Last Updated November 5, 2019
Originally Published November 1, 2019
With a population of 13 million, Pennsylvania is the largest state so far to have legalized online poker. And while other forms of online gaming preceded it, the launch of online poker is finally here for those physically located in the Keystone State.
We will be updating this page periodically with all of the latest information, so check back often to keep ahead of your competition.
What Launch Promotions Are Available at PokerStars PA?
To mark its entry to the new US market, PokerStars is offering two welcome bonuses to players:
- First deposit bonus offer of $30 free play by using code ‘FREE30’
- A 100% first deposit bonus matching up to $600 using the bonus code “STARS600”
Note, these offers are not stackable, meaning you can only use one.
Additionally, the room also has celebratory freerolls for PA players.
- A $20,000 Welcome Freeroll is scheduled to run on November 17.
- Daily $1000 Welcome Freerolls will be running from November 7 to 16.
“But that’s just to get things started,” according to PokerStars.“Watch this space for live and online tournament updates, and for a complete online gaming experience unique to Pennsylvania.”
Where Can I Download The PokerStars PA Software?
Players will be able to register and download the PokerStars PA software including the mobile apps (both Android and iOS) from the PokerStars PA website which according to the press release is available at PokerStars.bet.
I Have An Existing PokerStars Account Which I Created Before Black Friday. Will I Be Able To Use That Account For PokerStars PA?
Players with existing PokerStars accounts registered on a different platform (.COM, .EU, .NJ for example) can use their existing credentials to login but they will be prompted to create a new PokerStars PA account.
I Have An Existing FOX Bets Account in PA. Do I need to create a separate PokerStars account?
No. If you already have a FOX Bets account, you can use that account to play on PokerStars PA. In addition, the funds you have on account at FOX Bet can be used at PokerStars as the sites share a common wallet.
Do I Have To Be Physically Located In Pennsylvania To Create A PokerStars PA Account?
Like in New Jersey, to be able to participate in real money games, players must be physically located within the borders of Pennsylvania.
In addition, you need a US address and Social Security Number (SSN) to play for real money on PokerStars PA. According to the FOX Bet/PokerStars PA website:
If you are visiting Pennsylvania and wish to play real money games on PokerStars PA, you have to register an account under our PA license and have a Social Security Number (SSN). The SSN is necessary to verify your account. If you don’t have a SSN, you can only enjoy Play Money games.
The following criteria must be met in order to play in the State of Pennsylvania:
* You must have a PA Stars account.
* You must be 21 years of age or older.
* You must be physically located within Pennsylvania.
* You must have a Social Security Number and US postal address.
* You must complete an electronic account verification (if you intend to play for real money).
Can I Make Real Money Transfers Between Players?
No, real money player-to-player transfers will not be allowed as per Pennsylvania gaming regulations.
When Did PokerStars Launch Online Poker in Pennsylvania?
PokerStars PA went live in a soft launch period on Monday, November 4 at 2pm and lasted until 10pm. During this soft launch, the online poker room underwent testing to ensure that player experience components of the software are properly functioning including geolocation services, payment processing, and responsible gaming measures.
The soft launch testing period continued on Tuesday, once again starting at 2pm, but the second day lasted until midnight.
If all goes well, a full launch is expected to take place on Wednesday November 6.
“We’re excited to launch PokerStars as the first and currently the only online poker option available to players in Pennsylvania,” said Matt Primeaux, President, FOX Bet in a press release issued on Monday.
“Including today’s launch of our highly rated casino product, which is now available in the FOX Bet and PokerStars apps, we’re proud to say we’re currently the only online provider offering all three forms of regulated gaming in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Primeaux continued.
Who is Eligible to Play at PokerStars PA?
People at least 21 years of age or older that are physically located within the borders of Pennsylvania are eligible to play online poker for real money at PokerStars Pennsylvania.
What Cash Games Are Offered at PokerStars PA?
Without a doubt, No Limit Hold’em will be the most widely available cash game spread on PokerStars PA, but there will also be a selection of other games too.
Although the initial soft launch period may contain a limited offering, based on our observation of the PokerStars PA test site, the following poker variants are expected to be on offer:
• Limit Hold’em
• Limit Omaha H/L
• Limit Stud
• Limit Stud H/L
• Limit 2- 7 Triple Draw
• Limit Razz
• Pot Limit Omaha (PLO)
• PL Omaha H/L
• PL 2- 7 Triple Draw
• PL 5 Card Omaha
• 8 Game
What Stakes Are Offered at PokerStars PA Cash Games?
PokerStars has a wide range of stakes and limits.
NLHE and PLO tables have stakes as low as $0.01/$0.02 and as high as $25/$50.
Limit Hold’em has tables with stakes as low as $0.10/$0.20 and ranging as high as $50/$100. Other variants (including 8 game which is a mix of Limit Games and NLHE and PLO ) start at low as $0.50/$1 and range as high as $100/$200.
Are Sit N’ Gos (SNGs) Available on PokerStars PA?
Yes, PokerStars spreads SNGs at both 6-max and heads-up tables with buy-ins ranging from $1 to $500.
No Limit Hold’em (NLHE) and Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) are the only variants available as SNGs, with all 6-max games offered as Turbos only and all heads-up games only available as Hyper Turbos.
Are Spin & Gos be Available on PokerStars PA?
Currently, PokerStars’ Spins (three-handed Sit N Gos with a variable prize pool) are not available on PokerStars PA. It is expected that the popular poker format will be offered, as it is available in other regulated markets.
Does PokerStars offer Multi-Table Tournaments (MTTs)?
Yes, PokerStars has a full slate of poker tournaments for players in Pennsylvania. These games offer tremendous value to players as the larger population of Pennsylvania has allowed PokerStars to offer MTTs with lower buy-in than neighboring New Jersey and higher guaranteed prize pools.
In addition to MTTs that run daily with buy-ins starting at just $2, PokerStars has a full slate of Sunday Majors. Based on our most recent information, there will be at least 5 big MTTs every Sunday with a total of more than $50,000 guaranteed.
Special promotions and pent-up excitement about the launch of online poker in Pennsylvania will probably contribute to even bigger prize pools.
Is Zoom Offered in Pennsylvania?
PokerStars is not offering its fast-fold poker format, Zoom, in Pennsylvania initially. It is unclear if/when the format will be made available. It is important to note that Zoom is also not available in New Jersey, but it may be introduced once the player pools of New Jersey and Pennsylvania are combined.
Can Players at PokerStars PA Play with Players on PokerStars NJ?
Currently shared liquidity, the ability for players in different states to compete at the same cash games and in the same poker tournaments, is not authorized by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
In addition, the legality of shared liquidity is being questioned by the US Department of Justice, and while the proponents of shared liquidity have prevailed so far in the courts, the fight is still ongoing.
Eventually, it is expected that shared liquidity will be allowed and that Pennsylvania will join the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA) which currently includes New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware. Once that happens, PokerStars will be able to allow its players in New Jersey and Pennsylvania compete against each other.