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Online Poker Is Still In Pennsylvania Hold’em Pattern

There will be no online poker this week. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) confirmed no testing is scheduled.
It’s still in a Pennsylvania hold’em pattern.
PokerStars is expected to be the first operator to launch online poker in Pennsylvania. PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker room, partnered with Mount Airy Casino.

Poker allegedly coming soon for months

When it comes to online poker in Pennsylvania, “soon” is a relative term.
Online gambling went live in Pennsylvania on July 15. But poker was not included in the initial offerings of real money games. “Coming soon” operators said.
A rumor circulated that PokerStars could go live with online poker in Pennsylvania during the week of Aug. 26.
The PGCB shot down the rumor.

PGCB spokesperson Doug Harbach stated:

The PGCB does not have any testing scheduled for this week. Mount Airy and PokerStars are working toward launching sports wagers and online products (slots, tables, poker).  However, at this point,  I do not know if they will be testing all of their different products at the same time or at different times.

Online poker isn’t a priority

PA poker players are excited for the launch of poker – and getting antsy. But, operators’ enthusiasm is a bit more tempered which might be slowing down the start.

Poker isn’t a priority. Here are some reasons why:

  • Online poker profits pale in comparison to sports betting. In July 2019, NJ online sports betting revenue was $13.9 million and online poker revenue was $1.9 million. To emphasize, NJ online poker revenue since launch only makes up about 1/10th of total online gambling revenue.
  • Peer-to-peer games are more difficult to test than online casino and sports betting apps.
  • Perhaps PokerStars PA is still testing its software to ensure a seamless launch.

Online poker in Pennsylvania

Seven-land based casinos in PA that are authorized to offer online poker in the state:

In terms of partnerships, this is what we know so far.

Mount Airy Casino and PokerStars: Expected to be first the first online poker room in PA. PokerStars is known for their excellent software platform.

Valley Forge Casino and GVC / partypoker: One of the oldest poker brands, partypoker (owned by GVC holdings) already has established partnerships in New Jersey.

Harrah’s Casino and 888 / 888 has worked with Caesars Entertainment properties in other states and are expected to run under the Harrah’s Philadelphia license in Pennsylvania. By combining the and 888 player pools, this site currently has the biggest active player pool of the state-regulated sites.

Initially, PA poker games will be ring-fenced. This means that tables will not be shared with poker players from other regulated states like New Jersey and Nevada.

Poker is coming to PA

Yes, online poker in Pennsylvania is going to happen. It’s just a matter of when. We’ll spare you the “soon” time frame and just keep updating as news becomes available.

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