October has the potential to be a stellar month for online poker in New Jersey. While players have been able to play tournaments online in previous months, never have there been so many offerings at one time to draw the players to the poker scene in the Garden State.
All of the online poker sites have something to offer in October, and PokerStars looks to outdo its competitors with an online tournament series followed by a live poker festival. It could very well be the most impressive month to date for the New Jersey online poker market.
The WSOP site has the smallest of all three series but should not be discounted. As players gear up for the other series, WSOP will be offering Fall Poker Festival.
There will be eight tournaments in all, scheduled from October 9-16 with one event per day. The buy-ins start as low as $10 and culminate in the $200 NLHE R&A Main Event with a $35K guarantee on the final day of action. In total, there will be $65K in guarantees, as well as a champion’s ring for the Main Event winner.
The PartyPoker/Borgata partnership will be running the fifth installment of the Garden State Super Series (GSSS). There will be more than $1.1 million in guarantees. It will be the largest of the GSSS editions thus far with more events, more guaranteed prize money, and more rebuy and reentry events.
Starting on October 9, several weeks of action offer buy-ins from $10 up to $1,060 with a mix of Hold’em, Omaha, and Stud. The 75 tournaments are scheduled to give players several choices per day, with the final day putting up the $320 NLHE Reentry Main Event with a $175K guarantee.
It should also be noted that the Borgata will have a live tournament series running at the same time. The Deep Stacks Challenge runs from October 10-21 with one event per day in the casino’s poker room. Buy-ins will be between $100 and $260. And to cap it off, the Borgata will offer its $100K GTD Saturday Series on October 22 as a reentry event with a $400 buy-in.
Though PokerStars hinted at the details of the first-ever NJCOOP, it didn’t announce the final schedule until days after the GSSS finalized its lineup. That allowed PokerStars to set the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker at a total of $1.2 million in guarantees to surpass that of its main competitor. It may be a small market, but the competition is fierce.
This will be PokerStars’ biggest series in New Jersey, as its NJSCOOP in the spring offered $1.1 million in guarantees. The upcoming NJCCOP has fewer tournaments — only 43 instead of the 54 in NJSCOOP — but $100K more in guaranteed prize pools. This series also has a variety of Hold’em, Omaha, and Stud events, and it is set to run from October 15-31. The final day will include the $500 NLHE Main Event with a $200K guarantee.
NJCOOP also offers a Player of the Series leaderboard challenge, which will award tournament dollars to the top 15 players of the series, with $2K of those tournament tickets going to the winner.
In partnership with its land-based pal Resorts Casino, the fun will continue into November with the first PokerStars Festival. It will begin on October 29 and wrap on November 6 with a serious variety of 50 gaming events. In addition to a number of poker tournaments and fun activities, there will also be activities surrounding blackjack, video poker, slots, and roulette, as well as competition in games like miniature golf and pinball.
And to boost the action, the list of Team PokerStars Pros set to attend has grown to include Jason Somerville, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Jason Mercier, Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Selbst, Fatima Moreira De Melo, Randy Lew, and Jennifer Shahade.
PokerStars is linking the online and live action by offering NJCOOP players the chance to win seats to the Festival Main Event, which will be a $1,100 NLHE affair. The qualifiers are already running on the site.
Players Head to the Jersey Shore
While one online series here or there may not be a reason to travel from other parts of the United States to New Jersey, the numerous events on all three sites looks to draw more players to the state than ever before. The only requirement to play on the sites is to be located within the borders of the state.
Look for numbers to rise on the site as cash game traffic increases throughout the month. Players have online and live reasons to head to Atlantic City and soak up the perks and opportunities that have been sorely missing from the US market for that last five years.