The PGCB has formally approved Pennsylvania iGaming petitions from Harrah’s Philadelphia, Mount Airy and Parx Casino, which means online poker in PA is likely just a few months away.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board voted in favor of issuing iGaming certificates to three land-based casinos Wednesday, officially paving the way for real money online poker games in the Keystone State.
- Harrah’s Philadelphia (WSOP/888/NYX/CaesarsCasino)
- Mount Airy Pocono (TSG/PokerStars/BetStars/888)
- Parx Casino Bensalem (GAN)
As a result, real money online poker games are likely to launch in Pennsylvania some time in Q4-2018 or Q1-2019 — going by the product testing and regulatory timelines in other jurisdictions that already offer statewide U.S. online poker.
As many as 8 other existing iGaming petitioners who represent Pennsylvania land-based casinos could receive Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approval to offer iGaming products within the Commonwealth, perhaps as soon as next month.
Positive News for PA Online Poker
The approach of regulated online poker in Pennsylvania is being considered as very positive news by the handful of regulated U.S. iGaming analysts who are covering gambling news in the state.
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— Jessica Welman (@jesswelman) August 15, 2018
There are officially 9 people watching this PA Gaming Control Board hearing, and I'm pretty sure I know all of them. @dhubermex has a VIP ticket.
— Robert DellaFave (@RobertDellaFave) August 15, 2018
Meanwhile, online sports betting analysts are awaiting word on how regulators will interpret Pennsylvania law and establish guidelines for real money sports event wagers in the Keystone State.
Everyone currently freaking out about possible limit on PA online sports betting: Here is the part of the sports betting law that talks about online/mobile. *I guess* regulators could have interpreted this to mean online sports betting only at casinos? But still waiting on regs. pic.twitter.com/Agjo6Zwvut
— Dustin Gouker (@DustinGouker) August 15, 2018
Pennsylvania will soon become the fourth U.S. statewide jurisdiction to offer online poker games along with New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware.
NJ/NV/DE are currently ring-fenced in a shared liquidity market. Many poker players are hopeful Pennsylvania (which has a population similar to NJ/NV/DE combined) will eventually join the tri-state compact.
Official Pennsylvania iGaming Presentations
Wednesday’s 3-hour Board meeting included a number of public hearings and lasted over three hours.
Although iGaming licensure was approved for three land-based casinos and geolocation technology was briefly discussed, more complete Pennsylvania iGaming regulations won’t be available until later this year.
Below are the three presentations submitted by PA iGaming certificate holders that outline the online gambling products and services that each operator will offer adults age 21 and over in the Keystone State.
Harrah’s Philadelphia iGaming Presentation to PGCB (Aug 15, 2018)
Mount Airy iGaming Presentation to PGCB (Aug 15, 2018)
Parx Casino iGaming Presentation to PGCB (Aug 15, 2018)
Those who would like to view the three Pennsylvania iGaming public hearings that took place Wednesday can access the video embedded below. *
* Timestamps will be roughly 9 minutes earlier once the PGCB YouTube channel removes the “dead air” space prior to the meeting and re-uploads the video.
Harrah’s Philadelphia PA iGaming petition hearing: 54:22 to 1:11:57
Parx Casino PA iGaming petition hearing: 1:12:10 to 1:21:19
Mount Airy Casino PA iGaming petition hearing: 1:21:40 to 1:35:07
PGCB Executive Director Kevin O’Toole speaks about pending PA iGaming regulations starting at 1:51:56.
The next PGCB meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th, in Harrisburg.
More Pennsylvania iGaming News from Part Time Poker
Pennsylvania Compulsive and Problem Gambling Regulatory Guide (Jun 9, 2018)
Pennsylvania Poker Revenue for Fiscal Year 2017/2018 (Jul 31, 2018)
Pennsylvania Category 4 Casino FAQs (Mar 12, 2018)
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