Pennsylvania resolves key online gambling issues

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Pennsylvania regulators have resolves some of the contentious and critical issues surrounding  online gambling in the state.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has approved several new online gambling regulations: the key among them is about the number of independent brands – popularly known as skins – a company with online gambling license in the commonwealth’s regulated iGaming market can operate. As per the new regulations, a licensee may operate as many skins as possible as long as they clearly show a relationship with a land-based casino and run it through a casino’s domain. How exactly will the skin be run through the casino’s domain is not spelt out.  You can read the regulations here. Here’s Executive Director Kevin O’Toole in a press release from the PGCB:

“What the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board did at its public meeting of April 4, 2018 was to approve temporary regulations that enable a very open and competitive market for internet gaming while at the same time assuring transparency and accountability for the consumers.  Under these temporary regulations there is no limitation on the number of skins that a slot machine licensee may employ to deliver games, but every “skin” that a casino offers must be branded in a manner that makes it clear that it is offered on behalf of the slot machine licensee consistent with language of the act.”

Counsel for the PGCB at a meeting on Wednesday briefly described the regulations for “skins” in broad terms, saying they dealt with the “appearance and content” of skins and how they can win approval in the state.

State regulators expect to begin taking applications from both platform providers and casinos with the next month.