Following Strong Weekend Launch, PokerStars PACOOP Ups Guarantees Twice In Three Days

The opening weekend of the PokerStars PACOOP tournament series was so popular, the online poker site has upped the guarantees twice this week.

Talk about pent up demand. PokerStars PA has upped their guaranteed prize pools for the PA Championship of Online Poker series twice since the tournament series started on Nov. 30.

The upwards resets came after a successful weekend round of tournaments which launched the tournament series.

Sweet smell of success for PACOOP

For instance, the opening $100 No-Limit Hold’em event had a guarantee of $20,000.  The turnout more than doubled that number though,  with a prize pool of more than $50,000. The third event, with a $15,000 guarantee, finished with a nearly $35,000 prize pool.

The most significant event of the opening weekend, a $200 buy-in Sunday Special, had a $50,000 guarantee, but the final prize pool was $63,426. The top player took home nearly $12,000.

Here is a look at the remaining events on the schedule and what guarantees have been bumped up from the original number:

EventDateTournamentNew GuaranteeNewer Guarantee
17Dec. 5$200 NL Hold'em [Thursday Thrill SE]$30,000$40,000
18Dec. 5$50+R NL Hold'em$15,000$20,000
19Dec. 5$100 NL Hold'em [BigStack Turbo]$15,000
20Dec. 6$300 Eight-Game [6-Max]$15,000
21Dec. 6$150 NL Hold'em [Turbo, 6-Max]$15,000
22Dec. 7$100 NL Hold'em [Deepstack, 8-Max]$20,000$30,000
23Dec. 7$150 NL Hold'em [Saturday Speedway SE]$15,000
24Dec. 8$100 NL Hold'em [Marathon]$25,000$30,000
25Dec. 8$100 PL Omaha [8-Max]$10,000$12,000
26Dec. 8$150 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Big Antes]$25,000$30,000
27Dec. 8$300 NL Hold'em [Sunday Special SE]$60,000
28Dec. 8$200 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO]$35,000
29Dec. 8$100 NL Hold'em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo]$12,000
30Dec. 9$300 NL Hold'em [4-Max]$30,000
31Dec. 9$500 PL Omaha [High-Roller, 6-max]$20,000$25,000
32Dec. 10$200 NL Hold'em [Super Tuesday SE]$50,000
33Dec. 10$100 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max]$8,000$10,000
34Dec. 11$30+R NL Holdem [6-Max]$10,000$15,000
35Dec. 11$200 NL Hold'em$20,000$25,000
36Dec. 11$100 Stud Hi/Lo$8,000$10,000
37Dec. 12$250 NL Hold'em [Thursday Thrill SE]$30,000$35,000
38Dec. 12$150 NL Hold'em [Turbo]$20,000
39Dec. 13$200 FL Holdem [6-Max]$10,000$12,000
40Dec. 13$200 NL Hold'em [Deep, Hyper-Turbo]$10,000$15,000
41Dec. 14$300 NL Hold'em [6-Max]$30,000
42Dec. 14$75 NL Hold'em [Zoom]$15,000
43Dec. 15$100 NL Hold'em [Big Antes]$15,000$20,000
44Dec. 15$300 NL Holdem [Main Event, 2-Day Event]$125,000
45Dec. 15$50 NL Hold'em [Main Event Structure]$25,000$35,000
46Dec. 15$100 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO]$20,000
47Dec. 15$100 PL Omaha [6-Max]$10,000$12,000
48Dec. 15$75 NL Hold'em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo]$10,000$12,000
49Dec. 16$150 NL Hold'em [Nightly Stars SE - PACOOP Wrap-Up]$25,000
50Dec. 16$100 NL Hold'em [Deep, Hyper-Turbo, 6-Max]$10,000$15,000

The COOP is part of the PokerStars brand

While this is the first COOP in PA, the COOP format is a signature brand for PokerStars in many jurisdictions. it is the first tournament series for the PA online poker site, which launched in PA just last month.

The recently launched poker site initially promised $1 million in guarantees across the 50 PACOOP events.

However, that changed Monday. PokerStars added $125,000 in guarantees. The Main Event, originally featured a $100,000 guarantee. Stars decided to bump that number up to $125,000.

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Guarantees now stand at $1.225 million

Then on Wednesday, PokerStars went all in, jacking up the guarantees again. The site added an additional $100,000 in guarantees, bringing the total to $1,225,000.

