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Pennsylvanians Want No More Casinos

16 January 2014 by Devon Chappell

Legalized gaming in the Keystone State is where it’s at (well, at least according to voters who are happy with the way things are for now), as a new poll reveals that Pennsylvanians are at their limit when it comes to regulated casino gambling, online or not.

The poll taken from voters in Pennsylvania was completed by uinnipiac University, a private nonsectarian, co-educational university located in Hamden, Connecticut. The University’s poll states that by a margin of 55% to 37%, Pennsylvania voters think legal gambling in the state is a “good thing”…but only where it is now.

Pennsylvanian voters seemingly understand the importance of the tax revenue generated by the states existing land based casinos, but they draw the line at creating more casinos on land and are against online casinos.

The poll reveals that while Pennsylvanians are happy with the casinos they have, they are not willing to have one built in their own neighborhood. They also believe online casinos could lead to greater issues and addictions.

71% of those polled said that if people are going to gamble, it’s better to have Pennsylvania get the income from it, 70% said there should not be more casinos in Pennsylvania, and 57% don’t want a casino in the community where they reside.

By a margin of 62% to 33%, voters in the state are against any regulation of online casino activity and 70% stated that they believe any more casinos in the state – online or not – would lead to further gambling addiction.

Interestingly enough, the Pennsylvania casino industry has been growing very swiftly. 12 out of the 14 planned casinos in the physically well-positioned gaming state have been in business, opening their doors to millions of players from both Pennsylvania and beyond. These casinos provide a full selection of slots and certain table games and are said to have over $3.14 billion each year in total casino related revenue. This effectively makes Pennsylvania the 2nd largest casino market in the United States.

Now that neighboring New Jersey has created its successful launch of online casinos (and Delaware too), we will definitely keep a feel on the Keystones State’s pulse in this matter. It is certain that Pennsylvania does not want to lose its number 2 spot.

Pennsylvania casinos are open or planned at these locations: Parx Casino and Racing in Bensalem, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Chester, Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie, Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Farmington, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono, Lawrence Downs Casino and Racing Resort in New Castle, Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, Rivers Casino in Pittsburg, The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre. There is one license left to award in Philly.

With all of these physical casino locations, one can’t help but feel that there is more to investigating the potential success online casinos may have on the state’s economic status. While the findings in this poll are not surprising – for or against further development of gambling – the market is obviously ready. The location of Pennsylvania shows the further potential for income from neighboring residents, just as it is for New Jersey.

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