Pennsylvania Expands Gambling
Pennsylvania can now add up to 10 mini-casinos that are allowed to have 300-750 slot machines and up to 30 table games each. The state currently has 12 casinos and is the second largest commercial gambling market in the United States (Nevada is first). When and where these mini-casinos will be is still up in the air. They are not permitted to be within 25 miles of a competing casino, and over 400 municipalities have indicated they are not interested in having one.
Pennsylvania also will now allow truck stop gambling, provided certain conditions are met. The truck stop must sell an average of 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel a month, have a convenience store, have enough parking and sit on 3 or more acres. Up to 5 video-gaming terminals will be allowed at each qualifying truck stop.
Gaming will also be permitted in airports on iPads and other computer devices, but only by ticketed passengers who have gone through security.
Fantasy contests and online lottery sales are also now legal. Pennsylvania also became the fourth state to legalize online poker and casino games, but players must be within the state’s borders. Licenses are limited to the number of casino licenses, which is twelve, so there will be twelve licenses each for online poker, online slots and online table games.