NJSCOOP Reaching A Fever Pitch This Weekend

PokerStars NJ‘s New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP) has been running for almost two weeks. Things are building to a fever pitch this weekend, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in guarantees on the line.

NJSCOOP is one of PokerStars’ premier events. The annual series promises more than $1 million in guaranteed prizepools and buy-ins for every bankroll level.

Much like a stack of pancakes, the last part of NJSCOOP is going to be the best. The buttery, syrup-laden center, if you will, includes the two main events and tournaments for every major type of poker game.

Here’s a list of all the remaining events:

Event #ClassificationTournament NameJanuary 12, 1900TimeGame TypeBuy-inGuarantee
32HighBigStack TurboMay 17, 20198 PMNLHE$15012,000
32LowBigStack TurboMay 17, 20198 PMNLHE$15$3,500
33HighFinal Weekend KickoffMay 18, 20196 PMNLHE$200$17,500
33LowFinal Weekend KickoffMay 18, 20196 PMNLHE$20$7,500
34HighStud Hi/Lo [8-Max]May 18, 20197 PMStud8$200$5,000
34LowStud Hi/Lo [8-Max]May 18, 20197 PMStud8$20$1,500
35HighNLHE [4-Max, Turbo, Rebuy]May 18, 20199 PMNLHE$50$7,500
35LowNLHE [4-Max, Turbo, Rebuy]May 18, 20199 PMNLHE$5$2,000
36HighMixed NLHE/PLO [Progressive KO]May 19, 20192:30 PMMixed NLH/PLO$200$14,000
36LowMixed NLHE/PLO [Progressive KO]May 19, 20192:30 PMMixed NLH/PLO$20$4,000
37HighMain Event, 2-Day EventMay 19, 20195 PMNLHE$500$130,000
37LowMain Event, 2-Day EventMay 19, 20195 PMNLHE$50$40,000
38HighPL Omaha [6-Max]May 19, 20198 PMPLO$150$12,500
38LowPL Omaha [6-Max]May 19, 20198 PMPLO$15$2,000
39HighSunday Supersonic SE, Hyper-TurboMay 19, 201910 PMNLHE$100$10,000
39LowHyper-TurboMay 19, 201910 PMNLHE$10$2,500
40HighNightly Stars - NJSCOOP Wrap-UpMay 20, 20197 PMNLHE$100$18,000
40LowNJSCOOP Wrap-UpMay 20, 20197 PMNLHE$10$5,000
41HighWrap-up - Deep, Hyper-TurboMay 20, 20199 PMNLHE$150$12,500
41LowWrap-up - Deep, Hyper-TurboMay 20, 20199 PMNLHE$15$4,000
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The NJSCOOP Main Events

NJSCOOP has a unique two-tiered system of tournaments to allow play from every level of poker player. So, each event is a pair of tournaments that are designated High and Low.

NJSCOOP’s Main Event is no different. There are two awesome tournaments that bear the name of the top tournament in this series.

The High event is a whopper. The $500 buy-in event will run on Sunday, May 19 at 5:00 p.m. There is a mouth-watering $130,000 guaranteed prizepool with the primo tournament.

For those on a budget, the Low main event only costs $50 to enter. However, players who choose to throw their hats in the ring will compete for at least $40,000. The Low tournament will kick at the same time as the High – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The other NLHE NJSCOOP events remaining

For those looking for something smaller or a supplement to the main events, there are plenty of other no-limit hold’em events available.

Perhaps the most intriguing of the remaining tournaments is the aptly-named Final Weekend Kickoff. This pair of contests will get things started on the last Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

The High event for the kickoff is a $200 buy-in collision. There will be $17,500 guaranteed in the prizepool, ensuring that there’s plenty to smile about.

The Low event will run concurrently with a scant $20 buy-in. Still, players will be able to compete for $7,500 in this tournament – not too shabby for such a cheap entry fee.

There is also the NJSCOOP Wrap-up that should send everyone out with a smile on their faces. The High and Low iterations of this event are $100 and $10 to enter, respectively. However, they have extremely appealing guarantees, with the High drawing $18,000 and the Low $5,000.