The second round of added money boosted the prize pool of the majority of the remaining events, though the Dec. 15 Main Event prize pool still stands at $125,000.

Final PACOOP day is Dec. 16

The PACOOP action started last weekend and continues through Monday, Dec. 16.

There are at least two tournaments to choose from daily and as many as six on one day. Buy-ins range from $50 to $500.

Heavy player traffic on PokerStars PA makes the added guarantees a less risky prospect for the site. Only one event required the company to make up the difference to hit a guarantee, and that fell short by only $200.

Online Poker Arrives In Pennsylvania: What You Need To Know About PokerStars PA

If you’re in Pennsylvania, online poker is finally legal and live. Learn more about PokerStars’ launch here.

The much-anticipated launch of online poker in Pennsylvania is finally here, thanks to PokerStars

With the launch, a new PA online casino is now available to state residents (and visitors).

Earlier this month, PokerStars PA and PokerStars Casino began testing in accordance with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). All of it is under the umbrella of the Fox Bet brand, which also offers PA online sports betting.

As a result after two successful days of testing, PokerStars PA received the green light from the PGCB to become fully operational on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Poker and casino apps accessible through iOS and Android

PokerStars Casino is available on mobile platforms via apps for both Android and iOS. The latter is in the App Store; Android users need to head to the PokerStars.bet site to download the app directly.

The Keystone State now has four online options with the others being: Hollywood Casino, Rivers Online CasinoandPlaySugarHouse. It is interesting to note that PokerStars Casino is the only operator to have Android and iOS apps from launch.

Getting started at PokerStars

Presently, PokerStars offers quite a few methods for depositing, including:

  • Visa/Mastercard
  • Echecks
  • PayNearMe
  • Stars Transfer

As long as you already have a Fox Bet account, you do not need to set up a new account. With the PokerStars and Fox Bet integration, the advantage of having a shared wallet means you can use Fox Bet balances to play at PokerStars and the PokerStars Casino games.

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PokerStars tournaments and cash games galore in PA

The biggest news in the state for online poker is a series that will guarantee $1 million: the PA Championship of Online Poker.

PokerStars also celebrated its debut with the $30,000 We Are in Pennsylvania Freeroll.

In case you are looking for cash-game play, PokerStars offers a wide variety of options.

No-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha and limit hold’em are the standard offerings. However, PokerStars has also included some of the lesser-known poker games including:

  • 8-Game
  • Razz
  • Triple Draw
  • Stud

Cash games are also on offer although for now, the highest stakes that are running include several tables of $2.50/$5 no-limit hold’em.

PokerStars casino launches with a wide variety of slots and table games

The casino is directly located within the poker client. Just tab over to check out the PokerStars Casino offerings of online slots and table games.

Players have their choice of 44 slot games, including the popular Divine Fortune progressive slot. Divine Fortune has already paid out some dizzying jackpots in PA alone.

Table game choices include blackjack, baccarat and European roulette.

Like the casino option, the Fox Bet Sportsbook tab is also located within the PokerStars software.

PokerStars Brings $1 Million Championship of Online Poker To PA

The PokerStars PA Championship of Online Poker will guarantee more than $1 million in prizes to Pennsylvania poker players.

Online poker in Pennsylvania is on a roll.

PokerStars and PokerStars Casino launched on the FOX Bet app in Pennsylvania earlier this month, making the world’s largest online poker site the first poker operator to go live in PA.

Now they have announced a championship with a $1 million guarantee beginning this month.

Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker – PACOOP

Known as the Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) series, the 50-event series from PokerStars PA runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 16.

PACOOP will include a variety of tournaments with buy-ins from $30 to $750.

Satellite games start at just $1.

The $300 buy-in Main Event closes out the championship on Dec. 15 with a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.

COOP events are a PokerStar signature

PokerStars markets the COOP series wherever they are in a market, including in nearby New Jersey.

Matt Primeaux, president of FOX Bet, explained:

The Championship of Online Poker, or COOP, is one of our most prestigious events and we’re proud to give Pennsylvania its own. Players in PA have already shown their excitement for PokerStars so we took things to the next level with a $1 million series guarantee and plenty of ways to get in on the action.

There are a variety of ways to get in on the action and find a set at the table beside the satellites.

