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Pennsylvania Approves Three Casinos For Online Poker

Keystone State Moves Towards Internet Gaming

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Wednesday that it has awarded three online casino licenses, but underscored the fact that there is still no date for when real-money internet poker will kick off.

More licenses are expected to be issued in the coming weeks and months, but the groups granted approval during the first wave were the operators of Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia, Parx and Mount Airy Resort Casino, regulators said.

The approvals allow the casinos to offer internet slots, table games and poker.

The license fee for each approval was $10 million and is due to the state within two months.

Pennsylvania legalized online gambling last fall in a sweeping gambling reform package that also allowed for sports betting and additional so-called “mini casinos.”

State officials are hoping for around $300 million in additional gambling revenue for the state’s casinos thanks to online gaming. The state is also expected to kick off sports betting in the near future, in what could be another lucrative market.