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Pennsylvania Calls For End To Sports Betting Law

House Committee Urges Congress To Repeal PASPA


WikipediaWhile its lawmakers continue to debate online poker legislation, another Pennsylvania bill, this one aimed to urge Congress to repeal a law pertaining to sports betting, passed a legislative committee Tuesday.

The Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee, which discussed online gambling last year, voted 23-1 in favor of HR 619. The move signals the state’s intent to let its casinos run sports books if and when the federal government repeals or changes the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

Neighboring New Jersey has been more aggressive in its efforts to see sports betting at Atlantic City casinos, and so the major professional sports leagues and the NCAA stepped in to block it. For years they have been successful in the courts at keeping the Garden State away from sports wagering.

Just Nevada has sports betting on single games, while Delaware gambling facilities offer parlays. A couple of other states, Oregon and Montana, were grandfathered in under PASPA.

Sports betting has never been bigger in Nevada, which allows bets to be made on mobile devices. Silver State sports books just saw a record $132 million bet on the Super Bowl, which follows 2015’s record $4.2 billion in total sports bets. Nevada casinos won $231.8 million of that figure, also an all-time high. Additionally, Nevada had a record 196 sports books as of late 2015.

While Pennsylvania’s casino industry is not struggling like New Jersey’s is, Keystone State gaming revenue in 2015, although a record, only grew 3.4 percent compared to 2014.