The other other NJSCOOP events remaining

If no-limit hold’em is not your cup of tea, don’t worry. There are still opportunities for players with other games in mind.

The next most popular game after hold’em is likely pot-limit Omaha. So, it figures that any tournament series worth its salt would have some great Omaha events.

NJSCOOP doesn’t disappoint, even on the final weekend. There are a pair of PLO tournaments that will run at the same time on Sunday, May 19, at 8:00 p.m.

The two tournaments come with buy-ins of $150 and $15. The High event will have $12,500 as a guaranteed prizepool, and the Low will carry $2,000. Since Omaha players tend to be a more specialized group, this pair of contests should have certain PokerStars patrons licking their chops.

There is also a mixed event a few hours earlier on that same day. The progressive KO tournaments will require entry fees of $200 or $20. Each tournament will have quite a healthy guarantee, with $14,000 and $4,000, respectively.

Finally, there is also a Stud Hi/Lo event yet to be played. While this game is a bit more esoteric, the combined guarantees of $6,500 are as mainstream as they come.

So, if you were concerned about missing the NJSCOOP this year, never fear – there’s still time. Make sure to check out all the great action this year.

Three Things To Notice About The Schedule For WSOP Europe

While the countdown to the World Series of Poker (WSOP) itself is winding down, tournament officials across the pond are getting their ducks in a row. WSOP Europe has finalized its schedule for October and November, and three things stuck out about the upcoming series.

First, here’s the full series:

DateEvent #Event NameBuy-in (in Euros)Guaranteed Prizepool (in Euros) 
October 13, 20191The Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A350220,000
October 14, 20191The Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B350220,000
October 15, 20192Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight A550100,000
October 16, 20193Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A1,350500,000
October 16, 20192Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight B550100,000
October 17, 20193Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B1,350500,000
October 17, 20194Turbo Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em1,100200,000
October 18, 20193Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C1,350500,000
October 19, 20195Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold'em Mix1,650200,000
October 20, 20196Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold'em25,5001,000,000
October 23, 20198Diamond High Roller No-Limit Hold'em100,0005,000,000
October 23, 20197Pot-Limit Omaha2,200200,000
October 25, 20199Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A10,3505,000,000
October 26, 20199Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B10,3505,000,000
October 28, 201910Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A5501,000,000
October 29, 201910Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B5501,000,000
October 30, 201910Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C5501,000,000
October 31, 201910Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight D5501,000,000
October 31, 201910Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight E5501,000,000
November 1, 201910Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight F5501,000,000
November 1, 201910Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight G5501,000,000
November 2, 201910Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight H5501,000,000
November 2, 201910Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight I5501,000,000

There’s something for everyone

For a tournament series with only ten events, there is quite a bit of diversity in both game selection and buy-in. Even players on a tight budget can take a shot at winning a bracelet.

In fact, buy-ins for WSOP Europe begin at €350. From there, the cost to enter a tournament scales upward – all the way to a whopping €100,000.

However, no matter the buy-in level, every tournament guarantees a six-digit prizepool. Even the smallest WSOP Europe tournaments are a big deal.

There will also be three pot-limit Omaha tournaments available in October.  Two of these tournaments are pure PLO, and one of them features a round of each game.

Two high roller events round out the slate of tournaments. The big mama of these, the Diamond High Roller, requires €100,000 for each seat.

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The Main Event may not be as big as the Colossus

The Main Event at the American version of the WSOP is certainly the marquee event for the series. However, based upon the schedule, it’s not clear that the European counterpart shares that view.

There’s no doubt that the WSOP Europe Main Event is a doozy. The tournament features a €10,350 buy-in and a whopping €5,000,000 buy-in.

However, it’s hard to ignore the Main Event’s status as a warm-up act to the Colossus. The Colossus, a transplant from the American series, features an incredible nine opening flights.

These nine flights are spread across eight days. As a result, some players will wait more than a week (and into the following month) to play out the rest of the tournament.

