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  1. Buckle up, Pennsylvania online poker players - the World Series of Poker is coming to your house. Just days after receiving approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to launch, WSOP.com has announced that players in the Keystone State will be competing for WSOP bracelets this August. The eight-event schedule runs August 1 - 8 on WSOP.com in Pennsylvania with buy-ins ranging from $400 to $3,200, with the Championship Event costing $1,000 to enter. "We are thrilled to be opening up WSOP.com to the state of Pennsylvania," said Ty Stewart, SVP of the World Series of Poker at Caesar
  2. The World Series of Poker has announced that it will be the third online poker operator to enter the Pennsylvania market as WSOP.com will officially launch in the Keystone State on July 12. Through their partnership with Harrah’s Philadelphia, WSOP.com is planning to bring Pennsylvania and its population of 12.8 million, similar cash games and tournament schedules they currently offer their players on their multi-state network. However, without an agreement to share liquidity with other states that offer online poker, players in Pennsylvania remain in a ring-fenced state. Players in Pennsyl
  3. Just last week, PokerStars NJ announced their fourth annual NJ Championship of Online Poker schedule with $1 million guaranteed through 50 events over a 17-day period in October. By all accounts, PokerStars is the front-runner to become the first online poker site to launch in a Pennsylvania with many speculating Keystone State grinders could be clicking buttons beginning in October. A Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) - could very well be a key component of what is sure to be a much-hyped launch period. With a population of 12.8 million, Pennsylvania is a larger potenti
  4. Pennsylvania online poker players now have a second place to play with the Thursday launch of BetMGM Poker and Borgata Poker in their home state. Powered by the partypoker US Network, this marks the second operator to launch in the Keystone State, ending the monopoly that PokerStars PA has had since launching in November 2019. “Pennsylvania customers will find that BetMGM Poker and Borgata Poker provide engaging experiences for both new and seasoned players," said Ray Stefanelli, Director of Poker, BetMGM. "The partypoker US Network supports the online poker community, providing access
  5. In what is seen as a big win for interstate online poker, the First Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission in their case against the U.S. Department of Justice and its revised opinion of the Wire Act. As originally reported by OnlinePokerReport.com, the ruling upholds the decision of a lower court that the reinterpretation of the Wire Act by the Department of Justice in 2018 is incorrect. In that revised opinion, the DOJ sought to expand the coverage of the Wire Act beyond sports betting to include all forms of gambling which included lotteries a
  6. A 15-year veteran of the online poker scene, 34-year-old Andrew 'Head218' Carnevale is one of many top-ranked online poker players in Pennsylvania looking forward to the impending launch of legalized and regulated online poker in his home state. Carnevale, who currently works full-time in providing investment products to investment professionals, has been playing long enough to remember the heyday of online poker and the pain of Black Friday. The return of online poker to Pennsylvania represents a big step for the evolution of US online poker as well as the next step in Carnevale's own poker
  7. Pennsylvania is preparing for a much-anticipated launch of regulated online poker. Once it does, it will make regulated online poker play available to the population a nearly 13 million people that live in the Keystone State. With its population, Pennsylvania will be the largest state to legally offer online poker in the United States, eclipsing that of New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware, and adding a welcomed boost to the regulated US online poker market. Whether you're an experienced online poker player or someone that's new to the virtual felt, you likely have questions surrounding what to
  8. In the relatively short history of PokerStars PA, there may be no player more dominant than 'deadtosolve'. Along with back-to-back Sunday Special victories in early 2020, 'deadtosolve' has also won the Sunday High Roller and 10 cashes in the first Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker. On Tuesday, they added a Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker title that resume. 'deadtosolve' outlasted 481 other entries in Event #33-H ($200 Super Tuesday NLHE) to win $14,030.63. Finishing one spot behind them earned 'NEWLIFE919' a $10,284.14 payday while 'SleazyAmishGirl' took third plac
