The PA online poker market is dominated by PokerStars PA, the first operator to launch in the Keystone State, alongside Borgata Poker and BetMGM Poker, two operators that went live relatively recently.
The WSOP PA launch does not come as a surprise to those who have been following the developments in the US online poker space. The operator has been quite clear about its expansion plans for a while now, and WSOP has made it quite clear that Pennsylvania is at the top of the priority list.
Pennsylvania poker players have quite a few reasons to be excited about WSOP.com going live in the state. Perhaps the biggest one is the fact that this is the first US market in which the operator decided to launch with its brand new Poker 8 software. Innovative desktop and mobile platforms bring many improvements over the older client used in Nevada and New Jersey.
As is usually the case, WSOP PA will first go through a testing phase before going fully live in Pennsylvania. During the soft-launch period, the operator and the regulator (Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board) will have an opportunity to test the software and make sure everything is in order prior to a full-scale launch.
However, it is open to the public—during the soft launch windows, any resident in Pennsylvania can download the app, sign up, deposit and play.
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WSOP PA Soft-launch Dates & Key Details
WSOP.com will go live in Pennsylvania for the first time ever on July 12, 2021. The operator is set to open its virtual doors at 2 p.m. EST. During the soft-launch period, WSOP PA will only be available during limited hours, namely:
|Monday, July 12||2 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST|
|Tuesday, July 13||12 p.m. - 10 p.m. EST|
|Wednesday, July 14||12 p.m. – 10 a.m.. EST|
|Thursday, July 15||TBD|
Players will only be able to download the WSOP PA client and log into their accounts during the official operating hours during soft-launch. Real money cash tables and tournaments will be available in the trial phase.
New Cutting-edge Software from 888
WSOP has delivered on its promise to launch in Pennsylvania with the new poker client developed by 888poker, their long-standing partner in the United States. Although the software has already entered European markets, this is the first regulated US market to have access to the Poker 8 software.
The new software is truly a state-of-the-art creation that represents a significant upgrade on the software used by other WSOP USA sites. Very sharp and modern design is combined with a user-friendly interface to deliver the kind of platform online poker players expect in 2021.
The operator has put a lot of focus on the mobile segment of the player base, which has translated into high-quality mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices. WSOP PA mobile apps give players much more freedom and allow them to enjoy their poker sessions on the go without disruptions and some of the problems found with older mobile apps.
It still remains to be seen how the new software will handle the traffic once the soft-launch period is over and there is a big influx of players. However, from what we have seen so far, there is every reason to be optimistic about it.
The Future Looks Bright
WSOP already has live poker rooms in Nevada and New Jersey. With this latest development, there will be a lot of interest as to whether WSOP intends to pool player liquidity with Pennsylvania. At the moment, this is a moot point as the Keystone State is not part of the Multi State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA). The only states currently sharing players are Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Nevertheless, recent law changes and rulings on the Wire Act have led to a great deal of speculation over the prospect of shared player pools for online poker rooms.
The most recent development in this area saw the DOJ passing on the opportunity to appeal the court decision. With that, US online poker is probably in the best shape it has ever been, as states can now seriously entertain the idea of entering multistate agreements, which would be a huge boost all operators are looking forward to.
The chance to pool resources would mean greater choice of games and far bigger prize pools—something WSOP will undoubtedly be keen to implement. With Pennsylvania offering such a large potential player base, we can probably expect movement in this area in the near future.
Generous Welcome Package up for Grabs
Not surprisingly, WSOP PA is welcoming all new players with a rather generous bonus package tailored to address the needs and expectations of recreational players and serious grinders alike.
All players making the minimum deposit of $10 qualify for the $50 free play bonus. These free funds can be used with no restrictions to enter WSOP PA tournaments, play in BLAST sit and go’s, and join the action on cash game tables. That said, to cash out, players do need to accumulate a total of 125 Action Player Points (APPs).
On top of this, you can also get a very generous 100% match bonus up to $1000 on your first deposit. The bonus is released in $5 increments as you play in real money games and pay rake, generating required APPs in the process.
Last but not least, WSOP PA gives every seven freeroll tickets for $100 freeroll tournaments, providing a few extra opportunities to test the software, see how you like the platform, and, of course, boost your bankroll.