Pennsylvania Live Poker
Gambling in Pennsylvania encompasses various forms of betting, including casino gambling, the Pennsylvania Lottery, horse racing, bingo, and small games of chance conducted by nonprofit organizations and taverns. Pennsylvania ranks second to Nevada in commercial casino revenues.
Efforts to establish casinos in the 1980s and 1990s faced opposition, with residents fearing the negative societal impacts of gambling. In 2004, the Pennsylvania Racehorse Development and Gaming Act was passed, legalizing casinos and racetracks. This move was driven by the potential for job creation, economic boost, and the changing societal views on gambling.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 to oversee all casinos in the state. Initially, the act legalized slot machines at fourteen locations. Over time, table games including poker were also permitted.
Poker rooms were allowed to operate starting in July 2010.