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COOP  add-ons

  • Main Event Depositor Freeroll: This will award 25 Main Event tickets, worth a total of $7,500. That takes place on December 15 at 2 p.m. ET. See the PokerStars site for details.
  • Second Chance Freeroll: PACOOP players who get knocked out without making money still have a shot. Each freeroll will award $1,250 in satellite tickets and entries to PACOOP events, totaling $20,000. Freerolls run daily beginning at 6 p.m. ET from December 1 to 16, except on Sundays when they begin at 3 p.m. ET.

Strong opening for PokerStars

At several points during launch week, more players were online in PA than on the company’s established site in NJ.

PokerStars Ambassador Jennifer Shahade, who lives in PA, said:

I’m thrilled to see PokerStars’ COOP coming to Pennsylvania this December, giving PA players the chance to play in a world-renowned poker series and vie for titles. Having online poker in Pennsylvania has been amazing so far.

PokerStars Casino And Poker Now Available In Pennsylvania

The testing period is underway and PokerStars Pennsylvania is just two days away from fully launching into a 24/7 online casino site.

Online poker finally arrived in Pennsylvania with testing and a soft-launch of PokerStars and PokerStars Casino scheduled to launch at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.

Play should last until 10 p.m., then resume on Tuesday at 2 p.m.and run until midnight again. If everything shakes out, full play should begin on Nov. 6.

FOX Bet President Matt Primeaux said:

We’re excited to launch PokerStars as the first and currently the only online poker option available to players in Pennsylvania. Including today’s launch of our highly rated casino product, which is now available in the FOX Bet and PokerStars apps, we’re proud to say we’re currently the only online provider offering all three forms of regulated gaming in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Today is a big day in PA. The online casino for PokerKings also launched and  DraftKings Sportbook is also launching.

Word came of poker’s advent last Wednesday during a meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). Spokesman Doug Harbach outlined the details:

We have staff prepared to initiate and oversee a test launch this Monday of another online casino gaming site, this one licensed under Mount Airy Casino and their suite of casino-type games. At this juncture, it would include the testing of a poker game.

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Resembles PokerStars’s NJ site, but goodies and branding

There’s a resemblance to the established PokerStars site in New Jersey, but with branding for the new site’s brick-and-mortar partner, Mount Airy Casino Resort, Pocono, as Pennsylvania gaming guidelines require.

For now, it is a stripped-down version of what’s available in New Jersey. Around 200 to 300 people were playing during the after. Most were playing no-limit hold’em cash games.

The site promises online poker cash games, tournaments and larger Sunday tournaments with sizeable prizes and guarantees.

Opening goodies included:

  • Daily $1,000 welcome freerolls from Nov. 7 to 16
  • $20,000 welcome freeroll on Nov. 17
  • First deposit bonus offer of $30 free play 
  • 100% deposit bonus up to $600

More poker sites could be in the wings

PCBG Executive Director Kevin O’Toole has also said last week he expects additional online sites to roll out in the coming weeks. Some should provide poker as well as casino and sportsbook offerings.

The others in line to eventually offer poker next are:

PA online sites went live without poker

For anxious would-be PA poker players, its been a long wait.

Parx and Hollywood debuted online casino games July 15, but with very limited titles and no poker.  SugarHouse jumped in three days later, but again with no poker.

Rumors spoke to a September starting date for poker. However, nothing happened until PokerStars went through the vetting process with the PGCB.

PokerStars is the biggest online operator in the world. The company has a solid reputation. PokerStars also arguably has the most advanced poker software in the industry.

Details to sign-up and play

For now, all players must be located in PA, which is determined by geolocation.

While there is room under the 2017 gaming expansion law for a compact agreement that could eventually allow pooled games with players in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware wagering against PA players, regulators are holding off.

That’s likely because of the adverse Wire Act opinion issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier this year. Even with no enforcement yet, until there is a clarifying legal opinion, compacting is on hold.

An appeal of the underlying case involving the New Hampshire Lottery is not expected until well into 2020.

Like other forms of wagering in PA besides the Lottery, players must be at least 21-years-old.

Required information

In order to sign up for an account, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Last four digits of your Social Security Number

Nov. 4 A Big Day For PA With Launch Of DraftKings And PokerStars

It will be an incredibly busy Monday in Pennsylvania with the launch of PokerStars PA, Mount Airy Online Casino, and DraftKings set for Nov. 4.

Get your boots strapped in and giddy up!

