For more than 14 months, PokerStars has been the sole state-regulated online poker website in Pennsylvania.
It’s not that PokerStars intended to hold a monopoly on the industry in the state. Several Pennsylvania-based casinos purchased online poker licenses and signed partnership deals with ipoker operators years ago. And after PokerStars PA launched in November 2019 with partner Mount Airy Casino, many anticipated a competitor to launch within months. Who was going to let PokerStars corner the market?
As it turned out, everyone else let PokerStars have it. The most likely sites to launch were PartyPoker/BetMGM and WSOP/888, but after numerous hints and bouts of speculation, PokerStars celebrated its one-year anniversary in Pennsylvania in November 2020. And the site crossed over into 2021, still the sole site in the regulated PA system.
For the first time, however, the World Series of Poker itself hinted at launching online poker in a new state this year. Perhaps the WSOP will provide competition for PA online poker players after all.
Partnership in Place
The WSOP’s foray into the online poker market in Pennsylvania is a logical one, complete with a paved pathway.
Caesars Entertainment owns the World Series of Poker and Harrah’s, the latter of which operates the aptly-named Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack. The partnership between Harrah’s PA and the WSOP.com poker