GSSS II Offers More Games and Formats

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If you haven’t heard, PartyPokerand Borgata Pokerin New Jersey have announced the schedule for the Garden State Super Series II, the second iteration of the ambitious online poker tournament series for New Jersey players. Sign up for Borgata Poker hereand sign up for PartyPoker here!

The GSSS II will run from January 11 to 25 at PartyPoker and Borgata Poker and promises $1 million in guaranteed prize money. The series consists of 23 tiered events, each offering a low, medium, and high buy-in level, creating a total of 69 tournaments. Buy-ins range from $5 to $1,000, allowing players of all bankrolls a chance to get into the action.

“We are delighted to once again bridge the live and online poker experience in New Jersey with the second installment of the Garden State Super Series,” said PartyPoker Director of Poker Jeffrey Haas. “Complementing the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open with the GSSS II creates a tremendous amount of value for our players and creates a true festival of poker.”

The series offers plenty of special events, including a $200 buy-in $75,000 Guaranteed NLHE Six-Max tournament, a $200 buy-in $100,000 Guaranteed NHLE event, and a massive $200 buy-in $150,000 Guaranteed NLHE Main Event.

PartyPoker and Borgata Poker will offer qualifiers to GSSS II events for as little as $0.25 right down to the end of the series.

Tournament organizers have done a great job making changes requested by players after the inaugural GSSS. This year, the Main Event will take place on the final day rather than in the middle of the series. Organizers have also added NLHE Heads-Up tournaments and a top-heavy prize structure that will see fewer cashes and higher payouts for top finishers.

In addition, the series offers a variety of new structures like the Super Bounty, which will pool half of the buy-ins for winners. GSSS II also includes a more diverse array of non-NLHE games; LHE, PLO8, Seven-Card-Stud, and PLO are all offered this season.

During the first GSSS, Party drew the ire of some New Jersey poker players when a “technical difficulty” forced the site to cancel the Main Event and refund runners. To its credit, Party owned up to the mistake and apologized for the “enormous burden” it had placed on players that night.

To make things right, the site added an extra $50,000 to the final six tournaments. The extra cash was a huge motivator, drawing more than enough players to meet guarantees for the events that day.

As the GSSS wraps up on the 25th with a $50,000 guarantee, Borgata and WPT will kick off the popularBorgata Winter Poker Open. The $3,500 buy-in tournament features a $3 million guarantee and will run two starting flights. Players can qualify online exclusively at the Borgata or PartyPoker websites.

With BWPO preliminary events running concurrently with the GSSS, Borgata has encouraged players to bring their laptops to the casino if they would like to participate in both. Players may conveniently make deposits and withdrawals from their PartyPoker and Borgata accounts right at the Borgata cage.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome back the World Poker Tour for what will undoubtedly be another extremely successful tournament,” said Borgata Senior Vice President of Operations Joe Lupo. “As our poker product evolves and advances in both online and land-based content, it is important to have the type of valued partnership we do with WPT.”

The inaugural GSSS isn’t PartyPoker’s first attempt at a tournament series in the regulated US market. In April, the site hosted the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, which featured 17 events and $600,000 in guaranteed prize money.

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