After much anticipation, both DraftKings Sportsbook and PokerStars got the green light to launch in Pennsylvania on Monday, Nov. 4. Yesterday, PlayPennsylvania confirmed both impending launches. Until now, fans of PA online gambling have been champing at the bit for news of a launch.

Make way for the ‘king’

DraftKings gained conditional approval for a conditional sports wagering license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) during the Oct. 30 meeting. In August, DraftKings announced its intention to partner with Penn National Gaming. Notably, it counts as the Keystone State’s sixth online sportsbook.

DraftKings’ chief compliance officer Tim Dent shared with PlayPennsylvania the excitement surrounding the new license.

“DraftKings is excited to receive our sports wagering operator license, moving us one step closer to bringing our top-rated online and mobile sportsbook app to sports fans in Pennsylvania. Working in partnership with the outstanding team at Penn National Gaming, we expect the mandatory soft-play period to begin on Nov. 4 toward the goal of an official public launch a few days later.”

Penn National parts ways with William Hill

DraftKings will be The Meadow’s online sports wagering operator. The retail sportsbook is already open and accepting wagers.

With the new DraftKings’ partnership, Penn National parted ways with William Hill last week. As a result, the retail sportsbooks at Meadows and Hollywood Casino are now both powered by Kambi odds. In addition, Hollywood transferred back the shared services agreement to Penn Interactive as a more decisive and final disbandment with William Hill.

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Online poker coming on Nov. 4

PA poker players can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The much-awaited promise of online poker is almost finally a reality.  As expected, the first online poker room to launch on Monday is PokerStars.

Douglas Harbach, a PGCB spokesperson, substantiated the news to PlayPennsylvania at the Oct. 30 PGCB meeting.

“We have staff prepared to initiate and oversee a test launch this Monday of another online casino gaming site, this one licensed under Mount Airy Casino and their suite of casino-type games. At this juncture, it would include the testing of a poker game. The caveat is always that if issues come up, then the beginning of the testing could slide.”

While all of Pennsylvania is excited about the beginning of online poker, we should caution that this is the dawn of a new gaming industry for the state. Therefore, there may be potential issues.

The PGCB is notorious for its rigorous testing standards. A test launch does not equate to an official launch. On the other hand, the regulation and extreme measures ensure the safety and security of poker players.

Each online site’s testing has completed without problems. However, the PGCB warns that the Monday testing could be delayed if everything is not in place and ready to go.

Major FanDuel, PokerStars Merger Means A Powerhouse In The PA Market

The merger of The Stars Groups and Flutter Gaming means there is a massive new player in the game, one that is in a great position in Pennsylvania.

In a $6 billion deal, two powerhouse online gaming companies plan to come together next year, changing the world and Pennsylvania’s online gambling markets.

Flutter Entertainment, which includes Paddy Power and Betfair brands as well as FanDuel Group, which includes TVG, numberFire, and FanDuel Sportsbook PA, are acquiring The Stars Group, which is known for PokerStars, Sky Betting & Gaming, and the recently launched Fox Bet.

The combined mega-company will be valued at approximately $11.3 billion, making it the world’s biggest gaming company. It will operate as Flutter Entertainment Plc., based in Dublin, Ireland.

FanDuel rules PA and NJ online markets

FanDuel began as a daily fantasy sports brand in 2009 but expanded into sports betting following the Supreme Court ruling on the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA). FanDuel moved into the New Jersey sports betting market in 2018. It is currently the top online sportsbook in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The FanDuel Group has verticals operational in 40 states.

Fox Bet is new to Stars but leverages Fox Sports

Fox Bet came about after Fox Corporation bought into The Stars Group in May, intending to create a gambling company intertwined with the Fox Sports brand.

Fox bought a 4.99% stake in Stars in May for $236 million.

Fox Sports has an option to purchase up to 50% of Stars’ business in the US within the next decade. Under the acquisition deal,  Fox now has the right to buy 18.5% of Flutter’s business in the US at its 2021 market value.

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The FanDuel and Stars brands in Pennsylvania

Both FanDuel and Fox Bet are aggressively advertising and marketing, which should continue even after the merger.

The distinct brand identities should also remain and expand into new US markets. Experts believe they serve different market segments.

In Pennsylvania, the two companies are involved in the following projects, most of which have yet to launch in the state:

“We’re going to run a dual-brand strategy,” Matt King, chief executive officer of FanDuel, told Bloomberg.

