PokerStars online poker platform to return Pennsylvania

PokerStars online poker platform has been approved for making a comeback in the US online poker market.

The license of the company for online gambling was approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday. The Stars Group was one of the two applicants that got approval for authority for their table games and online game slots. PokerStars has partnered with land-based Mount Airy Casino in a deal announced last year in August. Reports suggest that PokerStars also plan to eventually enter the US online gambling market by incorporating the BetStars platform in the state.

Mohegan Sun Pocono was the other applicant to get approval. PokerStars has been operating in New Jersey since 2016, but now it is heading to Pennsylvania. PokerStars also announced a deal with Eldorado resorts which operates 28 casinos in 12 states. Mohegan Sun also had an opportunity of applying for an online poker license.

Pennsylvania has 13 casinos, and seven of them have been approved for online poker while two casinos have brought in a total of $3.23 billion in gross gaming revenue in 2017.  Pennsylvania is the second-largest gaming market in the United States with an estimated gross revenue of $3.23 generated in 2017.

PokerStars is a Stars Group owned online poker cardroom and it has been expanding its business in many countries. Pennsylvania sports betting went live at Hollywood Casino this month but it is still restricted to on-site gambling. It still does not permit online sports books and online poker or casino platforms. However, it may start interactive rollouts soon in 2019. 

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