What is the New Year without a New Jersey online poker tournament?
Right on cue, PokerStars NJ is launching its first tournament series of the year: the Winter Series.
The Winter Series kicks off Saturday and boasts over $300,000 in guarantees. It will culminate in the $60,000 guaranteed main event on Jan. 26.
PokerStars NJ Winter Series highlights
The nine-day tournament series includes 21 events with buy-ins that range from $30 to $750.
Notable events include:
- Jan. 19: $200 Sunday Special, $30,000 guaranteed
- Jan. 20: $250 PL Omaha (6-Max), $8,000 guaranteed
- Jan. 22: $750 High Roller (6-Max), $16,000 guaranteed
- Jan. 26: $400 Main Event, $60,000 guaranteed
Winter Series depositor freeroll
Players making a qualifying deposit on PokerStars NJ will earn a tournament ticket to an $8,000 guaranteed freeroll.
Simply use the code WINTER when depositing $30 or more. The freeroll will take place at 3 p.m. EST on Sunday, Jan. 26.
Players who finish in the top 20 of the freeroll will earn an entry to the $400 Winter Series Main Event.
Second Chance All-In Shootouts
Players who bust a tournament without making the money will automatically receive a ticket to a Second Chance All-In Shootout.
The daily shootouts are at 6:50 p.m. EST from Jan. 19-25. Players are automatically all-in on every hand, and winning players will earn their share of $1,000 in prize money.
Special Spin and Gos
Special $2.50 Spin and Go tournaments will run through Jan. 26, where players could earn a $400 Winter Series Main Event ticket.
A player needs to beat two other players to win one of four prizes:
- Winter Series $60K Main Event ticket
- $15 cash
- $10 cash
- $5 cash
PA and NJ online poker face-off
For the first time since the launch of online poker in Pennsylvania, there will be a battle of the player pools.
PokerStars PA will hold its Winter Series beginning Jan. 25. The main event on PokerStars NJ is on Jan. 26.
Which site will see the most players?
The NJ main event has a $60,000 guarantee. Also on Jan. 26, PokerStars PA will be hosting the Sunday Blitz with a $50,000 guarantee.
Is $10,000 in additional prize money enough to lure players back to the Garden State?
We’re not so sure. There is no doubt the PA online poker market is still shiny and new.
Comparing the Winter Series in NJ with PA
The Winter Series is guaranteeing $675,000 in prize money, more than double that of NJ’s series. Of course, the PA series has more than double the events than NJ does.
There are some other interesting differences between the two series.
The PA main event has a buy-in of $300 and a guarantee of $100,000. NJ’s main event, on the other hand, has a buy-in of $400 and a guarantee of $60,000.
Additionally, the Winter Series in NJ includes two Sundays, while in PA, there is only one.
Most online poker tournaments start and end on a Sunday because Sunday is the busiest day on the virtual felt. However, The PA series ends Saturday, Feb. 1, because Sunday, Feb. 2, is the Super Bowl.
Playing off the Super Bowl, the PA series has many football-themed events, such as:
- Onside Kick
- Hail Mary
- Victory Parade
In the end, the overlap on the one Sunday in the PA series is a surprise move by PokerStars. To date, both online poker markets have benefitted from PA launching online poker.
In December, NJ online poker produced one if its highest poker revenue months in quite some time. PA had a strong showing as well.
It will be interesting to watch how both series play out.
PokerStars NJ Winter Series schedule
|Saturday, Jan. 18||6 p.m.||Winter Series Warm-Up||$100||$16,000|
|Saturday, Jan. 18||8 p.m.||Saturday Speedway||$50||$5,000|
|Sunday, Jan. 19||4 p.m.||6-Max||$75||$16,000|
|Sunday, Jan. 19||6 p.m.||Sunday Special SE||$200||$30,000|
|Sunday, Jan. 19||10 p.m.||Sunday Supersonic SE||$75||$7,000|
|Monday, Jan. 20||7 p.m.||4-Max||$150||$15,000|
|Monday, Jan. 20||8 p.m.||PL Omaha [6-Max]||$250||$8,000|
|Tuesday, Jan. 21||7 p.m.||Super Tuesday SE||$250||$18,000|
|Tuesday, Jan. 21||8 p.m.||Escalating Antes||$150||$10,000|
|Wednesday, Jan. 22||7 p.m.||6-Max Deep Turbo||$50||$8,000|
|Wednesday, Jan. 22||8 p.m.||High Roller [6-Max]||$750||$16,000|
|Thursday, Jan. 23||7 p.m.||Thursday Thrill SE||$250||$12,000|
|Thursday, Jan. 23||7:30 p.m.||Mini Thrill||$30||$6,000|
|Friday, Jan. 24||9:00 p.m.||Deep Hyper-Turbo||$200||$6,000|
|Saturday, Jan. 25||5 p.m.||Deepstack||$150||$10,000|
|Saturday, Jan. 25||8 p.m.||PKO||$100||$8,000|
|Sunday, Jan. 26||2 p.m.||6-Max, PKO||$200||$18,000|
|Sunday, Jan. 26||5 p.m.||Main Event||$400||$60,000|
|Sunday, Jan. 26||6 p.m.||Mini Main||$50||$15,000|
|Sunday, Jan. 26||8 p.m.||PL Omaha [8-Max]||$100||$6,000|