PokerStars Dipping Its Toe In The NJ Live Poker Pond Again With Megastack

Written By Bart Shirley on July 16, 2017

[toc]Pokerstars has announced that its MEGASTACK tournament series will debut in the United States this October. Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City will host the event on October 6-8.

Pokerstars’s focus in this series is on the recreational player. The series provides the casual player with an opportunity for big money out of a relatively low buy-in.

One of the tournament’s major selling points is its scheduling. All MEGASTACK tournaments take place on weekends, so players with day jobs can minimize their absences.

As its name implies, the tournament also features a large starting stack. Each player will begin the tournament with 50,000 in chips.

MEGASTACK is a very new series. The first version debuted in London in April 2017. However, that event drew 520 players, which immediately cemented the series as one of Pokerstars’s live offerings.

Pokerstars expanding its live tournaments in US casinos

Pokerstars has been one of the leaders in online poker almost since the inception of the game. The company has consistently offered high-quality playing opportunities to players around the globe.

However, due to the events of Black Friday in 2011, the company could no longer operate in the US market. In that same year, Pokerstars purchased the European Poker Tour, and began to conduct live tournaments overseas.

This movement led to the creation of the Pokerstars Live division, which now oversees live events in several countries around the world. One of those events is the MEGASTACK, which follows on the heels of the company’s 2016 Festival last October.

Perhaps the most interesting and important aspect of Pokerstars Live is its sponsorship of card rooms around the world. The company oversees the operations at three rooms in three countries – Macau, Manila, and most notably, the Hippodrome Casino in London.

Resorts Casino Hotel hosting despite no poker room

Resorts Casino is likely the least-known of the seven New Jersey casinos. Its revenues are the lowest of the Atlantic City properties, anyway.

Nonetheless, Resorts is still the brick and mortar casino partner with PokerStars, so it will host the event. Resorts previously hosted a PokerStars Festival event last October.

Since Resorts has no poker room, any poker events the casino hosts are located in its ballroom. Most poker tournament series tend to occur in casinos with poker rooms due to the infrastructure (chips, tables, chairs, etc.) already being in place. In this instance, the PokerStars Live staff will provide many of these supplies.

Regardless, the fact that Pokerstars is returning to Resorts is evidence that the venue is a capable one. Hopefully, Pokerstars is just beginning its return to the American market.

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Bart Shirley is a writer and poker player from Houston, Texas. When he's not teaching high school math and business, Bart writes about the NJ online casino industry and US online poker. He has a master's degree in business administration from Texas Christian University and a degree in English from Texas A&M.

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