New Jersey online poker players will have their first crack at the World Series of Poker Circuit this month.
On March 18, WSOP NJ is hosting a $365 no-limit hold’em tournament that coincides with the traveling tour. The digital event awards a fine physical prize, though, a gold Circuit ring.
The online ring event is embedded within the WSOPC’s annual trip to Harrah’s Atlantic City, which is already underway.
March 18 is a Sunday, and the online event begins at 6:30 p.m. That’s a good slot for welcoming recreational players to join at the end of their weekend.
Levels are 12 minutes apiece, and rebuys are allowed for the first 150 minutes. There’s no guarantee on the prize pool, but in-the-money finishers do earn points toward the WSOP’s season-long leaderboard.
The NJ event follows a successful WSOPC online debut in Nevada last month. That inaugural NV online ring event drew strong numbers, with 256 players and 164 rebuys.
WSOP Head of Online Poker Bill Rini said there’s been heavy demand for the offering in NJ, too.
“We had a lot of players asking us about a ring event in New Jersey the moment we announced the Nevada ring event,” he said, “so we hope we’ll see some good numbers for this event.”
Interestingly, that Nevada event was won by the same player who won the first WSOP online bracelet in 2015, Anthony “casedismised” Spinella.
Satellites are already underway on WSOP NJ, and the site has been fairly generous with the slate. They start at just $5.
Players can qualify for even less than that, though. Those who deposit using the code “ACRING” will receive one of three mystery offers, including:
Building online and live products alongside each other is a natural step for the WSOP brand. It does, after all, have the largest live poker brand in the world. It’s been hosting online bracelet events since 2015, but this is the first one in New Jersey. And it’s a market that badly needs it.
From the live side of things, the WSOPC Atlantic City event is in the bottom tier for attendance on the tour. Harrah’s isn’t exactly a big draw by itself, and it’s tough to convince the traveling crowd to trudge to AC in the winter.
While an online ring event won’t really move the needle for live numbers, it will provide a nice perk for those who travel from other markets, particularly if they can’t play online at home. It also provides a nice little shot in the arm for WSOP NJ, which brings up the rear in NJ online poker revenue. It will need to continue to offer top-tier events like this to keep competing in the state.
And beyond, too. Multi-state poker agreements could soon allow NJ to share a platform with Nevada and other states. WSOP’s reach puts it in a good position to capitalize on a broader market if that comes to fruition, and being able to offer online events with coveted tangible prizes provides an additional leg up.