Online poker finally launches in Pennsylvania

More than two years after online gambling became legal in Pennsylvania, the first hand of legal online poker was finally dealt on Monday.

Rumors have been circulating for months online on social media and throughout Pennsylvania that online poker would be launching soon. Every time a specific date was attached to the rumors, the day would pass without a hand of online poker being dealt.

The rumours finally proved to be true on Monday.

When did Pennsylvania online poker finally go live?

PokerStars became the first operator to go live in Pennsylvania following a soft-launch on Monday. That day players were able to download the PokerStars Pennsylvania software and play online between the hours of 2-10 p.m.

PokerStars also allowed play during the same limited hours on Tuesday. If everything went well during the soft launch test period, PokerStars is expected to launch fully on Wednesday.

Players participating in the soft launch were able to play the full array of PokerStars cash games, while tournament offerings remained slightly limited. Anyone that already had a FOX Bet account in the state – the sportsbook operated by PokerStars – as able to use the money from their FOX Bet account. Therefore, they did not need to make a separate deposit.

PokerStars is the first of what should be several online poker rooms launching in Pennsylvania. Since online gambling became legal in the state in October 2017, online poker licenses have been awarded to the Mount Airy Casino, Harrah’s Philadelphia and Parx Casino.

Mount Airy is the casino that has partnered with PokerStars in Pennsylvania. There has been no word or announcements made from the other casinos or their online partners as to when other online poker operators may launch in the state.