Compulsive gambling stats should be on table By The Daily Item (Susquehanna) October 8, 2018 at 2:14 am It’s “game on” in Pennsylvania. Within the past 14 years, Pennsylvania lawmakers have done what few other states have even attempted, swinging open the casino doors to a myriad of on-site and online gambling options. Legal gaming began in Pennsylvania in 2004 when the commonwealth allowed slot parlors to operate virtual lottery terminals. Six years later, the state cleared the way for poker. There are now 12 casinos in Pennsylvania, offering more than 25,000 slot machines and 300 poker tables, and under another gambling expansion law passed in October 2017, there are now 10 “Category 4” licenses available, allowing for mini casinos with 300 to 750 slots each. The October 2017 law also made Pennsylvania the fourth state in the nation to allow online casino gambling. The commonwealth has awarded licenses to seven casinos to enable online gambling.