- The 2020 PACOOP series have proven a success wrapping the event with $2 million paid out in guarantees
- Caesars poker partner, 888 Holdings, has received an approval to run an online poker room in the state
- Live poker is preparing to return to Pennsylvania with Mount Airy Casino reportedly launching back on October 16
The 2020 Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker series wrapped up on Sunday, October 4, and may be the last online tournament we see before live poker returns to the Keystone State.
2020 PACOOP Proves a Raging Success
The Keystone State has wrapped up another important event with the 2020 Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker ending last weekend on Sunday, October 4, and allocating over $2 million in prize money.
The event surpassed the initial projects which placed the prize pool at $1.5 million divvied up across 50 tournaments. In fact, the event improved on 2019’s edition, attracting more online poker traffic, interest and cash flow.
PokerStars PA is still the only running online poker platform in the Keystone State, but this may be about to change. Late in September, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved 888 Holdings’ poker platform for a license. The company is an official partner to Caesars.
The event this year led to higher payout thanks to a combination of limited live games activity and smart marketing by PokerStars PA allowing for more players to muster up the courage and participate in events.
Meanwhile, the Main Event had a running prize pool of $52,643 and above the $40,000 guarantee. Held on Sunday, October 4, PACOOP sold some 1,157 in the main events alone. Admittedly not all tournaments did as well as had been hoped for.
Some events missed the mark and failed to pique interest with players, but this didn’t dampen the overall spirits. Traffic in online events may dip further, though, as live poker rooms may reopen as early as this Friday.
Live Poker on Its Way to Pennsylvania
According to a representative, the Mount Airy Casino poker room is readying up to relaunch on Friday, October 16 at 12 p.m. The property is awaiting a final approval from the PGCB before restarting action at the 12-table poker lounge in the Keystone State.
Should Mount Airy’s property relaunches successfully, this should follow up with more properties opening up after it. There are over 10 commercial and tribal casinos in Pennsylvania, making for quite a few shuttered poker rooms.
Seeing poker rooms at Rivers Casino and Pittsburgh reopen would be another incentive for state poker. The Meadows and Hollywood Casino have not outlined any specific reopening date, however, and the Wind Creek Casino has not issued any statement about the famous Bethlehem poker room.
With this said, there certainly has been a lot of pent-up demand for poker in Pennsylvania, and players do expect the return of the game in a timely fashion.