To ring in the holiday season in style, the PokerStars online poker platform in New Jersey and Pennsylvania is treating players to daily prizes throughout the month of December.

Between now and December 24, users on PokerStars NJ and PokerStars PA can participate in the “Christmas Calendar” promotion to parlay their regular play into an array of gifts.

The Christmas Calendar offer expands on PokerStars’ standard Stars Rewards Chest system, in which every real money session on the site adds to a player’s progress bar. Once the progress bar has been filled, players will receive not only the usual Stars Rewards Chest – containing a randomly assigned prize – but an additional special Christmas Calendar Chest.

Players will need to have their account verified with PokerStars NJ and/or PokerStars PA before becoming eligible, but that perfunctory process takes place using a social security number ahead of joining the site’s real money tables.

From there, simply joining the cash game and/or tournament tables and playing for real money is enough to push the progress bar forward and earn Rewards Chest prizes.

Prizes Span the Spectrum from Cash to Free Bets and Spins

Contained within 75 percent of daily Christmas Rewards Chests are cash prizes which can then be used to fund “Free Spins” or “Free Bets” within PokerStars’ affiliated online / mobile casino and FOX Bet branded sportsbook, respectively.

The value of these cash prizes is dependent on the player’s Stars Rewards Chest level using the following structure:

Blue: $0.25 – $1
Bronze: $0.50 – $2
Silver: $2 – $5
Gold: $5 – $20
Diamond: $20 – $50
Black: $50 – $100

The other 25 percent of daily Christmas Rewards Chests will contain a Christmas Key.

Whenever a player accumulates three Christmas Keys, they’ll earn a special Christmas Rewards Chest worth up to $1,000 which will be awarded between December 25 and December 31. These bonus Christmas Rewards Chests are also dependent on the player’s Stars Rewards Chest level as follows:

Blue: $1 (99.9 percent of the time) – $1,000 (0.1 percent)
Bronze: $3 (99.8 percent) – $1,000 (0.2 percent)
Silver: $7 (99.7 percent) – $1,000 (0.3 percent)
Gold: $20 (99 percent) – $1,000 (1 percent)
Diamond: $65 (98.9 percent) – $1,000 (1.1 percent)
Black: $100 (94.25 percent) – $1,000 (5.75 percent)

PokerStars PA Doubles Up on December Promotions

The Christmas Calendar offer represents the second major promotion to be rolled out by PokerStars PA since the site launched on November 6.

Beginning on November 30 and running through December 16, the platform will play host to 50 tournaments as part of the inaugural Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP).

When the site went live for the first time last month, PokerStars PA used the company’s blog to trumpet the arrival of Pennsylvania’s first and only online poker room to date:

“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.”

FOX Bet president Matt Primeaux followed up by pointing players to the PACOOP series as the best way to familiarize themselves with PokerStars’ interface, menu, and tournament structures:

“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.”

Jonathan Zaun

One of Gamble Online's first dedicated reporters, Jonathan has spent well over a decade reporting on the gaming industry. While breaking legal news is his main area of expertise, Jonathan is an avid blackjack player & strategist who follows professional poker closely.

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