It’s a proven model in the betting space. If you look at Paddy Power and Betfair in the UK and Ireland, both of those brands compete against each other but they also attack different parts of the marketplace. We think there is a complementary nature between FanDuel and Fox Bet.

Expect a move to a single online platform

The venture will create a group operating on a single platform, a huge competitive advantage.

FanDuel’s current platform has rave reviews. No details on the single platform plan came with the acquisition announcement.

According to Dustin Gouker, an analyst with Legal Sports Report:

Everyone else in the space in the US will struggle to keep up with the combined assets — and will — of the new Flutter/FanDuel Group in the US.

Fox Bet expects the combined online sports betting, online casino, and online poker markets could be worth $9 billion by 2025.

Until PA Online Poker Is A Reality, You Can Play PokerStars Virtual Reality

Pennsylvanians who love virtual reality and poker can earn they way onto PokerStar’s list of team pros now that the site is searching for ambassadors.

Does the idea of becoming a PokerStars Team Pro excite you?

Not only could you become a PokerStars Team Pro, but also you could become PokerStars’ first Virtual Reality (VR) Ambassador.

About PokerStars VR

PokerStars announced a search for their newest team member after recently launching its VR poker launch alongside the new Virtual Reality Poker Tour (VRPT).

Notably, the VRPT is a free-to-play tournament series that occurs entirely in a virtual reality world. In partnership with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, PokerStars brings an innovative way to combine the best of live and online poker.

Although the first VRPT series already occurred this weekend aboard the Galaxy Space Station, fear not. The next virtual stop in space is Macau, sometime in October. Lastly, the virtual series concludes at a location yet to-be-determined in November.

Imagine this: shuffling chips, handling cards, reading other players and using various interactive objects, all from the comfort of your own home. In this visually stunning and interactive environment, a player can choose to play against friends, Team PokerStars Pros and Twitch streamers.

In fact, just check out this exciting PokerStars VR Developer vlog:

Easy ways to qualify and become the first PokerStars VR Ambassador

By all means, it appears PokerStars is pulling out all the stops for players to qualify. Significantly, once a player qualifies through one of these means, the player is entered into the Final 10. Currently, there are no further details on what happens after the Final 10 players are chosen.

  • Every hand played is an opportunity for a ticket into the Final 10.
  • Community Hero – The most helpful community members (judged by Lucky VR Devs/PokerStars) across all digital channels gain entry to the Final 10.
  • Most chips won in cash games
  • Leaderboard rings/Spinning tops draw – Each Leaderboard Ring Won counts as 1 entry. Multiple tickets allowed.
  • VRPT Player of the Year – Become the Season 1 VRPT POY winner and a Final 10 seat is yours.
  • Spin to win – Any player who hits the PokerStars VR Ambassador Slot on the lobby spin wheel.
  • Make a royal flush – But, make sure it gets to showdown and gain a Royal Flush finalist ticket draw. From there, PokerStars draws from those finalists for one ticket to the Final 10.
  • Spin & Go – Any player who wins the top chips prize on any stake Spin & Go will also win a ticket to a draw where one winner will advance to the Final 10. Multiple tickets allowed.
  • Discord Ninja – Be the top 5 most helpful and engaging members on for Discord.
  • Popular vote – The in-game voting system will allow any player to cast their vote for who they think should be the PokerStars VR Ambassador using their watch UI.

Notably, the contest runs from Sept. 27 12 pm EST until Feb. 3rd 12 pm EST and is open to PA players, as this is a free-to-play product available across the US.

Online poker in PA still awaiting launch

To emphasize, there still is no real-money online poker in Pennsylvania. On July 15, PA online casinos set up shop with plenty of fanfare but, without online poker.

However, it is widely expected that PokerStars, in partnership with Mount Airy Casino, will be the first to begin testing. In the meantime, PA poker players will just have to keep waiting or hit the virtual reality felt.

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PA Online Poker Will Definitely Be In On PokerStars PSPC Platinum Passes

With the return of the PokerStars Players Championship in 2020, you can bet some Platinum Passes will go to Pennsylvania online poker players.

Start packing your bags and get your passports ready!

PokerStars announced a new tournament on the calendar, the 2020 PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC).  Specifically, 2020’s PSPC will take place in Barcelona during the European Poker Tour (EPT) festival from Aug. 20-24, 2020.

