WSOP officials confirmed to USPoker Wednesday that they are in the process of getting regulatory approval to join the online poker market in Pennsylvania. So far, just one operator has offered a poker product in the Keystone State, with PokerStars enjoying 100 percent market share since launching in November, 2019.
It appears that PokerStars PA is soon in for some friendly competition. The only real questions that remain for PA poker’s next growth phase is when will another operator join, and which operator will be next?
What is certain now is that WSOP.com is in the running to become the second online poker site to go live in the Keystone State. While the exact timeline remains unclear, Doug Harbach of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board confirmed to PlayPennsylvania that Caesar’s online poker application is pending.
He added that there’s no certain date for “when background work will be finished” so it can go to the Board for a decision.
Online poker in PA, a one-pony show to date
Online poker got the green light in Pennsylvania as part of the 2017 gambling expansion bill (H 271). Seven PA casinos acquired a license to operate online poker, most as a package deal. A $10 million license included poker, online slots, and table games, while the other option was to purchase individual vertical licenses separately for $4 million each.
But so far, only PokerStars PA, launched in partnership with land-based casino Mount Airy, has gone live. And that was in November 2019.
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