Online gaming became legal in Pennsylvania more than a year ago, but no bets have been placed.
That could change in a matter of months.
Kevin O’Toole, executive director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, told the House Appropriations Committee this week that online gaming should be ready to launch in the next three or four months.
“If not right before the end of this fiscal year, definitely at the beginning of the next,” O’Toole said.
O’Toole says the licensing process is almost complete. Officials and operators are focused on testing and certifying the online system.
“We need to test that to make sure the software for the online system meets those requirements for compulsive and problem gambling,” he said.
People will be allowed to set up self-imposed limits on how much they spend and how long they play, and even ban themselves from online gambling.