Disclaimer: GGPoker is not currently live in Pennsylvania. This review is speculative based on what we expect when it arrives, and will be updated upon launch.
The fastest growing international online poker site is coming to the US.
GGPoker has improved the playability of its software, brought on some of poker’s biggest stars as ambassadors and even played rest-of-the-world host to online World Series of Poker bracelet events, leveraging all that to become online poker giant PokerStars‘ biggest international competitor.
Now, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has approved parent company NSUS Group Inc.’s license to run an online poker site in Pennsylvania, allowing GGPoker the chance to come to the US for the first time and follow PokerStars into the PA market.
According to GGPoker execs, they’ve been preparing to enter the US market for some time, and obtaining a license to operate in PA will mark that all-important first step toward reaching its US goals. In other words, the well-established New Jersey and newly-launched Michigan online poker markets could be on the horizon for the company, as well.
For now, though, the online poker site is coming to Pennsylvania, and we’ve got a rundown of why that’s great news for PA poker players in our detailed look at GGPoker below.
What’s in it for you? Well, GGPoker will be bringing a generous new player welcome bonus with it to the US. It’s a choice of either $100 in cash rewards and free tickets or a matched deposit bonus of up to $600. Just sign up for a new account, make a $20 deposit or more, and the choice is yours.
Choose the $100 in cash rewards and free tickets, and you’ll get $40 in free tickets over the first six days after your deposit. Then, play All-In or Fold on each of those six days, hit the daily hand targets, and you can claim up to $45 more in cash. Finally, hit all six daily targets and you’ll get a $15 GGMasters satellite ticket, as well.
Choose the matched deposit bonus, and GGPoker will match the amount of your first deposit up to a maximum of $600. You’ll find the bonus credited to your bonus balance, and you can unlock the funds at a rate of $5 for every $20 you pay in rake and tournament fees. Plus, you’ll get 90 days to unlock it all. To claim either welcome bonus, you must sign up for a new account, make a $20 deposit or more and visit the cashier to make your choice.
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What else is in it for you? Well, GGPoker runs a number of regular promos you can take advantage of:
A flush beats a full house in Short Deck, and on GGPoker it pays more than just the pot. Play Short Deck cash games, and you’ll have a chance to win part of the site’s flush jackpot.
Just make one of the jackpot hands — any flush, four of a kind, straight flush or a royal flush — and you’re a winner, as long as there are at least 15 antes in the pot when you make the hand and both your hole cards play, including a pocket pair for four of a kind.
You don’t even have to win the hand, or hold on to it. Although, if you do fold and your hand improves, your jackpot will not. In fact, all flush jackpot hands have an equal payout, which amounts to 10% of the jackpot pool.
Play All-In or Fold for a shot at the All-In or Fold jackpot. Win from 0.03% up to 10% of the jackpot depending on the stakes you’re playing by hitting a straight flush in Texas Hold’em or royal flush in Omaha.
Play All-In or Fold Bingo while you play All-In or Fold. Your hole cards are also your bingo cards. Win with them, and you’ll mark them off on your four-by-four bingo board. Complete a line within 50 hands playing Hold’em and 20 in Omaha, and you can win up to $160,000. Rewards are based on stakes.
Fish Buffet is GGPoker’s loyalty promo offering up to 60% cash back. Just play poker and casino games to collect Fish Buffet Points. Then, climb up the ranks to unlock higher cash back from 15% to 60%.
GGCare makes up for all the bad beats, suckouts and coolers by automatically registering you in a $30,000 Daily Flipout when you encounter one. Your starting stack will depend on pot size and your qualifying situation.
The GGPoker software has helped turn it into a legitimate alternative to PokerStars. It’s far from bulky, easy to navigate and completely customizable. The lobby is divided nicely, making it easy to get in the games you want to play. Plus, there’s instant access to your favorites, current promotions, upcoming tournaments and all of GGPoker’s special features and formats. There’s also a PokerCraft area where you’ll find your game history and other personal gameplay data.
You can’t save hand histories on GGPoker software, making third-party tracking software like PokerTracker and Hold’em Manager obsolete. However, the software includes a smart HUD with various opponent stats. Other in-game functionality on GGPoker includes:
Fun features also include various winner GIFs, the chance to share your hand on social networks through Hand Moments, and a SnapCam allowing you to record 15-second video messages you can share with your table.
It may seem small and insignificant at first, But GGPoker’s Card Squeeze feature is super fun, and it makes online poker feel more like live poker than anything else ever has. You get your hole cards and you can use your mouse to peel the corners up slowly, the same way you would with your hands sitting at a table with real cards in a real-life poker room.
GGPoker also slow rolls river cards, peeling the card back slowly to deliver max pleasure and pain, both of which are among the best parts of playing poker, whether you like it or not. Anything that makes online poker more like live poker is great, and GGPoker’s Card Squeeze feature delivers, making it among the best things on the site.
