Where You Can Play Online Poker In Pennsylvania
Can You Play Online Poker in Pennsylvania?
Online poker is regulated and legal.
Current Pennsylvania Gambling Laws
Pennsylvania has long been amenable to various forms of gambling, and recently joined Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware to become the fourth state to provide legal, regulated online poker post-Black Friday.
Horse racing betting was legalized in Pennsylvania in 1959 with the passage of the Race Horse Industry Reform Act and almost thirty years later, it became the fifth state to legalize off-track betting. The Pennsylvania Lottery has been in operation since 1972 and in 1988, the Pennsylvania Local Option Small Games of Chance Act became law.
The Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act of 2004 further expanded regulated gambling in the state with the legalization of slot machines at fourteen locations. Six years later, this was expanded to permit table games in casinos in July 2010. In 2017, the casinos in this state set a new record generating $3.227 billion in revenues.
In 2017, Pennsylvania passed legislation expanding gambling of various kinds including introducing "mini-casinos" and online gambling throughout the state. Once state regulators opened up applications for licenses to provide online gambling, nine casinos that applied for licenses before the July 2018 deadline while four other casinos in Pennsylvania did not apply in time. Those casinos will have another opportunity to apply in the future for additional fees.
In July 2019 the first online casinos in the state launched, with three casinos quickly going live with online offerings — Parx Casino, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, and SugarHouse Casino.
While video poker games are available, none of the new online casinos has offered peer-to-peer online poker so far. By most reports, that should come in the very near future.
Best Online Poker Sites for Pennsylvania Players
None at present, but coming soon. Whilst you wait you can always play poker for free with the WSOP Social App.