  9. One week after two Pennsylvania players posted historic back-to-back Sunday Majors victories, a new set of victors emerged on PokerStars PA for the first time in 2020. Last week, 'deadtosolve' posted a second consecutive victory in the $100 Sunday Special. This week, 'king12929' beat out 474 other players to win $7,761.44. Runner-up 'u_bet_i_raise86' ended up with a $5,688.88 payday while 'Paul 0akley' earned $4,169.93 for coming in third place. One of Pennsylvania's top players emerged victorious in the Sunday High Roller. PACOOP High Roller champ 'fubadbeatbob' topped the 70 player fie
  10. If the fields in the Pennsylvania online poker Sunday Majors on PokerStars PA this week are any indication, there are big things on the horizon in the Keystone State. All five events surpassed their respective guarantees and each showed strong growth one week after the Super Bowl may have served a reason for some players to take a week off. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Borgata Poker"] Just over one week after starring in the first-ever PokerStars PA Winter Series, 'CL911129' topped the 95-entry field in the $250 Sunday High Roller to win $5
  11. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In April, there was plenty of online poker news, including one player scoring a Sunday Million victory for the second time in eight weeks and operator approvals from Pennsylvania. For Second Time in 8 Weeks, 'Lucky_Jew_17' Wins Sunday Million Most online poker players dream of winning the PokerStars Sunday Million once in their lives, but the vast majority fall short of that goal. Not only did PokerStars player 'Lucky_Jew
  12. That's a wrap, Pennsylvania. The inaugural Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker is officially done and dusted. Late Tuesday night, 'Gyea08' beat out the final 75 players who made Day 2 of the PACOOP Main Event to pick up a record-setting cash. That win was actually one of three events that brought the 50-tournament PACOOP to a close on Tuesday. 'Gyea08' Wins PACOOP Main Event Day 2 of the $300 buy-in Main Event began with 75 players still in the hunt for Main Event title. As the night drew to a close, 'Gyea08' beat 'lilholdem952' heads-up to win the PACOOP Main Event for $31,335.6
  13. Poker players in Pennsylvania have been flocking to the PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker events so much so that PokerStars has twice upped the guarantees on a number of the events to meet the demand. Sunday's six-event schedule was the first time since PACOOP started that a majority of the events failed to meet the posted guarantee as four of the six tournaments had an overlay. 'jkat333' Tops 350 Marathon Runners The first event on Sunday's slate had no problem meeting the guarantee. 'jkat333' topped the 350-entry field in Event #24 ($100 Marathon NLHE) for a $5,986.75 sc
  14. The first 12 events on the PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker, including the first two on Tuesday's schedule, all managed to meet their guarantee but as registration closed in Event #13, the number of entries failed to cover the guarantee for the first time in PACOOP history. Tuesday's marquee event for Pennsylvania players, Event #11 ($250 Super Tuesday SE), attracted 204 total entries from 143 unique players to build a $47,532.50 prize pool against a $40,000 guarantee. '5BETCHET' outlasted everybody to pick up $9,346.42 and the PACOOP title. Runner-up 'adamrosen94' earne
  15. The inaugural PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker is just over a week away, and for the first time ever, online poker players in Pennsylvania will get the chance to go head-to-head over the course of 17 days. The schedule features 50 events and comes with exactly $1 million guaranteed. Players will have choices every day as to which tournaments they want to take a shot in, but PocketFives has identified the five must-play events. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Somebody Gets to Be the First Champ Things kick o
  16. The soft launch has come and gone, two sets of Sunday Majors have played out, the first major tournament series in the history of regulated online poker in Pennsylvania has been announced. And that's just the first two weeks in the life-cycle of the first regulated poker site in Pennsylvania history. PokerStars PA launched officially on November 6 after working through a two-day soft launch period required by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. While the soft launch was a necessary regulatory hurdle, for Matt Primeaux, President of FOX Bet/PokerStars USA, it offered an opportunity to get
  17. The second set of Sunday Majors since regulated online poker officially launched in Pennsylvania earlier this month drew slightly lower numbers than the week before in all but one of the five events on PokerStars PA, most notably the $100 Sunday Special which included a small overlay. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] 'AllinWithAJoff' picked up $7,201.46 for topping the 432 entries in the Sunday Special. Runner-up 'lilholdem952' earned $5,278.38 while 'Jaxrazro88' earned $3,869.04 for coming in third place. The event had a $34
