Pennsylvania Legal Online Poker – What’s The Holdup?

Pennsylvania Legal Online PokerAlmost two years after online gambling was officially legalized in Pennsylvania, online sportsbooks and casinos are finally entering the Keystone state. The bill H 271 signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf back in October 30, 2017, legalized these two forms of interactive gambling, as well as online poker. The latter of these is still experiencing some holdup in its official launch, even though many of the operators are expected to get a head start.

News Highlights

  • Legal online gambling in Pennsylvania was set for July 15, 2019.
  • Poker platforms are taking care of some final touches before they launch.
  • 888, WSOP, PokerStars, and Partypoker are just among the top popular poker partners.

Legal Online Poker Coming to Pennsylvania

The online poker licenses predicted for this marketplace have mostly been claimed by local operators, with a great deal of them looking to make use of the first wave of licensing. This additionally gave them a chance to pay the fee at a discount with a group price.

Submissions have been made and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board answered correspondingly. Seven state casino operators have licenses and are waiting on the final touches, with one just getting in on the game.

Harrah’s Philadelphia

This casino belongs to the Caesars Entertainment group, which have a built and long-standing tradition with 888. Although the casino has already announced that they would be offering poker through, they will ultimately partner up with 888.

Hollywood Casino

The first operator to open its online casino gates is also expected to make history happen for the Pennsylvania online poker scene. Its partnership with IGT has been long-known and will extend to their online poker offering as well.

Mount Airy Resort Casino

The Stars Group has been announced in charge of the poker content at Mount Airy Resort online gambling platform, bringing in some heat and diversity.

Parx Casino

GAN is the main provider in charge of the Parx Casino online gameplay offering. They also have significant support from the independent Kambi provider for sports betting purposes specifically.

Sands Bethlehem

The Sands Bethlehem casino found itself in a sticky situation during licensing times. The ownership was being transferred from the Las Vegas Sands Corporation to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, for a set price of $1.3 billion.The changing owner, on behalf of the buyer, applied for all three licenses in order to help the casino meet the promotional deadline. Issues with ownership and rights transfer have managed to put a hold to the process, as well as provider selection.

SugarHouse Casino

SugarHouse Casino is owned by Rush Street Gaming, just like the Rivers Casino. Nonetheless, only the former has managed to get in the lead with a license.The respective Play SugarHouse online gambling platform is already live and functioning in New Jersey, under the Golden Nugget license. This platform is compiled of in-house developed products, ensuring unique and fully operative gameplay.

Valley Forge

GVC/Partypoker is expected to be hosted on the Valley Forge online gambling platform, with the full range of exciting gameplay from the well-known provider.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

The Mohegan Sun Pocono is still pending their license approval. However, they aren’t wasting time and are making use of previous collaborations. As a result, PokerStars and The Stars Group are expected to be interactive poker partners.

Qualified Gaming Entities Coming to Pennsylvania

golden nugget casino onlineThe term “qualified gaming entity” (QGE) was defined as any outside operator from beyond state lines that would qualify for a license under the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. These entities are regular online casinos set up in other US states with legal gambling, looking to get licensed and offer interactive gambling in Pennsylvania.

So far, MGM and Golden Nugget have expressed interest in such practices. MGM is interested in the whole offering, while Golden Nugget is still holding back on poker as it has done so far in New Jersey.

What Can We Expect From Pennsylvania Online Poker?

As it stands, the Pennsylvania online poker industry has definitely seen significant turmoil. Even the reinterpretation of the Wire Act took its toll on the wait-time. As things are coming to a close, provisions are being crystallized in order to ensure a properly regulated industry.

These directives determine the legal online gambling age (21 or more), the need for geolocation software, and in-state presence during all wagering activities. There is also a specific 16% tax rate on poker gross revenue. Although seemingly steep, with sportsbooks taxed at 34% and slots at 54%, it is actually the lowest tax policy imposed by PGCB on respective operators.

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Shelly Schiff

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Especially enjoys writing about casino and bingo, but she also has experience creating content about crypto and partnerships.