Last updated July 01, 2020
Original publish date: December 3, 2019

PokerStars became the first online poker room in Pennsylvania when it soft-launched on the afternoon of Monday, November 4. After live-testing some of the consumer-facing components of the software for eight hours on the first day and 10 hours the next day, PokerStars PA went fully live on Wednesday November 6.

While the testing proved that the software and its corresponding processes (geolocation, banking, etc.) we properly functioning, some people had difficulty downloading the PokerStars PA software client. Some of the confusion resulted from a press release that pointed potential players to pokerstars.bet, an easy to remember URL apparently intended to redirect players to the correct URL. However, many people reported problems with some being redirected to the play money .NET client and others being directed to the PokerStars New Jersey download site.

Other questions that arose after PokerStars went live revolved around the various bonus codes and promotions being offered in Pennsylvania. As a result, we are providing a comprehensive aggregation of the promos and bonuses that PokerStars is offering in the Keystone State.

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What is the Correct URL to Download the PokerStars PA Software?

While there may be other URLs that may eventually redirect users to the proper location to download the PokerStars PA client, the software including mobile apps for both iOS and Android devices is available at pokerstarsmtairycasino.com. Although a shorter URL might have been easier to remember, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board regulations require that the land-based casino partner’s name be included in the URL.

Once downloaded, the PokerStars software installs pretty easily. For most users, it is not necessary to change any of the default configurations. Simply check the box to indicate you agree to the PokerStars PA End User License Agreement, and click on the green Install button.

After the software has been successfully installed, players will be prompted to register a screen name and new account if they do not already have one. If you have a FOX Bet Pennsylvania account, simply use those credentials to login.

What Bonus Codes Are Available for PokerStars PA?

June 2020 UPDATE: PokerStars has confirmed that BOTH of the the Welcome Bonuses below can be used.*

Previously, it was thought that these Welcome Bonus offers were not stackable (only one could be used), but the company has since confirmed to pokerfuse that both offers can be used by new players.

There are two bonus codes available for PokerStars PA, one that will get you $30 in free play and the other is a first-deposit match bonus.

  • Use the Bonus Code “FREE30” to get $30 in free play. This offer is available to new users that make their first deposit of $20 or more and use the bonus code.
  • Use the Bonus Code “STARS600” to get a bonus equal to 100% of your first three real money deposits up to $600. The qualifying deposits must be made within the first 60 days.

Please note that if you have already made a deposit on FOX Bet, you will not be eligible for these bonuses.

Can I Qualify for More Than One Bonus on PokerStars PA?

Yes, now you can use both Welcome Bonus offers when you sign up for a new account on PokerStars PA by using these special Bonus Codes: FREE30 and STARS600. The change in policy was confirmed to pokerfuse by a PokerStars representative.

The $30 FREE Welcome Bonus will likely take you less time to redeem than the First Deposit Match Bonus, but if you expect to play a fair amount of online poker within the next four months, the First Deposit Match Bonus has the potential to offer greater value (up to $600).

Besides the first-time deposit offers, PokerStars PA will run other promotions that offer bonuses, including deposit bonuses. Often, these types of promotions will run during one of the online poker tournament series on the site, like PACOOP and PASCOOP.

How do I Claim the PokerStars PA $30 Free Play Bonus?

The $30 FREE bonus from PokerStars PA consists of a $20 cash bonus and $10 in tournament tickets and can be claimed as follows:

  • Download the PokerStars PA software here
  • Create a Stars ID. If you already have a PokerStars.com ID, click the link to enter your existing PokerStars credentials. You can also enter your existing FOX Bets username and password if you have one of those.

PokerStars PA Sign Up Bonus

  • After you have created/logged in with your Stars ID, click on the gold Cashier button in the top right corner of the PokerStars lobby. Here you will be able to enter the bonus code “FREE30” and as long as this is your first real money deposit and is a minimum of $20 you will qualify for the bonus.

And since the $30 FREE bonus requires a qualifying deposit, players will also qualify with two added bonuses: A ticket to the Depositor Freeroll which takes place on the last Sunday of each month and 1 million in free play money chips.

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How do I Claim the PokerStars PA $600 Deposit Match Bonus?

  • Download the PokerStars PA software here.
  • Create a Stars ID. If you already have a PokerStars.com ID, click the link to enter your existing PokerStars credentials. You can also enter your existing FOX Bets username and password if you have one of those.
  • After you have created/logged in with your Stars ID, click on the gold Cashier button in the top right corner of the PokerStars lobby. Here you will be able to enter the bonus code “STARS600” PokerStars will then provide a bonus equal to 100% of your deposit. This offer extends to your first three deposits on the site in the first 60 days up to $600 as longs as you use the bonus code on each deposit and do not make withdrawal before completing three deposits. If you do withdraw, you will keep the bonuses assigned but future deposits will not be eligible for the match bonus.
  • Making a deposit also qualifies you for the Depositor Freeroll which takes place on the last Sunday of each month and 1 million in free play money chips.

What Pennsylvania Online Poker Promotions Are Currently Being Offered?

Currently, PokerStars PA is the only online poker room operating in Pennsylvania. Besides the Welcome Bonuses offered by PokerStars PA, periodically there are other promotions that you can participate in to pad your bankroll.

In this section, you will find a current list of promotions on offer for players in the state. This list will be maintained on a regular basis, so check back as needed with confidence that the latest information on Pennsylvania Online Poker promotions can be found here.

Half Price Sundays

On Sunday July 5, PokerStars PA is cutting the price of some of its most popular tournaments in half.

That doesn’t mean that the tournaments will be smaller. The guarantees for the select tournaments will remain in effect for this special promotion, meaning there is the potential for more value for players.

Below is a schedule of the Half Price Sunday tournaments along with the buy-in, guarantee and starting time.

Half Price Sundays Schedule for Pennsylvania

Time Tournament Buy-in GTD
6:00 Half Price Sunday Warm Up $15 $10,000
17:00 Half Price Sunday Storm $5 $3500
18:00 Half Price Sunday Special $50 $85,000
19:00 Half Price Sunday High Roller $125 $25,000
22:00 Half Price Sunday Supersonic $25 $7500

These half price events can be found in the PokerStars PA lobby by going to the Tourney tab and then searching for Half Price. Mobile users can search using the More menu.

Satellites are also running for those that want to try to win their way into these special tournaments.

Tournament tickets previously won for Sunday tournaments can not be used for this special promotion.

What are the Requirements for Clearing the PokerStars PA First Deposit Match Bonus?

In order to redeem he First Deposit Match Bonus, you will need to earn Redemption Points by playing real money games on PokerStars PA. Five Redemption Points are earned for each dollar of rake or tournament fees paid. Note that freerolls do not require a fee and thus do not count towards earning Redemption Points.

The money from the First Deposit Match Bonus is distributed directly into your PokerStars PA account in $10 increments after 140 Redemption Points are earned. This equates to a return of 35% on each dollar of rake and tournament fees paid as part of the First Deposit Match Bonus.

There is also a time limitation on claiming the First Deposit Match Bonus. Players have 120 days to redeem this bonus. Any unredeemed amount of the bonus that remains after the redemption period will be forfeited.

I Have Already Made a Deposit on FOX Bet. Am I Still Eligible for the PokerStars PA Bonuses?

Since both the $30 FREE bonus and the First Deposit Match Bonus require users to enter the bonus code on their first deposit, if you have already made a deposit on FOX Bet, you are not eligible for these two Welcome Bonuses.