The Colossus is also accessibly priced at €550. Anyone, more or less, can play.

In that, the Colossus is supplanting the Main Event as the great equalizer across the pond.

WSOP Europe may have found a home in Rozvadov

For the third year in a row, WSOP Europe will occur at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Tournament officials will host the event beginning on October 19 and finishing on November 5.

The return of the WSOP brand to Rozvadov cements the King’s Casino as one of the premier poker destinations in Europe. Its central location, near the German border between Prague and Munich, allows players to take easy trips from the entire continent.

“We are eager to return to King’s Resort in October for the 11th edition of WSOP Europe,” said WSOP Director Gregory Chochon, in a press release. “King’s Resort has become the center of the poker world in Europe and they are once again bolstering this series with €14 million plus in guarantees to ensure players find plenty of value and opportunity.”

Having a consistent location will also help to secure WSOP Europe’s place in the European poker scene. A permanent home for the Series will (hopefully) result in more players and bigger prizepools.

If you are planning a trip to play or watch the WSOP Europe, check either the WSOP site or the King’s Casino site for information. It’s definitely going to be a sight to see.

4 Ways You Can Celebrate PokerStars’ 200 Billionth Hand

Online poker giant PokerStars is about to deal its 200 billionth hand of poker. To commemorate the occasion, Stars is offering four different ways for players to celebrate with them.

200 billion is almost too big a number to comprehend. To give some context, the Milky Way galaxy contains roughly 250 billion stars, including our sun.

So, to have dealt that many hands of poker is quite the achievement. Here are the four ways that PokerStars is marking the occasion.

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PokerStars’ 200 billionth hand itself

Naturally, players who sit for Hand #200,000,000,000 are going to be handsomely rewarded. So, because a round number deserves another round number, each player seated for the milestone hand will receive $10,000.

It does not matter the outcome of the hand. Even players who fold preflop will still receive their five-digit bonus.

Needless to say, players should keep an eye on their hand counters. The lucky hand is not one anyone wants to miss.

Cash Game Surprises

However, there’s not just one lucky hand at PokerStars. In fact, during select hours between now and April 30, there will be one lucky hand per hour.

All players must do is play at a table between 7:00 p.m. and midnight Eastern. At some point during each hour, Stars will drop a reward chest onto a random active table.

The chest will contain a reward worth 20 times the big blind at that table. So, some players will find themselves hundreds or thousands of dollars richer instantly.

There is no opt-in for this promotion. Players must simply be seated during that time.

The one caveat is that heads-up tables are not eligible for the drops. So, consider your game selection if you want to remain active in the promotion.

Milestone tournaments

If cash games aren’t your thing, don’t worry. PokerStars is doing random drops in various tournaments, too.

During select tournaments, Stars will randomly select a table to receive a free tournament ticket. Each player at that table will receive a tournament ticket of equal value to the buy-in of that tournament.

So, for instance, a player in the Sunday Special could potentially receive a $200 tournament ticket. Effectively, players are getting a BOGO deal for the tournament they’re playing.

The milestone tournaments in which these drops will occur are:

  • Sunday tournaments
    • $10 Sunday Storm
    • $200 Sunday Special
    • $75 Sunday Supersonic
  • Daily tournaments
    • The Big $20
    • $5 KO Fever
    • The Hot $20

Daily Rewards

Finally, if playing is not your thing, you can still benefit from the celebration. PokerStars is giving away thousands of dollars every day through random pop-up rewards.

The only requirement is that you must play a single hand of poker at some point between now and May 1. That’s it – there’s no other requirement.

In response, you will be eligible to receive a rewards chest worth up to $2,000 in your account – instantly. Potentially, you could win a chest each day of the promotion, so make sure to log in at least once a day during the next couple of weeks.

In addition, the very first chest you win will come with an added bonus. There will be a ticket to a special $10,000 Mega Freeroll inside.

The Mega Freeroll will run on May 1 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. The only people between you and a share of $10,000 will be other chest recipients.

So, PokerStars is celebrating 200 billion hands in grand style. Make sure you check it out – money might just appear in front of you.

