PokerStars New Jersey officially announced the entire schedule for the NJ Spring Championship of Online Poker, with more than $1 million guaranteed over the two-week tournament series.
NJSCOOP, at a glance
PokerStars is porting its popular SCOOP format from the main site to New Jersey just a few months after its launch in the state. The series will take place from May 15-29; any players located in New Jersey are eligible to participate.
SCOOP easily becomes the largest post-Black Friday tournament series at a legal, regulated U.S. online poker site.
The series includes buy-ins ranging from $10 to $1,000, with satellites running for as little as $1.
There will be 27 events held across the two-week series, with “high” and “low” buy-in versions of each tournament format.
Three of those tournaments will guarantee six figures:
- May 16: $150 buy-in, no-limit hold’em, $100,000 guaranteed.
- May 24: $1,000 buy-in, no-limit hold’em six-max, $100,000 guaranteed.
- May 29: $500 buy-in main event, no-limit hold’em, $200,000 guaranteed.
The series includes a number of no-limit hold’em variants, as well as Omaha, stud, limit hold’em and mixed-game formats.
Check out the full schedule here.
Also of note in NJSCOOP
NJSCOOP also features a leaderboard competition. The top 15 players over the course of the series will win prizes of up to $2,000 “tournament dollars,” which can be used to enter tourneys at PokerStars NJ.
In addition, the top two players on the leaderboard will earn spots on Team USA for the Americas Cup of Poker live event. That will be held at PokerStars’ land-based New Jersey partner, Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
At the ACOP, held from June 24-25, a top prize of $100,000 will be up for grabs.
The NJ online poker market, right now
The tournament series comes as PokerStars attempts to solidify its hold as the clear leader in the New Jersey market, just after its March launch. PokerStars has held an advantage over competing networks WSOP / 888 and Party / Borgata in its first month-plus of operation.
Operating in NJ for just the latter half of March, PokerStars helped push online poker revenue to its highest point in the state in two years. April has seen a bit of a decline for PokerStars after a big initial push.
What is the competition doing to slow PokerStars’ roll? WSOP offered an upgraded deposit bonus, a chance to qualify for the World Series of Poker and recently held the WSOP Online Spring Poker Series with $100,000 guaranteed. 888 features $300,000 in cash and prizes available in the Spring Fever Giveaway promotion that runs through the start of June.