Pennsylvania passed online gambling legislation in late 2017 and has spent over a year preparing to launch various forms of online gambling, including online video poker games. Based on predictions from many in the industry, you should be able to play video poker games at some point in 2019.
Where Can I Play Video Poker in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania had thirteen available licenses for slots and video poker in Pennsylvania, and presently, ten of those licenses have been awarded to ten state casinos. The only casinos not offering video poker in the state are Meadows Casino, Rivers Casino, and Lady Luck Casino.
The other three licenses will be awarded at some time soon to “qualified gaming entities.” Both MGM and Golden Nugget have applied as a QGE, so it is possible that you can play video poker at those sites as well once online gambling finally launched in Pennsylvania.
Note that Pennsylvania video poker will only be available to those physically in Pennsylvania. If servers are unable to verify your location via your device’s Wi-Fi connection, you will not be able to play video poker online.
What Type of Video Poker Games Will Be Available?
Many forms of video poker will be available in Pennsylvania ranging from your standard Jacks or Better to more exotic forms of video poker such as Ultimate X Bonus Streak. Like in live casinos, online video poker games will have a wide variety of stakes available, ranging from pennies all the way up to at least $25 per credit.
While single-line video poker games will be the most common game offered, you will also be able to find multi-line games ranging from three hands at a time all the way up to 100 hands at a time. You may even find a limited selection of progressive video poker games that award a jackpot prize for a royal flush.
When Will Video Poker Be Available in Pennsylvania?
You should be able to play video poker at some point in 2019, but the exact date is yet to be determined. A recent DOJ opinion has forced Pennsylvania regulators to require that all technology supporting online gambling be housed in-state.
As such, regulators are working with casinos to guarantee that they comply with the new opinion regarding the Federal Wire Act. This will likely cause temporary delays, meaning that video poker will be available during the Summer or even Fall of 2019.
Fear not, as online gambling and video poker are coming to Pennsylvania. We just have to wait for regulators and casinos to go through the final phases of setup and preparation for launch.