gambling Opponents Call on State, County Health Departments to Order Immediate Shutdown of ‘Games of Skill’ Machines
(Pennsylvania) -- An advocacy group battling against the explosion of illegal gambling across Pennsylvania is calling for an immediate shutdown of so-called ‘games...
article Online sports bettors turn to pingpong as leagues postpone seasons
(Pennsylvania) -- At a time when bettors would typically be placing wagers on March Madness brackets and NHL playoff favorites, Pennsylvania sports enthusiasts are...

3/22/2020

article Pennsylvania advocacy group calls for skill games shutdown
(Pennsylvania) -- An advocacy group battling against the explosion of illegal gambling across Pennsylvania is calling for an immediate shutdown of so-called 'games...

3/21/2020

article Parx Casino employee tests positive for COVID-19
(Pennsylvania) -- Parx Casino announced a casino floor employee has tested positive for COVID-19. Officials with the casino announced Saturday an employee who was last...
article OP/ED: Risks abound as Pennsylvania expands online sports betting
(Pennsylvania) -- Although we’ve hardly reached pandemic status in the United States with the coronavirus, its impact on Chinese supply chains has rocked our...
article The Pa. lottery will continue to operate almost as normal amid coronavirus pandemic; online play available
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s casinos are closed and the businesses that offer “skill game” machines have mostly all shut their doors, as well,...

3/20/2020

press release Illegal Gambling Opponents Call on State, County Health Departments to Order Immediate Shutdown of 'Games of Skill' Machines
(Pennsylvania) -- An advocacy group battling against the explosion of illegal gambling across Pennsylvania is calling for an immediate shutdown of so-called 'games...

3/19/2020

article FanDuel Casino (Already) Leading All Pennsylvania Online Gambling Sites
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania online gambling sites recorded yet another revenue record in February. The market, still in its infancy, saw its fastest monthly growth...
article PA Sports Betting Handle Strong With $330M In February
(Pennsylvania) -- PA sports betting handle continued strongly in February with its fourth straight month of more than $300 million. The state’s sportsbooks took $...
article PA Sports Betting Revenue In February Reached All-Time Low
(Pennsylvania) -- Despite huge turnout for the Super Bowl, Pennsylvania sportsbooks saw a drastic 64% decrease in revenue from January to February. Pennsylvania’s...
article Pennsylvania Online Casinos Record Best-Ever Month; FanDuel With An Early Lead
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania online gambling sites recorded yet another revenue record in February. The market, still in its infancy, saw its fastest monthly growth...
article Parx Casino Changes the Schedule of Casino Shows Due to COVID-19
(Pennsylvania) -- Parx Casino, the world-class casino in Pennsylvania, has made an official announcement informing its global customer base about the rescheduling of...

3/18/2020

article Pennsylvania casinos see sports betting revenue fall in February
(Pennsylvania) -- The virus-related closure of Pennsylvania’s casinos may be a good thing, given that sports bettors took the books for a downhill ride in February...

3/17/2020

article Coronavirus response hurting state's new sports wagering industry
(Pennsylvania) -- On the FanDuel sports betting app on Monday, the top suggestion for possible wagers was a soccer game in Turkey. Other suggestions included Russian...
article All PA Casinos Closed On PGCB Orders, Online Gambling Still Open For Business
(Pennsylvania) -- All casinos in Pennsylvania are closed in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus as of Tuesday, March 17. By Monday morning, six of the state...

3/15/2020

article Hollywood Casino to remain open amid concerns of coronavirus
(Pennsylvania) -- As the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus continues to rise in Pennsylvania, one of the state’s largest casinos re-affirmed its plans...
article What can we gamble on with no sports? Here are five ideas...
(Pennsylvania) -- With the very limited exceptions of some Mexican, Russian and Turkish soccer — and horse racing (for now...) there is not a single sport being...

3/14/2020

article One-third of Pennsylvania’s casinos close due to coronavirus
(Pennsylvania) -- Four of Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos -- three in or around Philadelphia and one in Pittsburgh -- have closed temporarily over concerns about the...
article Harrah's casino shutting down as coronavirus precaution
(Pennsylvania) -- Rack up another victim of the coronavirus: Harrah's casino is temporarily closing its doors. The move by the sprawling facility off Route 291 on...
article Two PA Casinos Closed, Two More To Be Shuttered Monday Due To Coronavirus Threat
(Pennsylvania) -- The threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus has rippled further through Pennsylvania’s casino industry, prompting three more shutdowns following one...
article Pa. casino closes due to concern of coronavirus
(Pennsylvania) -- The largest casino in Pennslyvania will be temporarily closing amidst growing concern for the spread of the coronavirus in the state. On Saturday, Parx...