PokerStars unveiled the exciting news at this year’s EPT Barcelona.

The massive PSPC prize pool

Before you think that the PSPC is just any old poker tournament, at the inaugural 2018 PSPC event in the Bahamas, Spain’s Ramon Colillas won $5.1 million.

What’s more? Amazingly, Colillas qualified to the PSPC in an online qualifier.

To date, the PSPC is the largest $25,000 buy-in high roller event.

Platinum Pass giveaway

Most importantly, PokerStars will give away free Platinum Passes for entry into the tournament. Each Platinum Pass includes free entry to the €22,500 buy-in (approx. $25,000) tournament as well as a six-night hotel stay, flights, transfer, and certain other expenses for the winner and a guest.

“The inaugural PSPC was an amazing success, and featured hundreds of Platinum Pass winners who dared to dream of playing in an exclusive high-roller event,” said Severin Rasset, PokerStars’ Managing Director & Commercial Officer, Poker. “The PSPC demonstrates our commitment to cultivating and growing the game, not only by creating opportunities for poker fans of all levels to win life-changing sums of money but also by showcasing poker and the entertainment it provides.”

Qualifying for Platinum Pass in PA

So far, there is little information on the details surrounding the giveaways at the moment.

However, online poker is ready to launch shortly in the Keystone State. In particular, PokerStars readies to launch after inking a deal with Mount Airy Casino. Unfortunately, despite a rumor that PokerStars would launch last week, this was not the case. However, it remains the poker site most likely to launch first.

Although we don’t have the details yet, PokerStars previously ran Platinum Pass promotions in New Jersey. It is safe to assume similar promotions will run in PA after launch.

Platinum Pass tournaments should run throughout 2019 and up until the PSPC. Previously, there were four main ways to earn the coveted pass.

  • Online series – Main Event winners of major online series typically garner Platinum Passes as part of the prize pools. Playing in major online series may also earn entry to special freerolls that award passes.
  • Sunday major tournaments – Players who money in large weekly tournaments typically win entry to freerolls with Platinum Passes as prizes
  • Other special offers and challenges – Players who take part in special offers or challenges may earn Platinum Passes. Keep your eyes peeled for those Platinum Pass icons!
  • PokerStars rewards – Historically, Platinum Passes are available through the Stars Rewards program

It is exciting to think that anyone can win the PSPC trophy. With the impending launch of PA online poker, it could be that a Pennsylvania poker player could be crowned 2020 PSPC champion.

New Fox Sports Partnership Will Bring Fox Bet to PA

A massive new deal between The Stars Group and Fox Sports will bring a new brand, Fox Bet, to states with sports betting, including Pennsylvania.

A historic sports media and betting partnership will soon establish its presence in Pennsylvania.

Last week, Fox Sports and The Stars Group Inc. announced their plans to launch Fox Bet. It is a sports wagering partnership that will bring a wide variety of gaming branded under the Fox Sports name.

According to Legal Sports Report, the Fox corporation will pay $236 million for a stake of just less than 5% in The Stars Group.

The Fox Bet partnership will launch this fall

The Fox Bet partnership between Fox Sports and The Stars Group is the first significant venture in America to utilize the reach of a major media outlet alongside a real-money gaming enterprise.

According to the news release, contests will launch this fall and feature both free-play games and traditional sports betting.

The free contests will award prizes for predicting the winners of sports games. The Fox Bet product will feature a wide variety of betting options in states with legalized sports gambling.

Mount Airy Casino will feature Fox Bet branding

In Pennsylvania, the Fox Bet brand will be used with  Mount Airy Casino’s sportsbook. According to Play Pennsylvania, Robin Chhabra, CEO of Fox Bet, said the free-play games should launch at the beginning of the 2019 NFL season. Fox Bet will also offer a real-money betting app in states with regulated online betting.

In New Jersey, the Fox Bet brand will replace the BetStars brand before football season starts. It will be interesting to see if the change in branding affects future earnings.

The FanDuel and DraftKings branded betting apps have often been the leaders in online betting revenue in New Jersey.

Pennsylvania online betting launch is imminent. However, Mount Airy is only just beginning the sports betting application process. With that in mind, getting Fox Bet PA up and launched by football seems like a longshot.

