The state of Pennsylvania is on a roll when it comes to gambling expansion. Already the state has overtaken New Jersey as the second largest gaming market in the US, and now lawmakers have their eyes set on an even bigger prize.
The state Senate passed a bill this week that would authorize bars in Pennsylvania to operate various games of chance in exchange for a piece of the gaming revenue. The Senate passed the bill by a large 39-11 margin.
Already considered one of the top gaming destinations in the world, Pennsylvania is now approaching Nevada in terms of overall gaming options. The move to allow pull tab gambling in bars comes down to dollars and cents for legislators.
“Anytime you are talking about bringing in over $150 million annually, lawmakers will listen,” said analyst Steve Rosen. “Pennsylvania has seen what gambling dollars can do for the state’s economy, and they know that a large sum of money from new gaming avenues such as pull tabs could be a win-win for residents of the state.