Three Ways To Qualify For PokerStars’ Final Big Game

The annual showcase of buzzer beaters and upsets, March Madness, is drawing to a close. In recognition, PokerStars NJ is offering a chance at a $50k guaranteed prizepool in the Final Big Game tournament.

This tournament will run on April 7 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern. It will be a no-limit hold’em freezeout with a $50 buy-in.

Compared to some of PokerStars’ other tournaments, a $50,000 guarantee might seem a bit ho-hum. However, the winner of this tournament might be looking at a five-digit score.

It’s easy to get a ticket for the Final Big Game

One of the best parts about the Final Big Game is how accessible it is. Players can receive tickets for almost nothing – literally.

The first and most obvious way to receive a ticket is to deposit with the proper promotional code. Simply deposit $250 or more and use promo code FINAL to receive a $50 ticket to the Final Big Game – completely free. This code will be valid and active all the way through late registration for the tournament.

If that avenue isn’t appealing, then players can also acquire a ticket through a sports betting deposit. All they must do is wager $500 on basketball games of any type before the NCAA final game begins, and a free ticket will be on its way.

If both options remain unpalatable, a player can possibly win a ticket for free. They simply must play in the Final Big Game Depositors Freeroll.

To enter, a player must deposit $10 or more and use promotional code FREEROLL. The freeroll, which will run two hours before the actual tournament, will award 40 free seats to the tournament.

Finally, there are lower-cost satellites running to allow players into the tournament. So, there are a multitude of ways to punch one’s ticket to the Final Big Game.

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Sundays are special on PokerStars NJ

If the Final Big Game is not appealing, there are plenty of other options. Sundays on PokerStars are very special, with a group of excellent tournaments called the Sunday Majors.

All five of them are no-limit hold’em events. Each comes with a guaranteed prizepool and enough money to brighten any weekend. They are:

  • Sunday Warm-up
    • $50 buy-in
    • $5k guarantee
  • Sunday Storm
    • $10 buy-in
    • $3.5k guarantee
    • 6-max tables
    • 5 minute blinds
  • Sunday Special
    • $200 buy-in
    • $25k guarantee
  • Sunday High-Roller
    • $500 buy-in
    • $10,000 guarantee
    • 6-max tables
  • Sunday Supersonic
    • $75 buy-in
    • $4k guarantee
    • 3 minute blinds

So, there is truly something for everyone this Sunday on PokerStars. There’s no reason not to play – at the very least, it may ease the pain of watching your bracket go up in flames.

Global Poker. Caribbean Getaway. Easy To Win. What Else Do You Need?

When money’s tight, vacations can be an unaffordable luxury. Thankfully, Global Poker‘s Ship It series is offering US players a chance at a Caribbean cruise for just $1 in Sweeps Cash (SC).

In its new Ship It series, Global Poker is offering players a chance to win a $4,000 cruise package. Winners will set sail on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas for a seven-night bonanza of relaxation.

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How to win a Ship It package

Tournaments that award Ship It packages will vary in terms of buy-in and number of packages awarded. However, it is possible to win a package with just SC$1.

Players will be able to qualify for this package beginning March 25. The qualifying rounds will run until April 21.

In addition, Global Poker will host a group of pop-up freerolls on March 23. At random times that day, a notification about a Caribbean Poker Cruise Pop-Up Freeroll will pop up in the lobby. Winners of these tournaments will punch their tickets without any purchase whatsoever.

What’s in the Ship It package?

Each winner will receive a prize package during this event that will have tons of goodies to occupy them. Global Poker has taken care of all the arrangements to make this trip a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

Each Ship It package includes:

  • A seven-night stay in an ocean-view cabin (with balcony) 
  • Food, beverages and entertainment for two, which includes a cocktail party to welcome onboard players 
  • $500 for travel expenses
  • $490 for onboard tournament buy-ins
  • Poker coaching sessions
  • Poker seminar

Additionally, there are other great amenities on the Liberty of the Seas for poker and non-poker players alike. The cruise offers rock climbing, ice skating, a wave pool and waterslides to get the blood pumping.

