The future of Pennsylvania’s online poker scene certainly looks to be moving in the right direction, with recent statistics displaying a positive outlook for The Keystone State. While it could be a little early to start too much of a celebration, the PokerStars brand reported that it had experienced yet another thrilling and bumper Sunday of activity.
With it being the only poker room that is operational in the state of Pennsylvania for the time being, PokerStars looks to have the market completely locked down. Obviously, a monopoly on the poker scene is good for business as far as the brand is concerned. And with the soft launch of online poker only occurring on November 4 this year, it was expected that there would be quite the surge of activity from those who had been waiting for it to arrive. Yet, as figures suggest, PokerStars received a lot more attention than initially expected.
The first day of official online poker play in Pennsylvania saw 12 tournaments go live within eight hours, which had generated a total of $12,305 in prize money altogether. By the end of that first day, the player using the nickname “love2playpoker” had come out on top with a $3,248 win from the $100 Nightly Stars MTT.
With the progression of that week, many more players piled in to the PokerStars platform and by the end of it all, 15,000 Sit n Gos had taken place and paid out over $500,000, with MTT prizes going above $450,000.
The Surge Continues in The Keystone State
As Thanksgiving weekend approaches, Pennsylvania’s tournament guarantees have breached time and time again. Take, for example, the Sunday Warm-Up event, which brought in 441 entries – a large increase from last week’s high of 369. The $30 buy-in event went on to pay out over $13,000 by the time it finished.
Additionally, the Sunday Storm improved on its number of entrants, leaping from last week’s 622 to a 651 total. The Sunday Special also stormed past its guarantee, reaching a total of $14,712 in prize funds for $100 buy-ins.
It does seem like there’s quite the appeal to the state’s poker scene, and if the current figures are anything to go by, it will operate as quite the contributor to the local gambling economy, too.
Of course, one shouldn’t get too excited about things so early. After all, once poker was launched in New Jersey in 2013, there was a big upsurge in players wanting to involve themselves in proceedings. Yet, if you were to take a look at the online poker scene in The Garden State today, you’d see that it has been struggling to make much in terms of financial gains.
Even though this is the case, Pennsylvania is trying to remain positive about things. The poker scene is gaining in popularity as the weeks go by, and this is something that has taken place before PokerStars has hosted its $1 million Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) event.
Once 888Poker and others manage to involve themselves in the PA online poker scene, players will get to benefit from having their pick of poker rooms. Hopefully, they will be able to replicate the success that PokerStars has had in The Keystone State.