In its first month of operation, the PokerStars platform in Pennsylvania has quickly grown to become America’s most popular online poker provider.
Since the site’s launch on November 6, PokerStars PA – which operates under an iGaming license held by the Mount Airy Casino Resort – has surpassed the rest of the U.S. regulated online poker industry combined.
Per the latest data aggregated by online poker traffic tracking site PokerScout, the PokerStars PA platform currently sports a seven-day average of 450 cash game players.
That figure has fallen off from the opening week traffic of approximately 800 cash game players, but it’s still a significant success for PokerStars and Pennsylvania.
Of course, PokerStars PA currently faces no competition with ostensible rivals PartyPoker and WSOP.com / 888 Poker still awaiting their respective launches. Indeed, in a press release, PokerStars parent company The Stars Group pointed to the company’s brief monopoly as a prime reason for the site to seek first-mover status via November’s launch:
“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.”
PokerStars PA Immediately Becomes America’s Largest Legal Network
With its current seven-day cash game player average of 450, PokerStars PA dwarfs all regulated American competitors operating in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware.
In fact, when you combine the seven-day averages for WSOP.com / 888 Poker (220) – which serves all three of the aforementioned markets – with PokerStars NJ (70) and PartyPoker NJ (9), PokerStars PA exceeds all U.S.-facing competitors combined by more than 150 players.
To put Pennsylvania’s output in perspective, consider that PokerStars NJ – the company’s first foray into regulated American markets since its ouster in 2011 – only peaked at 160 cash game players on average over seven days when the site launched in March of 2016.
When the scope is expanded on a global level, PokerStars’ presence in Pennsylvania – a state with 12.8 million residents – has quickly created the 15th most populated legal online poker site in the world.
Comparatively speaking, PokerStars PA now matches Unibet – a predominantly European-facing online poker site which operates worldwide – in terms of seven-day average cash game patronage.
PokerStars PA is currently beating PartyPoker Europe (425), iPoker Europe (260), and PokerStars India (240) when it comes to the crucial seven-day cash game player average metric.
PACOOP Series May Be Sparking Site’s Early Success
Taking a gamble of its own, PokerStars PA guaranteed $1 million in guaranteed prize pools across its inaugural Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) tournament series.
Per a public statement issued by Matt Primeaux – who serves as senior vice president of strategy and operations in the U.S. for The Stars Group – the first PACOOP series scheduled for November 30 through December 16 was an important stepping stone towards the site establishing itself in Pennsylvania:
“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.”
PokerStars Ambassador and Pennsylvanian poker pro Jennifer Shahade also welcomed the worldwide online poker leader’s presence in her home state:
“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. I felt chills playing my very first Sunday session, and there was such a buzz at the tables.
I can’t wait to see everyone battling to be the first PokerStars PA champion.”