Mount Airy Casino Resort is one of the original nine casino license holders that applied for a $10 million PA online gambling license to operate online poker, online slots, and online table games.
Mount Airy Casino online casino plans
Mount Airy Casino Resort’s plan for PA online gambling plan became clear on Aug. 10, 2018. That’s when The Stars Group, the parent company of the world’s largest online poker site PokerStars, announced it would soon be launching PA online poker, PA online casino, and PA online sports betting sites in partnership with the casino resort.
Most of PokerStars’ and Mount Airy’s plan got the thumbs up from regulators at the end of November 2019. That was when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved Mount Airy’s interactive gaming petition. This opened the door for PokerStars to launch a PA online poker and PA online casino site in the first quarter of 2019.
Back in August, when the two sides inked the deal, the plan included the launch of a full suite of online gambling products and online and mobile sports betting under The Stars Group’s BetStars brand. However, Mount Airy has not applied for a PA sports betting license yet. The Stars Group does have paperwork in for its sports betting operator license though.
PokerStars in the US
Of course, the US Department of Justice closed the US market to PokerStars in 2011. The DOJ charged principals in the company with various money laundering, bank fraud, and illegal gambling offenses.
PokerStars has since changed ownership, settled the case, and returned to the US in 2016. However, it came back in New Jersey only after regulators approved the launch of a PokerStars NJ online poker and casino site.
The Stars Group also launched online and mobile sports betting under its BetStars brand in NJ in 2018.
The offering at PokerStars NJ is a no doubt a clear indication of what PA players can expect from the PokerStars-Mount Airy online casino and online poker product expected to launch early in 2019.
Signing up for PokerStars PA
Registration at PokerStars NJ is a relatively simple and easy process. It takes just a few minutes and requires only minimal personal information. The process should be similar for PokerStars in Pennsylvania.
Mount Airy bonuses and promos
New players at PokerStars NJ are entitled to part of a rather unique welcome bonus.
When a player makes his or her first deposit, they get:
- A match deposit bonus
- Free spins
- Progressive Jackpot Slot bonus
- The chance to win up to $1,000 in cash
This all happens over the first five days after a player signs up and deposits $20, $50, or $100 or more using various promo codes based on the amount of the deposit.
The online poker and casino sites are integrated, meaning you need just one account and one wallet to play both. However, the bonuses can only be used to play PokerStars Casino games.
The PA welcome bonus should be similar as PokerStars looks to sell its casino game offering in PA as much as online poker.
Deposits and withdrawals on PokerStars
PokerStars NJ online offers one of the wider variety of deposit options in that market. There’s little doubt it will be a leader in this field in PA as well.
However, issues with online gambling transactions among a number of issuing banks mean many credit card and debit card transactions will be declined.
That means the wide variety of alternative methods of deposit PokerStars will offer in PA becomes even more important. Players can expect PokerStars PA to accept the following deposit methods:
- Instant eChecks
- Stars Transfer
- Cash at the Mount Airy Cage
- PokerStars Play+ Card
As has become the norm with online casino sites, players will most likely be able to withdraw money the same way they deposited it. Plus, they can always get a check by mail.
Mount Airy casino games
PokerStars NJ is doing its best to be more than just an online poker site. That means offering a wide variety of blackjack, roulette, video poker, slots, and alternative casino games on the site.
The game selection has never been as big as others in NJ, and that will likely continue in PA. However, the classic online casino experience is there.
PokerStars NJ doesn’t have nearly the number of slots other NJ online casinos do. There’s about 35, however, and some pretty popular titles are among them. Most come from NYX Gaming’s proprietary games studio, NextGen.
There are currently no progressives slots available. If there’s room for improvement in PA over the NJ offering it is in the slots library. However, with the hefty tax on online slots in PA, PokerStars may not want to go there just yet.
Popular slots on the NJ site include:
- Guns N’ Roses
- Chili Gold and Flowers
There are five video poker games available on PokerStars NJ:
- Jacks or Better
- Double Double Bonus
- Deuces Wild
- Joker Poker
- Double Bonus
Despite not having a huge selection of games overall, PokerStars NJ has online blackjack covered. In fact, there are a staggering eight different blackjack alternatives and each should migrate to PA.
Here’s the list:
- Classic Blackjack
- Perfect Pairs Blackjack
- Atlantic City Blackjack
- European Blackjack
- Premium Atlantic City Blackjack
- Premium Blackjack
- Double Deck Atlantic City Blackjack
- Double Deck Blackjack
Stakes start at $0.10, there are games with optional side bets, and the site offers just about every Blackjack rule variation out there.
When it comes to Roulette, PokerStars NJ covers the barely covers the basics, but that might be a good thing for players. European Roulette is there, but the high house edge American Roulette is not.
PokerStars NJ also offers something called Double Ball Roulette which also has only one zero. Both these Roulette games are likely coming with it to PA.
Other PokerStars Casino games
PokerStars NJ also offers the alternative casino game Heads-Up Hold’em. Which is no surprise, considering its a poker game.
This is a relatively high RTP casino game that should make the jump to PA as well.
Mount Airy online poker
It’ll likely end up with a funky name like PokerStars Mount Airy attached to it, thanks to regulations, but PokerStars and its vaunted online poker software is coming to PA.
This is without a doubt the best software in the business and it has helped PokerStars become the world’s largest online poker site. It would be the market leader in NJ as well, except for the fact NJ is the only state where it operates, meaning it can’t take advantage of shared player pools with Delaware and Nevada just yet.
PokerStars will no doubt be eagerly anticipating PA signing that multi-state agreement, so it can share player pools across its NJ and PA sites and begin its latest attempt at US online poker domination. That is probably over a year away though, so don’t hold your breath in the meantime.
In the meantime, the company’s experience and its superior software could make it the online poker market leader in PA from the jump.