Pennsylvania will receive its first online poker room on November 4, becoming the fourth US state to offer this gambling activity.
In October 2017, the Pennsylvania State Senate adopted H.B. 271 — a bill which legalized digital gambling in the state, including online poker. Three days later, Governor Tom Wolf signed the bill into law.
PokerStars, owned by Canadian gambling company The Stars Group, will soft-launch the first Pennsylvania online poker room on Monday. It will have to undergo a test period before it can finally get the green light from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) for the full launch.
The PGCB will determine whether PokerStar’s geolocation tools are functioning properly, as players have to be located within the state to play. However, gamblers don’t need to be Pennsylvania residents to join in on the fun!
It remains to be seen whether the state will receive a mobile app, or only offer a desktop option.
The Keystone State will join Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey in providing online poker.