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NJ Online Poker Update: WPT Borgata Main Event Looms

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Here’s a look at what’s new in the world of NJ online poker sites, including the World Poker Tour coming to Atlantic City.

WSOP / 888

Major changes/announcements: Player pools combining for New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware online poker. Approximate dates of the merger are still unknown.

Prize pool/Structure changes: None.

New tournaments: None.

Upcoming online series: TBA (we hope).

Good news/bad news: One of the things that separates WSOP from the other sites is that it counts online poker rake toward loyalty status. Historically, casinos have not given comps or loyalty status for poker, so this is a welcomed and important benefit.

Players can link their online screen names to their Total Rewards account on the WSOP website in a very easy process. I encourage all players to link their cards, even if your volume of play isn’t high. You might as well take what they are giving you, and free parking adds up.

Borgata / Party / PlayMGM

Major changes/announcements: The $300 Ladies Event during the World Poker Tour is back by popular demand thanks to Borgata tournament staff. It will take place on Sunday at 11 a.m. Ladies’ events are great ways for women of all levels to get involved and enjoy the game. The only ladies’ events that run here in NJ are at Borgata, so it’s important to keep them well-attended.

New tournaments: None.

Prize pool/Structure changes: None.

Upcoming online series: TBA.

Good news/bad news: WPT Borgata has begun with the opening $2 million guaranteed event taking place this week. Satellites are running online still for entry into the $3,500 Main Event starting Jan. 28.

The PlayMGM tournament leaderboards award points based on play in addition to cashing. This is a great incentive for occasional and recreational players to give online poker a try. There is also a $500 deposit bonus available right now.

PokerStars

Major changes/announcements: PokerStars has been awarding its 300 Platinum Passes for the Players Championship to a variety of poker players online and live, winning and losing. No notice is given and it’s a complete surprise each time. Passes have been awarded to players in Prague, Italy and at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure so far in 2018.

New tournaments: None.

Prize pool/Structure changes: none.

Upcoming online series: The NJ Winter Series featuring $325,000 in guaranteed prizes is currently running until Jan. 21.

Good news/bad news: The online series that is running right now is great and has a nice variety of events. The $400 buy-in $100,000 guaranteed event taking place this Sunday is the highlighted culmination to the series. A nice touch to this series is that the nightly $10k ran alongside the events rather than being replaced.

We didn’t get much notice about this series…one day to be exact. The schedule PokerStars creates is generally good, however it wouldn’t hurt to seek out local NJ players’ feedback once in a while about what could improve.

History was also recently made with the first female winner of the PCA Main Event, which was the second $1 million-plus score in the past ten months for Argentine poker pro Maria Lampropoulos.

Pala Poker

Major changes/announcements: None

New tournaments: 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday $30 rebuy/$2,000 guaranteed.

Prize pool/Structure changes: None.

Good news/bad news: None.

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Katie Stone
- Katie Stone is a professional poker player who lives in New Jersey. After moving to Mexico after Black Friday, she returned to her home state of New Jersey in 2014 when online poker became legalized there.