Pennsylvania’s online poker rooms may currently be closed, but online poker has continued to roll on with PokerStars operating since last year in the state. Over the last year, it’s been PokerStars’ market alone.
Now after Wednesday, another online poker room may soon come to Pennsylvania.
Today, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved the license of 888 Holdings during the organization’s regular monthly meeting. 888 is a partner of Caesars Entertainment and currently offers games in Nevada and New Jersey under the World Series of Poker brand on WSOP.com.
Caesars will operate its online poker and online casino games under the Pennsylvania license for Harrah’s Philadelphia. There is no word yet on when online poker through the 888 software could go live, with estimates ranging from days to months.
Interstate poker in PA’s future?
The launch of a 888 poker client could ultimately lead to the Pennsylvania 888 player pool joining the interstate player pool in Nevada and New Jersey.
So far, Pennsylvania has decided to put interstate compacts on the back burner until there is additional legal clarity on the matter (the US Department of Justice is currently trying to argue that the Wire Act could apply to a more broad scope of online gambling, which could affect interstate poker).
Not only would a second online poker room be important for Pennsylvania, but when the poker room launches, it would presumably give Pennsylvania users access to WSOP.com gold bracelet events, especially if interstate online poker is authorized for the state. The World Series of Poker Online ran on WSOP.com this summer from July 1st to July 30th to players located in Nevada and New Jersey.
PokerStars PA, the only online poker room currently available in the state, so far operates its Pennsylvania player independently from its New Jersey poker room as well as the global poker room available through PokerStars.com.
partypoker, another poker room that is trying to bring games to Pennsylvania was not on the agenda during Wednesday’s meeting. In August, estimations were that partypoker could go live in late summer or early fall.