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Partypoker to Possibly Launch Online Poker in Pennsylvania This Summer or Early Fall

Written By: Maya Michaels | July 15, 2020 | Posted In Poker News

According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), the partypoker US Network is expected to soft launch Partypoker PA in the state of Pennsylvania within the next couple of months.

Doug Harbach, Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), revealed in an exclusive report on pokerfuse, that testing of the partypoker platform has already begun.

“PGCB staff have been working closely with Roar to launch the Party Poker and BetMGM apps, which will include interactive slots, table games and poker. This includes testing of ROAR’s interactive gaming platform and games. PGCB anticipates overseeing a soft launch sometime this summer or early fall.”

This would make partypoker the second online poker operator in Pennsylvania, joining PokerStars that has been present on the market since November of 2019.

The partypoker platform, now owned by GVC Holdings, is already in use in New Jersey.

MGM and GVC’s joint online gambling company, ROAR Digital, operates as BetMGM in the US, which also includes the partypoker site in NJ. ROAR’s network hosts its own partypoker-branded online poker room along with poker rooms under the BetMGM and Borgata Poker brands.

ROAR Digital has announced that shareholders have approved a second investment round of $250 million. This additional funding follows the $200 million initial commitment and brings the total to $450 million.

“We launched this business to combine the best of MGM Resorts and GVC, and establish BetMGM as a leading brand in the US sports betting and iGaming markets,” said Adam Greenblatt, CEO of ROAR Digital, LLC.

Additionally, Kenny Alexander, CEO of GVC, said:

“These are exciting times for BetMGM, as it continues to expand its iGaming business while also offering customers an outstanding sports betting experience as live sports returns to the US.

We see enormous potential for the US market and are delighted to have such a strong foothold in it through our partnership with MGM Resorts,” he continued. 

“Our stake in BetMGM is, by some distance, the most important and exciting investment that GVC has ever made. We are absolutely committed to ensuring that the Company has the funding and technical resources needed to achieve long-term market leadership, whilst delivering significant value for shareholders.”

The Roar’s approval could come on August 5, when the next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) is scheduled.

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