Online poker in Pennsylvania delayed againJuly 23, 2019 5:34 pm
Previous reports that stated online poker would launch in the state of Pennsylvania on July 15 have proven to be wrong.
July 15th came and went last week and no online poker rooms went live in the Keystone State.
Nearly two years have passed since Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf legalized online gambling in the state. Since they it’s been a long and delay-filled waiting game for poker players waiting to step up to the virtual tables.
July 15th wasn’t completely silent for online gamblers in the state. Online casino games did arrive on schedule. A pair of online casinos, Parx Casino and Hollywood Casino, had their soft launch on July 15.
They initially opened for eight-hour period during a three day trial to try and work out any bugs before a full launch. The number of hours live and number of games available is expected to ramp up slowly before all games become available 24/7.
Other online casinos in the state are also expected to go live for the first time throughout the month of July.
But what about online poker? Will Pennsylvania poker player finally be able to play online in their own state sometime this summer? Or even sometime this year? There currently is no firm answer to either of those questions.
Douglas Harbach, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board stated last week that setting up online peer-to-peer gambling, like poker, has proved to be more complicated, pushing back the launch date for online poker.
That seems strange considering that kind of peer-to-peer gaming, and online poker itself already exists in New Jersey and Nevada. No matter what the reason, online poker in Pennsylvania remains delayed indefinitely with no target date in sight for launch.