18 months have passed since the PA governor has signed the legislation, and finally, in 90 days, Pennsylvania' online gambling will be up and running! The news was confirmed on Wednesday, the 16th of April, during the PA Gaming Control Board Meeting by the Executive Director.
The Statement Announcing the Launch
Kevin O’Toole announced the launch of the online gambling operations during the meeting of the PGCB which was scheduled for this Wednesday.
In his statement, O’Toole said that the staff has reviewed the time that it would take for the Board and the industry to complete all the requirements and essential steps and has estimated that 90 days would be the adequate amount of time for all that.
The operators will need to have submitted their game platforms for testing and adequate game content to supply the industry. They all need to comply with the Act and Board Regulations.
10 out of 13 land-based casinos in Pennsylvania have been granted a permit to participate in slots, poker and/or table games. In accordance with the estimates, O’Toole has sent a 2-page letter and advised the three iGaming software developers and the 10 iGaming certificate holders that a coordinated period for interactive gaming to go live will commence on the 15th of July, 2019
All of those operators who do not go live during the implementation timeframe will be able to implement their activities as soon as they are ready.
Who’s Ready to Go Live
The date for the launch aligns with the midyear launch planned by PlayPennsylvania, which has been reporting the project for several months now.
It is expected that prior to the launch of the online poker
sites, the first Pennsylvania online sportsbooks will go live in the upcoming weeks. If all goes well, PA will become the fourth state offering legal online poker and will also be the fourth one that offers mobile sports betting statewide.