Online Poker in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania became the fourth state to regulate online poker back in 2017, but the state has taken the slow path towards launching online poker and online gambling. Fortunately, most estimates put online poker and gambling launching sometime during the Spring of 2019, allowing PA citizens to legally play online poker from the comfort of their homes.
Once online poker in PA is finally launched, you will be able to find much of the gaming listed below. The list of available sites is subject to change based on whether the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board issues additional licenses.
Since Caesars owns Harrah’s Philadelphia, you can guarantee that WSOP.com will be coming to Pennsylvania when Pennsylvania online poker is launched. WSOP.com has a wide array of cash games and tournaments and presently operates in Nevada and New Jersey.
WSOP.com will have some of the largest prize pools among online poker sites in PA and will likely garner a large percentage of player traffic once games are launched. Also, they will be the only place in Pennsylvania where you can play your way into World Series of Poker events. WSOP.com holds satellites every year for both live and online WSOP bracelet events, including the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Texas Hold’em is the primary game played by players around the world, and all sites offering online poker in PA will offer Texas Hold’em. Expect to find a wide variety of cash games at micro stakes and low limits. There may be some middle-stakes games once the sites become established, but don’t expect a ton of action at those limits.
You’ll also find a wide variety of Texas Hold’em tournaments with buy-ins ranging from pennies up to at least $500. A variety of Hold’em variants will also be found at Pennsylvania online poker sites, including Six-Max, Heads-Up, Bounty, Knockout, and more. You may even find fast fold variants of Hold’em such as Zoom Poker.
Omaha poker is the second most popular form of poker in the world, and you’ll likely find Omaha games at PA online poker sites. Pot-Limit Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo are the variants you’ll see most often. On some sites, Omaha may only be available in cash game format, where the larger sites such as PokerStars and WSOP.com will also spread Omaha tournaments.
For PLO and PLO8, expect both micro limits and low stakes games to be spread. For those that prefer limit Omaha Hi-Lo, don’t expect much above the micro limits as PL Omaha 8 is become more prevalent.
What Online Poker Sites Will Be Available in Pennsylvania
While the final list of sites is forthcoming, we know that seven casinos have applied for online poker licenses in the state. For now, the only sites we are confident are a lock for online poker in PA are partypoker, PokerStars, and WSOP.com.
Other entities such as Rush Street Gaming, GAN, and IGT have been approved for licenses, but it is uncertain what the final products on those will be at this time. With most online poker and online gambling license applications now approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, casinos are working towards an expected Spring 2019 launch date. As that date approaches, casinos will finalize which brands and websites will be launching.