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New Jersey Online Poker Check-In: WSOP Online Bracelet Events Arrive

WSOP NJ online bracelets arrive

Here’s a look at what’s new in the world of NJ online poker sites, including the first time New Jersey players can take part in bracelet events from home.

WSOP/888

Major changes/announcements: The multistate poker player pool merger for Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, online bracelet events, new tournament schedule.

New tournaments: Four online World Series of Poker bracelet events: June 3, 22, 29, 30 with satellites running daily. There is a special ‘OnlinePokerReport.com WSOP satellite’ in the lobby for the event on June 29 (No. 61, $1,000 buy-in). The satellite takes place on June 23 at 3:30 pm Pacific / 6:30 Eastern. The buy-in is $5; the password is OPR1000.

Prize pool/structure changes: None.

Upcoming online series: TBA.

Upcoming live events: 2018 WSOP in Las Vegas through July 15.

Good news/bad news: The player pool merger went about as smoothly as possible for WSOP NJ, even though according to social media some payers did have issues re-installing the client.

I have found that it helps to try every browser when having installation issues and in my experience; Internet Explorer seems to work the best for the WSOP/888 client.

The entirely revamped schedule of weekly tournaments in addition to the four online bracelet events (along with their gaggle of satellites) has presented a decently loaded and enticing schedule thus far. There are some scheduling issues with regards to start times of good value/can’t miss tournaments, but with the three-hour time difference between NV and NJ, the nightly schedule is bound to be tough for some.

Sunday $100,000 guaranteed has been surpassing the guarantee with flying colors each week and with the almost daily emails now about new tournaments, satellites and freerolls, it seems like WSOP has really ramped up their promotions game.

NJ players are now able to play in the online bracelet events for the first time. This is certainly an exciting time for poker in the US. WSOP’s Head of Online, Bill Rini, recently tweeted a photo of displays throughout the Rio hallways, advertising the online bracelet events.

I hope that with new states joining a combined player pool in the future allowing prize pools and schedules to expand, WSOP will listen to feedback as openly as they did a few weeks ago, when they moved the start time of the Sunday $100K event as players became very vocal on Twitter about changing it. It’s in everyone’s best interests to have as many players playing online as possible and I think everyone realizes that.

Borgata / PartyPoker / PlayMGM

Major changes/announcements: Sunday $40,000 Summer Splash promotion through Sept. 2.

New tournaments: $20k Quarterly Freeroll Invitational June 10 at 3 p.m., Monthly Invitational Freeroll, 5:30 p.m.

Prize pool/Structure changes: The minimum number of players paid out in the nightly $100/$10, 000 guaranteed has increased to 12.

Upcoming online series: TBA.

Upcoming live events: Borgata Deepstacks Challenge June 11-23 featuring $330,— guaranteed over 13 events.

Good news/bad news: The PP MILLIONS satellite series was a huge success, with many happy online poker players in NJ winning all expenses paid trips to Montreal last month. This type of satellite into an international event hasn’t been offered in the US in several years, so it’s a really encouraging sign for the direction Borgata/MGM is going.

Borgata is rolling out a few new promotions this summer and one of them is the Summer Splash running now through Sept. 2. Anyone who plays in at least three Sunday $215/$40k tournaments during that time will be entered in an invitational freeroll on Sept. 9 where, among other prizes, a $3,500 World Poker Tour Main Event seat for the September WPT at Borgata will be awarded.

The monthly and quarterly freerolls are coming up this Sunday and will award just under $23,000 in cash, tournament tickets and tournament dollars. BorgataPoker.com players earn invitations to these freerolls by making a deposit, playing in tournaments and cashing in tournaments. It’s very easy to qualify, so make sure to find the lobby and register on time!

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PokerStars

Major changes/announcements: none.

New Tournaments: None.

Prize pool / Structure changes: None.

Upcoming online series: TBA.

Upcoming live events: TBA.

Good news/bad news: It’s been a quiet for PokerStars over the last month or so with the WSOP player pool merger. Overall numbers are slightly down however the guarantees have remained intact for now.

NJ Spring Championship of Online Poker numbers were okay, however the majority of the events’ guarantees were passed only slightly. There was no huge day or prize pool we have become accustomed to seeing that pleasantly surprised us and the flagship $200,000 Main Event had an overlay. Some events didn’t’ run or make the guarantee but they were generally the smaller mixed game tournaments. I do think the numbers were affected because of the series being moved to a very cluttered poker month of April. Hopefully it goes back to May next year so that it can have that month all to itself.

The NJSCOOP mains awarded Platinum Passes valued at $25,000 a piece out to each winner of the $500 buy-in and $50 buy-in main events. With this added package, the heads-up matches were possibly the largest heads up pay jump in NJ online poker history.

Pala Poker

Major changes/announcements: None.

New tournaments: None.

Prize pool/Structure changes: none

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

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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.