Pennsylvania online poker, slots, and table game license holders have been advised to prepare for a “coordinated” real money launch on Monday, July 15th, 2019.
On April 17th, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) held its monthly meeting to review matters related to statewide governance of licensed gambling operations within the Commonwealth.
Topics discussed include an upcoming launch of real money Pennsylvania online poker games, to be operated by Mount Airy Casino, Valley Forge Casino, Harrah’s Philadelphia, and other land-based Slot Machine Certificate Holders in Pennsylvania.
The three casinos specifically mentioned will formally operate in a branding-oversight capacity to sub-license real money online poker games to a number of operators that Part Time Poker promotes in various dot-com markets. Additional information related to future branding/sign-up processes for Pennsylvania online poker games will be relayed as instructions are received via official channels.
Coordinated Pennsylvania Online Poker Launch (Video)
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Kevin O’Toole – PGCB Executive Director:
“Interactive gaming featuring poker, slots, and table game play is a key component in the Legislature’s expansion of gambling in Pennsylvania. As part of our regulatory framework regarding interactive gaming, the Board enacted the regulatory requirement to establish a commencement date for the roll-out of iGaming.“
“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 ten iGaming Certificate Holders and three iGaming Operators that a coordinated ‘GO LIVE’ period for interactive gaming will commence on July 15th, 2019.“
“Most importantly, Board staff will assist all iGaming Certificate Holders and iGaming Operator licensees who are not able to meet the initial launch period to commence their iGaming activity, as those entities complete their preparations for a successful implementation.“ (April 17, 2019)
Coordinated Pennsylvania Online Poker Launch (Analysis)
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The PGCB’s formal preparation to launch real money online poker games in Pennsylvania (along with interactive slots and casino-style table games) will likely be viewed as “good” news for players, media, and state-regulated U.S. iGaming industry pursuits.
The Board has officially declared that Pennsylvania online gambling products will be restricted to Pennsylvania only — operating purely “intrastate” — meaning there are no formal plans to offer interstate “shared liquidity” games to players who may reside or be physically located in other jurisdictions (whether statewide or internationally) at this time.
More information will be provided as it is received during the 90-day preparation window for state-licensed online poker games in Pennsylvania.
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