Pennsylvania could jump start online gaming legislation sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, it’s time to get those New Year’s (Prop Bet) Resolutions going. Check out these stories and more in today’s Hit and Run.
Pennsylvania Online Gambling Labeled a Priority for 2017
After a disappointing 2016 where no states legalized online poker, Pennsylvania is hoping they are the one to change the tide. The Pennsylvania legislature meets this week in Harrisburg for the first time in 2017. And things are looking up, with legalized online gambling labeled as an early top priority. Officials from 12 casinos were to meet Tuesday to discuss potential changes to proposed legislation.
Despite some strong optimism to begin the year, any bill would likely not be significantly addressed until late January. The Pennsylvania Senate did not act last year on a legalization bill that would have also addressed a Pennsylvanian local tax share dilemma. There is some urgency to act before the spring as the state has already allocated money towards the budget from revenue the industry is expected to generate during its first year.
– 2016 is officially in the history books. Take a look at Alex Weldon’s breakdown of the top poker performers of 2016 in three notable Player of the Year rankings. Meanwhile, PokerStrategy takes a look at top performers in online tournaments, SNGs and online cash games over the last year.
– What’s your New Years Resolution? Natasha Mercier and Danielle Anderson have bet each other $1,000 to run a 7-minute mile by March 1st. In the spirit of good poker prop bets, PokerUpdate breaks down some memorable good and bad poker prop bets. Who could forget Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim racing their iconic scooters during the WSOP.
– The UK Gambling Commission has upped their remote license fees for operators in 2017.