The two titans of online poker, PokerStars and PartyPoker, along with the upstart WSOP.com platform, will compete by running concurrent tournament series in New Jersey during the month of October.
As a result, the state’s fledgling legalized online poker industry will mark yet another milestone – hosting its largest tournament to date in terms of total guaranteed prize pool.
PartyPoker / BorgataPoker – GSSS V
PartyPoker, and its Atlantic City partner casino The Borgata, began the fifth edition of their popular Garden State Super Series (GSSS) on October 9th. The schedule includes 75 individual tournaments – which can be accessed through either the PartyPoker.nj or BorgataPoker.com platforms – featuring $1.1 million in guaranteed prize pools.
The GSSS V series runs through October 23rd, so players still have plenty of time to get in the game, and price points range from $10 buy-in basic events to the $1,060 High-Roller. For the most part, however, buy-ins for GSSS V average between $20 and $109, with guarantees typically set at $10,000 to $20,000.
The highlight event for the upcoming weekend’s GSSS V slate is Event #36 – a $215 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold’em (NLHE) tournament offering a $100,000 guarantee – which starts at 5:00 p.m. local time on October 16th.
At 5:00 p.m. local time on October 23rd the series’ NLHE Main Event begins, with a $320 buy-in and $175,000 up for grabs in the guarantee.
PokerStars – NJCOOP
Midway through the GSSS V schedule, New Jersey’s online poker players will have another jam-packed series to choose from, as PokerStars debuts its New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) on October 15th.
The series extends PokerStars’ globally accessible Spring Championship (SCOOP) and World Championship (WCOOP) events to the American marketplace for the first time since “Black Friday” forced their exit.
Never one to back down from a rivalry, PokerStars made sure that the inaugural NJCOOP series beat out PartyPoker’s GSSS V by setting its own total guaranteed prize pool at $1.2 million.
Players taking part in NJCOOP will have 43 tournaments on the docket, beginning with the opener at 6:00 p.m. local time, a $100 buy-in NLHE event featuring a $15,000 guarantee.
Mirroring the GSSS V format, NJCOOP will also spread a $100,000 guarantee NLHE tournament on October 16th at 5:00 p.m. local time. The only difference between the two events is in the price point, as PokerStars has tabbed their “Sunday Specials” with a $250 buy-in.
Buy-ins for the NJCOOP range from $50 to $1,000, but the average is $150.
The NJCOOP Main Event kicks off at 5:00 p.m. local time on October 30th, with a $500 buy-in NLHE tournament offering a $200,000 guarantee.
In terms of non-NLHE offerings, the GSSS V and NJCOOP schedules include seven Omaha-based tournaments each. PartyPoker’s flagship series runs a pair of Stud-based events, while PokerStars limits the Stud action to a single tournament.
WSOP.com – Fall Poker Festival
The third major series taking place in the Garden State this month is the Fall Poker Festival (FPF), hosted by WSOP.com and Caesars Entertainment.
The FPF debuted on October 12th and runs through October 19th. Eight events are on the schedule, including the $200 buy-in, $25,000 guaranteed Main Event on the final day, and the total guaranteed prize pool for the series sits at $65,000.