House Gaming Control Committee Chairman John Payne (R-Dauphin) said Tuesday that while the commonwealth is not behind the curve in remaining competitive in the gaming industry, it must act soon lest the wave of change pass by Pennsylvania.
“We’re right there, we’re at the edge,” he said of the need to act. “Does it have to be today? No. We’re not talking five years from now. We’ll be on the wrong side of the ship. It’ll be upside down.”
He added the timeline could be as short as three years depending on what surrounding states like Ohio and Maryland do in terms of iGaming, fantasy sports betting, and other gaming expansion concepts noting Pennsylvania is “right where we need to do something.”
“Once you’re set up and you’ve got it regulated and you’re getting all the revenue from it and it’s a safe, secured site, you’re going to be a lot better bet to go to than one that doesn’t have it,” he said. “The casinos that have it are at a competitive advantage.”