When Pennsylvania regulated its online gambling industry, everybody hoped the Keystone State would learn from the experiences of New Jersey who faced a number of problems in getting its online gambling industry up and running successfully.
However Pennsylvania has not done a good job in adopting best practices from neighboring New Jersey and avoiding pitfalls as the state has struggled with numerous teething problems in getting its iGaming industry up and running. The biggest drawback is that online poker is yet to be launched and while online slots and casino games are up and running, it is not accessible to a large portion of the market – especially to Apple users.
Apple Users Unable to Access Online Casino Games
Over 45% of the mobile device owners across the US use iPhones and iPads. If Pennsylvania’s newly regulated online gaming industry wants to be a success, it has to give iPhone and iPad users access to its online casino games. But Pennsylvania casinos have been unable to do so because of recent revisions in Apple guidelines.
According to the latest revisions to the Apple Guideline 4.7, real money gaming apps have to be based on the native iOS code. But most real money gaming apps are based on the latest HTML5 technologies. If game providers want to reach out to Apple users, they have to undertake some major development projects at the earliest possible.
One of the reasons for this is because the Apple guideline revisions were brought into effect just a few weeks before Pennsylvania allowed its online casinos to offer online table & card games and online slots. Gaming operators in the Keystone state did not have enough time to make the changes and are now in the process of sorting things out.
The credit of being the first online casino in Pennsylvania to give iPhone and iPad users access to its online casino games goes to Sugar House Casino, Philadelphia.
Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia was the first operator in PA to have crossed the hurdle by allowing Apple users to use a web browser to place bets on sports and online casino games. Later Fan Duel and Parx Casino started offering iOS compatible sports betting apps. Hollywood Casino became Pennsylvania’s first casino to offer an iOS app that gave Apple players access to video poker games and real money slots.
While it looks like things are being sorted out, most of the offerings that are available to desktop and Android users are not available to Apple users.
Online Poker Lags Behind
Pennsylvania poker players are disappointed that online poker is still not getting the importance it deserves. Pennsylvania’s newly regulated online gambling industry was quick to start offering table & card games, online sports betting, and online slots but not poker.
Poker players remained hopeful that PokerStars would be the first operator to launch an online poker room in the state on July 15 but so far, there are no signs of anything happening. The Stars Group which is the parent company of PokerStars stated that PokerStars is collaborating with authorities and partners to launch online poker in Pennsylvania at the earliest. A representative of the Stars Group said that the company will provide more details when they are finalize things.
No Fixed Date For Online Poker Launch
Doug Harbach, the director of communications for the Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board (PGCB) said that the board cannot predict exactly when online poker rooms will go live in Pennsylvania. Whenever poker operators are ready to launch a seamless operation, they will go ahead with their respective launch.
Hollywood Casino could be one of the first operators in the state to launch operators as a casino representative has stated that the online casino will launch an online poker room before the end of this year. While online poker will open another stream of revenue, the PGCB is not in a hurry to push operators to go live with their poker rooms.
The PGCB considers poker to be more complicated than online casino games and wants operators to take their time to ensure they are fully compliant with gaming regulations before they go live. The PGCB and gambling operators are also focusing on getting their sports betting platforms up and running in time for the new NFL season, another reason why online poker is taking a backseat.

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