PA Online Poker Sites
Being the fifth-most populous state in the country. Pennsylvania has relatively high prospects for online poker. In 2017, Pennsylvania passed a gambling expansion bill that authorized online casinos, online sportsbooks, and PA online poker sites.
Means, after Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey, PA poker players will also be able to enjoy famous poker rooms. After the lift of licensing and regulation, it took nearly 2 years for the first PA online Poker sites to appear. PokerStars, the world’s largest operator, was the first legal online poker site that was launched in November 2019.
Along with PokerStars, the following famous online poker rooms will be available by 2020-21.
PokerStars PA – Mount Airy Casino Resort
Mount Airy has consolidated the agreement with The Stars Group for Pokerstars, the leader in the European online poker market. PokerStars PA is the only online poker site that is available to PA players. The site has proven a hit since first going live on November 4, 2019.
PokerStars PA has been the frequent running of well-attended tournament series such as the Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker, the PokerStars PA Winter Series, and the PokerStars PA Bounty Builder Series. All events in these series have featured guaranteed prize pools.
Awesome software and great customer support are reasons enough to choose PokerStars. But on top of that, there are Spin & Gos, not offered by many other poker rooms, and superb tournament formats. Not to mention, the PokerStars poker room offers $30 free play and up to $600 deposit bonus for new players.
888Poker PA – Harrah's Philadelphia
Presently, Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware all offer online poker on the 888 Network. Very soon, Pennsylvania will be joining them to give an additional boost to the shared liquidity which determines the size of the bets.
888Poker PA could offer the same welcome bonus as offered in New Jersey. Players can take advantage of $20 free money and a $1500 welcome bonus.
WSOP PA – Harrah's Philadelphia
WSOP is in the process of getting regulatory approval to join the online poker market in Pennsylvania. However, there is no official date about the launch of WSOP in PA. What is certain now is that WSOP.com is on the run to become the second online poker site to go live in the Keystone State.
WSOP offers well-populated tournaments and a good value to players. Very soon, Pennsylvania players can take advantage of WSOP’s welcome bonus, promotions, and rewards.
PartyPoker PA – Valley Forge Casino
Boyd Gaming, which owns the Valley Forge, is in agreement with PartyPoker to supply the online poker platform in Pennsylvania. The Valley Forge land-based casino does not have a live poker room. However, we could see PartyPoker PA by the end of 2020.
PartyPoker is already available in New Jersey. NJ players enjoy the PartyPoker’s $1000 welcome bonus, VIP rewards, and daily & weekly tournaments.
SugarHouse Poker PA – SugarHouse Casino
Rush Street Gaming has two casinos in Pennsylvania – the Rivers Philadelphia, and the SugarHouse. PlaySugarHouse is the online brand that already operates in New Jersey and will also provide the online poker platform in Pennsylvania. The Poker Night in America Poker Room at brick and mortar SugarHouse Casino features action on 28 tables.
BetMGM Poker PA– Independent License
MGM Resorts has applied for all three types of PA online gambling licenses – online casino, poker, and sportsbook. Their license is approved and is ready to operate with GVC as their software provider.
BetMGM Poker already operates in New Jersey and shares player pool with Party Poker Nj and Borgata Poker. It offers $25 free money and up to $1000 deposit bonus for new players.
Penn National Poker – Hollywood Casino
Penn National Gaming has confirmed the agreement with IGT for the online gambling platform including poker. Moreover, for Poker Live, the Hollywood Casino has a 16-table poker room open 24 hours year-round.
Parx Casino – GAN Poker PA (Paddy Power Betfair)
GAN provides the online gambling platform (casino and poker) at Parx, one of the largest casinos in Pennsylvania, especially as regards slot machines. From January 2018 a new live poker room is available with 48 tables, both for big tournaments and for cash games.
PA Land-Based Poker
Pennsylvania is expected to join with Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware to share online player pools. Let’s see more details of the online poker solutions that will be offered by the Pennsylvania land-based casinos. There are a bunch of casinos that offer a variety of poker games including cash games as well as a full slate of tournaments.
- Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- Meadows Casino
- Mohegan Sun Pocono
- Mount Airy Casino
- Parx Casino
- Rivers Philadelphia
- Rivers Pittsburgh
- Wind Creek Casino
Payment methods accepted by PA online poker sites
Players can find multiple payment options on each site and can choose the one that works best. Common poker deposit options include:
- Credit or debit card
- Online banking/wire transfers
- Electronic check/ACH
- Prepaid cards
- Electronic wallets (PayPal/Skrill)
- PayNearMe (via 7-Eleven)
- Cash at the casino cage
PA Poker Law and Restrictions
Currently, online poker in Pennsylvania is intrastate only, meaning players can only play against others within the state. However, the new gambling law does permit Pennsylvania to join compacts with other states that offer online poker in order to combine player pools.
As in other states where online poker is legal, there are some simple rules to be followed. For Pennsylvania, the PGCB has ruled that for PA Online Poker:
- Players must be 21 or older and must be inside the Pennsylvania borders to play for real money.
- Sites must verify Players identification (ID) and Player location (geolocation software).
- The gaming platform must allow the player self-limitation and self-exclusion.
PA Online Poker FAQs
Is online poker legal in PA?
Yes, Online poker is legal in PA. In fact, online poker is up and running in Pennsylvania following the passage of an omnibus gambling expansion bill in late 2017.
Who regulates PA online poker sites?
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board licenses and regulates PA online poker sites. They make sure that the online poker sites are subject to rigid testing and regulations to ensure the product is nothing but fair.
Who can play online poker in PA?
Players who are at least 21 years of age and present within the state borders of Pennsylvania can play online poker in PA. Note that there is no requirement to be a permanent resident of the Keystone State but players should have a valid SSN.
Does PA Poker Sites offer bonus?
Similar to New Jersey, online poker sites in PA will not miss the chance to win new customers by giving away free money. We could see at least three types of convenient bonuses:
- Freeroll Bonus: Freerolls are promo poker tournaments that you can sign up for free. This way you can build your bankroll without investing money.
- Free Bonus No Deposit Required: Upon registration you receive a small amount of money ($ 5- $ 25) to be used both to register for tournaments and to play cashgames.
- Rakeback Bonus: Rakeback is a refund of part of the rake paid to online poker tables, both for tournaments and for cashgames.
What forms of poker games are available at PA poker sites?
Similar to New Jersey, all kinds of games including Cash games, tournaments, and Sit & Gos are available. Certainly, the main game formats available are Texas Hold ’em and Pot-Limit Omaha. Furthermore, formats like fast-fold poker should also be available at some point as well.
Which online poker sites will be running in PA?
As of now, seven casinos have been approved to provide online poker in PA. PokerStars is the only poker site available to PA players. However, other operators should be operational soon including PartyPoker, WSOP, SugarHouse, BetMGM, and Parx.