Pennsylvania, now the fifth largest state in America after edging out Illinois with 12.8 million residents, officially has online poker again when PokerStars PA went online during a soft launch on Monday. The official launch will be Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
After years of prohibition, online poker returned to the residents of Pennsylvania. Poker players in the keystone state will now have the opportunity to play online poker 24/7 when PokerStars goes live full-time in Pennsylvania on November 6, 2019. It's been a long time coming, but this is a huge deal for the future of online poker in America.
At the time Pennsylvania lobbied and passed legalized online poker in a law it went from the sixth-biggest state to the fifth-largest state passing the land of Lincoln and Illinois.
Pennsylvania has at least $4 million more residents than New Jersey, where PokerStars also operates under PokerStars New Jersey.
PokerStars, in conjunction with Mount Airy Casino, launched PokerStars PA as one of the few entities to gain an online poker gamin license (along with Harrah's Philly and the Parx Casino).
US states are no longer permitted to share liquidity (thanks to that @!#$!%! greedhead Sheldon), which sucks because New Jersey and PA combined would have 21.7 million shared residents, which would be slightly bigger than the third largest state in America.
Delaware is the 45th largest state in the union with less than 1 million citizens. Nevada has 3 million "official" residents, but a good number of those might have dual residency in California and other states. As is, Nevada is the 32nd largest state in America.
Perhaps there could be headway made where shared liquidity could come back. Between Nevada, Delaware, NJ, and PA... that's almost 26 million Americans. And there's plenty of other states that made huge strides to legalize online poker and/or sports betting. Baby steps, right? Baby steps.
Pennsylvania is an odd state that happens to be a legit keystone to a numerous border states. For centuries, PA has been an integral component to American industry and commerce... but the state had seen many of its former natural resources drained and the majority of its manufacturing depart overseas.
The majority of the population lives in the major cities, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with bookend the length of the state. Locals joke that "Everything between Philly and Pitt is Pennsyltucky!", which is a slag on the residents of central PA that are more akin to Kentucky than the coastal elites in Philly, or old money enclaves in Pittsburgh.
Plenty of poker players originally hail from Pennsylvania including Jen Shahade, Johnny World, Jack Schindler, WSOP Main Event champ Joe McKeehen, Matt Berkey, Matt Glantz, Garry Gates, Aaron Mermelstein, Jeff Hakim, Kane Kalas, Dan Ott, and Bill Chen.