Grinders in New Jersey will have 80 tournaments on tap this month, as the third annual PokerStars NJ Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP) begins April 14.

The series spans 17 days, concluding on April 30 with a pair of No Limit Texas Hold’em (NLHE) “Wrap Up” events for both low- and high-stakes players.

Following the PokerStars model of dividing series into “Low” and “High” versions of the same tournament, the 2018 NJSCOOP schedule features 40 events for each price point.

That schedule is highlighted by the two-day NLHE Main Event on April 19, which offers a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool for the $500 buy-in High version. As for the Low edition of the Main Event, a $50 buy-in gives players a shot at their share of a $40,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Overall, this year’s NJSCOOP will pay out $1.3 million in combined guarantees across the 80 events, which surpasses last year’s totals of $1.2 million and 70 events. When the series debuted back in 2016, PokerStars NJ hosted 54 tournaments featuring $1.1 million in guarantees.

And along with the major payouts up for grabs, the winners of both the High and Low Main Events will pocket a coveted PokerStars Platinum Pass – a prize package valued at $30,000. All year, the global PokerStars platform has sprinkled Platinum Pass packages throughout its major tournaments and live series.

Winners of a Platinum Pass will receive a free entry to the $25,000 buy-in Player’s Championship, a new NLHE event to be held January of 2019 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). In addition to the free entry, Platinum Pass holders will enjoy a six-night stay at the PCA’s host site, the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

While the 2018 NJSCOOP marks the first occasion players in New Jersey can compete for a Platinum Pass, the series has plenty more to offer.

The festivities kick off with $100 (High) and $10 (Low) NLHE Warm Up events, which offer guarantees of $18,000 and $5,000, respectively.

The largest prize pool outside of the Main Event takes place on April 22, with the $350 (High) Sunday Special NLHE event offering an $80,000 guarantee. The $50 (Low) version brings a $14,000 guarantee to the virtual tables.

And the action isn’t limited to NLHE either. Considering both High and Low editions, mixed game players will have 18 events to choose from.

Fans of the four-card game get their first fix on April 15, with $100 (High) and $10 (Low) Six-Handed Pot Limit Omaha events offering respective prize pools of $12,000 and $2,500.

The largest of the non-NLHE tournaments on the schedule – $500 (High) Six-Handed Eight-Game Mix with a $15,000 guarantee – takes place on April 18. The $50 (Low) edition of the Eight-Game mix puts $7,500 in guarantees up for grabs.

Satellite qualifiers priced as low as $0.50 are already up and running on PokerStars NJ, along with $4 Spin and Go tourneys that send players straight to the Main Events. Freeroll opportunities abound as well, including several Main Event Freeroll Challenges scheduled for April 6, 13, 20 and 27.




Jonathan Zaun

One of Gamble Online's first dedicated reporters, Jonathan has spent well over a decade reporting on the gaming industry. While breaking legal news is his main area of expertise, Jonathan is an avid blackjack player & strategist who follows professional poker closely.

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