Pennsylvania online poker players were excited about the possibility of having the popular WSOP platform in the Keystone State. However, a representative from Caesars confirmed that the reported WSOP launch has been pushed back to early 2021.
The WSOP’s site now has a page advertising signup bonuses for real money online poker players in Pennsylvania. 888 has also began sending promotional emails to potential customers in the Keystone State. But despite these welcome developments, 888 still has some matters to address before a full launch.
Issues That Need to Be Settled
There are however a couple of PA-related issues that need to be settled. One of those involved the need for WSOP to establish a separate server for the Pennsylvania site as per regulatory requirements. The other issue involves the question of whether or not the WSOP can share player liquidity with its other sites in different states.
It’s uncertain right now whether the WSOP wants an interstate compact already in place before its Pennsylvania launch. But that is definitely a plus for the WSOP because PA players can play against larger fields including players from other states. With these compacts in place, WSOP players in Nevada and New Jersey were able to compete against each other for WSOP online bracelets last summer.
Pokerstars Finally Has a Competitor
Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved 888 Holdings’ application for an interactive manufacturer’s gaming license in the Keystone State. The move came after the online poker market in the United States posted record revenue numbers in the previous months.
888 is a longtime online poker partner of Caesars and is a solutions provider to the popular World Series of Poker or WSOP.com. With the approval of its license, WSOP.com online poker could be launched in Pennsylvania. 888 and Caesars officials refused to comment on when they will actually launch in Pennsylvania but rumors are pointing at early 2021 as their targeted date.
The entrance of 888 in the Keystone State means that Pokerstars will finally have a competitor. Since its launch in 2019, Pokerstars has been the only real money online poker site in Pennsylvania. Despite the pandemic, Pokerstars registered a revenue of $2.7M in August and $2.9M last month.