New Jersey Poker Players Have A Chance At $2 Million BetMGM Event In Las Vegas

Written By Anthony Cicali III on May 15, 2023 - Last Updated on May 16, 2023
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New Jersey poker players have a chance to win some serious cash this summer in Las Vegas.

BetMGM and Aria have teamed up to give players an incredible opportunity to compete in the BetMGM Poker Championship live event in Las Vegas this summer.

For the entire month of May, NJ online poker grinders can enter daily mega-qualifiers for as little as $2 for a chance to win a $6,500 Las Vegas Poker Package.

“It’s great to bring BetMGM players back to Las Vegas during one of poker’s most exciting times of the year,” Luke Staudenmaier, director of poker for BetMGM, said in a release.

“For a second straight year, Aria is delivering a Championship event and we are happy to continue to build on our relationship with MGM Resorts, while connecting BetMGM online players to the best poker rooms in the United States.”

How to qualify via NJ poker

Individuals who are situated within the borders of New Jersey have the ability to participate in the series qualifiers by means of three distinct poker skins.

Throughout the entirety of the month, players located in New Jersey can strive to attain the $6,500 package prize.

All three sites share the same player pool:

Details of $6,500 poker prize package

For players who win a package, it includes a $3,500 entry to the BetMGM Poker $2 million guaranteed championship held at Aria Resort and Casino June 7-13 in Las Vegas. It also contains an $800 Mystery Bounty tournament entry for June 8, a six-night hotel stay at Aria, a BetMGM swag bag and travel expenses.

“Partnering with BetMGM for another summer championship is a tremendous opportunity for us to offer poker players a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Sean McCormack, director of poker strategy for MGM Resorts.

“ARIA has doubled the guarantee from last year to $2 million, giving the competitors the chance to win one of our industry’s top prize pools.”

To participate, simply log in to your BetMGM Poker account and register for qualifier tournaments via cash buy-in or Tournament Dollars. To be eligible, you must be 21 years of age or older and playing within the state of New Jersey.

Online weekly qualifiers available at BetMGM Poker

BetMGM will host daily satellites to get into their weekly Sunday online $600 qualifier events. These events will award winners directly with a package.

“BetMGM is excited to offer players online with a live experience in Las Vegas this summer,” said BetMGM Poker representative Will O’Connor. “It allows for poker players a chance to get into the Aria Championship for as little as $2.”

These $600 qualifiers run every Sunday in May, including:

  • Sunday, May 21: 5 Packages GTD
  • Sunday, May 28: 10 Packages GTD

The Aria poker packages are non-negotiable, non-refundable and non-transferable. Unused Aria lodging will not be credited, and travel expenses ($500) will be credited directly to the player’s account.

Grab a seat live at the Borgata

For players who prefer the brick-and-mortar felt, live tournaments will be available to win a package.

Borgata Casino has arranged for poker players to have five opportunities to win a Vegas Package worth $6,500, which will be awarded over a span of five consecutive days on location at the casino in Atlantic City. The promotion will take place at the end of May on the following dates:

  • Monday, May 22: 6 p.m., $50 + $10 (1 in 5)
    • Two Shot Turbo Step Qualifier
    • Win entry to both step events for the week
  • Tuesday, May 23: 3 p.m., $70 + $20 (1 in 5)
    • Win entry to Wednesday’s event
  • Wednesday, May 24: 6 p.m., $300 + $50 (1 in 20)
    • Win a $6,000 Vegas Package!
    • Five packages guaranteed
  • Thursday, May 25: 3 p.m., $135 + $25 (1 in 5)
    • Win entry to Friday’s event
  • Friday, May 26: 6 p.m., $600 + $60 (1 in 10)
    • Win a $6,000 Vegas Package!
    • Ten packages guaranteed

Recapping the 2022 BetMGM Championship

Last year in the inaugural event, players also won seats to the big tournament. Benji Felson, a resident of New Jersey, was one of the individuals who qualified for the 2022 tournament.

Felson’s participation in the championship in Las Vegas was secured by participating in a $500 online tournament, where he won his seat. Out of the 343 entries who were included in the event, 68 were individuals who, like Felson, had qualified online. Felson ultimately managed to secure fifth place in the championship, earning a prize of $51,587.

Following his win and subsequent acquisition of a large sum of money, Felson appeared somewhat stunned during an interview with BetMGM.

“Everything here was great and hopefully I’ll be back,” he said.

In the end, New York’s Joey Weissman emerged victorious in the championship and earned $224,236 for his success. This year, the organizers are confident in their aspirations and raised the guaranteed prize pool even higher to $2 million.

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Anthony “Eatahoagie“ Cicali is a freelance writer from Riverside, NJ. He has his undergrad from Stockton University. He's also a Twitch casino streamer and a professional East Coast poker player. Currently covers poker and casino-related topics for PlayNJ, PlayTexas, PlayNY, Playpennsylvania and more. Favorite sports teams include Phillies, Flyers and the Gravina Football Club. You can follow his gambling adventures on Twitter @Eatahoagie.

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