Pennsylvania only waiting on the PGCB to introduce online poker
Online poker is coming to the Keystone State, only no one knows when
Despite having several online poker operators ready to get their platforms going and despite state law permitting online poker, Pennsylvania still hasn’t been able to put the final pieces together to greenlight the activity. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) acknowledges that everything is ready, but also states that it isn’t sure when it will be able to move forward. Perhaps, maybe, possibly it will happen sometime before the end of next year.
According to PGCB spokesperson Douglas Harbach, “We believe that one of the operators should be in the position in the very near future to begin offering poker but we still do not have a definitive timeline at this point,” adding, “There is no doubt there is a market out there for Pennsylvania poker players. There is an excitement about it getting unveiled but, at this point, we are still waiting for the operators to be in a position to launch the poker games.”
Odd, since PokerStars, PartyPoker and WSOP.com (the latter in collaboration with 888) have been patiently waiting for the PGCB to give its approval.
PokerStars was reportedly ready to launch before the end of August before the PGCB came out and said that it wasn’t. PartyPoker already has a live online poker platform running in New Jersey and is teamed up with Valley Forge Casino in PA, so launching there shouldn’t be a problem. In Nevada and New Jersey, the 888/WSOP combination is running with Caesars, which gives it access to Harrah’s Philadelphia.
First it was June, then it was August. Then, a possible launch date of sometime in September was offered. However, the month has come and gone with no forward progress. The fact that the activity is legal in the state and several operators are ready to dust off their platforms and get rolling, the PGCB seems to be at the center of the delays. Unfortunately, it only offers excuses and not commitments. In the meantime, Pennsylvanians can only sit back and wait for regulators to make a decision.