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Fox Bet will likely expand to other states

Per Legal Sports Report, the FOX Bet brand will likely expand to include many other states as well. Last November, The Stars Group announced a 20-year agreement with Eldorado Resorts that could provide betting access to 13 states pending the legalization of sports betting in all those states.

In West Virginia, where sports betting is already legal, the Eldorado group owns the Mountaineer Casino in New Cumberland.

FOX Bet represents a victory for the acceptance of sports betting

As legalized sports betting continues to expand across the country, the FOX Bet announcement signals a major victory for the public perception of wagering.

One of the biggest entities in sports media is jumping headfirst into the gaming industry. It’s possible that others could follow. Legal Sports Report mentioned that NBC Sports, CBS Sports and Comcast have each taken exploratory steps to get involved in the industry.

Betting could be featured on TV broadcasts

From a big picture standpoint, the synergy of betting lines and wagering combined with media coverage and televised sports should continue to advance the public’s acceptance of sports gambling.

And all that excitement will make its way to Pennsylvania soon.

“Fox Sports is already synonymous with the best live sports events in the country,” Fox Sports CEO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks said in the press release.

“Now we are expanding the way we immerse fans in the sports culture they love. Digital sports wagering represents a growing market opportunity that allows us to diversify our revenue streams, connect directly with consumers and expand the reach of the FOX Sports brand.”

PokerStars Officially A Part Of The PA Online Poker Galaxy

PokerStars is set to launch in Pennsylvania in early 2019 after getting approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board last week.

PokerStars is set to launch in Pennsylvania in early 2019 after getting the thumbs up from PA regulators last week.

At its latest meeting Nov. 28, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved the global online poker giant’s PA interactive gaming petition. This opens the door for PokerStars to launch an online poker and PA online casino site in the Commonwealth in the first quarter of 2019.

PokerStars’ parent company The Stars Group inked a deal to operate in PA under Mount Airy Casino Resort‘s license this past August. At the time, both sides said the plan included the launch of a full suite of online gambling products, plus sports betting under The Stars Group’s BetStars brand. However, neither side has applied for a PA sports betting license as of yet.

PokerStars in the US

Up until now, New Jersey lawmakers have been alone in allowing PokerStars to operate in the US. In fact, the US Department of Justice closed the US market to PokerStars in 2011. At the time, the DOJ charged its principals with a number of money laundering and bank fraud offenses.

PokerStars has since changed ownership and settled the case. It returned to the US in 2016, launching PokerStars NJ in the fenced-in New Jersey market.

There, PokerStars NJ operates under the Resorts Casino Hotel NJ online gambling license. Resorts Casino Hotel is managed by the Mohegan Tribe and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, which also owns and operates Mohegan Sun Pocono in PA.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

At its Nov. 28 meeting, the PGCB also approved Mohegan Sun Pocono’s interactive gaming petition. It is moving forward on slots and table games, but withdrew the online poker portion of its application.

Mohegan Sun Pocono is now moving ahead with an online casino operation that shouldshe  launch in early 2019.

Now that PokerStars is set to launch in a second US state, its hopes for further expansion across the US are two-fold.

First of all, PokerStars will be eagerly anticipating PA lawmakers signing the Multi-State Internet Gaming Association (MSIGA) agreement.

PA joining MSIGA will allow PokerStars to share player pools between its NJ and PA sites. However, PokerStars will launch in a fenced-in PA market and all indications are it will be at least a year before PA lawmakers sign on to MSIGA.

PokerStars and Eldorado

Plus, on Nov. 26, The Stars Group inked an agreement with US casino operator Eldorado Resorts, Inc. The deal gives The Stars Group the option to operate online sports betting and online gambling with Eldorado casino properties in 11 different states.

The 11 states covered in the agreement are:

  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia

However, it’s unclear which state the company will go to next.

Of these 11 states, only Nevada has any kind of online gambling legislation on the books.

However, Nevada’s online gambling laws prevent PokerStars from entering its online poker market. The law includes “bad-actor” language instituting a lifetime ban on operators who accepted US customers after Congress passed The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. PokerStars is among these operators.

Mississippi and West Virginia have launched legal sports betting. If either state approves online and mobile operations, they could be next for The Stars Group after PA.

On the online gambling front, Illinois is the most likely from this list to pass legislation in the near future. Although, it remains unclear if Illinois lawmakers will follow Nevada’s lead on ‘bad actor’ language, or be open to PokerStars like NJ and PA.