PokerStars is expanding its enormous online poker platform into the Keystone State thanks to the recent changes for legal online poker in Pennsylvania.
The company is currently leading the online poker scene in New Jersey and is considered to be one of the first operators to break ground in PA.
The company is likely to provide a similar online poker experience as that of New Jersey when it comes to game selection, banking options, bonuses, promotions and more.
What’s on offer?
Players in Pennsylvania can look forward to an attractive welcome package along with plenty of monthly reload-match offers.
The reliable, simplistic software package from PokerStars will come equipped with a plethora of customization options to give the company the advantage in a brand-new market.
The in-house team at PokerStars has also done a fantastic job implementing new varieties and styles to ensure the most significant assortment of game types in the US.
There’s no doubt that poker enthusiasts in PA are in for a treat once PokerStars opens its virtual doors.
With that in mind, let’s take an in-depth look at the potential bonus offers that you can expect as a new player. Then we will share other promotions designed explicitly for its loyal customers.
Also, we will walk you through the game selection, tournament selection, and payment methods before we conclude our review with poker software and customer support.
PokerStars PA bonus offers
There’s absolutely no doubt that PokerStars PA will come equipped with a marvelous welcome package.
Expect to find two welcome offers as a newly registered player. The first will be a credit for merely signing up for a new account, while the second will be an award on your initial deposit.
We anticipate that PokerStars in Pennsylvania should offer a similar welcome package as PokerStars in New Jersey.
If this is the case, you can expect to find a $30 bonus along with a 100% welcome bonus, up to $600.
PokerStars Free $30
If the bonus structure remains the same, Pennsylvania players should be greeted by a free $30 bonus for simply registering a new account and making a minimum deposit of $20.
The free $30 will likely provide $20 in bonus funds along with Spin & Go tickets worth $10. Spin & Go tickets are essentially the same as Sit & Gos.
100% welcome bonus, up to $600
Once you’ve claimed the free $30, you should also be entitled to a 100% welcome bonus, up to $600, if we go by the New Jersey-based PokerStars’ site. However, we anticipate that the maximum bonus amount is going to be higher than usual to attract more Pennsylvanians to the site.
Apart from the welcome offer, PokerStars in Pennsylvania will likely provide reload bonuses for loyal, existing players. It will partially match deposits if you’ve been playing on the platform for a while.
You can also expect to find playthrough requirements on each of the bonus offers at PokerStars in Pennsylvania.
Basically, this means that you will need to accumulate 100 VIP player points before you can make a successful withdrawal.
Players in New Jersey are earning 5.5 VIP player points for every $1 they spend on cash games or tournament fees.
PA players should also receive two additional deposits, along with four months, to clear the bonus before the points expire.
PokerStars game selection in Pennsylvania
Even though players are predominantly excited about the classic poker variants, other variations will surely make its way to Pennsylvania on the PokerStars platform.
In fact, PokerStars in New Jersey currently impresses with the biggest selection of online poker varieties with a total of 17 games.
You should be able to find the perfect online poker game by using built-in filters to find games by type, the maximum number of players, stakes and buy-in levels. Furthermore, you will have the option to hide full tables for added convenience.
Online poker enthusiasts in Pennsylvania should also have the same features and customization options as players in New Jersey when it comes to saving filters for future use.
The wide range of poker games that will likely make their way to Pennsylvania include:
- 2-7 Single Draw
- 2-7 Triple Draw
- 8 Game Mix
- Five Card Draw
- Five Card Omaha
- Omaha Hi/Lo
- Stud Hi/Lo
We anticipate that No-Limit Hold’em will dominate the games lobby where limits should range from $0.05/$0.10 up to $25/$50. However, Limit Hold’em will also be quite popular among players with stakes going as high as $100/$200 on most days.
The table limits for these games will coincide with the limits for Texas Hold’em. However, it will greatly depend on player traffic and the variant you wish to play on the day.
Player traffic at PokerStars PA
Once PokerStars in Pennsylvania launches, you should see more than 100 players on various cash games at any given time.
Player traffic is likely to peak between 7-8 p.m. That’s when you should see an increase to 200-300 players, if not more.
Over the weekends, player traffic should even increase to around 500-600 players at any given time. However, this is only an estimate by looking at PokerStars NJ’s numbers.
Tournament selection at PokerStars Pennsylvania
Poker tournaments are going to be one of the most attractive features for the online poker community in Pennsylvania. These should eventually become ever more populated.
To successfully build a robust tournament schedule, along with a selection of options, there needs to be a sizeable player pool to join in on these events. As we’ve all witnessed with new online poker rooms, it takes a while before poker tournaments gather enough momentum.
However, with PokerStars aiming to become the biggest online poker operator in the Keystone State, we expect to find a wide variety of tournaments with some sizeable prize pools.
