The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday announced that the state’s online gambling industry will finally go live in July 2019. Online gambling was part of the wider statewide gambling expansion plans that were initiated by the state’s lawmakers back in October 2017, but it has been lagging behind most other forms of gambling in the state. Most of the other verticals including sports betting and mini-casino have been all the buzz since they have made a number of significant strides over the past year.
Breaking the news about the highly-anticipated launch date of the state’s online casino and online poker industries was Kevin O’Toole, the Executive Director of the state’s gaming control board. This was during a recent PGCB meeting where the members of the public were invited to come and find out more about the state of the gambling industry in as far as online gambling is concerned.
According to Mr. O’Toole, the gaming control board’s staff members have reviewed the estimated time of arrival of the industry after the completion of all the necessary steps and they decided that 90 days was more than enough.
“Accordingly, I have advised the 10 iGaming certificate holders and three iGaming operators that a coordinated go-live period for interactive gaming will commence on July 15, 2019,” he stated.
Online Poker Like Never Before
As it stands a total of 10 out of the 13 licensed casino operators in Pennsylvania applied and have been approved to offer online gaming products in the state. Only seven of the ten online gaming operators opted to acquire licenses for online poker but the vertical is definitely going to be out of this world especially considering the fact that they have partnered with some of the most popular brands in the world of poker.
Mount Airy, for instance, will be working with PokerStars which is arguably the most popular online poker operators in the industry – this is a partnership that you will definitely need to pay attention to. Harrah’s Casino, on the other hand, will be working with 888 Poker and WSOP, both of which have are also top online poker operators.
Online Sports Betting
Fans of sports betting in Pennsylvania will be able to place bets on their favorite sporting events even sooner as the state plans to launch the vertical way before July 15 when all other forms of interactive gaming go live. As expected, the current sports betting licensees, including SugarHouse, Valley Forge, and Mount Airy will be some of the online sportsbook operators – all four companies are already operating online sportsbooks in New Jersey which means that they do have the necessary experience to offer similar or even better offerings in Pennsylvania.