The promotion comes at a time when excitement is reaching a high at the annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.
On July 8, Event #66, the Online No Limit Hold’em Bracelet Tournament begins, and the Main Event is due to start its first flight on Saturday July 9.
Running alongside the live WSOP events, WSOP.com in New Jersey has been running its own Online Championships.
The series kicked off on June 10th and the 93 events come to a climax on the same day the Main Event starts, with the $500 buy-in $20,000 GTD Online Championships Event #88 [High Roller, Re-entry] and the $200 buy-in $15,000 GTD Online Championships Event #89 [Re-entry +1A].
The July reload bonus provides both an incentive for players to boost their bankrolls so that they can play in the Online Championships tournaments, and also to attract players back to the tables during the seasonal summer slowdown.
It’s not easy for online poker rooms to compete with the blue summer skies, so this is a time of the year when promotions tend to be extremely generous.
The WSOP New Jersey reload bonus works simply:
Players in New Jersey who don’t yet have an account with WSOP can sign up to play here, and benefit from a $400 new player bonus.
In May, Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada said he was keen to sign an interstate compact with New Jersey to share online poker liquidity—New Jersey and Nevada players could play against each other in the same player pool.
“I’m ready to go,” said Governor Sandoval, adding, “It’s a win-win for both states.”
Any agreement is unlikely until after the presidential elections, but the possibility of a shared liquidity deal could mean that in future WSOPs, New Jersey players may be able to sign up directly to the Online No Limit Hold’em Bracelet Tournament.
At the moment players can only enter if they are physically located in Nevada. Delaware has a shared liquidity agreement with Nevada, but no WSOP branded online poker room.
But if New Jersey and Nevada could get their act together, WSOP New Jersey would be able to offer its Garden State players something truly unique—a chance to win a coveted WSOP gold bracelet.