New Jersey poker pros weigh in on what to expect from Pennsylvania’s online poker launch
The Keystone State is about to launch online poker and it could be bigger than Nevada or New Jersey
Online poker in Pennsylvania is right around the corner, despite the opinion of the Department of Justice (DOJ), which – with no outside influence whatsoever – decided that all online gambling is illegal. In preparation of what to expect from the new poker market, several of New Jersey’s online poker heavyweights have spoken with PocketFives and offered their advice on the impending Pennsylvania launch.
Of the states that have already legalized online poker – New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware – Pennsylvania’s market could be bigger than all of them due to its large population. 13 million people call Pennsylvania home; New Jersey is the closest among the legal online poker states with 8.9 million.
Michael Gagliano, who pays under the moniker Gags30 online, thinks there will be a good mix once Pennsylvania launches online poker. He asserts, “Like others, I’m not positive what we’ll see, but I think players can expect a nice mix of cash games and tournaments from the various sites. Players need to remember, though: these sites won’t be like you remember them from 2011 – they are going to be much smaller. That means fewer games at off-peak hours and less liquidity when it comes to things like sit-n-gos. But this shouldn’t’ discourage Pennsylvania players. Just because you can’t win $100,000 on a Sunday doesn’t mean that there won’t be good tournaments…”
Jon “itsmejon” Borenstein opines, “Pennsylvania players can expect to have a new poker outlet in addition to the many casinos in the Pennsylvania area, which should only help grow the game and draw new players in that wouldn’t otherwise be able to make it to a casino regularly.”
Greg Merson is a little more pessimistic about the future, stating, “I think when Pennsylvania launches there will be a decent amount of traffic to start, but unfortunately with only approximately 12 million people, I don’t think it will be all that special in the long run.”
Merson may be right, but only at first. Once the DOJ is forced to back down on its online gambling opinion, there will be new player liquidity deals created between states that will see the online poker field grow to massive amounts.