NJ online poker sites have been beefing up their tournament offerings

PokerStars Is Finally Bringing Its Turbo Series To New Jersey

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The gray season between winter and spring provides some of the best online poker tournament options of the year.

PokerStars is right in the middle of its annual Turbo Series, formerly the Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP), on the dot-com platform.

For the first time, PokerStars NJ will extend that concept to players in New Jersey, too.

The inaugural New Jersey Turbo Series runs for 11 days starting on Thursday, Feb. 22. It’ll be the NJ online poker site’s second large series of the young year.

NJ Turbo Series highlights

The NJ Turbo Series features Turbo and Hyper-Turbo events spread across a variety of formats and game types.

There are 28 events guaranteeing a total of $271,000 in prize money. Buy-ins run from $15 to $250, with most of the events near the middle of that range.

The $100 Main Event headlines the schedule. It runs on Sunday, March 4, with $25,000 guaranteed. The Main Event is a deep-stacked event with 50,000-chip starting stacks and six-minute blind levels. Daily satellites starting at just $2 are already running on the site.

Other points of intrigue on the calendar include:

  • Five non-hold’em events
  • Three Progressive Knockout events
  • Two Zoom events
  • One Win the Button event
  • One rebuy event

NJ Turbo Series events are open for registration in the PokerStars NJ client. They’re available to account-holding players located within New Jersey’s borders.

Plenty of choice for NJ online poker players

Add the Turbo Series to the list of championship events that have been passed down to PokerStars NJ.

It has been running NJSCOOP and NJCOOP events since its launch, mirroring spring and winter championships on the dot-com platform. Last month’s NJ-only Winter Series awarded more than $325,000 in the span of eight days. The Turbo/TCOOP concept hadn’t been offered to NJ players until now, though.

Although (or perhaps because) NJ online casino revenue is wobbling, operators seem to be shoring up their tournament offerings this season.

WSOP NJ / 888 Poker NJ are currently hosting their premier event, the NJ Poker Classic. It’s a 17-day festival with 57 events and more than $800,000 in guarantees. Last year’s schedule consisted of 38 events and about $500,000 in guarantees, so it’s a step forward for the state’s third-place operator.

The NJ Turbo Series overlaps the tail end and carries the action into early March.

The BorgataPartyPoker network typically holds its flagship Garden State Super Series in March, as well.

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Come on, interstate player pooling…

These NJ-restricted series are, of course, much smaller than their parent series on the international platforms. For comparison, the primary PokerStars Turbo Series has more than $15 million guaranteed across its schedule of 74 events.

Periodic tournament efforts in NJ have been mostly successful, but there’s only so much operators can do with the limited size of the market. As long as NJ and other states remain ring-fenced, average per-event guarantees will remain in the low five figures.

Fortunately, things might be looking up on that front.

Nevada and Delaware recently added New Jersey to their multi-state poker agreement, which will allow the three states to share liquidity going forward. The available player pool will grow significantly when the markets combine, which should allow for even more aggressive tournament series. A timeline on a launch is still elusive, however.

Pennsylvania holds a key to the future in that regard, too. The new PA online gambling law includes provisions for interstate agreements, which could effectively double the size of the player pool.

- Eric is a reporter and writer covering regulated US gambling, sports betting, and DFS. He comes from a poker background, formerly on staff at PokerNews and the World Poker Tour.
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