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Chairman of gaming board says legal online gambling not imminent

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 23, 2013 5:42 AM

(Philadelphia) -- The chairman of Pennsylvania's Gaming Control Board says state lawmakers will probably want to see how New Jersey and Delaware fare with new Internet gambling operations before they seriously consider legalizing it.

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Both of those states, and Nevada, are the first three to offer online gambling.

Gaming board chairman Bill Ryan spoke at the opening of a two-day conference on Internet gambling yesterday. Ryan and other officials at the conference in Philadelphia say it's the "new frontier" for states hungry for new sources of tax revenue, with some officials predicting relatively rapid expansion nationwide.

But there could be significant regulatory, technical and legal hurdles to overcome, especially if states decide they want to strike agreements with each other to allow online gamblers to play games offered by other states.

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