Partnering up with Mount Airy Casino Resort & Spa, PokerStars has brought its online casino to Pennsylvania. PokerStars, which is best known for its online poker portfolio, is part of The Stars Group, which now not only has online casino and online poker offerings, but a sportsbook as well in Fox Bet.
The Keystone State has been able to bring in plenty of quality online casinos. Does PokerStars PA casino stack up?
|Backed in conjunction with Fox||Welcome offer and rewards program a bit hard to understand|
|Aggressive welcome offer|
In what is a fairly aggressive welcome offer, there are a lot of nuances to it, so let’s break it down.
In total, users can get up to $1500 in matched deposits (three steps), in addition to some bonus money for slots exclusively, up to $1000.
Here’s how it works.
Also, it should be noted that each qualifying deposit will be debited and replaced with a “Casino Instant Bonus”. To convert this into cash, you must earn five redemption points per $1 of bonus awards within 28 days.
These redemption points come from playing games, simply put. You will need to wager a lot of additional money to get it. So, if you plan on playing plenty of PokerStars Casino PA, this could work for you more so.
The registration process is broken up into two steps and is fast and simple to complete.
That’s it. This is perhaps the fastest process in the industry.
Then, at the point of when you deposit/withdraw, you will need to give information such as your name, address and last four of your social security number.
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PokerStars Casino PA is available on desktop, mobile web browsers and in app form both Android and iOS.
On desktop, the layout is fairly simple and easy to figure out. At the top of the page, there are links to the return to the home page, the slots, card and table games, more games, and a search bar to search for titles.
Below this, you’ll find the games categorized into featured, new and most popular. Not all of the games are listed here and you’ll need to click on the menu buttons at the top of the page to access them.
For mobile, it’s set up slightly different. At the top, there is a collapsible drop-down menu with links to popular games and card and table games.
On the main page of the app, there are more games sorted by recently played games by other users, card and table games, game of the week, featured games, new games, popular and jackpot.
Everything is fitted to the screen and there aren’t numerous other menus to traverse.
On both desktop and mobile, you will be hard-pressed to find anything that takes a long time to load or buffer—everything is exceedingly fluid.
Currently, there are no live dealer games. Information pertaining to software partners is not readily available.
For betting limits, especially slots, the limits fluctuates greatly with minimum amounts required for wagering as low as a penny ($0.01). For other table games such as blackjack, the limits are a bit more stiff with the minimum coming in at $5 and the max at $2500. Lastly, roulette can be as low as $0.10.
Return to player percentage is the percentage of money that players will be paid back over time. For example, if a game has a return to player percentage of 97 percent, players will get $0.97 per dollar back over time.
For slot games, the percentages go between 95-97 percent. Blackjack is quite close to 100 percent at 99.69 percent.
For roulette, it’s not really known, but since it is the European version, there is only one “0” on the board, which gives the house edge at just 2.7 percent.
PokerStars Casino PA features the infamous Stars Rewards program. Like the welcome offer, the Rewards Program is a bit much, but still has value, of course.
Players get points based on the amount of money spent on games. However, these points vary based on game and the return to player percentage points. For example, to get a point in blackjack you’ll need to spend more than slots as blackjack has a higher return to player percentage. There are six total levels and each gets a different “chest”. Each chest has a different amount of value.
Overall, it's not a bad program, but it shouldn’t be the reason that you do play. If you’re already playing plenty, it’s just icing on the cake.
At the bottom of the page, there is a help button. Here, you’ll find quite a thorough FAQ section. Here, you’ll also find a contact button if you’re unable to find a resolution. Through the contact button, there is a form you can fill out which will email PokerStars Casino PA.
Here, there are four pages of different articles of information—four. There is a lot of information here available for those who need help with problematic gambling. There’s information here related to charities and organizations that could help on a professional level with the problem. There are also in-house services such as setting limits on yourself in terms of session time, deposit and spending. You can also self-exclude yourself from the game if needed.
This is filled with information and is perhaps the largest amount of information on a Responsible Gaming page that we’ve seen.
Overall, PokerStars Casino PA is a fine casino. There are some aggressive offerings, but a lot of things such as the rewards program and welcome offer are a bit more convoluted than necessary. Being backed by Fox and also the history of PokerStars is definitely a plus and the game offerings are fine, but if a user looks a bit deeper into the offerings and rewards program, they’ll find that you will need to be a big-time user of the platform.
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