Global Poker has teamed up with Card Player Cruises to bring this opportunity to its players. The cruise will depart from Galveston, Texas, on Sunday, May 5, and return Sunday, May 12.

The ship will travel to various destinations throughout the Caribbean Sea. Ports of call include:

  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • George Town, Grand Cayman
  • Kingston, Jamaica

Between those destinations, there will be some terrific on-board poker action. Global Poker will host numerous ring games and tournaments for its attendees, along with events specific to the poker players on the ship.

There are also numerous nighttime onboard activities, from cocktail hours to pool parties. The ship also features performances of Broadway classics, like Cats, Grease and Mamma Mia!

Finally, there are three excellent restaurants from which to choose each meal selection. Chops Grille serves steaks, Giovanni’s Table has excellent Italian fare, and Johnny Rockets is the place to get a burger. There is also a wine bar onboard.

So, there’s really no reason to miss out on the action. With just a bit of rungood, anyone could find themselves sailing the open seas.

13th Anniversary Sunday Million Going Big with $10 Million Prize Pool and $1 Million First Prize

PokerStars‘ vaunted Sunday Million tournament will mark its 13th anniversary on April 14. To celebrate, PokerStars is bumping the guarantees into the stratosphere.

For the milestone edition of the tournament, the guarantee will increase by order of magnitude to $10 million. Part of that bump will be a first-prize guarantee of $1 million.

In other words, the Sunday Million’s 13th birthday will create a brand-new millionaire. Needless to say, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the upcoming event.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this poker milestone,” said Severin Rasset, PokerStars Director of Poker Innovation and Operations, in a statement. “(B)ut the credit goes to all of the poker lovers out there who have made the Sunday Million happen nearly every week for the past 13 years, so we hope to see them at the tables on April 14.”

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Sunday Million has lived up to its name for more than a decade

PokerStars’ Sunday Million has been one of the more prominent online tournaments since before Black Friday. The simple promise of a big tournament for a relatively small price has generated a loyal following for the weekly event.

The inaugural Sunday Million occurred on March 4, 2006. Since then, PokerStars has hosted more than 600 iterations of the tournament.

That first tournament eclipsed the guarantee and generated a prize pool worth $1,178,600. The alliteratively named Canadian player “aaaaaaaa” took first prize in that event for $173,843.50.

The anniversary tournament in April is hardly the first time that PokerStars has raised the prize pool to nosebleed heights. The tournament to commemorate PokerStars’ 10th anniversary remains the largest in Sunday Million’s history.

In that event, more than 62,000 entrants combined to create a $12,423,000 prize pool. Kyle “First-Eagle” Weir took the grand prize on that day in 2011, winning more than $1.1 million for his $215 investment.

PokerStars recently halved the price, but not for the usual reason

The Sunday Million’s $215 buy-in has become part of the tournament’s signature over the years. So, PokerStars’ decision to cut the price in half in January seemed quite shocking.

For most businesses, a price reduction would tend to suggest that the product was not selling at a high enough level. However, that seemed not to be the case for the Sunday Million.

In actuality, the price drop occurred for a different reason. As part of its new recreational player-centric ethos, PokerStars wanted its marquee tournament simply to be more accessible to the public.

Naturally, slicing the buy-in in half means that twice as many players must compete to meet the guarantee each week.  So far, PokerStars has not had trouble doing so, but making a $10 million promise will be difficult, regardless of the buy-in level.

Still, PokerStars is the worldwide leader for traffic for a reason. So, if any site were to eclipse that figure, it would be PokerStars.

Make sure to play the upcoming anniversary tournament if you can. There’s going to be a ton of money floating around.

Run It Once Poker Looks Awesome, But Not For Americans

New poker site Run It Once Poker launched to the general public this week. The site, a brainchild of poker star Phil Galfond, opened for a public beta test on Feb. 6.

For right now, the site only offers cash games for no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha games. Unfortunately, the site is not and will not be available for players in the United States.