3/13/2020

article Boyd Gaming to close Valley Forge Casino temporarily
(Pennsylvania) -- Boyd Gaming (NYSE:BYD) says its Valley Forge Casino Resort will be closed after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered the closure of all public...
article Coronavirus casts pall over Hollywood Casino, but die-hard gamblers still feel lucky
(Pennsylvania) -- Coronavirus could be the ultimate “cooler” — that mythical casino figure who sucks the luck and life out of hot gamblers. At...
article Rivers Casino closes due to caution regarding coronavirus
(Pennsylvania) -- The Rivers casino on Pittsburgh’s North Side will close for the next two weeks. The casino announced at about 9 p.m. Friday that it would close...

3/11/2020

article Spooked By Wolf, PA Horse Breeders Look To Maryland For A Stable Environment
(Pennsylvania) -- Like the rest of the Pennsylvania equine world at the moment, Donald L. Brown Jr.‘s plans are on hold. That’s due to a proposal by Gov. Tom...

3/7/2020

article Russell Redding: After $3 billion on horse racing, Pa. shifts priorities
(Pennsylvania) -- A budget is really a list of priorities. In our own homes we spend the most money on necessities like housing, food and transportation, and we spend...
article Pennsylvania agencies encourage getting help for ‘problem gambling’
(Pennsylvania) -- Organizations in Pennsylvania are seeking to raise awareness of gambling issues this month. On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol...

3/6/2020

article Despite controversy, Kenhorst allows gaming lounge to expand machines, operating hours
(Pennsylvania) -- Kenhorst Borough Council on Thursday voted to allow Windfall Amusements LLC, despite assertions that the company's operation is illegal, to expand...

3/3/2020

article Sports Betting In Allentown's Midst Thanks To State's 3rd OTB Sportsbook
(Pennsylvania) -- With a new sports betting opportunity offered this week to patrons of The Downs at Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania has its 13th retail sportsbook, the...

3/2/2020

article Time to audit horse racing funds in Pa.
(Pennsylvania) -- Horse racing long has been known as the “sport of kings,” and in Pennsylvania it is royally subsidized. Recipients of the public’s...

3/1/2020

article McNickle: Pa.’s gambling dichotomy
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reports that total gambling revenues increased by 4.5% in 2019 over 2018. The gain did not reflect any increase...
article Sports betting app, created in Philadelphia, adds social media to gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- It's a social network for sports betters. That's the premise of a new app that KYW Newsradio's Andrew Kramer tells us originated right here...

2/29/2020

article Governor Wolf faces backlash over proposed transfer of horse breeding and racing funds
(Pennsylvania) -- While Governor Tom Wolf travels through the state to promote his proposed tuition reimbursement program, he is facing backlash from the Department of...
article State Police seize purported ‘Skill-Based’ gambling devices statewide
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania State Police have announced in a new report that troopers and liquor control enforcement officers have seized a total of 71 illegal...

2/28/2020

article Dozens of ‘skill-based,’ other gambling devices seized across Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Dozens of illegal gambling machines were recently seized from bars and clubs across the state, Pennsylvania State Police announced Friday. Troopers and...
article PA Ag Secretary Supports Raid on Incentive Fund
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania's State Horse Racing Commission passed a resolution Feb. 25 rejecting Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to divert $204 million from a trust...

2/26/2020

article Bipartisan effort to preserve race horse industry unites Chester Co. politicians, residents
(Pennsylvania) -- Chester County residents traveled to the state Capitol Wednesday morning to deliver testimony for the "love and passion" of race horses. The...

2/22/2020

article Pennsylvania Sports Betting Handle Approaches $350M Handle in January, Online Wagering Near 90 Percent
(Pennsylvania) -- For the eighth straight month, Pennsylvania’s sports betting market saw month-to-month growth. According to data from the Pennsylvania Gaming...

