Philadelphia-area casinos petition for online gambling in Pa.

Governor Tom Wolf signed an online gaming bill into law. This new law paved the way for internet gaming providers to enter the market here in Pennsylvania. (MONTCO.Today file photo).

Nine Pennsylvania casino license holders, including four that operate casinos in Greater Philadelphia, have applied for online gambling licenses.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced Tuesday that the operators of Parx Casino, Valley Forge Casino Resort, SugarHouse Casino, Harrah’s Philadelphia and the upcoming Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia, applied for online gambling licenses, writes Kenneth Hilario at

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This comes a little over a year since Pennsylvania became the fourth state to legalize online gambling after Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill that authorized and regulated it. Pennsylvania joins Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey.

Casino operators have until Aug. 14 to petition the board to conduct all three or some of the categories, but they will be slapped with an authorization fee of $4 million each, or $12 million for all three categories.

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