Pennsylvania online poker news
Will 2018 be the year that Pennsylvanians finally get legal and regulated online poker? The answer is yes!
On Oct. 26, 2017, the PA House passed a gaming expansion package that the PA Senate passed a day earlier. The bill, H 271, includes online poker, online casino games, daily fantasy sports, sports betting in PA (if the federal ban on sports gambling is lifted), and a number of other new forms of gaming.
Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill into law on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. It is now official: Pennsylvania is the fourth state in the US to legalize online poker and online casino games.
— Dustin Gouker (@DustinGouker) October 30, 2017
With a population of more than 12 million, the state will become the largest market for legal online poker in the United States. Currently only three other states offer legal online poker: New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware.
Pennsylvania is roughly as large as all three states combined. It is likely that Pennsylvania will pool its online poker players with those in these states, as the law will permit interstate online poker compacts.
We expect real-money online poker to go live in Pennsylvania sometime in the second half of 2018. So while technically legal online poker isn’t coming to the Keystone State in 2017, it’s well on its way to becoming a reality.
Keep up with the latest about legal online poker in Pennsylvania with our regularly updated news below.
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