2/21/2020

article PGCB Speaks Out Against PA Skill Games, Joins Case Against POM
(Pennsylvania) -- Reversing its hands-off approach to unregulated gambling devices distributed by the Pace-O-Matic company (POM) under the name PA “skill games,...
article Revenues were up at Meadows Casino last month
(Pennsylvania) -- Revenue-wise, The Meadows Casino rebounded from a difficult December with a solid January. The gaming site in North Strabane Township had $20,966,333...

2/20/2020

article Newcomers Change PA Online Casino Landscape in 2020: $14 Million In January Revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania online gambling market is getting much more crowded than it was a few months ago. After the first three online casinos launched last...
article Pennsylvania casino regulators seek to get in “skill games” game
(Pennsylvania) -- A sleeping giant is now seeking to enter the growing fight over the legality of the so-far unregulated “skill games” populating...
article $6.3 million in gaming grants awarded to projects throughout Dauphin County
(Pennsylvania) -- The Dauphin County Commissioners awarded $6.3 million in funding from gaming grants to more than 80 projects throughout the county. The funding comes...
article Eckert Seamans Claims 'No Ethical Inconsistencies' in Casino, Gambling Work
(Pennsylvania) -- In response to allegations of client conflict in the gaming industry, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott contends that former client Pace-O-Matic...

2/19/2020

article Mount Airy hits January jackpot
(Pennsylvania) -- Gaming revenue in the Commonwealth is up, and Mount Airy Casino Resort seems to be raking in the winnings with an almost 60% increase over last year...
article Pennsylvania casinos see 17% revenue increase in January
(Pennsylvania) -- The state's 12 casinos, along with sports fantasy contests and video gaming terminals accounted for a 17% increase in gaming revenue in January...
article Proposed bill would end smoking in bars, casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania residents sitting down at a bar or pulling up to the craps table can still enjoy a cigarette, but a proposed bill in the Pennsylvania...
article Pennsylvania Lottery says growth of skill games could lead to $200 million decline in profits
(Pennsylvania) -- The proliferation of so-called skill games at Pennsylvania Lottery retailers are having an impact on the lottery’s ability to generate revenue to...

2/18/2020

article Pa. Lottery blames growth of skill games, lack of big jackpots for drop in profits
(Pennsylvania) -- The growing proliferation of so-called skill games at Pennsylvania Lottery retailers are having an impact on the lottery’s ability to generate...

2/16/2020

article Horse farmers want to pull the reins on Gov. Wolf's plans to divert slots revenue to scholarship fund
(Pennsylvania) -- As Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf continues his tour of state schools to push a new scholarship, his plan to raid a trust that’s funded by slots...

2/15/2020

article COLUMN: 9 ways horse racing can retain slot revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Having had a front-row seat to both the beginning, full tenure and calamitous end to Ontario’s Slots at Racetracks Program (SARP), I can...
article Gov. Wolf’s move to end horse race subsidy is a good bet | Editorial
(Pennsylvania) -- For 16 years, Pennsylvania has been saddled with an obligation to prop up a flailing horse race industry. In 2004, the state legalized gaming in large...

2/14/2020

article Pennsylvania horse racing supporters pushing back against Wolf plan to use funds for scholarship
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is feeling some heat from horsemen and their supporters after proposing to divert a significant portion of a fund used to...

2/11/2020

press release Cordish Gaming Group Names Sean Sullivan As General Manager Of New $150 Million Live! Casino In Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Cordish Gaming Group, a division of The Cordish Companies, today announced the appointment of SEAN SULLIVAN as GENERAL MANAGER of the new $150 million...

2/10/2020

article Legal sportsbooks in U.S. take $13 billion in act ion in 2019; Pennsylvania third with $1.5B
(Pennsylvania) -- Last year marked the first full year of legal sports betting in the United States, and Pennsylvania was one of just three states to take in more than $...
article Hands off Race Horse Development Fund, PA. racing folks say
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania horsemen and breeders, still stinging from Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed diversion of $204 million from the state’s Race Horse...

2/9/2020

article Rally held in Lebanon County in an effort to save horse racing in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association held its 'Save PA horse racing rally' at the Equistar Farm in East Hanover Township on Sunday....

