Previewing the PokerStars New Jersey Winter Series

Online poker players in New Jersey won’t be left out in the cold when the PokerStars NJ Winter Series makes its debut on January 22.

In less than a year, the world’s leading online poker room has made major inroads within New Jersey’s legalized and regulated online poker industry, following PokerStars’ return to the American market in March of 2016. Part of that steady progress, which has seen PokerStars NJ become the state’s top online poker platform, has been built on the site’s commitment to creating fresh new tournament offerings like the upcoming Winter Series.

By spreading 10 different tournaments, each with its own unique format, over eight days of action, the PokerStars NJ Winter Series is designed to hold widespread appeal. The various guaranteed prize pools total $275,000, with individual events ranging from $15,000 to $75,000 in guarantees.

The buy-in amounts are also quite diverse – running from $50 to $1,000 – so players spanning the bankroll spectrum from micro-stakes to major events will have opportunities to get in the game.

The festivities begin on Sunday, January 22, when Event #1: $75 No Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Six-Max with a $15,000 guaranteed prize pool kicks off at 4:00 p.m. local time.

Two hours later, Event #2: $200 Sunday Special with a $65,000 guarantee starts up, giving players who busted out of the opener a second shot.

One high-profile tournament to watch for is Event #4: $1,000 NLHE High Roller with a $30,000 prize pool, as the region’s top online pros will be tangling with a cool thousand on the line. The big buy-in action begins on Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. local time.

When PokerStars held its first New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) series last October, a similarly structured $1,000 buy-in High Roller event attracted more than 100 entries to build a prize pool of $109,000.

The first and last days of this year’s Winter Series will each offer a pair of tournaments for players to choose from, while each of the intervening days will feature a single event.

In addition to the standard NLHE format which dominates the schedule, the Winter Series includes Event #6: $250 Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) with a $20,000 guarantee, giving fans of the four-card variant a stage on which to shine. The PLO tournament takes place on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. local time.

The largest guaranteed prize pool generated by the Winter Series stems from the grand finale, as Event #10: $400 NLHE Main Event with a $75,000 guarantee gets underway on Sunday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m. local time.

Players who prefer to win their way into Winter Series events can participate in smaller buy-in satellite tournaments, which are running around the clock on the PokerStars NJ platform.

Take a look below to review the full schedule for the inaugural PokerStars NJ Winter Series, including dates, start times (local), buy-ins, formats, and guaranteed prize pools:

Event Format                                   Buy-In            Start Date      Time (p.m.)    Guarantee

1          NLHE 6-Max                          $75                  January 22       4:00                 $15,000

2          Sunday Special SE                  $200                January 22       6:00                 $65,000

3          NLHE 4-Max                          $100                January 23       7:00                 $10,000

4          NLHE High Roller                  $1,000             January 24       7:00                 $30,000

5          NLHE Rebuy                          $50                  January 25       7:00                 $10,000

6          Pot Limit Omaha (PLO)         $250                January 26       7:00                 $20,000

7          NLHE Deep Hyper-Turbo      $200                January 27       9:00                 $10,000

8          NLHE (Rebuy + Add-on)      $150                January 28       7:00                 $20,000

9          NLHE Prog. KO, 6-Max         $200                January 29       4:00                 $20,000

10        NLHE Main Event                 $400                January 29       6:00                 $75,000