In December 2011, the United States Department of Justice issued a memo clarifying a point of contention regarding the Federal Wire Act. Until this point, it was assumed to apply to online gambling and poker.
The memo clarified that the Wire Act only applies to sports betting and nothing else. With this ruling, several states started to investigate whether they should offer regulated online poker.
Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey were the first three states to go live with various iGaming offerings and are the core of the regulated iGaming market in the United States.
Over the last couple of years, Pennsylvania has stepped forward as the state most likely to regulated online poker and potentially general iGaming. The matter is presently being considered by the state legislature and has been used as a bargaining chip in the ongoing budget saga in the state.
Should online poker become regulated in Pennsylvania, the state has the potential to become the #1 state of iPoker in the U.S. There’s also room for expansion should the state choose to pursue interstate compacts with other regulated states.
Pennsylvania Online Poker will follow all of the latest developments regarding iGaming regulation in the state and provide insight on when citizens can expect to play regulated online poker in PA.
This site will offer news, analysis and opinion pieces geared specifically for PA iPoker. In addition, we will keep you informed about the regulatory process in other states such as California and others that may move forward in the near future.
You will also find reviews and information on potential online poker offerings in PA as well as information on mobile poker apps that will come as a result of regulation.
The next year could prove historic for PA and we aim to bring you all the relevant news as it happens. Bookmark this site to stay informed about online poker regulation in Pennsylvania.