2/8/2020

article Racehorse money targeted for Pennsylvania scholarship proposal
(Pennsylvania) -- Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed an ambitious plan to prop up sagging enrollment in Pennsylvania’s state-owned university system, and the funding...

2/4/2020

article Pennsylvania governor seeks 80 percent cut of casino subsidies
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday unveiled a state budget that would divert $200 million in casino subsidies currently flowing to the state’s...
article BetRivers, BetAmerica Dive Into PA Online Casino Market Ahead Of Super Bowl
(Pennsylvania) -- Joy of joys! Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, the BetRivers online casino launched and joined the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh online sportsbook.
article Under Construction: Malls Make Way For Mini-Casinos In Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Mini-casinos seemed so promising back in October 2017 when gaming expansion legislation authorized licenses for 10 satellite casinos.

2/2/2020

article Pennsylvania casinos offer prop bets for Super Bowl LIV
(Pennsylvania) -- Americans are expected to wager more than $6.8 billion on Super Bowl LIV, according to the American Gaming Association. In Pennsylvania, legal sports...

2/1/2020

article BetAmerica Launches Online Casino Platform in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today the launch of its online BetAmerica casino platform in Pennsylvania.The online BetAmerica...
article Sports Betting Open at Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Time for Superbowl
(Pennsylvania) -- Betting on the big game has taken place for decades, but this Sunday, it will be a first for local football fans. Presque Isle Downs and Casino...

1/30/2020

article BetRivers Casino Live In PA: Make It 8 Casinos, 8 Sportsbooks Now Online
(Pennsylvania) -- Just in advance of Super Bowl weekend, BetRivers Online Casino joins the existing Rivers Casino Pittsburgh online sportsbook, also operating under the...
article Illegal gambling is out of control across the state | Opinion
(Pennsylvania) -- There is no question that Pennsylvania is under siege from an out-of-control explosion of illegal gambling that is occurring in gas stations,...
article WCCC to train dealers for new Hempfield casino
(Pennsylvania) -- When visitors try their luck playing blackjack at the new casino under construction at Westmoreland Mall, chances are they will compete against dealers...

1/27/2020

article Security cameras, murals, a street sweeper ... Lehigh Valley projects benefit from gamblers’ losses
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s nearly 16-year-old casino law is continuing to benefit local economic development, job training and community improvement projects...

1/26/2020

article Q&A with Rivers Casino sportsbook manager Hal Wafer on Super Bowl betting
(Pennsylvania) -- It was early Thursday afternoon when Rivers Casino & Resort Sportsbook manager Hal Wafer walked into his 5,000-square-foot sports betting venue...

1/25/2020

article Two Pennsylvanians Could Be Charged for Alleged Facebook Gambling Group
(Pennsylvania) -- A possibly illegal Facebook gambling group — which once had over 2,000 members — has led to two Pennsylvania women now facing misdemeanor...

1/24/2020

article FanDuel Goes Live With 6th Casino Game App In PA
(Pennsylvania) -- FanDuel on Friday became the sixth mobile site for casino games in Pennsylvania, adding a limited number of slots and the table games of blackjack and...
article FanDuel Online Casino Goes Live On Mobile In Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- The list of Pennsylvania online casinos grew again on Friday. Users of the FanDuel Sportsbook app were treated to a notification revealing online slots...

1/23/2020

article Pa. Gaming Control Board Reports Total Revenue Up 3.4 % in Dec.
(Pennsylvania) -- Figures released Jan. 17 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board shows total gaming and fantasy contests revenue generated in the Commonwealth during...

1/22/2020

article Could Pennsylvania Sportsbooks Reel In $5 Billion In 2020?
(Pennsylvania) -- What does Pennsylvania sports betting have in store for an encore? It will be hard to top the excitement of 2019. Technically, legalized sports betting...

1/21/2020

article PA Online Gambling Sites Win Almost $34 Million In 2019 Debut
(Pennsylvania) -- Last year was a record year for gambling in Pennsylvania. While brick-and-mortar casino revenue was up, growth largely came from the introduction of...

1/20/2020

article Statewide casino revenue hits record $3.4 billion in 2019
(Pennsylvania) -- Statewide revenue for gaming and fantasy contests totaled more than $3.4 billion in 2019, an increase in total revenue of 4.5 percent. That according...

