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  1. Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee (CERD) heard testimony from several of the state's regulators on Wednesday to assess the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's (PGCB) ability to police the online gambling industry. That would, of course, only happen if iGaming were legalized in the Commonwealth. Some information for this article was taken from a hearing summary on USPoker. PGCB Executive Director Kevin O'Toole was the first to offer testimony in the hearing. He expressed confidence that internet gambling could be safely regulated,
  2. On Thursday, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing on the impact of internet gambling. The scheduled two-and-a-half hour hearing, which was streamed online, featured a variety of witnesses and panels spanning the gamut of our industry. Among the topics discussed were policy and regulatory issues, social impacts, problem gambling, industry services, and relevant technology. Among those in attendance and serving as a witness on two panels was Poker Players AllianceExecutive Director John Pappas (pictured), who gave his thoughts on HB 1235, which would establ
  3. A lot of people go to Atlantic City for their 21st birthday. The casinos give the birthday boy or girl the first opportunity to drink and gamble legally in one fun combination of some adult-only vices. Just a few days after hitting that milestone birthday, Pennsylvania online poker player Mike McNick made his way to the Borgata Hotel, but it wasn't necessarily about hitting the clubs or trying out the Wheel of Fortune slots. McNick went to play some poker. Even though he's played poker since he was in high school, McNick hasn't been able to play a live tournament in his home state of Pennsy
  4. [caption width="640"] Pennsylvania remains a must-watch state for online poker legislation in 2016[/caption] For online poker supporters, June could best be summed up with the first half of a famous Shakespeare line, as the month was full of sound fury in multiple state legislators. Unfortunately, July completed the quote, as thus far, all of the hullabaloo that occurred in June has signified nothing. Even though no less than four states have given serious consideration to legalizing online gambling this year - New York, Michigan, California, and Pennsylvania - to date, not a single on
  5. In December 2013, the Pennsylvania Legislature authorized a study of the condition of the state's gambling industry as well as what may be in store for the future. Econsult Solutions was tasked with this challenge and has now released its report. Of particular interest to the visitors of this website is Section 5 of the report, entitled "New Source of Revenue" and focusing first on internet gaming. After detailing some of the history of internet gambling in the US and discussing what has been happening in New Jersey, the report moved into estimating the potential Pennsylvania market. Two
  6. While progress on online poker legislation has seemingly stalled in California, Pennsylvaniahas been making strides toward regulating the industry. On Wednesday, the Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee conducted a hearing in front of the Pennsylvania Senate on several aspects of the Commonwealth's gambling industry, including online and brick-and-mortar policy. Sourced for this report is a hearing summary published by USPoker.com. In attendance were representatives from 11 of the state's land-based casinos, who gave testimony on issues ranging from the expansion o
  7. Pennsylvania took a positive step towards legalizing online gambling on Wednesday after the House Gaming Oversight Committee passed iGaming bill HB 649 by a vote of 18-8. The bill was introduced by Committee Chairman John Payne and is one of several internet gaming initiatives floated this year. HB 649 would allow the state's 12 brick-and-mortar casinos to partner with an online gaming operator to offer online poker and online casino games to those inside Pennsylvania. Payne has hyped his iGaming bill as a potentially new source of revenue to help shore up the state's budget without ra
  8. A vote by Pennsylvanialawmakers on iGaming legislation scheduled for Wednesday was postponed due to new developments in the ongoing daily fantasy sports controversy. The House Gaming Oversight Committee (HGOC) was set to meet on Wednesday to discuss Senator Kim Ward's online gambling bill, SB 900. That legislation aims to legalize online poker and casino games while charging a $10 million licensing fee along with a 54% tax on gross revenue. Several iGaming bills have been floated in the Pennsylvania General Assembly this year, none of which has succeeded in gaining much traction. But with
  9. With an eye toward online gambling legalization, Pennsylvania's Parx Casino (pictured) has inked a deal with Irish software maker GameAccount to provide a "gaming-as-entertainment" online experience for its customers. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- GameAccount launched the service, known as Simulated Gaming, early this year in order to tap into the burgeoning
  10. Pennsylvaniais widely seen as one of the US states likely to legalize online gambling in the next few years. While the Commonwealth has taken a slow and steady approach to regulation, Keystone State lawmakers recently introduced two bills that could bring Pennsylvania closer to that goal. Visit PocketFives' Pennsylvania poker community for the latest news and discussion from Pennsylvania players. The first bill, numbered HB 649, was introduced by Representative John Payne (R-106) late last month and seeks to legalize not just internet poker, but also casino table games. In a statement on h
  11. One of the highlights of this year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas was the $1,500 buy-in Monster Stackevent, which drew a crowd of 7,862 entrants. Finishing second, and amazingly edging out nearly the entire field, was Joseph McKeehen (pictured), who is known as dude904 on PocketFives and calls North Wales, Pennsylvania home. McKeehen earned $820,000. Right before we talked to McKeehen, he won a $1,650 Heads-Up event at Borgata in Atlantic City for $37,000. He said of finishing second in the Monster Stack a few months ago, "It was too much money for me to be sad. I was ecstatic. Of c
  12. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Online poker players in Pennsylvania got some great news on Thursday.[/caption] Well Pennsylvania online poker players, all you need now is an autograph from Governor Tom Wolf and you'll be well on your way to playing regulated online poker soon. By a vote of 109-72, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 271, effectively regulating online poker, casino games and daily fantasy sports in the Keystone State. The bill now heads to the Governor's office for a signature to make it law. All expectations are that Wolf will not v
  13. In the eight years since the World Series of Poker Main Event went to a three-starting flight schedule, only once has the Day 1A field reach 1,000 or more players and that was 2012 when they snuck into four-digit territory with 1,066 players. There was no sneaking in on Wednesday. 1,336 players showed up to play Day 1A, giving WSOP officials hope that this year's event might be a record-breaker. Williams wasn't the only notable to suffer an early end to his Main Event. Shane Warne, Frank Kassela, Bryn Kenney, Mohsin Charania, Brandon Shack-Harris, and Kristen Bicknell all ended with

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