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NJ Online Poker Update: NJSCOOP Awarding Two PokerStars Platinum Passes

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Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the world of New Jersey online poker sites, including PokerStars‘ NJSCOOP series and Borgata’s satellites into the partypoker MILLIONS series in Canada.

WSOP / 888

Major changes/announcements: First ever online WSOP Circuit Ring event held March 18, 2018.

New tournaments: Nightly $50 rebuy/$8,000 guaranteed; satellites for the following WSOP events in Las Vegas are running now at WSOP.com: $565 Colossus; a $1,000 buy-in tournament; $10,000 Main Event; and a package for the opening weekend events worth about $1,900.

Prize pool/structure changes: None.

Upcoming online series: TBA.

Upcoming live events: 2018 WSOP in Las Vegas May 30-July 15.

Good news/bad news: WSOP NJ brought back a nightly tournament that was met with about as much enthusiasm as when it was taken away. The $50 rebuy/$8,000 guaranteed appeared in the lobby a few weeks ago with no announcement via social media or email, yet word traveled quickly, which has resulted in a good turnout so far. It is an interesting choice for a nightly tournament with the smaller buy-in, but it is still a good guarantee. I am rooting for its success and will be interested to see how this structure does.

With a few weeks’ notice, NJ players were awarded their very own online circuit event during the WSOP Circuit stop at Harrah’s in Atlantic City in March. When the online circuit event happened in Nevada with no mention of New Jersey, hopes were admittedly dim. But we are very happy they decided to hold one in NJ as well, and hopefully with the successful turnout and $59,000 prize pool, we will see more of these (and maybe different formats?) in the future.

Borgata / PartyPoker / PlayMGM

Major changes/announcements: Satellites into PartyPoker MILLIONS North America are running.

New tournaments: Mega Tuesday $535/$15,000 guaranteed six-max and Mega Thursday $535/$12,000 guaranteed; $100 satellites into both of these tournaments are also running on the same nights.

Prize pool/Structure changes: The six-max multi-table tournament payout structures have been changed to a six-max format versus nine-max.

Upcoming online series: TBA.

Upcoming live events: Borgata Spring Poker Open April 10-27, 2018.

Good news/bad news: BorgataPoker.com recently launched a groundbreaking satellite and package program in NJ for the PartyPoker MILLIONS North America being held at Playground Poker Club in Quebec, Canada, from April 24-May 2, 2018. Every Sunday for six weeks (March 18-April 22), a $535 buy-in, five-seat/package (each worth $5,000) guaranteed tournament will run, eventually putting 25 entries into a $10 million guaranteed live event in Canada. Additionally, the top 300 leaderboard finishers during the Garden State Super Series earned entry into a freeroll on April 8 that awarded the top five finishers each a $5,000 package into PartyPoker MILLIONS.

The Borgata Spring Poker Open is currently running with the $1 million guaranteed opening event this week. Satellites for this event ran online on BorgataPoker.com and they will also run for the upcoming $2,700/$1 million guaranteed Main Event.

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Major changes/announcements: Two PokerStars Platinum Passes will be awarded during NJSCOOP.

New tournaments: None.

Prize pool/Structure changes: None.

Upcoming online series: NJSCOOP will run from April 14-30 with a total of 80 tournaments and $1.3 million guaranteed.

Upcoming live events: TBA.

Good news/bad news: NJSCOOP starts Saturday and is happening during a rather cluttered poker month of April rather than the usual poker dead zone in May. Several players on Twitter discussed the questionable scheduling, but from what I saw, there was no response from PokerStarsNJ.

BorgataPoker.com sponsored pro Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano was vocal about the apparent lack of attention and care in the NJ market and made his thoughts known on Twitter.

Two Platinum Passes will be awarded during NJSCOOP to the winners of the High and Low Main Events. This is an amazing addition to the first-place prize and could even be the record for the largest amount being played for heads up in an NJ online tournament.

The schedule, while guaranteeing over $1.3 million, is not as impressive as past schedules and includes more high-rake, high-variance tournament types like the Progressive Knockouts. I wonder if moving NJSCOOP to April was intentional, understanding that a lot of pros and regulars will be busy playing live poker, possibly allowing more recreational players to play (and win) the slightly higher rake schedule of NJCOOP. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Pala Poker

Major changes/announcements: New daily tournament schedule.

New tournaments: None.

Prize pool/Structure changes: The $30 rebuy/$2,000 guaranteed tournament now carries a $1,000 guarantee.

Good news/bad news: Pala recently introduced a local NJ player @JDramaNJ on Twitter as a bounty in the nightly $1,000 guaranteed tournament.

- 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.
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