Opening Week for PokerStars Pennsylvania Sees Nearly $1M in Prizes Won by Players

Nov 14

One week into the launching of its full services, PokerStars Pennsylvania says almost $1 million have been won by its players online.

After a well-received soft launch, PokerStars finally got the green light to offer its full range of services, which meant players could now have access to its complete selection of games. As a result, a number of participants have already come away with huge paydays.

Within eight hours of the live launch, 12 tournament events had produced a little over $12,305 in prize money. Moving through the first week, a total of 15,000 Sit & Go tournaments happened, handing out more than $500,000. Multi-Table tournaments ended with $450,000 in prizes cashed out.

The biggest winner from the week was Catfur77, who won $7,712 while participating in the first PokerStars Pennsylvania Sunday Special. The competitor beat 471 other players to come away with the tournament victory.

Not long after the Sunday Special concluded, the site also hosted the Sunday High Roller, which generated a hefty prize pool and saw NeolithicFarmer claim the win, putting a little more than $4,900 in his bankroll.

For the very first time, PokerStars was live in the state in November for its testing phase before it eventually got completely launched on November 6.

Only a select few games were operated during the soft-launch period. Cash games took place in six-handed Pot-Limit Omaha, six- and nine-handed No-Limit Hold’em, and six-handed Fixed-Limit Hold’em. Buy-ins ranged from $0.01/$0.01 to $50/$100. Players could also take part in heads-up Sit & Go for $1 to $500 and six-handed Turbo Sit & Go for $1 to $100.

Many experts are saying that the potential for Pennsylvania to do well in online poker gaming is great. New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware are the only other states that offer online poker gaming in the country. Each has had its fair share of difficulty producing large traffic numbers at available online poker sites.

Pennsylvania has a massive population of 12.8 million, which is much larger than New Jersey’s population which comes in at almost nine million. In the weeks to come, revenue reports released would offer up a better picture as to how popular PokerStars really is in the state.