Players have been waiting a long time for WSOP to launch in PA, which is now not expected to happen until 2021. Players have PokerStars as the only poker site available in the state and are itching for a new one. What's the hold up? Find out here.
World Series Of Poker (WSOP) is one of the biggest poker sites in the world, available in multiple countries, including the United States.
The poker site currently operates in Nevada and New Jersey and has been rumored to be launching in Pennsylvania next.
As the debut of WSOP in PA has continuously been pushed all year, online users were teased with new promotional emails sent out by Caesars.
These emails were asking users to sign up for WSOP.com in PA, even though the poker site hadn't officially launched.
Caesar's online casino operates through the Harrah's Philadelphia license, one of WSOP's partners. Users will notice Harrahs currently advertised on the WSOP site.
888 Holdings is another partner of Caesars that recently received its license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).
When WSOP launched in PA, it will do it through the Caesars/Harrah's license.
This was another reason players in PA were led to believe WSOP would debut in the state soon.
The delays come from issues specifically related to Pennsylvania. Before WSOP.com can launch, it must establish its own server that abides by the PGCB regulations.
It will also have to decide if it wants to join in on an interstate compact with the other poker sites across the US, which would involve expanding liquidity.
As of right now, WSOP is expected to launch sometime in 2021, with no exact date provided. Online poker players should know more by the beginning of the new year.
When WSOP launches, online poker revenue is expected to increase immensely.
Last month, PokerStars brought in over $2 million in revenue generated online in PA, while WSOP in NJ brought in just over $1 million.
Currently, WSOP is available in New Jersey and Nevada. Users from each state can play against each other thanks to an interstate pool, which happens to be the only interstate poker platform in the country.
Until WSOP launches, it's hard to say if Pennsylvania players will also be able to join the shared playing pool. This will be dependent on the PGCB.
PokerStars has been the sole online poker platform for PA residents since it launched back in 2019.
Players are able to access a casino and poker platform on the same site and join a variety of tournaments and Sit & Go games.
PokerStars was able to launch in Pennsylvania by teaming up with Mount Airy Casino and using its license.
The poker site is active around the globe, including New Jersey, Canada, and multiple countries across Europe.
In PA, PokerStars is one of the top 5 online casinos generating the most revenue at over $6 million.
Users can sign up to PokerStars now and receive a $30 welcome bonus to use towards poker games, as well as $20 for Spin & Go tournaments.