No iGaming for Pennsylvanian Casinos

By Ben Hamill - October 21 2018
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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has recently revealed that land-based casinos in the US state will not be permitted to offer online betting within their physical confines when state-wide online gambling eventually goes live.

The regulations that have been finalized so far state that players will not be able to play table games, slots or poker from any land-based gambling properties using their smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktop computers.

This move will reportedly also be applied to horse racing tracks, which already attract substantial amounts of revenues thanks to their slots offerings. These tracks have long been looking for ways to increase their earnings directly from their physical locations – but sadly, online betting offerings will not be one of them.

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Offending IP Addresses Blocked

The PGCB has also issued a document pertaining to the new regulations. It states that the control board will put in place a system that uses GPS software and IP address identification to block any entry or play of Pennsylvania-based online gaming if a user is based outside of the state.

Additionally, the regulator said, those who participate in any online gambling while in one of the state’s many casinos will also have their IP addresses blocked immediately. This will help to ensure that, for the most part, players and operators cannot circumvent the new laws and offer illicit betting opportunities at their venues.

The choice by the state government to bar online gambling from land-based casinos is not expected to have a significant impact on the properties’ short-term revenues. However, it could end up affecting player acquisition rates later down the line, as casinos could have offered special on-site promotions for players who register new accounts and left the apps on their phones for when they leave.

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Regulators Tighten Their Rules

iGaming opportunities offered by land-based casinos are becoming far more popular in the modern age, as more and more players of all ages turn to the internet for their real money entertainment fixes. With that said, governments have kept a sharp eye on these offerings, with many eventually deciding that they could promote excessive or unhealthy gambling habits in those prone to addiction.

This is theorized to be one of the reasons that the PGCB has decided to ban its local properties from offering such services, in a bid to keep problem gambling rates under control. A clear separation between physical and online services also makes both far easier to regulate, which will ensure safety and fairness for all parties involved.

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