- 1 PokerStars “Big 3” serve up $75k in guarantees
- 2 Pala: the place for overlays
- 3 Borgata-party-MGM guarantee over $70,000 every Sunday
- 4 WSOP.com-888: Where Warriors battle it out for $60k
Every Sunday, New Jersey’s four online poker operators offer up over $200,000 in tournament guarantees across their signature events.
Here’s a look at the biggest tournaments at each site.
PokerStars “Big 3” serve up $75k in guarantees
The $50k Sunday Special
PokerStars is home to the largest weekly guaranteed tournament in the New Jersey market, which also happens to be the least expensive. The Sunday Special features a $200 buy-in and a $50,000 guarantee, making it $15 cheaper and $10,000 richer than its competitor’s flagship Sunday events.
The tournament is raked seven percent; $186 of the $200 entry fee goes to the prize-pool and $14 to tournament fees.
This week’s Sunday Special tournament boasted 250 entries (161 entrants plus 89 re-entries) leading to a $3,500 overlay. The winner of the Sunday Special takes home around $10,000 on average.
|Sunday Special $50K GTD (Reentry)||$200||$50,000||250||$ 50,000||$3,500|
More signature Sunday events from PokerStars NJ
In addition to the Sunday Special, PokerStars NJ also hosts Sunday tournaments with guarantees of $10k and $15k respectively.
|$500 Sunday High Roller (Reentry)||$500||$15,000||50||$23,500||–|
|$50 Sunday Warmup (Reentry)||$50||$10,000||201||$10,000||$854.50|
Pala: the place for overlays
The consistent overlays across all of Pala’s tournaments should be a huge draw for New Jersey poker players.
Pala Poker hasn’t created a signature Sunday event yet. Pala Poker is a late-arriver in New Jersey (it’s still in beta testing) and is simply trying to carve out a place in the crowded New Jersey online poker market.
As such, Pala offers a consistent daily tournament schedule Monday – Sunday.
Pala recently announced it will be overhauling its daily tournament schedule by lowering guarantees but adding more events. The changes went into effect on Monday, so this past week was the last running of Pala’s Nightly $500 guaranteed Turbo tournament.
Going forward, the 8 PM, $500 Turbo tournament will essentially be split into two separate tournaments.
|8:00 pm||Nightly $250 Gtd NLHE Turbo||$10||$250|
|8:30 pm||Nightly $250 Gtd (6-Handed) NLHE Turbo||$10||$250|
The last incarnation of the $500 tournament drew 15 players, generating a $220 overlay. Three players were the beneficiaries:
- 1st Place $ 250 – “FatalFlaws2”
- 2nd Place $ 150 – “captvideo”
- 3rd place $ 100 – “GazzilianAir2”
Borgata-party-MGM guarantee over $70,000 every Sunday
The $40k Guarantee
The network consisting of Borgata, partypoker, and MGM online poker hosts a $40,000 guarantee tournament every Sunday. The tournament has a $215 buy-in, $15 of which goes to tournament fees, which works out to a seven percent rake.
|SUNDAY $40K GTD NLH [3X RE] + BONUS||5:00pm||$215||$40,000||201||$ 40,200||–|
The winner of the Sunday $40K GTD usually pockets somewhere in the neighborhood of $8,000 – $10,000, depending on the number of entries.
This week’s winner, “NoXcape” walked away with $6,878 after essentially chopping the tournament with the eventual runner-up, “siggzmac” whose share of the prize pool was $6,629.
More signature Sunday events from Borgata/party/MGM
In addition to the network’s flagship event, it also runs a full slate of Sunday tournaments at a variety of different price-points designed to work for any budget.
Last weekend, three of the tournaments had overlays, including an impressive $2,200 overlay in the $10k guaranteed Sunday Seconds tournament.
|MTT||Start Time||Buy In||GTD||Entries||Prize-Pool||Overlay|
|SUNDAY STARTER $3K GTD [2X RE]||4:00pm||$55||$3,000||59||$2,950||$50|
|SUNDAY SECONDS $10K GTD [2X RE]||6:00pm||$162||$10,000||52||$7,800||$2,200|
|DAILY $10K GTD [2X RE]||7:00pm||$109||$10,000||111||$11,100||–|
|$3,000 GTD Turbo [2x RE]||7:30pm||$5||$3,000||63||$3,150||–|
|SUNDAY WRAP UP $5K GTD [2X RE]||8:00pm||$109||$5,000||45||$4,500||$500|
WSOP.com-888: Where Warriors battle it out for $60k
The $40k Warrior
|$215 The Warrior $40K GTD (Reentry)||$215||$40,000||196||$ 40,000||$800|
Other signature Sunday events at 888/WSOP.com
WSOP.com/888 have two other big tournaments on its Sunday schedule, both offering guarantees of $10,000.
|$50 Warrior’s Opening Strike (Reentry)||$50||$15,000||219||$10,000||$35.50|
|$100 Fierce Warrior (Reentry)||$100||$10,000||117||$10,647||–|
Additionally, once a month the network hosts the “Big Deal” a $500 buy-in with $30,000 guarantee.
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