Last updated October 29, 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?

As of June 2020, 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.

Mystery House

The Mystery House promotion rewards players as they make their way along the 28-square game board path. In total, $175,000 is designated to be given away.

There are eight different rooms along the path, and when you land on the square in front of one of the doors, you can enter the room where you will find a key and a chest containing personalized rewards based on your Stars Rewards level.

To proceed along the path you will need to complete the progress bar by playing real money games. When a progress bar is completed, you get to roll a die that will determine the number of spaces you will move.

When you collect 3 keys or reach the final square on the board, you will complete the Mystery House challenge and receive a final chest with special prizes.

The personalized chests in the rooms contain prizes based on each player’s rewards level as follows:

  • Blue: $0.75
  • Bronze: $1.25
  • Silver: $4
  • Gold: $15
  • Diamond: $30
  • Black: $80

The final chest prizes also depend on your rewards level with most prizes ranging from $5 for Blue level players to $350 for Black level players, but there are also bigger prizes that range from $100 at the Blue level to $15,000 at the Black level.

Mystery House at a Glance

  • Runs through Nov 1
  • Must opt-in
  • More than $175,000 in prizes available
  • Play cash games or tournaments to roll the die and proceed along the gameboard path
  • Collect 3 keys from the rooms along the way or finish the board to get the final chest
  • Prizes depend on your rewards level and are personalized

Golden Button Challenge

The Golden Button Challenge is a puzzle game with $5000 in prizes available every day. When you collect all the puzzle pieces you get an instant cash reward.

To collect puzzle pieces you need to win a hand holding an Ace at a real money No Limit Hold’em cash game table with at least 4 players minimum.

If you are on the button when you win with an Ace in your hand, you will get a Golden Puzzle piece that will speed-up your progress.

Golden Button Challenge at a Glance

  • Runs through Nov 1
  • Must opt-in
  • Up to $5000 in prizes available each day
  • Complete the puzzle to get an instant cash prize
  • Puzzle pieces are won when you win a hand holding an Ace
  • Players can only collect one puzzle piece per hand
  • You must complete the entire Challenge to get a cash reward

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.