If the virus shutdown has shown us anything we can all agree on, it’s that Pennsylvania people are adaptable.
For instance, online poker seats are filling up nightly, boosting prize pools. Table tennis matches, Belarusian soccer, and a limited number of horse races are still filling the sports betting void.
And then futures wagering in the Keystone State reminds us there will be a better tomorrow for bettors, even if it still doesn’t include the presidential election.
Poker is playing above its head in PA
Catering to an increasing player pool, the first-ever Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker (PASCOOP) is underway via PokerStars PA. Players are out in significant numbers, creating large fields with prize pools exceeding guarantees.
PokerStars PA has seen increases in traffic since casinos and other establishments shut down in mid-March.
Even before the tournament series began, most evenings were seeing 3,000-4,000 or more seats filled across the site. That’s double the number seen previously. The first weekend of PASCOOP saw that number jump to around 6,000.
PASCOOP features 100 tournaments and runs through Monday, April 20, with the scheduled guarantees totaling $2 million.
The PASCOOP Main Event happens Sunday, April 19, with the “High” version that features a $300 buy-in and a $200,000 guarantee. The “Low” will have a $50 buy-in and $100,000 guarantee.
The full PASCOOP schedule is online.
You can wager on table tennis, just don’t call it pingpong
There’s Chinese Taipei basketball and Liga Pro short hockey. There’s also soccer from Belarus and Nicaragua, a country that continues playing a roster of sports despite the global pandemic.
Look to the future for some bright spots
A failure to communicate briefly made it appear as if West Virginia was going to offer legal 2020 presidential election betting, but it was quickly retracted.
That means the remaining excitement beyond table tennis and such are the futures markets for sports.
There are a ton of those offered — too many to list here, but we did list them in a detailed PlayPennsylvania story.