PokerStars Set for November 4 Launch in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is reportedly on the brink of becoming the fourth US state to have legal online poker when PokerStars launches on Monday, November 4. PlayPennsylvania uncovered the story following a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board hearing.

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PokerStars is coming to Pennsylvania and we know you’re excited. (Image: YouTube)

It’s been a long time coming for residents of the Keystone State. Online gambling was legalized a year ago after many years of failed legislation. But despite internet casinos popping up in recent months in PA, poker sites haven’t yet launched. That’s been frustrating to the local poker community that has waited patiently for far too long.

When PokerStars launches on Monday, Pennsylvania will become the fourth state with a legal poker site. New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada already have licensed poker site(s) in operation. So, while 46 states still haven’t legalized online gambling, this is at least a step in the right direction.

PokerStars is Ready to Roll

Online poker was originally expected to launch in Pennsylvania in mid-July, right around the start of the WSOP Main Event. Things don’t always go as planned, however. Fast forward more than three months later and residents of the Keystone State are still waiting. But that wait is, apparently, about to come to an end. Hallelujah.

On Monday, PokerStars will have a soft launch in Pennsylvania. Douglas Harbach, a spokesperson for the PGCB, told PlayPennsylvania of the planned launch.

“We have staff prepared to initiate and oversee a test launch this Monday of another online casino gaming site, this one licensed under Mount Airy Casino and their suite of casino-type games,” he said. “At this juncture, it would include the testing of a poker game. The caveat is always that if issues come up, then the beginning of the testing could slide.”

Harbach didn’t specifically mention PokerStars but it should be assumed. Mount Airy Casino has a licensing affiliation in Pennsylvania with the world’s largest online poker site. So, you can put two and two together.

PokerStars won’t be the only permanent poker site in the Keystone State, however. and Partypoker are both expected to launch eventually, although no timetable has been set.

Written by
Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.


Transcendence wrote...

Hurray! I’m glad! Congratulations to all!

rmcmullen2003 wrote...

When will the United States realize that just because they make something illegal is not going to stop people from doing what they want to do. Prohibition: FAILURE… War on drugs: FAILURE… Instead of legalizing poker and regulating and taxing it, they leave U.S. citizens with the only option of playing at overseas sites. All that U.S. currency flooding overseas and all the jobs it creates for citizens of other countries and yet the U.S. government fails to realize this. To me it is common sense, people who want to play online poker are going to do it, legally or illegally and it makes more sense to keep the revenue and other benefits from it in the U.S.

maxy wrote...

I agree. I just hope now that it’s legal, you won’t see any of the BS from offshore sites. places like ignition- the big games- very obvious they can see your hand or know what is coming. I also noticed this in blackjack. The higher the bet, the dealer is dealt a 20 4/5 times. I just hope you won’t see any of this in a regulated site.

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