PokerStars Brings 100-Event Summer Stacks Festival To New Jersey, Over $500K In Guarantees

Written By Martin Harris on June 7, 2021 - Last Updated on December 12, 2023
Summer Stacks

Summer is approaching, and temperatures are rising. Meanwhile, PokerStars New Jersey hopes to keep the online poker action heating up with a new tournament series in June.

With the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP) having just completed, PokerStars NJ has announced it will stage the Summer Stacks Festival from June 12-28.

The series will feature 100 tournaments with guarantees across the series totaling $528,000.

100 tournaments with buy-ins $100 or less

According to PokerStars, the Summer Stacks Festival will feature “a more casual series format” than other series. To that end, the festival includes a number of turbo tournaments and short events designed to finish quickly. The series also features relatively low buy-ins across the series, with none of the events costing more than $100 to play.

The series-climaxing Summer Stacks Festival Main Event begins on Sunday, June 27, a two-day, $100 no-limit tournament with a $50,000 guarantee. See the full schedule below.

PokerStars will simultaneously run Summer Stacks Festivals on both its Michigan and Pennsylvania sites during the same 17-day period. Each of PokerStars’ three US sites are “ring-fenced,” meaning players can only compete against others within their own state.

Both of the festivals in MI and PA will also feature 100 tournaments with $100 the maximum buy-in. The guarantees total $1 million for the PokerStars MI and PokerStars PA versions of the series (actually slightly over $1M in PA). In both cases, the Main Events will have $100,000 guarantees.

Freerolls provide no-expense entry into Summer Stacks Festival events

One aspect of the Summer Stacks Festival that will resemble NJSCOOP and other series will be series-related freerolls enabling players to win seats into events for nothing at all.

There will be daily Depositor Freerolls awarding $10,000 in Summer Stacks Festival entries. Players need only deposit at least $30 using the bonus code “SUMMER21” to receive a ticket into a daily Depositor Freeroll.

Additionally, PokerStars NJ will have Second Chance Freerolls during the series, much like they did for NJSCOOP.

Players who bust from events shy of making the money automatically qualify for the next day’s Second Chance Freeroll. Those events also will award $10,000 worth of tournament tickets to Summer Stacks Festival events.

Comparing NJ to other PokerStars US sites, NJ competitors

As noted, the NJSCOOP just completed at the end of May. The 165-tournament series ultimately drew more than 26,000 entries and awarded just over $1.36 million.

PokerStars ran SCOOP series on both PokerStars PA and PokerStars MI as well. In both cases, those series drew bigger fields and created larger prize pools than did PokerStars NJ.

The PASCOOP came in April, where players won $2.6 million. The MISCOOP ran parallel to New Jersey’s series in May, and Michigan players won $2.35 million.

PokerStars NJ thus remains well behind its Michigan and Pennsylvania counterparts in terms of traffic. The concurrent Summer Stacks Festivals at all three sites provide another opportunity to compare how each of the PokerStars US sites are progressing.

Meanwhile, the battle among New Jersey online poker operators remains competitive. However there, too, PokerStars NJ resides in third position revenue-wise.

Through the first four months of 2021, NJ/888 Poker NJ operator Caesars reported just over $3.93 million in online poker revenue. That’s tops in the state, followed by Borgata and the partypoker US network of sites (Borgata Poker/BetMGM Poker/partypoker NJ) reporting almost $3.43 million.

Not too far behind, Resorts and PokerStars NJ have reported almost $2.97 million in 2021 revenue through April.

