NJ Online Poker Update: NJSCOOP Awarding Two PokerStars Platinum Card

Two pokerstars platinum passes

Here is a look at what’s coming up in the world of New Jersey online poker websites, including PokerStars’ NJSCOOP series and Borgata’s satellites into the partypoker MILLIONS series in Canada.

WSOP / 888

Major changes/announcements: First ever online WSOP Circuit Ring event.

New tournaments: Nightly $50 rebuy/$8,000 guaranteed; satellites for the subsequent WSOP events in Las Vegas are running now at WSOP.com: $565 Colossus; a $1,000 buy-in championship; $10,000 Main Event; and a package for the opening weekend events worth about $1,900.

Prize pool/structure changes: None.

Upcoming online series: TBA.

Live events: 2018 WSOP in Las Vegas May 30-July 15.

Great news/bad news: WSOP NJ brought back a nightly tournament that has been met with about as much excitement as when it was removed. The $50 rebuy/$ appeared in the lobby with no announcement via email or media, yet word traveled fast, which has resulted in a turnout so far. It is an interesting alternative for a tournament with all the smaller buy-in, but it is a fantastic guarantee. I am rooting for its success and will be interested to see how this structure does.

With a couple of weeks’ notice, NJ players were awarded their very own online circuit occasion during the WSOP Circuit stop at Harrah’s in Atlantic City in March. When the online circuit event occurred in Nevada with no mention of New Jersey, hopes were admittedly dim. But we are extremely happy they decided to hold one in NJ as well, and ideally with the successful turnout and $59,000 prize pool, we’ll see more of them (and maybe different formats?) in the future.

Borgata / PartyPoker / PlayMGM

Major changes/announcements: Satellites into PartyPoker MILLIONS North America are running.

New tournaments: Mega Tuesday $535/$15,000 guaranteed six-max and Mega Thursday $535/$ $100 satellites into both of these tournaments are currently running on the same nights.

Prize pool/Structure changes:  The six-max multi-table tournament payout structures have been changed into a six-max format versus nine-max.

Upcoming online series: TBA.

Upcoming live events: Borgata Spring Poker Open April 10-27, 2018.

Great news/bad news: BorgataPoker.com recently launched a groundbreaking satellite and bundle program in NJ for the PartyPoker MILLIONS North America being held at Playground Poker Club in Quebec, Canada, from April 24-May 2, 2018. Every Sunday for six months (March 18-April 22), a $535 buy, five-seat/package (each worth $5,000) guaranteed tournament will run, eventually putting 25 entries into a $10 million guaranteed live event in Canada. Additionally, the top 300 finishers during the Garden State Super Series earned entry into a freeroll on April 8 which awarded the top five finishers each a $5,000 package into PartyPoker MILLIONS.

This week the Borgata Spring Poker Open is currently running with the $ 1 million guaranteed opening event. Satellites for this event ran online on BorgataPoker.com and they will run for the upcoming $2,700/$1 million guaranteed Main Event.

PokerStars

Major changes/announcements:  Two   PokerStars Platinum Passes will be awarded during NJSCOOP.

New tournaments: None.

Prize pool/Structure changes: None.

Upcoming online show: NJSCOOP will run from April 14-30 with a total of 80 tournaments and $1.3 million guaranteed.

Live events: TBA.

Good news: NJSCOOP starts and is occurring during a poker month of April instead of the poker zone in May. From what I saw, there was no answer from PokerStarsNJ, although the scheduling was shared by players on Twitter.

BorgataPoker.com sponsored pro Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano was vocal about the apparent lack of attention and care from the NJ market and made his thoughts known on Twitter.

Two Platinum Passes will be awarded during NJSCOOP to the High and Low Main Events’ winners. This is an amazing addition to the prize and could be the record for the amount being played for heads up in an NJ tournament that is online.

The schedule, while guaranteeing over $1.3 million, isn’t as impressive as past schedules and includes more high-rake, high-variance championship types such as the Progressive Knockouts. I wonder if moving NJSCOOP to April was intentional, understanding that a lot of pros and regulars will be busy playing live poker, possibly allowing more recreational players to play (and win) the slightly higher rake schedule of NJCOOP. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Pala Poker

Major changes/announcements:   New tournament schedule.

New tournaments: None.

Prize pool/Structure changes: The $30 rebuy/$2,000 guaranteed tournament now carries a guarantee.

Great news/bad news: Pala recently introduced a local NJ player @JDramaNJ on Twitter as a bounty in the nightly $1,000 guaranteed tournament.

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