It’s probably a good problem to have, but there’s so many promotions running on GGPoker that it can be difficult to figure out what you’re after and if you’re maxing out what’s available.
You sign up, opt in to the bonus you want, and start playing the required games to gain extra rewards. Then you start to wonder: Are you also earning points in the Fish Buffet loyalty program? Should you be playing something else to go after jackpots or leaderboard rewards? What else is available for free?
GGPoker should probably condense all the promos into a smaller selection that’s easier to follow. Or, maybe just provide a few more details on how all the promos overlap. Poker players just want to feel as if they’re getting the best of it, and GGPoker could do more to assure them they are.
GGPoker is easy to download and install on most mobile devices and computers. Head over to the website through our link and click on the “Download now” button. Once the GGPoker app is downloaded to your device, you can open the file, choose your preferred language and click “Install” to set it up.
Get a security warning? Just click “Yes” or “Run.” Once the installation is complete, launch the app by clicking on the GGPoker icon on your mobile device or computer. Then, you can sign up for a free account with a valid email address or mobile number, opt in to the welcome bonus you want, and make a deposit using any one of the available methods.
Minimum operating system requirements depend on your computer or mobile device:
GGPoker is all about the most popular poker games and formats in the world today. That means ways to play that are unique to GGPoker as well as some of the most popular poker games and formats on the internet. Here’s a look at what GGPoker has to offer:
GGPoker offers all kinds of tournament play with various formats, including everything from sit and go’s to multi-table tournaments with guaranteed prize pools.
Daily guarantees include the Daily Main Event, the Turbo Special and Monster Stack. Plus, high rollers with buy-ins ranging from $500 to over $5,000. There are also Bounty Tournaments, T$ Builders and regular satellites. GGPoker also runs various tournament series, including WSOP online bracelet events, WSOP Circuit online events and its GGMasters series.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has given GGPoker the thumbs up, allowing it to launch an online poker and casino site in Pennsylvania, assuming GG finds a PA casino or approved PA-based gambling company to partner with.
Of course, that gives GGPoker license to launch in PA’s fenced-in market only. GGPoker will need to get separate licenses in New Jersey, Nevada and Michigan if it wants to launch in those states. Being licensed to launch in Pennsylvania’s fenced-in market only means GGPoker will allow players 21 or older who are inside state lines to play. It also means those players will only be playing against others in that same pool. That would change only if GGPoker gets licensed in another state, and Pennsylvania and other states join the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement, allowing sites to share player pools across state lines.
For now, that means PA players will not be playing against others on GGPoker’s international site. That means a smaller player pool, smaller guaranteed prize pools and fewer games. That said, GGPoker’s Pennsylvania site will include all the exclusive features and game types GGPoker has built its growing reputation on.
GGPoker says it has been preparing to enter the US market for a while, and getting a license to launch in Pennsylvania is just the first step. In other words, it’s looking to launch in New Jersey, too.
The good news as far as that is concerned is that New Jersey has already signed on to join the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement. That’ll allow GGPoker sites in other states to share player pools with its NJ site as long as those states sign the agreement.
Of course, a couple of things need to happen first, starting with GGPoker getting a New Jersey online poker license.
In January 2021, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a 2019 district court decision stating that the Wire Act only applies to sports betting. This opened the door to PA possibly joining the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement in 2021.
If GGPoker is on its way to Pennsylvania, thinking about New Jersey and taking a long, hard look at the entire US online poker market, then it’s looking to launch in Michigan, too.
Michigan’s online poker market just launched in 2021. However, online gambling laws in the state already include language allowing interstate online poker as long as there’s no federal ban.
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirming that the Wire Act only applies to sports betting means Michigan could be next to join the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement, even ahead of Pennsylvania.
If GGPoker can get licenses in NJ and MI, it could be sharing player pools across those two states even before Pennsylvania gets on board.
GGPoker isn’t going to try anything wildly new in Pennsylvania, but it will try to have all the same banking options other online gambling sites in the state have. That means deposit options could include the following:
GGPoker will offer withdrawals through your chosen method of deposit, the next most convenient method or a check in the mail. These are the most common deposit options that allow withdrawals:
GGPoker isn’t going to try anything very different in Pennsylvania when it comes to customer support, either. However, it will have a help section on the site with answers to most questions and live chat available through the website and the app, giving you direct access to the customer support team.
GGPoker is not legal or regulated across the US just yet. However, in February 2021, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved parent company NSUS Group Inc.’s license to run an online poker and online gambling site in Pennsylvania. That gives GGPoker the right to launch in the fenced-in PA online poker market if it can find a land-based casino or approved qualified gaming entity to partner with.
The company also has its eye on the New Jersey and Michigan online poker markets and will be hoping all three states join the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement, allowing GGPoker sites to share player pools across state lines and create a foothold in the emerging legal US online poker market.