2021 PokerStars New Jersey Summer Stacks Festival Schedule

No.DateTime (ET)EventBuy-inGtd.
1Jun 12 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE (Summer Stacks Warm Up: Stars-B-Que)$20$3,500
2Jun 12 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (Summer Stacks Kick Off)$100$12,000
3Jun 12 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (Mini Summer Stacks Kick Off)$30$6,000
4Jun 12 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$5$1,000
5Jun 12 (Sa)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$6,500
6Jun 12 (Sa)8:30 p.m.PLO8 (6-Max)$20$1,500
7Jun 12 (Sa)10 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO)$30$3,000
8Jun 13 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Marathon)$100$6,500
9Jun 13 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE (Mini Sunday Marathon)$30$4,500
10Jun 13 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Sunday Storm)$10$2,500
11Jun 13 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Sunday Special - Summer Edition)$100$25,000
12Jun 13 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Sunday Special - Mid)$25$6,500
13Jun 13 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Sunday Special - Micro)$5$1,500
14Jun 13 (Su)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$4,000
15Jun 13 (Su)10 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO, Sun. Supersonic - Summer Edition)$30$2,000
16Jun 14 (M)7 p.m.NLHE$20$3,500
17Jun 14 (M)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$5,000
18Jun 14 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale)$100$9,000
19Jun 14 (M)8:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Battle Royale)$20$4,000
20Jun 14 (M)9:30 p.m.NLHE (Turbo)$10$1,000
21Jun 15 (Tu)7 p.m.NLHE$5$2,500
22Jun 15 (Tu)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$5,000
23Jun 15 (Tu)8 p.m.NLHE (Super Tuesday - Summer Edition)$100$15,000
24Jun 15 (Tu)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday)$20$4,000
25Jun 15 (Tu)9 p.m.NLHE (8-Max)$30$1,000
26Jun 16 (W)7 p.m.NLHE$20$2,500
27Jun 16 (W)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$4,500
28Jun 16 (W)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$100$8,000
29Jun 16 (W)8:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$20$2,500
30Jun 16 (W)9:30 p.m.NLHE (Turbo, Deepstack)$30$3,000
31Jun 17 (Th)7 p.m.NLHE$5$1,000
32Jun 17 (Th)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$4,500
33Jun 17 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill - Summer Edition)$100$8,000
34Jun 17 (Th)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill)$20$3,500
35Jun 17 (Th)9:30 p.m.NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Heads Up Zoom)$30$4,000
36Jun 18 (F)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Stars)$100$8,000
37Jun 18 (F)7 p.m.NLHE (Mini Nightly Stars)$25$3,500
38Jun 18 (F)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$4,000
39Jun 18 (F)8:30 p.m.NLHE (4-Max, Progressive KO)$20$1,500
40Jun 18 (F)9 p.m.NLHE (Turbo)$5$500
41Jun 19 (Sa)4 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Saturday Warm Up)$10$2,000
42Jun 19 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE, $2.5K$20$2,500
43Jun 19 (Sa)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$5,000
44Jun 19 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO)$100$12,500
45Jun 19 (Sa)8:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO)$30$6,500
46Jun 19 (Sa)8:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO)$10$2,000
47Jun 19 (Sa)9:30 p.m.PLO (6-Max, Turbo)$10$500
48Jun 20 (Su)2 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Drive)$50$3,500
49Jun 20 (Su)2 p.m.NLHE$10$1,500
50Jun 20 (Su)4 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Warm Up - Sunday Edition)$50$5,000
51Jun 20 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Sunday Special - Summer Edition)$100$25,000
52Jun 20 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Sunday Special - Mid)$30$7,500
53Jun 20 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Sunday Special - Low)$10$3,000
54Jun 20 (Su)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$4,000
55Jun 20 (Su)10 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO, Sunday Supersonic - Summer Edition)$20$1,500
56Jun 21 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO)$20$3,000
57Jun 21 (M)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$4,500
58Jun 21 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale)$100$7,500
59Jun 21 (M)8:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Battle Royale)$30$4,500
60Jun 21 (M)9:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Battle Royale, Late Night Edition)$10$500
61Jun 22 (Tu)7 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO)$20$2,500
62Jun 22 (Tu)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$5,000
63Jun 22 (Tu)8 p.m.NLHE (Super Tuesday - Summer Edition)$100$12,500
64Jun 22 (Tu)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday)$30$7,000
65Jun 22 (Tu)9:30 p.m.NLHE (Turbo, Super Tuesday, Late Night Edition)$10$1,500
66Jun 23 (W)7 p.m.NLHE$20$2,500
67Jun 23 (W)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$4,500
68Jun 23 (W)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$100$8,000
69Jun 23 (W)8:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$30$2,500
70Jun 23 (W)8:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$5$1,000
71Jun 24 (Th)7 p.m.NLHE$20$2,500
72Jun 24 (Th)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$4,500
73Jun 24 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill - Summer Edition)$100$7,500
74Jun 24 (Th)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill)$30$4,500
75Jun 24 (Th)9 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO)$10$1,500
76Jun 25 (F)7 p.m.NLHE$20$2,000
77Jun 25 (F)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$4,000
78Jun 25 (F)8 p.m.NLHE (4-Max)$100$7,500
79Jun 25 (F)8:30 p.m.NLHE (4-Max)$30$5,000
80Jun 25 (F)9:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Win The Button)$10$1,500
81Jun 26 (Sa)6 p.m.HORSE$30$1,000
82Jun 26 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, The Big $20 - Bounty Builder Edition)$20$2,500
83Jun 26 (Sa)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$5,000
84Jun 26 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max)$50$3,500
85Jun 26 (Sa)8:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Bigstack)$100$12,500
86Jun 26 (Sa)9 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Bigstack)$30$6,500
87Jun 26 (Sa)10 p.m.NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Heads Up Zoom)$75$8,000
88Jun 27 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE (Afternoon Bigstack)$100$8,000
89Jun 27 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE (Mini Afternoon Bigstack)$30$4,500
90Jun 27 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Main Event)$100$50,000
91Jun 27 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Main Event - Mid)$30$8,500
92Jun 27 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Main Event - Low)$10$3,000
93Jun 27 (Su)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$4,000
94Jun 27 (Su)8:30 p.m.PLO (8-Max)$30$2,000
95Jun 27 (Su)9:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Last Chance)$75$5,000
96Jun 28 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Dual Threat)$10$1,500
97Jun 28 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Dual Threat)$10$1,500
98Jun 28 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (Summer Stars)$100$10,000
99Jun 28 (M)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$5,000
100Jun 28 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Last Call)$5$1,500
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Martin Harris is a writer and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. Once a full-time academic (Ph.D., English), he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. In 2019, his book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books.

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