Poker tournaments are ideal for transforming a small buy-in into a massive payday. This is especially true for tournies that comes equipped with guaranteed prize pools.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the poker tournaments that should make their way to Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania’s Championship of Online Poker
The PokerStars platform in the Keystone State will undoubtedly provide the Championship of Online Poker tournament to players in the newly legalized state.
We anticipate that Pennsylvania will mimic the events that are taking New Jersey by storm. The event is providing one of the largest payouts in the US with a staggering $1.2 million spread across 46 poker tournaments.
Sundays are the most important day when it comes to online poker in New Jersey; we expect that it will be the same in Pennsylvania.
You will notice that all the Main Events will occur on a Sunday at PokerStars Pennsylvania, usually between the hours of 6-8 p.m. every week. The required buy-ins will likely range between $5-$250, depending on the size of the prize pool that should be worth $10,000 or more.
You can participate in multiple satellite tournaments throughout the week. These award entries into the larger tournaments on Sunday for a fraction of the original entry price.
Spin & Go tournaments
Spin & Gos are considered the most popular tournaments at PokerStars New Jersey. We believe that these will prove just as popular in Pennsylvania.
The welcome bonus at PokerStars PA is likely to be the same at PokerStars NJ; therefore, it should include a $10 bonus for Spin & Go play.
These tournaments are essentially the same as Sit & Gos, complete with a smaller number of players and much faster gameplay.
The initial buy-in should be relatively low, while a multiplier spin feature will determine the prize pool. The multiplier value can reach up to 1,000 times the current buy-in value.
Once player traffic reaches a sizable figure within the Keystone State, PokerStars will provide an arsenal of multi-table tournaments (MTT). MTTs will impress with smaller buy-ins and bigger payouts due to the size of the player base involved.
As you play and advance throughout the tournament, you will be seated with winners from other tables. You eventually will make it to the final table or you fall out due to running out of poker chips.
MTTs take a lot longer to complete when compared to Spin N’ Go tournaments.
There should be hundreds of smaller daily tournaments available throughout the day, allowing you to enjoy poker variations like Omaha or Texas Hold ’em in the Keystone State.
These tournaments will come equipped with extremely low buy-in requirements and a decent prize pool. PokerStars is already renowned for providing the most extensive selection of tourneys in the Garden State, so we expect the same for players in Pennsylvania.
Your daily tournaments should also include a good mixture of change-up, turbos, and knockout tournaments.
The PokerStars software should provide Pennsylvania customers the convenience and flexibility to play on their desktop computer, along with the ability to play via a mobile browser-based website and mobile app. We don’t know when mobile apps will be available for Apple and Android users in Pennsylvania.
The PokerStars mobile poker app will give you access to all the cash games and tournaments. Also, you can claim promotions, contact support, make deposits, request withdrawals and more. The mobile poker apps should run smoothly, much like the Pokers NJ app.
PokerStars payment methods
We anticipate that PokerStars in Pennsylvania is going to impress every poker enthusiast in the state with available banking options.
We expect the overall selection might be fewer than PokerStars NJ at first. As time goes by, PokerStars PA will create a substantial range as it forms partnerships with sources in the state.
The professionalism and experience of PokerStars shines when you look at how quickly it handles deposits and processes withdrawals through the poker software.
This efficiency will surely be the case for players in Pennsylvania too, regardless if you use your desktop computer or mobile device.
Deposit methods at PokerStars PA
- ACH e-check
- Cash at the casino cage partner’s cage
- PokerStars’ instant online banking
- PokerStars Online Play+ card
- Visa or Mastercard
Each deposit method will allow you to deposit funds instantly without having to worry about any hidden fees or charges from the operator’s end. Each payment method is safe and secure.
All of your financial and personal details will be safeguarded using SSL-encryption technology.
Withdrawal methods at PokerStars PA
- ACH e-check
- Cash at the casino cage partner’s cage
- PokerStars online Play+ card
When it comes to withdrawing your winnings, PokerStars PA will be able to process your payment within 24 hours. Examining the NJ site, you should receive your winnings within 3-10 working days, depending on your preferred payment method.
E-wallet options will reflect in your funds within 48 hours, while ACH can take up to five days to clear your funds.
Customer support at PokerStars Pennsylvania
The customer service center at PokerStars is renowned for providing professional support quickly and effectively. We expect the support desk at PokerStars PA to be no different.
You’ll be able to reach a PokerStars representative in several ways to ensure your query or request is dealt with as soon as possible.
The contact methods should include:
- Live chat facility
- Email support
- Telephone support
The customer service center in Pennsylvania should be available 24/7. Alternatively, you should also have access to a comprehensive FAQ section on the official site. It can assist you with a range of queries from registering a new account to making a successful withdrawal with step-by-step instructions.
PokerStars in Pennsylvania is likely to follow in the footsteps of its New Jersey counterpart and offer one of the best online poker sites in the state. Likewise, bonuses should be generous and simple to clear.