PokerStars Takes On GSSS, Announces First-Ever NJ Online Poker Championship

Posted By J.R. Duren on October 3, 2016 - Last Updated on March 25, 2021

[toc]PokerStars recently announced your chance to win a seat at the PokerStars Festival New Jersey Main Event.

The popular online poker site announced tlast week it would hold the first-ever New Jersey Championship of Online Poker tournament (NJCOOP), which will include five all-in shootouts that will award 20 seats to the PokerStars Festival Main Event.

The online championship will run from 6 p.m. EST on Oct. 15 to 8 p.m. EST on Oct. 31. Participants must be residents of New Jersey.

“Running from October 15-31, 2016, PokerStars NJCOOP’s schedule takes in different poker variants including mixed games, Pot Limit Omaha and more, climaxing with a $500 No Limit Hold’em Main Event with a $200,000 guarantee,” the event’s website says.

Details on the Main Event entries

The 20 PokerStars Main Event seats up for grabs will be given to the top four finishers in a series of five all-in shootouts.

Tickets to those all-in tourneys are granted when players enter one of five specific events:

  • Oct. 15, 6 p.m.: $100 Nightly Stars ($15k prize pool)
  • Oct. 16, 5 p.m.: $250 Sunday Special SE ($100k prize pool)
  • Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.: $100 No-limit Hold ’em Speed Down ($20k prize pool)
  • Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m.: $100 No-limit Hold ’em Progressive Super-KO ($20k prize pool)
  • Oct. 22, 5 p.m.: $350 Sunday Special SE ($75k prize pool)

The all-in shootout tickets will be delivered within 12 hours of the late registration deadline for the specific event.

Only one ticket to the all-in shootout will be awarded to each player, no matter how many events they enter.

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PokerStars NJCOOP Challenges Borgata tourney

It’s seems like no coincidence that the PokerStars online championship was announced less than a week after Borgata Casino revealed its fifth Garden State Super Series tourney with Party Poker NJ.

The tournament will take place from Oct. 9 to Oct. 23 and will feature a $1.1 million prize pool, continuing the trend of big pools. GSSS IV featured a $1 million prize pool, while GSSS III offered up a pool of $800,000.

However, Borgata’s prize pool doesn’t top the recently-announced PokerStars NJCOOP, which totals $1.2 million.

This back-and-forth battle between PokerStars and Borgata/Party Poker events no doubt benefit the players, who can now kick off the fall with a chance at their own slice of more than $2 million in prizes.

Borgata/Party Poker NJ losing the battle to PokerStars, not the war

Experts have pointed out that Borgata’s sizable prize pool is a surprise, considering the New Jersey casino has seen a marked decrease in online poker revenue since the launch of PokerStars NJ earlier this year.

However, Borgata’s overall portfolio of NJ online gambling sites continues to beat Resorts’ internet gambling sites by a sizable margin.

According to the Division of Gaming Enforcement’s August revenue numbers, Borgata pulled in $32.4 million in year-to-date gross revenue from online gambling, while Resorts tallied $19.8 million.

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J.R. Duren has been awarded the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism prize three times. A freelance writer and author covering the legal NJ online gambling industry, J.R.’s work has appeared in numerous publications, among them Barcelona Metropolitan, Snooth, the Villages Daily Sun, Our Amazing Norway, and Bespoke Post.

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