One of the biggest questions in the US poker landscape recently has been when WSOP.com would expand outside the familiar confines of its unique multi-state network combining players from New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. That question has now been answered with the soft launch of WSOP PA.
The online poker market in PA extends back to 2019 when PokerStars opened the first poker room to service the Quaker State. They held a monopoly on the virtual felt in PA until earlier this year when BetMGM jumped into the fray with two skins running BetMGM and Borgata brands.
WSOP and 888poker, who supplies the software WSOP.com runs on, have hinted at opening new rooms sometime in 2021, but it was unclear if it planned to wait until the Wire Act situation was resolved and shared liquidity was an option. With WSOP PA now open, it shows the operator has decided to go ahead with the stand-alone option as the multi-state situation clarifies over the next few months.
Beyond the launch of a new WSOP room itself, the big news here is the first-look at 888poker’s Poker 8 platform in the US market. To date, the WSOP.com room in the NJ/NV/DE market has been running on the previous version of 888poker software, while the new Poker 8 platform rolled out across the world.
Now, for the first time ever, players in the US will have a chance to play on the new platform at WSOP PA. It’s an exciting new world for the WSOP and 888poker in the US market—see the slick new look in PA below.