1/18/2020

article OP/ED: Is gambling too convenient?
(Pennsylvania) -- Legal online poker made $2.5 million in its first full month of being legal in Pennsylvania. That’s not a lot in the great scheme of things. It’s less...

1/17/2020

article Pennsylvania sports betting poised for more success and growth in 2020
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s online and retail sportsbooks have shown that high taxes might not, necessarily, be the hurdle to success that some industry...
article Proposed law to keep PA skill games legal
(Pennsylvania) -- State regulators have been trying to outlaw skilled gaming machines. The court heard arguments over their legality this week. There's new proposed...
article Gamblers bet $1.5 billion on sports in state last year
(Pennsylvania) -- Gamblers placed almost $1.5 billion in wagers and generated $30 million in revenue for the state in the first full year of legalized sports gambling....

1/16/2020

article Gamblers bet $1.5 billion on sports in Pennsylvania last year
(Pennsylvania) -- Gamblers placed almost $1.5 billion in wagers and generated $30 million in revenue for the state in the first full year of legalized sports gambling....
article PA Sports Betting Needs Less Than A Year To Reach Mobile Potential
(Pennsylvania) -- Peak mobile share for PA sports betting reached new heights in December, another telling sign of public preference in the US market. Online sports...
article Pennsylvania casinos generated $3.4 billion in revenue in 2019
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s casinos generated $3.4 billion in 2019. According to new data from the state’s gaming control board, that is a nearly 5%...
article Casino revenues up statewide in 2019 but down at Harrah's
(Pennsylvania) -- Gambling revenues were up nearly 4.5 percent in 2019 over 2018, though not everyone was a winner, according to figures released by the Pennsylvania...
article PA Skill Games Have Their Day In Court, Surrounded By Opposition
(Pennsylvania) -- The legal battle over whether or not “Pennsylvania Skill Games” are slot machines based on random chance – or skill games where...

1/15/2020

article ‘Pennsylvania Skill’ game maker seeks protection from police raids while state court reviews machines’ legality
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s commercial casinos opened a new front Wednesday in the battle over the legality of so-called “skill games,” arguing...

1/12/2020

article Courts to argue legality of PA skill games
(Pennsylvania) -- Court arguments are scheduled this week regarding the legality of skill game machines. The courts ordered a halt to police seizures of the Pennsylvania...

1/11/2020

article Fight over cash-paying video games hits crucial stretch
(Pennsylvania) -- Just across the mall lobby from the glass-door entrance to the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office sits a cash-paying electronic game terminal...

1/9/2020

article VGT Tax Revenue Over $1.2 Million
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced Jan. 7 that at the end of 2019 there were a total of 100 video gaming terminals (VGTs) at 20...

1/2/2020

article PGCB Posts Involuntary Exclusion List to The Public
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) kicked off the year on a rather high note through a very radical move that is intended to help it clean up...

12/29/2019

article McNickle: Beef up ‘Local Share’ gambling dollars reporting
(Pennsylvania) -- “Pursue your happiness,” read the “Welcome to Pennsylvania” interstate border signs. But “Pursue some transparency...

12/26/2019

article BLOG: Pennsylvania Gaming Industry Explodes: Five Biggest Stories from 2019
(Pennsylvania) -- In the year 2019, Pennsylvania gaming legislation became a reality. But it was a long time comin’. In Oct. 2017, PA governor Tom Wolf signed a...

12/23/2019

article Year in Review 2019: Sports betting takes center stage at local casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- It was a huge year for the gambling industry in Philadelphia. Pennsylvanians wagered millions in online sports betting as it was rolled out this summer...

12/21/2019

article More than $1 billion wagered in first year of sports betting in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Bettors wagered $1.1 billion at the state’s casinos and online in first year of legalized sports gambling in Pennsylvania, generating more than $...

12/19/2019

article OP/ED: Gambling expansion requires vigilance
(Pennsylvania) -- Business is booming in the state’s casinos and online gambling sites. Bettors wagered $1.1 billion in the first year of legalized sports gambling...
article OP/ED: Gambling is gambling, and it should all be regulated and taxed equally in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- “Pennsylvania’s casino industry has launched a sweeping media blitz against unregulated ‘games of skill,’ slots-like machines...