  18. Online poker players in Pennsylvania had themselves a busy Sunday for the first time since the state first regulated online gaming just over two years ago. Following the launch of PokerStars PA earlier this week, a brand new set of Sunday Majors gave Keystone State grinders something to look forward. The five marquee events on the schedule came with buy-ins from $10 to $100 and a total of $67,500 guaranteed. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The main attraction, the $100 buy-in Sunday Special, drew 472 Entries from 322 unique pl
  19. Sundays are for grinding. With PokerStars PA now going around the clock, the best online poker players in Pennsylvania now have their own set of Sunday Majors to look forward to each week. While those who still long for the pre-Black Friday MTT schedule might be disappointed, the players in Pennsylvania who have been waiting to get back on PokerStars since that fateful day 8.5 years ago will be excited to head into battle. There's a full tournament schedule to play with buy-ins ranging from $2 to $250 but there are five tournaments worth highlighting. Things get underway at 4 pm with
  20. The PokerStars PA soft launch is over and the site’s first full day of play is here. Following what was an exciting, but limited, Monday and Tuesday this week, Pennsylvania poker players are now welcome to fully enjoy all that the site has to offer. There is a wide variety of game types and stakes available, so let’s take a look at what PokerStars PA has to offer. Checking out the PokerStars PA lobby, players can find games sectioned off across three tabs. Those tabs are 'Cash,' 'Sit & Go,' and 'Tourney,' with each offering different options for players. Plenty of Cash Games On Offer
  21. Online poker players in Pennsylvania have to wait no longer. Monday, November 4 is Day 1 of the two-day soft launch period for PokerStars PA. This story will be updated throughout the day. Update 10:00 PM: Day 1 of the soft launch is in the books. We'll be back tomorrow for more coverage of Day 2! Update 9:25 PM: Time may be winding down for the night but that's not stopping 'breakfastball' and 'pittfan80' from battling heads up in the $4/$8 Eight Game Mix. Update 9:11 PM: Longtime PocketFiver Gilbert 'YourPokerPastor' Thurston was one of the first players to log on today and
  22. The World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open was recently at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It's always a very popular, well-attended series that draws in poker players from all over. Zach Gruneberg, one of the top players on the Pennsylvania poker all-time money list, was one of them. Not only did Gruneberg show up, he won, taking home two Borgata Poker Open titles from the series. With the victories coming at a time when Pennsylvania online poker is working to launch any day now, it felt as good a time as ever to check in with Gruneberg. [ptable zone="Global Poke
  23. It’s another month at the top of the PocketFives United States Online Poker Rankings for New Jersey online poker grinder Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon. After taking the first couple of weeks in August off, Kwon soon himself back on the online grind picking up PLB-qualifying scores in bunches. Throughout the second half of the month, Kwon racked up four qualifying scores and nine cashes worth four-figures or more. Kwon’s highlight score was a final table finish in the August 14 edition of the WSOP.com Tuesday Showdown where he picked up $4,810. In total, he amassed of over $27,000 in cashes for the mo
  24. As the launch of Pennsylvania online poker approaches, PocketFives takes a look at how players from that state did at the 2019 World Series of Poker. Pennsylvania poker players accounted for 2,439 total entries at the 2019 WSOP, ranking the state 15th out of all states to have players participate in the series. Per official numbers sourced from the WSOP, US-player participation made up for 129,154 entries from live tournaments at the 2019 WSOP. With 2,439 of those entries coming from PA poker players, Pennsylvania accounted for nearly 2% of the US participation at the 2019 WSOP. Pennsylv
  25. It’s not just online poker that is coming back to Pennsylvania, the online poker dream is returning with it. The notion that a player can fire up online tournaments and cash games on demand, take a small bankroll and run it up, and even spend a Sunday taking down a big-time score. It’s no secret that initially it won’t be as big as the pre-Black Friday era. It’s going to take some time to grow, but there's little doubt that there is a new crop of PA-based online poker players out there, ready to make a name for themselves. But before the future king of PA emerges, we took a look back to pa
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