PokerStars Expected To Launch in Pennsylvania On Nov 4
Pennsylvania legalised online gambling back in October 2017 but players have had to wait for a long time to get any sort of online gambling action.
The process to launch online casino games in the Keystone State has been faced with a number of setbacks because the gaming regulator did not want to rush into things.
It was only in 2019, that things fell into place and two online casinos went live in July.
Slots and tables games have since been up and running, but online poker fans have been left in the dark as to when the first digital hand would finally be dealt. And now, the long wait is over. Pennsylvanians will finally be able to play online poker very soon as PokerStars has already scheduled a Nov. 4 test launch, making it the first operator to offer online poker in the state.
A spokesperson for the state’s gaming regulator announced this week that they are going to supervise an upcoming test launch to be conducted by an online gaming site licensed under Mount Airy Casino. The representative confirmed that poker would be among the games that will be trialed. Mount Airy is the land-based casino partner of PokerStars.
Adding to the excitement of online poker fans is the confirmation from PokerStars that the site is indeed gearing up for the much-awaited launch, subject to regulatory approval.
While PokerStars has yet to disclose the details of the launch, reports have emerged in relation to the product the site is set to offer to Pennsylvanians. PokerStars PA will come out with a watered-down version of its online poker product, including only cash games available in no-limit hold’em and Omaha, as well as a number of mixed games. Contrary to what is being offered to the site’s global client, Pennsylvanians cannot expect to play the hugely popular fast-fold game Zoom for the time being.
Tournament players will be delighted to know that they will have access to a wider range of options as what are currently available in the majority of online poker clients. Tournament games will come in various formats, such as hyper-turbos, and progressive knockouts, carrying massive guarantees. Weekly tournaments are also expected to be among the offerings.
Sit& gos may not be initially available as the games have yet to gain approval from the gaming regulator. Should the test period go well, PokerStars should have operations up and running in the next week or two.