Pennsylvania Online Poker Hearing Postponed to October 18

September 29th 2016 | Ivan Potocki

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Pennsylvania online poker hearing has been moved to October 18, bringing it dangerously close to the end of this year’s Senate session

The crucial Pennsylvania online poker hearing has been postponed once again. This time, the new date has been set to October 18, providing at least some hope that the issue of online gaming regulation in that state could be resolved before the end of 2017.

Pennsylvania online Poker Hearing to urge the Senate

The hearing, which was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday, is designed to implant the sense of urgency with the Senate members about the necessity of passing the online poker bill. The bill, according to its sponsorSenator John Payne, should help create the industry which would generate additional $100 million income for the state.

Poker fans and many state people alike were looking forward to the Tuesday hearing, as it was set to finally resolve any doubts about the bill and help it move on to the Senate vote and, hopefully, to the hands of the PA Governor.

However, this did not happen, as the hearing was rescheduled for October 18 without any particular reason given.

Time is running out in 2016, Pennsylvania online poker hearing the last hope

Although we were optimistic earlier this year, when it seemed like the things were moving in right direction in terms of online poker regulation in Pennsylvania, the time is slowly starting to run out.

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With only six more Senate sessions scheduled for 2016 before the November election, Senator Payne will have one opportunity to sway the Senate members towards voting “yes”

Namely, there are only six more Senate sessions scheduled for 2016 before the November election and this is a very small window of opportunity for Pennsylvanian lawmakers to act. If that window closes, we are guaranteed to see no development whatsoever before 2017.

Online poker hearing in Pennsylvania, set for October 18, will thus be the last opportunity for Senator Payne to make his case and sway the Senate members towards passing the bill and ensuring significant boost to the state’s budget.

Given the fact that Payne has also announced he would be retiring after the election, if nothing positive happens during the next month, things could once again really slow down, pushing the bill back into the pile.

A positive spin

On the other hand, the fact that the online poker hearing in Pennsylvania has been pushed so close to the end of this year’s session doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

It is more than clear that PA statesmen count on the income that the new industry could generate, and there is a rather strong support for the bill, coming even from the land-based casino owners.

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There will be added pressure at the October 18 hearing, because the state is counting with the extra revenue, and senators will have a lot on their plates

With the sense of urgency heightened, the Senate members could be inclined to vote “yes” so to insure this financial infusion, rather than passing the opportunity and postponing the whole thing indefinitely.

Whatever happens on October 18, one thing is certain. Once again, online poker regulation has been pushed aside and we can only hope that this time around it was for the right reasons.

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Ivan Potocki
Ivan Potocki
Assistant Editor and Columnist at Beat The Fish
Ivan first started playing poker in 2006 and played professionally from 2010-2013. He holds a BA in English language and literature. Since joining the Beat The Fish team in 2016 Ivan has made an immediate impact, leading the news section and contributing numerous feature articles. You can reach Ivan directly at ivanpotocki@gmail.com

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