Run It Once is different in practice, not appearance

Galfond first devised the site after the 2016 World Series of Poker. He made a long post on the Run It Once forums about all the things that he felt a poker site should be.

Most of all, Galfond indicated the overarching need for transparency. This site is the product of that set of values he wrote.

Run It Once is a meat-and-potatoes site. The overall presentation of the site remains, at this point, rather rudimentary.

However, this simplistic quality belies the fact that there are some excellent design features on Run It Once. The chief differentiating feature on this site is the use of so-called “dynamic” avatars.

Dynamic avatars

Avatars on poker sites are nothing new, and players can often use them as an extra element of their online game and presence. However, the dynamic avatars on Run It Once will actually yield information about their players to other opponents.

So, a tight player’s avatar might appear to be asleep. A wild maniac might have an avatar with hair and clothing askew.

In this aspect, the avatar acts similarly to a real-life person’s face, yielding information and tells to the opposition. On the other hand, the ever-changing avatar will also serve to help the player monitor his or her own table image.

Player protection

The site will also take numerous steps to reduce the amount of player targeting. In other words, good players won’t be able to make notes and alerts when weaker players sit at various tables.

As a result, recreational players without a target on their backs. Any player who sits down at a new table will both have their identity concealed and be assigned a new avatar.

Run It Once also bans the use of heads-up displays at most of its buy-in levels. Only players at the highest levels can use these types of software.

Game selection

These highest levels are meant to be the province of top players. At present, the cash games range from €4 buy-ins to €2000 buy-ins.

There are only five strata of buy-ins right now. Both the hold’em and Omaha games host each level of buy-in.

Run It Once offers a host of generous promotions

In keeping with Galfond’s ethos, Run It Once has more generous promotions than players might typically see. One of the most robust promotions is the Splash the Pot feature.

Run It Once Poker is already pledging to return 51 percent of rake back to all players in the form of splash pots. Pots at all buy-in levels will receive boosts at random times as play goes on.

Run It Once is also offering rakeback to players that stream their gameplay through various websites. The feature, known as StreamR, rewards players based upon their number of view hours. Potentially, a player could receive up to 110 percent rakeback through this functionality.

Finally, Run It Once is welcoming new players to the site with an expansive first deposit bonus. The site will match 100 percent of the player’s first deposit up to €600.

The match bonus will dispense in chunks according to a playthrough schedule. However, unlike many similar bonuses, there is very little in the way of a time limit on this bonus.

As long as the player plays one hand in a calendar month, the bonus will remain active on the player’s account. So, players don’t have to feel rushed to achieve any particular number of hands.

American players can’t run it at all

As indicated by the € symbol above, Run It Once Poker operates using the Euro as its currency. That choice is reflective of the fact that the site does not have any plans to open its operations to residents of the United States.

Although that fact may seem unfair or harsh, it’s quite understandable. For a new site trying to get off the ground, operating in the United States, under its numerous laws and red tape, would be an unnecessary headache.

For those of us in the “land of the free,” though, it’s a shame. There are a lot of things about Run It Once that would be fun to try out.

Grizzly Games II Is A Great Reason To Try Global Poker

Global Poker will start its February with a roar. The poker site is offering hundreds of thousands in guarantees for its Grizzly Games II tournament series.

Grizzly Games II will begin its run on Feb. 3. The festivities debut with a $5,000 freeroll in Sweeps Cash (SC) that any player, $weeps (Sweeps) Cash or not, may enter.

Beginning the next day, Global Poker will run four events each day of the week and seven on weekend days. Altogether, players will compete for 158 Grizzly Games trophies and SC$850,000 in real-money guarantees.

The series will culminate with a three-tiered main event on Feb. 24. Players can choose from a Low, Middle or High event, which comes with buy-ins of SC$22, SC$110 and SC$218, respectively.

Notably, the High event will carry a guaranteed prize pool of SC$40,000. All events in Grizzly Games II will guarantee at least SC$3,000 up for grabs.

