All Three Signature NJ Sunday Tournaments Beat Their Guarantees Last Week

September 20, 2017
All Three Signature NJ Sunday Tournaments Beat Their Guarantees Last Week


The usual tournament overlays New Jersey online poker players have grown accustomed to more or less disappeared this past Sunday.

There is over $200k in guarantees across the 14 tournaments US Poker tracks, but NJ online poker operators combined to hand out only $6,500 in overlays on Sunday. Further, most of that amount came via a single tournament, as the high roller at Borgata-MGM-party boasted a $4,000 overlay.

For the first time in quite a while, all three major tournaments – the $40k guarantee at; the $40k guarantee at Borgata-MGM-party; and the $50k guarantee at PokerStars NJ – met their guarantees.

Backend of Borgata-party-MGM Sunday schedule provides lots of value

The $40k Guarantee

The Borgata/partypoker/MGM online poker network hosts a $40,000 guarantee tournament every Sunday. The tournament has a $215 buy-in, $15 of which goes to tournament fees. That works out to a seven percent rake.

The $40k guarantee on the partypoker network continues to impress. For the second consecutive week, the tournament easily cleared its guarantee by 27 entries, an increase of seven entries over last week. And it did so on a Sunday when the PokerStars $50k and the 888 $40k both beat their guarantees.

MTT Start Time Buy-In GTD Entries Prize-Pool Overlay
SUNDAY $40K GTD NLH [3X RE] + BONUS 5:00pm  $215  $40,000 227  $ 45,400

More signature events at Borgata/party/MGM

The network’s signature event is performing well, but the other big tournaments on the Sunday schedule are struggling. Only one of five events met its guarantee, and for the second consecutive week the $3k guaranteed turbo failed to run.

MTT Start Time Buy In GTD Entries Prize-Pool Overlay
SUNDAY STARTER $3K GTD [2X RE] 4:00pm $55 $3,000 50 $3,000 $500
Sunday $535 – $20K GTD [2x RE] 6:30pm $535 $20,000 32 $20,000 $4,000
DAILY $10K GTD  [2X RE] 7:00pm $109 $10,000 156 $15,600
$3,000 GTD Turbo [2x RE] 7:30pm $55 DID NOT RUN
Sunday PLO Bounty – $750 GTD 8:00pm $35 $750 22 $750 $266

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PokerStars signature event surpasses guarantee

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 at PokerStars NJ features a $200 buy-in and a $50,000 guarantee, making it $15 cheaper and $10,000 richer than its competitors’ flagship Sunday events.

The tournament is raked seven percent, as $186 of the $200 entry fee goes to the prize pool, and $14 to tournament fees.

After an overlay of over $8,000 two weeks ago, the Sunday Special rebounded this past weekend. With a total of 275 entries, the tournament beat its guarantee by $1,150.

MTT Buy-In GTD Entries Prize-Pool Overlay
Sunday Special $50K GTD (Reentry) $200 $50,000 275 $ 51,150

More signature Sunday events from PokerStars NJ

In addition to the Sunday Special, PokerStars NJ hosts two other major Sunday tournaments with guarantees of $10k and $15k respectively.

The high-roller has been easily eclipsing the $15k guarantee PokerStars slapped on it, while the Sunday Warmup continues to offer a modest overlay.

MTT Buy In GTD Entries Prize-Pool Overlay
$500 Sunday High Roller (Reentry) $500 $15,000 38 $17,860
$50 Sunday Warmup (Reentry) $50 $10,000 206 $10,000 $627

PokerStars readies for NJCOOP

PokerStars NJ is also running gearing up for the second running of NJCOOP.

The 46-event tournament series will get started on October 14, but satellite tournaments are already running on the site. Here’s how you can win a seat in an NJCOOP tournament.

Sign up for PokerStars NJ here

Overlays are shrinking at Pala

The tournaments may not have big prize-pools, but Pala’s tournament schedule has the highest overlays (by percentage) in the New Jersey market.

As it’s still in beta, Pala Poker is only offering a daily schedule at this point.

The daily schedule is highlighted by two $10 buy-in ($9 + $1), $250 guaranteed events, and while there are still sizable overlays, the number of runners in these events has nearly doubled over the past few weeks.

Start Time Tournament Buy-in Entries Prize-pool Overlay
  8:00 pm  Nightly $250 Gtd NLHE Turbo $10 19 $250 $79
  8:30 pm  Nightly $250 Gtd (6-Handed) NLHE Turbo $10 14 $250 $124

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The good news is only one of the three tournaments US Poker tracks had an overlay this past Sunday.

The bad news is, the other two events barely met their guarantees.

The $40k Warrior

Every Sunday, the and 888 network host “The Warrior,” a $215 buy-in tournament with a $40,000 guarantee. The rake for the Warrior is the same seven percent that you’ll find at other sites.

The Warrior avoided an overlay by ticking back above 200 entries this week.

MTT Buy-In GTD Entries Prize-Pool Overlay
$215 The Warrior $40K GTD (Reentry) $215 $40,000 202 $ 40,400

Other signature Sunday events at 888/ have two other big tournaments on its Sunday schedule, both offering guarantees of $10,000.

One of the tournaments offered a decent amount of added value on Sunday.

MTT Buy In GTD Entries Prize-Pool Overlay
 $50 Warrior’s Opening Strike (Reentry) $50 $10,000 201 $10,000 $854.50
$100 Fierce Warrior  (Reentry) $100 $10,000 112 $10,192

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