PokerStars PA Set To Become First Online Poker Room In Pennsylvania

PokerStars PA Set To Become First Online Poker Room In Pennsylvania

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After months of speculation, it looks like PokerStars could open its doors to Pennsylvania this Monday, November 4th when the online poker room is expected to undergo a test launch. The opening of PokerStars would bring the top online poker room to the second state in the United States. PokerStars previously launched in New Jersey in 2016.

After a couple of days of testing, the online poker room would then likely officially launch. The testing process is similar to that undertaken by PA online casinos and sportsbooks. If those cases are any indication, PokerStars will be opened for good shortly after testing.

The online poker room comes via a licensing partnership with Mount Airy Casino, which would mean some Mount Airy branding within PokerStars PA.

The launch of PokerStars would mark just two years since Pennsylvania officially passed online gambling legislation. Since that time, various online gaming products have been launched including an online lottery operated by the state, online sports betting In May and online casinos in July. Online poker has been seen by many casinos as a lower priority product given its relative lack of success compared to online casinos and online sports betting.

What will PokerStars PA look like?

On the surface, PokerStars in PA will look similar to the PokerStars that many players around the world enjoy. It will have a very notable difference, however.

For one, PokerStars PA will only be available to players who are physically located in Pennsylvania. This means that any players you will be playing against on the poker room will also be physically located in the state. The traditional PokerStars.com will still be available to players worldwide from many countries, excluding the United States and some other countries that PokerStars either runs a ring-fenced online poker room or that they restrict entirely.

The player pool will be more similar to that of neighboring New Jersey, which features hundreds of real money cash game players at peak times, compared to the thousands at PokerStars.com. Fewer games and smaller tournaments will be available compared to their international counterpart. Still, online poker will be available in the state for the first time since 2011 and there is likely to be dozens of cash games and hundreds of thousands of dollars in monthly tournament prize pools.

The prospect of New Jersey and Pennsylvania merging PokerStars player pools could happen down the road, although immediately, concerns of the Wire Act compliance remain. Should the Wire Act concerns be resolved, players from both states would be able to play against each other — as well as a strong likelihood from other states — when those states regulate and allow PokerStars into their market.