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Grizzly Games II perks go beyond mere cash prizes

Most tournament prizes stop after the cash gets awarded. Players compete in the events, win the associated prizes, and that’s it.

Thankfully, Global Poker wants to take care of its competitors in Grizzly Games II. So there will be a whole host of perks, benefits and swag for players who come out on top in an event.

Champions Pack

The first of these benefits is the Grizzly Games Champions Pack. All players who win an event at Grizzly Games II will receive one of these packages.

Inside, they will find an exclusive, personalized trophy commemorating their win. The pack also comes with a Global Poker T-shirt and hat.

Hometown Heroes

Event winners will also gain the ability to participate in Global Poker’s Hometown Heroes promotion. In this promo, players can receive money just for wearing Global Poker gear around town and posting selfies on social media.

Players must complete five tasks assigned by Global Poker. These tasks typically involve wearing Global Poker gear in front of landmarks or at the players’ local cardrooms.

Each task carries a Sweeps Cash prize that the player will win upon completion. Prizes range from SC$20 to SC$1,000.

Tournament of Champions

Finally, players who win or come in second in a Sweeps Cash event will receive tickets to Global Poker’s Tournament of Champions (TOC). The TOC is an exclusive tournament open only to those two groups of people.

However, Global Poker is adding SC$10,000 to the TOC’s prize pool. Each final tablist at the TOC will receive no less than SC$250 in cash.

Most notably, the winner of the event will receive the grand prize. Global Poker will award the TOC champion an SC$5,000 ticket to a live event of his or her choice.

So, at least two players will enter the TOC from an SC$3.30 tournament. There is a possibility that even that tiny buy-in could turn into thousands in cash and tournament tickets.

A quick reminder about the way Global Poker works

Global Poker operates using a sweepstakes model. Players purchase Gold Coins from the site, which bears no monetary value. However, at the time of the sale, Global Poker also awards Sweeps Cash to players equal to the amount of their purchase.

This second currency, Sweeps Cash, is usable for real-money transactions. The model may sound a bit convoluted, but its structure is what allows Global Poker to exist in virtually every US state.

If you’re interested, head on over to Global Poker and get started. New players will receive 5,000 Gold Coins to seed their endeavor.

Remember: The first tournament in Grizzly Games II is a freeroll, and open to everyone. There’s no reason not to check out Global Poker in February.

PokerStars Is Challenging You To Hit The Golden Button

PokerStars NJ is rewarding New Jersey players who demonstrate persistence. That’s why players who hang on and complete their puzzles in the Golden Button Challenge may win $20,000 — every day.

How the Golden Button Challenge works

To get started, simply log into a valid PokerStars NJ account. Proceed to the Challenges Window, and opt into the Challenge.

Then, start playing. Make sure to sit at a table with at least four players.

Every time you get dealt an ace, pay attention. If you can win the hand, you’ll match a regular ace on the puzzle.

Pay special attention to the game if you’re dealt an ace on the button. A winning hand from that position will match one of the golden aces on your puzzle.

Complete the challenge, and you’re guaranteed a win. You will receive a random cash prize of up to $20,000.

The best part is that these prizes come with absolutely no playthrough requirement. You will be able to keep your winnings the instant you receive them.

  • Traffic at every stake of cash game
  • Spin & Go and Zoom Poker
  • $30 Free Play Bonus
New Player Bonus

The fine print on the Golden Button Challenge

The Golden Button Challenge is currently running on PokerStars NJ. It will continue as an active promotion until Feb. 17.

The challenge will come with a minimum buy-in level. However, that level will be based on your historical gameplay and activity.

You must opt into the challenge before you begin playing. Any hands played before then won’t count toward the puzzle.

You can only receive a maximum of one puzzle piece per hand. The prize will only release once you complete the entire challenge.

However, there’s not much else to this promotion. Go check it out as soon as you can.

Enough about NJ; when is PokerStars heading to PA?

The question that people keep asking is about how soon PokerStars will make a move into Pennsylvania. PA poker players are hungry for the worldwide leader to open shop in the Keystone State.

