DraftKings Soft-Launches Mobile Sportsbook in Pennsylvania

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After receiving a conditional wagering license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), DraftKings is now the sixth online sports betting operation to go live in the Keystone State. Today (November 4) will mark the official launch of the state’s newest online sports betting offering. Even though it will just be a soft-launch there is a lot of optimism that the operator will pass all the necessary tests and go on to launch its full operations very soon.

DraftKings mobile sportsbook will be facing off against offerings from the likes of Fox Bet and FanDuel Sportsbook which have had months to establish their presence in the state. Even so, DraftKings still has a rather compelling edge as it ventures into the new market – it is still considered to be one of the United States’ leading online sports betting apps.

“DraftKings is excited to receive our Sports Wagering Operator License, moving us one step closer to bringing our top-rated online and mobile sportsbook app to sports fans in Pennsylvania,” Tim Dent, DraftKings’ chief compliance officer, said.

For their venture in the Keystone State, DraftKings has inked a partnership deal with Penn National Gaming, one of the state’s most successful gaming operators. The multi-year partnership agreement between the two companies is will last at least a decade and spans a total of seven states.

DraftKings already has a retail sports betting operation in Pennsylvania at Penn National’s Hollywood Casino. This retail sportsbook’s operation is overseen by Kambi.

More New Launches

Sports betting aside, online poker has finally made its long-awaited debut in Pennsylvania. Even though the state officially legalized online poker in 2017, the process of launching the sector has been quite tedious. Now, the wait is finally over as PokerStars has is beginning a test launch of its online sports betting product today as well.

The new test-site will be a toned-down version of the poker operator’s full site. This will allow Pennsylvania poker enthusiasts to test some of the things that they will have access to when the full site goes live. These include such products as cash games available in Omaha and no-limit Hold’em formats. In addition to that, the poker players will also get to try out some amazing mixed games.

For tournament lovers, there will be a massive range of options to choose from – PokerStars hosts a number of lucrative and exciting tournaments with huge prizes. For now, there has been no mention of a mobile poker app but this should follow as soon as the PGCB gives PokerStars the green light to launch its full site.

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