- PGCB has approved a license for Caesars’ online poker partner 888poker which is closer to entering the state
- 888 poker and WSOP have been fishing for an entry in the Keystone State for months now
- WSOP/888 is still the leading platform in the US in overall aggregate traffic, although PokerStars PA has been pulling ahead of late
Pennsylvania may soon welcome another online poker platform, after Caesars’ poker partner, 888 Holdings, acquired a license on Wednesday.
WSOP Closer to Pennsylvanian Entry with Online Poker Platform
Pennsylvania may soon welcome a new online poker, upsetting PokerStars’ monopoly over the segment. WSOP.com has been fishing for a license for months now, but the platform finally came a step closer to securing a license on Wednesday.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) voted and approved an interactive gaming manufacturer license for 888 Holdings, the official online poker platform for 888 Holdings.
With the move, players from the state will be able to alternate between PokerStars and the new community once WSOP’s online poker platform launches. Meanwhile, though, live poker rooms remain shuttered due to the uncertainty with the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Caesars already has both an online casino and sportsbook in the state and the company is looking to complete the holy trinity of gaming operations in the market. 888poker runs on a proprietor poker platform, Dragonfish, which is known for its mobile and desktop compatibility.
888poker is largely seen as the leading platform in the United States, and specifically in New Jersey. The company also operates a branded platform for the World Series of Poker which gives it a distinct edge, and would allow Pennsylvania players to compete remotely into qualifying events.
888/WSOP Us Continues to Lead the Market
Online poker is big in the United States, even though not all of it is licensed. The leading platform remains WSOP/888 US with 495 concurrent players on average in peak times. Meanwhile, PokerStars NJ and PartyPoker NJ post around 291 and 151 players respective in peak times.
Pennsylvania still remains the leading state when it comes to raw poker players, though, with PokerStars PA peaking at around 887 players over 24 hours. PokerStars has also hosted a number of events for online poker players in the state to enjoy, including the PACOOP series which kicked off on September 19 and run until October 4.