Pennsylvania Sets Launch Date for Online Gambling
Correct us if we’re wrong but there are now a total of 5 states that are allowing online gambling of some sort. Be it Legal Online Casino, Online Poker or Online sports book, the 5 states I mention cover if not all, at least one of those options.
Pennsylvania back in 2017 passed legislation that will allow all 3 of the options. It is being reported that the go-live date has finally been agreed upon and the date is July 15th of this year.
Executive Director Kevin O’Toole broke the news during a scheduled meeting of the PA Gaming Control Board (PGCB)
“Staff has reviewed the estimated time that it would take for us and the industry to complete all necessary steps, and it is our view that 90 days would be adequate. Accordingly, I have advised the 10 iGaming certificate holders and three iGaming operators that a coordinated go-live period for interactive gaming will commence on July 15, 2019.”
Some of the biggest brands are expected to have a seat at the table. However, there’s no telling whom will actually be taken part on getting set up with games for this state.
Expect to see PokerStars deploy a PA platform under its partnership with Mount Airy.
The Harrah’s license will likely spawn two platforms — both WSOP and 888 Poker.
Partypoker has a point of entry using the license of Valley Forge.
Other online poker licensees: Hollywood, Parx, Sands, SugarHouse.
Keep in mind also, that Pennsylvania is home to 12 land based casinos. All which will most likely be launching their own online variations.
Party Poker, which was a big player in the USA over 10 years ago is now part of the GVC group. They also control several sports books as well as Party Casino. They are in a position to possibly cover every vertical if taking this opportunity. I guess it will all come down to, is there a sizable player base in this state that’s worth going after.
The Stars Group, home to Poker Stars is also in the same position as they have BetStars. I think the advantage here with GVC is their brands being a bit more recognizable. Although they have not been in the US market in such long time. BetStars is also more of a work in progress launched in 2015, where GVC has bwin, sportingbet, gamebookers and Ladbrokes as renowned sports betting sites.
Either case, it can only be of great news for the residents of Pennsylvania, the more options the merrier.
Now only if the rest of the country could get on board!