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A look at Pennsylvania casino gambling revenue

April 22, 2017

Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering an expansion of casino gambling to help the state’s deficit-ridden finances. Here is a look at the existing commercial gambling industry in Pennsylvania:

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REVENUE

Pennsylvania is the nation’s No. 2 commercial casino state behind Nevada, recording more than $3.1 billion in gross casino revenue in 2015-16. It brought in more tax revenue from commercial casinos than any other state last year, totaling $1.4 billion. The state’s No. 1 casino is Parx Casino, which has recorded more than $413 million in gross revenue through the first nine months of the 2016-17 fiscal year.

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CASINOS

Pennsylvania currently has 12 licensed casinos, six of which are freestanding and six of which are tied to horse-racing tracks. All 12 casinos have table games and slot machines, and such gambling is legal nowhere else in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania does not allow online casino gambling. A 13th casino license awarded in 2014 is being challenged in the courts.

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OWNERSHIP

The 2004 law that legalized casino gambling in Pennsylvania sought to diversify casino ownership, requiring that the majority owner of one casino not be able to own more than a one-third stake in another casino. That issue is at the heart of the matter being considered in the case of the 13th license.

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