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The Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee received a commissioned report on the DFS industry that was asked for by the legislature earlier this year. The goal of that report to examine DFS as a “gambling product.”
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board already released that report earlier, but it was formally given to the House committee in a hearing on Tuesday morning. The recommendation of that report was to tie the DFS industry to the land-based casino in regulating the industry.
The news on Tuesday, however, was that chairman John Payne indicated that a vote on DFS legislation could be held by his committee as soon as next week. That’s a fast turnaround for a state that had been taking it slow on DFS; a hearing had been held back in November.
That bill will almost certainly be amended heavily in advance of next week’s planned committee vote, and it will likely take a lot of elements out of the PGCB report.
The DFS hearing comes as the state also gives serious thought to legalizing and regulating online poker.
Two other Mid-Atlantic states are taking a close look at DFS right now: