Pennsylvania’s online gambling and sports betting industries are looking good. Pokerstars went live in early November and it’s slowly rising in popularity. Toward the end of the month, mobile gambling and sports betting became an option in the Keystone State thanks to Unibet.
Since online gambling was legalized in the U.S., poker has not one of the more popular games, and nowhere is this more evident than in the state of New Jersey. New Jersey has a booming online gambling industry, and this year, has been setting records left and right. However, even the online gambling superpower struggles when it comes to online poker. Therefore, gambling experts in Pennsylvania don’t expect the state’s new initiative to break many barriers. However, there’s no reason why Pokerstars’ poker rooms shouldn’t enjoy decent traffic. As time goes on, a definitive pattern will likely emerge, but for now, the newness of it has got Pennsylvania gamblers excited.
Pennsylvania Mobile Sports Betting
The law in Pennsylvania requires that any online operator must be partnered with a land-based casino, which is why Unibet partnered with the brick-and-mortar casino/sportsbook at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The operator launched just a few weeks ago, but more exciting than the partnership is the actual offering. Finally, mobile sports betting and gambling has come to Pennsylvania!
Unibet is primarily a European operator, and Pennsylvania is the second state to host its online offerings. Unibet’s first entry into the U.S. market was in New Jersey, and there it partners with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. If bettors are happy with their mobile wagering experience, there’s no telling where Unibet may appear next.
Pennsylvanians Have What to Hope For
While it’s not likely for Pennsylvania to reach the kind of numbers that New Jersey poker and sports betting pull in, the industries show every sign of meeting realistic expectations for the state itself. As the excitement of the newly-regulated options wane, we'll see whether they were just a passing fad or if they have long-term-success potential