The Pennsylvania poker rooms had some good and bad news to announce. During the month of July in comparison to the same month in 2016, the 10 poker rooms didn’t see a decline in revenue. Unfortunately, no increase was seen either.
The last month state taxes from poker equated to almost $600,000. In both July 2015 and 2016,the poker revenue stayed under $5 million.
National Attention for Pennsylvania
On the poker circuit, the state has 10 very well-known poker rooms. During last month, the state’s casino with the biggest revenue ($1.37 million) was Parx Casino, located in the Philadelphia area.
With its Big Stax series, cash games and high stakes tournaments, Parx is famous for hosting well-known poker tournaments. For a total of more than $110,000 Kevin Grabel won Big Stax tournaments back-to-back and made poker history. The poker room is also frequently visited by poker pros such as Matt Glantz, who is a Philadelphia native.
“You also might be familiar with Rivers Casino in Pittsburg. If that casino name rings a bell, chances are you saw it on a Poker Night in America episode. On August 26, the $1,100 Pittsburg Poker Open Main Event takes place at Rivers. This is a four-day event.”
US Online Poker Rising
The fighting to legalize online poker, is not only on the go in California. The benefits of legalizing the game on the internet has been advocated for for years by advocated in Pennsylvania. Although some lawmakers are convinced, there is not quite enough process yet.
Many experts expected at the beginning of this year that before the start of 2017, the poker bill would pass and poker players would be playing online from any location in Pennsylvania.
The current situation is that even the most optimistic individuals question whether something will get done before January, as no bill has been put into law yet. The next state to legalize online poker will be most likely Pennsylvania. Regulated and licensed poker sites are currently only available in New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada.
Lately, the poker world has been in a hot topic discuss about a Pennsylvania and New Jersey online poker merger. Both states could financially benefit from a partnership with the Silver State, if the Keystone would make it legal.
Since passing the legislation takes so long, disappointment is slowly setting in, where the optimism was first so high among poker players in the state. It appears that not much will get done in 2016 with just four more months to go this year. However, Pennsylvania hopes to host some operating online poker sites in the near future.