WSOP online Pennsylvania officially went live on Monday afternoon. The move comes after months of anticipation and now means three operators in the state.
Players will find a third option in the form of the online arm of the World Series of Poker. The company announced a soft launch and players began downloading by Monday afternoon.
A few players reported some early issues downloading, but the kinks seemed to get ironed out. By mid-afternoon, players found a $0.25/$0.50 cash game as one of the first on the platform in the state.
What can players expect from WSOP.com in Pennsylvania?
The announcement comes at a busy time for WSOP.com. The site is currently running the WSOP Online for players in New Jersey and Nevada.
Players in those states as well as 888poker in Delaware can also compete in the Summer Online Circuit Series alongside the Online Championships in July.
The WSOP.com platform makes use of 888poker’s online poker software client and poker app. The international 888 site has made major improvements to its software in recent months with the “Made to Play” software.
WSOP hinted that players can expect a similar experience now to carry over to the US.
— WSOP (@WSOP) July 12, 2021
An additional option
Legal, real money online poker in the US has seen some major momentum in recent months. The COVID-19 pandemic brought increased numbers of online players.
While that has ebbed in recent months, traffic and revenue remain at record highs. Online poker is now legal in these states:
- New Jersey
- West Virginia (no operator has launched)
- Connecticut (recently legalized, still in regulation stage)
To launch in PA, WSOP partners with Harrah’s Philadelphia, which is operated by Caesars Entertainment. Caesars ie the company behind the WSOP including the online version.
Bracelets and championship rings coming to PA?
WSOP.com now fills out a more competitive online poker market in Pennsylvania. Players hoping to join the company’s All American Poker Network may have to wait a bit however.
Initially, players should expect a “ringed-in” poker market as seen in other states. However, the Department of Justice recently let the deadline expire on appealing a January federal appeals court ruling regarding the Wire Act.
The court had ruled that the act applied only to sports betting. This now opens the door for more interstate compacts among states.
With a population of 12.8 million, Pennsylvania would be a nice addition to the All American Poker Network. Adding that to New Jersey (8.9 million), Nevada (3.1 million), and Delaware (1 million) would bring the network’s reach to about 25.8 million.
In the meantime, what can PA players expect? There may not be time to put together a WSOP online bracelet series. However, a WSOP Online Circuit Series, if not a few, is almost guaranteed.
WSOP officials even hinted at such an event in January. The company announced that the entire WSOP Circuit schedule would be played out online in 2021.
While not part of that initial plan, the WSOP also included a possibility for an addition at a later date.
“An additional 13th online circuit event is earmarked pending launch of the WSOP.com service in a newly regulated market,” a news release announcing the circuit launch noted.
That could offer players in the state a shot at some hardware sometime soon. This is a breaking story and USPoker will continue to update the situation.
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