launching in Pennsylvania this month

Online poker players in the state of Pennsylvania will have another place to play starting next week when officially launches in the Keystone State on July 12.

When goes live in Pennsylvania it will be the fourth online poker site available in the state. When online poker became legal in the state in 2019 PokerStars PA was the first site to go live in November and they owned the entire marketplace for more than year.

Earlier this year BetMGM and Borgata Poker went live in Pennsylvania in April. At the time it looked like wouldn’t be far behind them after tabs with information on Pennsylvania were added to the WSOP website.

[ Ad: Meantime, online US poker site fans continue to enjoy Ignition and Bovada as their main sources of poker action ] is currently running the 2021 WSOP Online Series in Nevada and Delaware, but it will not be available to players in Pennsylvania when it launches on July 12. This is likely due to the lack of any interstate compacts that include Pennsylvania. is currently operational in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware and the three states share player pools through interstate compacts. Pennsylvania did not enter into any interstate compacts when they made online poker legal, partly due to the Wire Act opinion saga that was still ongoing at the time. For the time being players in Pennsylvania will be limited to playing against opponents that reside in their own state.

The lack of shared players pools between Pennsylvania and other states also means anyone who already has a account in another state will need to create a new account to play in Pennsylvania.

With the Wire Act opinion finally settled and getting ready to launch in Pennsylvania it is expected that an interstate compact between Pennsylvania and other states to share player pools won’t be far off. Kevin Mathers, the information coordinator for Poker Atlas even speculated on Twitter that he expects Pennsylvania to sign on to an interstate compact by the end of 2021.