PokerStars NJSCOOP Guarantees $1.2 Million in Prize Money, Biggest Online Series in New Jersey History

The PokerStars NJSCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) series will have at least $1.2 million in prize pool money awarded.

PokerStars NJSCOOP series

PokerStars NJSCOOP starting on May 6 guarantees at least $1.2 million in prize money. (Image: pokerscout.com)

New Jersey online poker players have never competed in a poker series with so much cash on the line at a licensed poker site.

The event begins May 6 and runs until May 22. There will be 35 total events, with each tournament being separated by a high and low buy-in entry cost.

It will be the second annual series, which is a spinoff of the long-time popular SCOOP series on the PokerStars global website.

The first tournament, a “warm-up,” starts at 6 pm EST with a $100 buy-in for the high buy-in level ($15,000 guaranteed) and $10 for the low stakes players ($3,500 guaranteed). The game played will be no-limit Texas hold’em.

A Game for Everyone

NJSCOOP features various poker games including no-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha, Stud hi-low, and H.O.R.S.E. Tournament buy-ins range from $10 to $1,000.

The $1,000 High Roller, event #24, takes place on May 15. There will be at least $85,000 in the prize pool. Low buy-in level players can compete in a High Roller tournament as well, for $100.

As is the case with any poker series, the Main Event is the…main event. This two-day tournament kicks off May 21 at 5 pm. The buy-in is either $500 or $50. PokerStars NJ guarantees at least $200,000 in the pot for the high stakes players.

If the Main Event isn’t kind to you, there will be one final opportunity at a NJSCOOP title on May 22. The No-Limit Hold’em Deep Hyper Turbo event ($150/$20) concludes the 17-day series. Other tournaments likely to draw sizable fields include:

Event #2 (May 7) $150 NLHE Progressive SuperKO ($25,000 guaranteed)

Event #4 (May 7) $100 PLO ($15,000 guaranteed)

Event #6 (May 8) $200 NLHE Win the Button ($20,000 guaranteed)

Event #9 (May 9) $300 NLHE Heads-Up ($20,000 guaranteed)

Event #15 (May 13) $100 NLHE Deepstack 8-Max ($20,000 guaranteed)

Event #26 (May 18) $100 PLO ProgressiveKO ($7,000 guaranteed)

Could it Boost Revenue?

Online poker revenue in New Jersey dropped 8.5-percent in March compared to the same month in 2016. The state’s internet gambling sites brought in $2.25 million last month from poker.

The March decline, on the surface, doesn’t seem so bad. But last year’s figures only include PokerStars revenue for a small portion of the month. The world’s most recognized online poker brand didn’t launch in New Jersey until late in March 2016.

With online poker coming off a rocky month in the Garden State, PokerStars is taking a gamble by guaranteeing $1.2 million in NJSCOOP prize money. On the other hand, hosting a series of this magnitude could help grow the state’s internet poker industry.

Jon Sofen
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Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.

Comments

juiceeQ wrote...

UGH!!! Lucky SOBs! I want to play. 🙁 Hopefully California will get off their ass and let PokerStars in SOOOOON.

Sil3ntness wrote...

Hopefully Pokerstars comes to the rest of the US soon. Tired of playing on crappy software (Not going to say the network’s name)

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