The industry had a lot to cheer and a lot to jeer when Pennsylvania passed its 2017 gaming expansion law. The massive piece of legislation brought online poker, online casino, retail and online sports betting, online lottery, mini-casinos, and more to the Keystone State.
Coronavirus has altered or effectively halted nearly every industry in all corners of the world. Legal gaming has been especially devastated. As casino floors and hotel rooms sit vacant, Americans have shifted their attention to online casinos and poker rooms in the handful of states with regulated options.
At the beginning of the month, Washington D.C. sports betting was set to begin in time for the Washington Nationals’ March 26 season opener. Now a week after what was supposed to be the season’s first pitch, Major League Baseball has yet to begin its season and the city’s sports betting app is still sidelined.
Legalizing commercial casinos in Nebraska was an uphill climb even before the COVID-19 outbreak. Casino backers said as recently as this week they will still push for three gaming referendums on the 2020 ballot, but it remains a difficult challenge to collect enough signature to do so ahead of a July 2 deadline.