The world’s largest online poker site PokerStars is expanding their popular Megastack live series to New Jersey in hopes to give a much-needed injection into the State’s falling online poker industry and draw even more players to its online poker base. At the same time, the online poker giant is also looking to rectify its previous failed attempt in 2016 when it introduced their live events for the first time in nearly six years, as well as trying to gain grounds on competitors WSOP and 888 NJ.
Transferring Success In Uk To NJ
The Megastack concept was first introduced in London’s Hippodrome Casino in April, where the tournament drew over twice the normal field at over 520 entries to the $220 buy-in event. The main attraction was the relatively low buy-in that didn’t burn a too massive of a hole in player’s pockets, yet offered a massive 50,000 chips starting stack and a flexible structure that was perfect for recreational players looking to get their feet wet and make their way towards higher level championship tournaments.
The Megastack Tournament Aimed At Recreational Players
Learning from both the failures the Pokerstars NJ Festival that fell flat in October/November in 2016 and the successes of the Megastack London, Pokerstars have made adjustments to the tournament structure in order to insure success this time round.
“PokerStars MEGASTACK is the perfect opportunity for players to enjoy a great poker experience at an affordable buy-in to see if they can turn a MEGASTACK into a mega prize.” said Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker. “Players can expect an awesome poker experience and more importantly get together with friends to play poker while having fun.”
The Sunday Special Live New Jersey event, named after the company’s most popular weekly tournament with the highest guarantee of all the Sunday Majors, the $50,000 Sunday Special online event, will be held at Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel between Friday October 6th and Sunday 8th. It’ll be a $220 buy-in with a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. Players will start off with 50,000 chips and will play 30 minute sessions on Day 1 and increasing to 40 minute levels on the second and third day.
In order to achieve one of the live tournament’s main objective, to increase its online player base, online players can also qualify for the live event online, with buy-ins starting as low as $0.50.
PokerStars Commitment To The Local Poker Communities
The latest additions is PokerStars’ efforts to show NJ that it is committed in continually investing and improving the local poker industry for players of all skill levels, for both online and live events, as well as demonstrating its cooperation with brick-and-mortar casinos as to ensure online operations would not cannibalize live actions.
Helping Hand On Autism
In addition to the Megastack series, PokerStars will work hand-in-hand with the New Jersey Chapter of Autism Speaks to host the Chip In for Autism event at the White Eagle Hall on October 21st.
The event will honor advocates Kerry Magro and Bill and Michele Sorvino for their dedication and commitment to Autism Speaks. The event will feature poker and casino style table games, a grand cocktail reception and open bar. Prizes for winners will include smart phones, reality devices, smartwatches, tablets and more.