In less than three weeks, Jason Somerville, one of the most popular and well known players in poker will be heading to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City with several other Team PokerStars Pros in tow for the Run It Up: Resorts Rumble, a PokerStars VIP Club Live event.
The event will be the first, but likely not the last, live/online tie-in hosted by PokerStars and their land-based partner in New Jersey, Resorts Casino.
Somerville, who hosts the popular Run It Up Twitch stream, will be on hand, as will 2003 World Series of Poker champion Chris Moneymaker, Poker Hall of Famer Barry Greenstein, along with Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree and Jennifer Shahade.
The day-long event will feature a little bit of everything, from a welcome breakfast with the PokerStars pros to an on-site online poker tournament (bring a laptop or tablet if you plan on playing!) to a Q&A session with Somerville et al.
The activities come to a close with a VIP party at the Landshark Bar & Grill 7:30 p.m to around midnight, with food, games, and the all important open bar.
How to attend Run It Up NJ
Anyone who is keen on attending the event will have no problem gaining access. The event is being used by PokerStars and Resorts as a marketing campaign, and they’re basically eating the entire cost, sans the buy-in to play in the afternoon poker tournament.
Win your way to Run It Up: Resorts Rumble
First, PokerStars NJ is offering a freeroll to the Run It Up: Resorts Rumble on Sunday, May 1 at 5 p.m. The freeroll will award a pair of tickets to the top 50 finishers, along with cash prizes. The winner of the tournament will receive a special VIP package that includes a two-night stay at Resorts and a pair of VIP party tickets.
Here are the complete payouts for the freeroll:
- 1 – 5: $200 and a VIP package
- 6 – 9: $100 and two event tickets
- 10 – 15: $50 and two event tickets
- 16 – 25: $20 and two event tickets
- 26 – 50: $10 and two event tickets
- 51 – 120: $5
There are two ways to gain an entry to the freeroll:
- Play one real-money hand at any stake level, or enter one real-money tournament.
- Or claim a ticket by making a qualifying deposit of $10 or more using the promotional code VIPCLUBNJ between April 18 and April 30.
Purchase tickets with StarsCoins
If you don’t win a spot via the freeroll, and you’ve reached SilverStar on the NJ VIP ladder status at PokerStars, you can purchase a pair of tickets to the event for 1,000 StarsCoins ($10 value). Furthermore, Stars will donate the $10 to the Autism Speaks charity. A win-win for everyone.
Make a donation on the day of
Finally, anyone who shows up at Resorts on the morning of May 14 can take part in the day’s festivities by making a $10 donation to Autism Speaks.
A look at the day’s agenda
The festivities will take place on May 14, and as noted, will last most of the day. Here is a look at the complete schedule from the PokerStarsNJ website:
- From 9 a.m.: Registration. Please note: If you haven’t won or purchased a ticket to the VIP Club Live: NJ party in the evening, there is a mandatory $10 donation to Autism Speaks required in order to take part in the day’s activities. The donation will also get you a wristband to attend the VIP Club Live party in the evening.
- 10 a.m.: Breakfast with the Pros. Early risers can meet Jason Somerville, Chris Moneymaker,Vanessa Selbst, Jennifer Shahade, Liv Boeree, and Barry Greenstein for light breakfast and conversation in the Atlantic Ballroom at Resorts.
- 11:30 a.m.: The inaugural ‘Run It Up Resorts Rumble’ gets underway. Bring your laptop or mobile device to play in this $30 buy-in ‘onlive’ tournament, exclusive to Run It Up fans physically present in the Atlantic Ballroom. Remember, the tournament is played online, so you’ll need to bring your own laptop/device in order to be able to take part.
- 3 p.m.: Final table of the ‘Run It Up Resorts Rumble’. The tournament will be paused and final table participants will be repositioned ‘battleship style’ around a poker table.
- 4 p.m.: Take part in a Team PokerStars Q&A. Jason Somerville and other members of Team PokerStars will be on hand to discuss a variety of poker-world topics.
- 7:30pm: VIP Club Live: NJ gets underway at Landshark Bar & Grill. The evening will include an open bar, food, games and entertainment. The party will wrap up around midnight.
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