12/18/2019

article Erie-area casino sees slight increase in wagering
(Pennsylvania) -- Presque Isle Downs & Casino reported a nearly 7 percent increase in gaming revenue, compared to a 13 percent hike statewide. Presque Isle Downs...
article Pennsylvania sportsbooks turn 1
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania sportsbooks set a new handle record after surpassing $1bn in lifetime wagers as the state’s industry celebrated its first birthday...
article Casino gets the green light to move forward at the York Galleria Mall
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has given the green light on a proposal to build a casino at the site of the former Sears at York Galleria Mall...
article Hollywood Casino York Approved, Slot Machines, Table Games, and Sportsbook Coming to Pennsylvania Mall
(Pennsylvania) -- Hollywood Casino York, Penn National’s $120 million satellite gaming venue at the York Galleria Mall, has been approved by state regulators. On...
article Mini casino with 500 slot machines to replace Sears at this Pennsylvania mall
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania on Wednesday approved the state’s third “mini casino” license, and the second to occupy a former anchor department-store...
article Mini-Casino In York County Gets Go-Ahead From PA Gaming Board
(Pennsylvania) -- A mini-casino in a former Sears at the York Galleria mall could be open a year from now after receiving approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control...
article Penn National wins license for York casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Penn National Gaming Inc. has received final licensing approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for Hollywood Casino York. The Category 4...

12/17/2019

article PA Sports Betting Wagers Soar Past $300 Million With Online Success
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania‘s surging mobile sports betting market topped $266 million in handle last month, pushing the state total to $316.5 million. Both...
article Pennsylvania Celebrates A Year Of Sports Betting With $1 Billion In Bets
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania is celebrating the first year of legal sports betting in the state with a bang and another “B” word. Billion.
article Pennsylvania gambling revenue soars on betting, online gains
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s gambling market enjoyed double-digit growth in November thanks in part to its growing online gambling and sports betting verticals.
article Pennsylvania sportsbooks score more than $316M in November
(Pennsylvania) -- More than $4.3 million was wagered at the Mohegan Sun Pocono sportsbook in November. Sportsbooks at Pennsylvania casinos scored more than $316 million...
article Wagers on sports surpasses $1 billion in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks took in more than $316 million in bets in November, pushing state's totals passed the $1 billion mark in the first...
article Presque Isle Downs and Casino Nov. 2019 revenue up nearly 7% from Nov. 2018
(Pennsylvania) -- Figures released today by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board shows total gaming and fantasy contests revenue generated in the Commonwealth during...
article State Gaming Control Board to vote on mini-casino
(Pennsylvania) -- A proposed mini-casino for the Midstate could get its license tomorrow. The State Gaming Control Board will hold a public hearing Wednesday morning in...

12/16/2019

article Lower Bucks Projects Get Nearly $4 Million From Parx Casino Cash
(Pennsylvania) -- More than 50 projects in Lower Bucks County will be getting a total of nearly $4 million in grants from money generated by gambling at Parx Casino in...

12/15/2019

article Former casino director of benefits accused of stealing $75K in gift cards
(Pennsylvania) -- The former director of benefits for Penn National Gaming is facing charges after authorities say she stole and used more than $75,000 worth of gift...

12/14/2019

article Hempfield casino to feature FanDuel sports betting partnership
(Pennsylvania) -- As one of the first approved mini casinos in the state, Live! Casino Pittsburgh at Westmoreland Mall will jump on another growing trend once it opens:...

12/13/2019

article PA Casinos Address Table Games Stagnation By Adding Hybrids
(Pennsylvania) -- In an environment in which much of the revenue from traditional casino gambling is flat, the 30 or so seated patrons facing three dealers and large...
article FanDuel To Get More PA Action Through New Partnership With Live! Casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- FanDuel, already the leader in Pennsylvania’s growing sports betting industry, has received another boost with the announcement by The Cordish...
article Live! Casino Group Partners With FanDuel for Sports Betting Operations
(Pennsylvania) -- The parent company of the Live! Casino group is partnering with FanDuel to bring sports betting and daily fantasy sports (DFS) to its gaming and...

12/12/2019

article Google to Allow Online Casino Ads in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Google, one of the world’s leading tech companies has recently changed its stance on online gambling, a move that proves that the United States...

