It seems that the long wait for online poker operation in Pennsylvania is almost over. Gamers should begin bracing for online poker activities within the state anytime from now. This is according to several revelations that are making delicious gestures toward the online poker direction.
The last time that poker enthusiasts within Pennsylvania took part in online poker operation was way back in 2011. That last day has remained memorable in the minds of many people since the day was April’s Black Friday.
Gamers have shown some patience, especially in the past two years after the reintroduction of online poker legislation in Pennsylvania. It was in October, 2017 that the state’s lawmakers passed a bill to legalize casino games and online poker. However, two years later, no online poker operator has set its base yet.
Since 2011, online poker lovers in Pennsylvania have been restricted to offshore online poker sites. This means that gamers haven’t been able to be part of major poker operators such as 888poker, PokerStars, and PokerParty.
With the 2017 legislation, many observers expected Pennsylvania to begin featuring poker rooms that mirror the ones in the neighboring New Jersey state. However, that hasn’t been the case with poker firms playing their cards close to their chests. The online poker operators weren’t going to keep their secrets away from the investigative media and online poker players for long.
It isn’t worth blaming the poker stakeholders for taking long to start conducting online gaming experience, considering how the process is involving. It has to begin from drafting of the regulations before proceeding to the acceptance of licensing applications. Other procedures include awarding of the license and finally working with relevant bodies for the launching. Those steps have succinctly explained why Pennsylvania’s delay.
A Twitter user, DJ MacKinnon, posted a tweet on August, 11 2019, that ignited PokerStars to disclose their plans for the state. The user’s tweet read: “Waiting for literally any news about a launch date for online poker in Pennsylvania.”
PokerStars tweeted on September, 11 the information that online poker fans in Pennsylvania had been waiting for. However, specific dates for the landmark anticipation were missing. The poker firm tweet read:
“We are still working with our partners and the authorities to finalize plans and bring our leading brands to PA’s players as soon as possible.” The tweet emphasized PokerStars commitments about launch given that some parts gave assurance and read as follows: “But rest assured that we’ll be in touch with more details as soon as they are available.” Everything was exciting about the tweet except the section of, “we cannot comment on the specific dates just yet.”
The speculation wasn’t going to end at the Twitter announcement, especially when Pokerfuse began to dig for details PokerStars never availed. Indeed Pokerfuse was able to bring more revelations, including images of what is going on at PokerStars. At least we now know that Mount Airy Casino will be partnering PokerStars in the launch and entire operation.
Pokerfuse intelligence also established that Pennsylvania online poker room would mimic the New Jersey site. However, Mount Airy Casino’s logo will also display next to PokerStars logo. Another display feature that players should expect is the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board logo, which will be vivid. A link to the PokerStars’s website and the responsible gaming details are the other information that will be available on display.
Besides, exciting feature of PokerStars that Pokerfuse detectives noticed was the option for players to switch from online poker to associated online casino and sports betting platform.
Pokerfuse didn’t stop its investigative instinct at PokerStars, it proceeded to 888Poker, where the head of Commercial Development Yaniv Sherman disclosed some plans. Sherman acknowledged that there were huge possibilities of his firm setting online poker activities in Pennsylvania. He said, “we are working with partners at Caesar in order to bring WSOP into PA as soon as we can.”
Even though the race is evidently slow, online poker firms battling to set bases earlier to enjoy some advantages associated with the early birds.