So far, there is nothing to indicate a change to the previous timeframe. PokerStars has its approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in hand and looks to launch sometime in the next couple of months.

Unfortunately, the recent Department of Justice opinion on the Wire Act has thrown the entire industry off its game. The prevailing wisdom right now is that all interested parties should wait to see how the DOJ instructs its prosecutors to proceed.

Until that happens, it seems unlikely that PokerStars will launch in PA, regardless of any other challenges it might have. But, for right now, there’s no reason to panic. PokerStars will be coming to PA soon enough.


PokerStars Winter Series Gives Players 40 Million Reasons to Play

PokerStars Winter Series

The end of the year is a time of giving and receiving. PokerStars is generously giving players the opportunity to win their share of $40 million in the PokerStars Winter Series.

The PokerStars Winter Series will commence on Dec. 23. The series will offer 60 online events over the course of 16 days.

Well, actually, it’s a bit misleading to say that there are just 60 events up for grabs. Each of the events has four tiers – micro, low, medium, and high – that essentially quadruples the actual number of events.

The tiers are separated according to their buy-in levels. They break down as follows:

  • Micro – up to $5.50
  • Low – up to $55
  • Medium – up to $530
  • High – up to $5200

So, there’s an opportunity to hit it big no matter the size of one’s bankroll. Each event carries guarantees on all four tiers.

  • Traffic at every stake of cash game
  • $1 million GTD Sunday Million
  • $600 first-deposit bonus
New Player Bonus
100% up to $600

Notable PokerStars Winter Series events

The series will build to a fantastic Main Event on Jan. 6. The guaranteed prize pools for the four tiers of this tournament are worth nearly $4 million alone.

The Main Event will feature 8-max no-limit hold’em. The four tiers of the event are:

  • Micro: $2.20 buy-in – $100,000 guaranteed
  • Low: $22 buy-in – $750,000 guaranteed
  • Medium: $215 buy-in – $1,500,000 guaranteed
  • High: $2,100 buy-in – $1,500,000 guaranteed

If a $2,100 buy-in seems a bit steep, PokerStars is running special Spin & Gos that will award seats to the big table. For either $2.50 or $20, players can compete against two other players in a hyper-turbo winner-take-all battle for a seat or, at least, a random cash prize.

There will also be two High Roller events during the series, running Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. These events, which 8-max no-limit hold’em tournaments as well, carry a $5,200 buy-in with a $500,000 guarantee.

Even players who are down on their luck can take part in the Winter Series, thanks to the series’s special freeroll. Players who complete the appropriate challenge will earn entry to the Winter Series $25K Freeroll.

Finally, the Winter Series will offer $3,500,000 in guarantees on its selection of phased tournaments. A phased tournament is a fancy way to describe tournaments with multiple flights or Day 1s.

The great thing about them is that they can allow players to lever themselves into a huge payday, even at the lowest buy-in levels. The Winter Series micro tier of the phased tournaments has a buy-in of just $2.20, but a whopping guarantee of $250,000.

Players who want some variety in their game selection won’t be disappointed, either. Almost every conceivable variation of hold’em has its own event, and there are multiple pot-limit Omaha and no-limit Omaha Eight or Better tournaments as well.

Millions in guarantees even without the Winter Series

Of course, the Winter Series is not the only thing going on at PokerStars. In fact, there’s even more money available just in the course of normal business for the site.

Concurrent to the Winter Series, PokerStars will offer tournaments with combined guarantees totaling $45 million. Chief among those tournaments are the ever-popular Sunday Million events.

The Sunday Million is a $215 buy-in no-limit hold’em donnybrook that has been a staple of PokerStars for more than ten years. The tournament runs every weekend and carries a $1 million guarantee on its prize pool. During the Winter Series, the Sunday Million will run on Dec. 23 and Dec. 30.

PokerStars remains one of the top sources of innovation for poker, too. There are numerous games exclusive to the site, such as Zoom, Spin & Go, and Fusion.

All in all, there’s simply no reason that PokerStars shouldn’t be on everyone’s list during the holidays. Make this a winter to remember!