12/11/2019

article The PA Gaming Review: Things Looking Up For PACOOP And The 76ers
(Pennsylvania) -- We’re nearing the end of 2019, and PA online poker is finishing the year with a bang, thanks to PokerStars PA’s PACOOP online tournament series. The...
article Rutter’s seeks OK to put gambling terminals in Middletown, Duncannon stores after Dauphin commissioners lift ban
(Pennsylvania) -- Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course may not be the only game in town much longer when it comes to state-sanctioned gambling in Dauphin County...

11/25/2019

article No Mini-Casino For Big Beaver After PGCB Axes Mount Airy Pittsburgh Project
(Pennsylvania) -- An attempt to bring gambling to Beaver County in Western Pennsylvania via a mini-casino is dead. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) denied...
article PA Court Rules That Skill Games Lack Skill And Are Just Slot Machines
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court confirmed in a ruling on Nov. 20 that video game machines manufactured and distributed by the company Pace-O-Matic...

11/22/2019

article Out of luck: Application denied for Beaver County mini-casino
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has rejected an application for a mini-casino in Beaver County. The owner of Mount Airy Casino Resort wanted to...
article Gaming Control Board: Mount Airy knew funding was an issue in July
(Pennsylvania) -- Mount Airy Casino would have had to supply 60 percent equity into a proposed mini-casino in Beaver County, something the Monroe County-based company...

11/21/2019

article PA Online Casino, Sports Betting Gives Big Boost To October Gaming Revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Online casinos and sports betting apps helped PA gaming revenue in October increase 11% year-over-year, according to figures released this week by the...
article Court rules against ‘Pennsylvania Skill’ machines
(Pennsylvania) -- Campaigners are calling on Pennsylvania’s authorities to confiscate thousands of gambling machines at establishments across the state after a...
article Pennsylvania’s Skill Games Machines are Slots, Rules Commonwealth Court
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania skill-game machine company Pace-O-Matic (POM) is in fact a manufacturer and distributor of unlicensed slot machines.

11/20/2019

article Mount Airy’s mini-casino proposal near Ohio border denied by Pa. Gaming Control Board
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday denied a proposal by Mount Airy Casino Resort to open a Category 4 mini-casino in Beaver County....
article No Casino For Beaver County – PA Gaming Control Board Denies Mount Airy Application
(Pennsylvania) -- State gaming officials this morning denied the license application for a mini-casino in Big Beaver borough. At a meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming...

11/18/2019

article Decision on Mt. Airy Pittsburgh likely Wednesday
(Pennsylvania) -- The chips are down for Mount Airy Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will consider a decision on whether it will approve...

11/17/2019

article The Cordish Company One Step Closer In Mini Casino At Moreland Mall in PA
(Pennsylvania) -- The new $150 million Live! Casino Pittsburgh is one step closer to the opening, after a groundbreaking ceremony took place on Wednesday for the 100,000...

11/14/2019

article Mount Airy opens sportsbook
(Pennsylvania) -- Mount Airy Casino Resort had the official grand opening for its new retail sportsbook and poker room on Saturday. “Our guests will be able to...
article Cordish breaks ground on new $150 M Live! Casino in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Stadium Casino Westmoreland, an affiliate of The Cordish Companies, celebrated Wednesday the groundbreaking ceremony for the new $150 million Live!...

11/13/2019

article Groundbreaking Held For New Casino At Westmoreland Mall
(Pennsylvania) -- The new mini-casino coming to Westmoreland County is taking a big step forward today. Officials broke ground Wednesday morning on the new $150 million...
article Live! Casino groundbreaking event
(Pennsylvania) -- Live! Casino hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning. The new gaming and entertainment destination will be located at the Westmoreland Mall...

11/12/2019

article Mount Airy Casino Resort opens Sports Betting Area
(Pennsylvania) -- Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Pocono Mountains on Saturday made it easier, and legal, for gamblers to have a stake in their favorite sports contests...

11/11/2019

article Groundbreaking slated for mini-casino in Westmoreland County
(Pennsylvania) -- A groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday in Hempfield will mark the beginning of construction of Live! Casino, a mini-casino at Westmoreland Mall. With...

11/9/2019

article Poconos casino opens sports-betting room with 40 TVs
(Pennsylvania) -- Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Pocono Mountains on Saturday made it easier, and legal, for gamblers to have a stake in their favorite sports contests...

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