PokerStars NJ Went 10 For 10 In Guarantees During Its Winter Series

Posted By Steve Ruddock on February 3, 2017 - Last Updated on February 2, 2017

[toc]PokerStars New Jersey capped off its 10-event, weeklong Winter Series with one of the biggest tournaments in New Jersey online poker history.

The $400 buy-in Main Event easily surpassed the $75,000 guarantee PokerStars placed on the tournament.

Beyond the Main Event, the entire Winter Series was a rousing success, as each of the series’ 10 tournaments surpassed its guarantee.

In total, the series boasted a total of $275,000 in guarantees, and when all was said and done, more than $366,000 in prize money was distributed over the course of the 10 tournaments.

The numbers were likely bolstered due to scheduling, as the series took place during the Borgata Winter Poker Open, one of the biggest tournament series of the year, and one from which people travel far and wide to attend.

This meant plenty of non-New Jersey poker players were in town and capable of logging on to PokerStarsNJ.com to play Winter Series events.

And play them they did.

Event by event breakdown of the PokerStars NJ Winter Series

Here’s a look at each of the 10 tournaments from the PokerStars NJ Winter Series.

Event #1: No Limit Hold’em 6-Max with a $75 buy-in and a $15,000 guarantee

With 268 entries and another 155 reentries, Event #1 of the Winter Series nearly doubled its $15,000 guarantee, as the final tally for the tournament was $28,869.75.

The tournament beat its guarantee by 92 percent.

Event 2:  Sunday Special SE, with a $200 buy-in and a $65,000 guarantee

Two hundred forty-two players registered for Event #2. With the 139 reentries added to that total, the tournament managed to squeak past its $65,000 guarantee; the final prize-pool for the event was $70,866.

The tournament beat its guarantee by nine percent.

Event 3: NL Hold’em 4-Max, with a $100 buy-in and a $10,000 guarantee

One of three tournaments on the schedule with a $10,000 guarantee, Event #3 had little trouble surpassing that number. It attracted 113 players and 73 entries, creating a total prize pool of $17,074.80.

The tournament beat its guarantee by 71 percent.

Event 4: NL Hold’em High Roller, with a $1,000 buy-in and a $30,000 guarantee

The tournament’s $1,000 buy-in limited the field to just 30 players. But with an additional 16 reentries, Event #4 cleared the $30,000 guarantee set by PokerStars NJ with ease. When all was said and done, the prize pool reached an impressive $43,700.

The tournament beat its guarantee by 46 percent.

Event 5: NL Hold’em Rebuy, with a $50 buy-in and a $10,000 guarantee

Even though it was the cheapest event of the series, Event #5 attracted a field of only 124 players.

Fortunately, those players were in the mood to rebuy and add-on (188 times total), which saw the prize pool reach $14,196, well above the $10,000 guarantee.

The tournament beat its guarantee by 42 percent.

Event 6: Pot Limit Omaha (PLO), with a $250 buy-in and a $20,000 guarantee

The only non-hold’em event of the series was Event #6, a $250 PLO tournament that attracted a field of 62 players. It eclipsed its guarantee of $20,000 by $3,300 thanks to the 38 people who decided to reenter.

The tournament beat its guarantee by 17 percent.

Event 7: NL Hold’em Deep Hyper-Turbo, with a $200 buy-in and a $10,000 guarantee

On Jan. 27, the $200 Deep Hyper-Turbo kicked off the final weekend of the series, and despite the non-traditional format, the tournament bested its guarantee by almost 50 percent.

The event guaranteed $10,000, but with 59 entries and 16 reentries, the final prize-pool was $14,250.

The tournament beat its guarantee by 43 percent.

Event 8: NL Hold’em 1 rebuy and 1 add-on, with a $150 buy-in and a $20,000 guarantee

Event #8 was the closest Winter Series tournament to having an overlay, but the 87 entries and 68 reentries were just enough to push the prize pool past the $20,000-mark, with a final tally of $21,343.50.

The tournament beat its guarantee by seven percent.

Event 9: NL Hold’em, Progressive KO, 6-Max, with a $200 buy-in and a $20,000 guarantee

Progressive Knockout tournaments have grown in popularity in the global online poker market, and it appears the format is also going to be a hit in New Jersey.

Event #9 attracted 162 entrants. (It was the only event on the Winter Series schedule that didn’t offer reentry.)

The event shattered its guaranteed prize pool by more than $10,000. PokerStars put a $20,000 guarantee on the tournament, but the prize pool swelled to $30,120 by the time registration closed.

The tournament beat its guarantee by 51 percent.

Event 10: NL Hold’em Main Event, with a $400 buy-in and a $75,000 guarantee

The biggest event on the schedule, the Winter Series Main Event boasted a $75,000 guarantee. That’s a figure few tournaments in New Jersey have been able to reach, but it was little trouble for the Winter Series Main Event.

When the dust settled, the final prize pool exceeded $100,000 ($102,375 to put a precise number on it) thanks to 183 entries and 90 reentries.

The tournament beat its guarantee by 37 percent.

Final thoughts

Operators are still trying to work out their guarantees in the New Jersey market and have been erring on the side of caution most of the time.

The success of the PokerStars Winter Series may cause the site to be a bit more aggressive in the future.

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