While many US states have seen their efforts to regulate online poker get derailed over the past few years, Pennsylvania is surging forward with a gambling bill that features a provision for online poker.
Last week the bill passed through the Pennsylvania Senate by a resounding 38-12 vote.
The bill will now move to the House of Representatives where it is expected to pass with amendments in June 2017.
Pennsylvania would become the fourth state in the country to pass online poker legislation, joining the likes of New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.
If the bill does pass Pennsylvania, it would instantly become the biggest online poker market in the US.
According to a 2015 census Pennsylvania has a reported population of 12.8+ million people, which would overshadow the New Jersey market by roughly four million people.
Nevada would still be a distant third with less than three million people and Delaware’s population of less than a million is still struggling to receive enough liquidity to run games.
Pennsylvania presently has a strong market for live poker with SugarHouse and Parx Casino drawing record figures to some of their tournaments over the past few years.
However, the two white whales of online poker in the USA still remain New York and California.
Earlier in 2017 New York assemblyman Gary Pretlaw stated he was still upbeat the state would be able to pass online poker legislation quite soon.
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