Partypoker Network Launches Two Poker Sites in PA
PokerStars has enjoyed a monopoly for online poker in Pennsylvania since its launch in 2019. However, that monopoly is ending with the launch of two new online poker sites. BetMGM Poker and Borgata Poker are now live in Pennsylvania, giving players more options to play.
One advantage of playing at these new sites is that they are networked. This makes them the third legal intrastate online poker network in the United States.
Partypoker Network Now Live in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania online poker players finally have another option to play online poker. Both Borgata Poker and BetMGM poker began their test period on Tuesday, giving three options for online poker in the state.
Both sites are effectively the same site but with different branding. They both feature partypoker’s platform made famous in New Jersey. However, similar to New Jersey, the sites are networked together. That means that players on Borgata Poker will be able to play against players on BetMGM. PokerStars is still ring-fenced within Pennsylvania.
According to reports from various sources, players can expect a similar experience as to what players are enjoying in New Jersey. You can expect small stakes cash games primarily focusing on NL Hold’em along with a solid slate of online poker tournaments. Guarantees will be smaller than those over on PokerStars but will likely grow as the site grows.
Is WSOP.com On the Horizon?
A big question by many in the online gambling industry is whether WSOP.com will launch in Pennsylvania. Several signs point to an imminent launch in the state. Kevmath has pointed out changes made to the WSOP.com website that indicate the site will be available soon. Next, the platform has been updated to accommodate other states and perhaps an expanded network.
There’s plenty of room in Pennsylvania for another online poker site. The state’s population is 25% larger than New Jersey. Just look at the number of real money online casinos and online poker rooms, and you’ll see that Pennsylvania is still a bit underserved.
Our estimate is that WSOP.com will launch sometime in June. This will give the site time to get ready for the Summer and prepare for the upcoming fall WSOP tournaments online and in Las Vegas.
What About Interstate Networked Poker?
One necessary component for the long-term success of online poker in the state is joining the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA). MSIGA allows online poker sites to pool players in multiple states. Presently, New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware are members of MSIGA. Should Pennsylvania join, this would allow for up to three interstate networks.
If Pennsylvania joins the agreement, we will certainly see WSOP.com join the already existing WSOP.com network. Should this happen before the fall, players could potentially play for WSOP Online bracelets.
Afterward, we will certainly see both PokerStars and partypoker for their own networks. PokerStars NJ would merge player pools with PokerStars PA while BetMGM and Borgata Poker will merge pools with partypoker networked sites in NJ.
Will Partypoker Be Successful?
PokerStars has enjoyed an unchallenged monopoly in Pennsylvania since 2019. For some players, the two new online poker sites will be a welcome site. However, the potential for success will depend on whether BetMGM and Borgata Poker can bring something new and fresh to the market.
If the site is primarily another NL Hold’em shop with a couple of random new tournaments sprinkled in, there won’t be enough there to keep players coming back. The partypoker network will have to work to make itself stand out from PokerStars. If they can do that they can certainly compete.
The eventual launch of interstate poker is what is most needed for the state. That will open up a whole new player pool for both sites and give both sites the opportunity needed to thrive.