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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Releases New Online Gambling Regulations

With applications for online gambling licenses weeks away, questions still remain about some key aspects of what PA online gambling will look like. Fortunately, last week provided significant insight into Pennsylvania online gambling regulations after its release last week.

Originally reported by Online Poker Report, Pennsylvania gambling regulators released drafts of online poker and casino regulations this week. The regulations will be official once they are posted on the Pennsylvania Bulletin website.

Highlights of newest PA online gambling regulations

According to OPR, these particular sets of regulations focus on two main areas — online gambling security and ensuring the integrity of the games.

Highlights of the regulations released over the last week include:

– The Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board must put their stamp of approval on the location of servers and ensure their security.
– Online casinos and poker rooms must allow players the ability to self-exclude themselves.
– Geo-location protocols must be established to prevent players from playing outside of Pennsylvania.
– Software providers must provide a “last play” feature to enable players to see outcomes of previous hands and game scenarios.
Pay tables and game rules must be accessible to all registered players.
– Basic information must be provided about the games (such as the name of game, player balance, restrictions, results during session).
– Random number generators must be tested and meet minimum Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board requirements.
– Game changes must be approved by regulators.
– License holders must allow rules on wagering transactions to be easily accessible by players.
– Ads must meet minimum requirements while promotions must go through the state.

Next up for PA online gambling

The issue of multiple skins still has yet to be addressed. On April 2nd, the PGCB is likely to meet meet again to approve the final set of regulations. It is believed that multiple skins will be among the subjects addressed. Some Pennsylvania lawmakers have indicated that limiting the number of skins was never the intent of legislation and are urging the PGCB not to restrict multiple skins.

The regulations released last week are a big step for online gambling in Pennsylvania. In April, we will see license applications and petitions from companies that wish to participate in the market.

On April 2nd, the PGCB will begin accepting license applications from technology providers (such as software software) of online gambling. Then in mid-April, Pennsylvania will begin accepting “interactive gaming petitions” from Pennsylvania casinos that wish to to operate online gambling in the state of Pennsylvania.

With most regulations released and license applications just around the corner, the launch of online gambling appears to be well on its way for 2018.

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