WSOP.com Launches In Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s players are in for a real treat now that the World Series of Poker has officially launched its online Poker room in the state. The site went live on Monday afternoon and is said to be hosting a four-day long soft launch.
Running from 12 to 15 July, WSOP.com will only be available during limited hours. This will allow all systems the chance to be tested in real-life conditions. If everything goes well, the site will go full throttle on Friday.
No Current Interstate Agreement
While the launch of WSOP online is likely to bring a great deal of excitement to players in Pennsylvania, players in the state still have one obstacle to face: Pennsylvania is one of the only states that is not currently in any interstate liquidity agreements. This means that all players in the state are limited to playing Poker only with other people who are also located within Pennsylvania.
For example, Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey all form part of a Multi-State Internet Gambling Agreement (MSIGA). This allows Poker rooms in each respective state to combine their player pools with another. While Pennsylvania is not part of any interstate compact, it must be noted that the law of the state does actually allow for such compacts to be made.
A Generous Welcome Bonus
Of course, WSOP.com would not launch without giving players in Pennsylvania something to talk about. The site is offering new players a deposit bonus which is up 100% of any amount up to $1,000. Furthermore, each player to make a deposit of at least $10 will be awarded tickets to $100 freerolls daily for seven days. However, one of the nicest bonuses is perhaps the $50 free play bonus that each player receives upon their initial deposit. While this $50 cannot be withdrawn, all winnings that have been generated from it can be.
Over the past few years, there has been rapid growth within the online gambling industry throughout the United States. It has been a total of eight years since Ultimate Poker became the first legal, regulated Poker site in the country. PokerStars was the first site to launch in Pennsylvania in November of 2019. In April this year, it finally started to see a bit of competition from BetMGM Poker and Borgata Poker, which operate on the same network. Now it seems they all have some fresh competition.