Pennslyvania Online Gambling Legalization Becomes Official With Governor’s Signature
Last week both chambers of the Pennsylvania State Legislature passed a gambling expansion bill containing online poker, casino games, and daily fantasy sports. Pennsylvania officially became the fourth state in the nation to legalize online gambling when the bill was signed into law by Govern Tom Wolf on Monday.
Pennsylvania now joins New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware in the legal online gambling market – three states which coincidentally just signed an agreement to share player pools. The wording of the deal leaves the door open for additional states to join, upon approval from existing members.
Pennsylvania was thinking about joining such a compact before it existed, and was included in the state’s online gambling bill. Over the next few months details will emerge as to what Pennsylvania’s online poker market will look like; expect to see player pool sharing and the interstate agreement among them.
According to NJOnlineGambling, once Pennsylvania joins the fold the combined poker player pool with Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware serve a population of over 25 million people.
Before any online poker site can go live in Pennsylvania the state Gaming Control Board must first promulgate the regulations and dole out licenses. It is highly likely that the same operators in New Jersey – 888, PartyPoker, PokerStars, and Pala Poker – will all pop up in Pennsylvania, possibly on day one of the market.
Online gambling legalization was five-years in the making for Pennsylvania. They beat multiple states to the finish line, including New York, New Hampshire, and California.