More online poker sites set to launch in Pennsylvania

Since online poker first launched in Pennsylvania in November 2019 PokerStars has held a monopoly as the only online poker site live. It looks like that is about to change after BetMGM Poker and Borgata Poker were given the go-ahead to start testing in Pennsylvania earlier this week.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced this week that both BetMGM Poker and Borgata Poker began a two-day testing phase on Tuesday, April 27. The two sites will operate separately and under different casino licenses but since they both use Entain software their poker rooms will look nearly identical.

Who will launch in Pennsylvania?

Both sites will operate under the partypoker brand which also allows them to share player pool on their two sites through both cash games and tournaments.

A fourth online poker room may also be coming soon to Pennsylvania after made updates to their website recently. There have been no formal announcements regarding a launch from Pennsylvania regulators or operators, but information on playing on in Pennsylvania and funding an account in Pennsylvania was recently added to the website.

A closer look at the website update also hints that a shared player interstate compact between Pennsylvania and other states where is active, such as New Jersey and Nevada may also be in the works. A tab on the site for its interstate player pool has Pennsylvania listed despite no current agreement being in place.

There currently are no interstate compacts to share player pools between Pennsylvania and any other state, and the only existing shared compact in the country is between Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. Pennsylvania did allow for the signing of interstate compacts when their online poker laws were written, and it was believed that they would eventually draft a compact once the Wire Act mess was settled.

After a January ruling by the First Circuit Court of Appeals finally put the Wire Act controversy to bed that time could be coming soon.