Pennsylvania hopes to have online poker running by mid-July
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board sets a deadline of the week of July 15 for online gaming
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has spoken. In a letter sent to the state’s gaming operators and interactive gaming license holders on April 16, online poker and gaming will go live during the week of July 15. The launch is scheduled to take place almost two years after online gaming was entered into law by the state’s governor, Tom Wolf.
The window gives all online gaming operators enough time to ensure that their platforms have been successfully tested. The PGCB will offer a soft launch period of two to three days – similar to what was seen in New Jersey – to ensure that all systems meet requirements and function appropriately.
Three online gaming manufacturers have already submitted their content to be tested and others will most likely submit theirs in the coming weeks. Over the next three months, all industry players will have the opportunity to submit the required documentation and complete the required testing. Those who don’t receive approval will see their launch delayed until they are given the green light by regulators.
Sports gambling is coming, as well. According to the letter sent by the PGCB, “Online sports wagering will go live as soon as a sports wagering certificate holder and sports wagering operator has completed all steps necessary to comply with Chapter 13C of the Gaming Act and Board regulations governing sports wagering.”
Pennsylvania is about to become the fourth state in the US to offer legal online poker. Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey already offer the activity and West Virginia, which just legalized online poker, is expected to launch the games sometime next year.