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  1. [caption width="640"] The 2016 Americas Cup of Poker live final is heading to New Jersey[/caption] Some of the best online poker players from North and South America are converging on New Jersey later this summer for the PokerStars Americas Cup of Poker (ACP) live final - and for the first time since Black Friday, Team USA will be represented. The live final is the culmination of a series of ACP tournaments running on PokerStars.com from May 9 to June 6 that first puts players up against only players from their own country before moving on to battles between the 12 qualified countries. "The Americas Cup of Poker has been growing for the last seven years and this year will not be an exception," said Andre Akkari, Team PokerStars Pro. "This year not only sees an improved structure and more tournaments, but also a great live final in New Jersey to wrap up all the action. The question is will Brazil beat Argentina this time around or will it be the USA’s time to shine?" The Live Final is being held at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City for the first team after being part of the part of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure schedule for the past seven years. The 12 teams are divided into three qualifying groups. GROUP 1 Argentina Chile Peru Uruguay GROUP 2 Brazil Colombia Rest of LATAM Ecuador GROUP 3 Canada Costa Rica Mexico Venezuela This marks the first time that Canada has competed in the ACP since 2010. Team USA will not compete in this stage of qualifying and will instead be comprised of players who do well during the upcoming NJSCOOP and a select few from a PokerStarsNJ.com freeroll on Sunday, May 29. The First Round The first round, which runs May 9 to 29, pits players against other players from only their own country in ACP tournaments with buy-ins from free up to $5.50 and awards players points based on their finishing position in each event. The top 50 point-earners from each country move on to the next stage. The Second Round Running May 30 to June 3, the second round is where national pride first enters the mix. Players compete in country vs. country matches, with the 50 players from each country earning points based solely on the number of players they eliminate. At the conclusion of each match, the country with the most bounties is awarded 10 points. Should the match end in a tie, each country is awarded five points. Each country plays a total of three matches and the top two teams in each group then advance to the Live Final. The five players from each country who collect the most bounties during this round will be selected to represent their country at the Live Final. The Live Final The live final, which runs June 23 to 27, is being held at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City and is set to coincide with the COPA America finals in East Rutherford. There the players will be competing for their country’s share of $100,000 in prizes. Live Final Prizes $30,000 $25,000 $17,500 $12,500 $7,500 $5,000 $2,500 In 2015, Argentina came out on top with longtime football rival Brazil finishing as the runner-up.
  2. [caption width="640"] PokerStars officially launched in New Jersey on Monday, March 21, 2016.[/caption] Thanks for following our live blog coverage of the PokerStarsNJ launch. 9:13 PM: With nearly 1,200 seated players, there are currently eight full $1/$2 Six Max NLHE tables and 14 full $0.25/$0.50 Six Max NLHE tables. 8:01 PM: The threat of an overlay in the big nightly events on Day 1 was probably overstated. The Big $50, which carried a $1,500 guarantee needed 33 players to reach the guarantee and ended up with 79 for a total prize pool of $3,594.50. The biggest guarantee of the night was in the Nightly Stars $100. With a $10,000 guarantee the event needed 109 players to avoid an overlay. With another 58 minutes of late registration available, there are 115 players in the event, making the guarantee easily. 6:52 PM: One of the products that U.S. players will find new on PokerStarsNJ is the Spin N Go. The Hyper Turbo sit n gos, which are played three-handed, do not have a set prizepool. Before play begins players watch a spinning wheel with prizes ranging between two and 10,000 times the buy-in. Just before 7 PM three players signed up for a $5 Spin N Go and wound up splitting $6,000. 'sumzyy' took home $5,000 for winning and 'NJPLandy15' and 'alucard 27' each earned $500 for finishing second and third. If you don’t already have a PokerStarsNJ account you can sign-up here and be ready to play as soon as you’re inside the state of New Jersey. 6:20 PM: The 'Big $50' tournament which runs nightly at 6 PM and has a $1,500 guarantee, had no trouble meeting the number of the first night. With registration open for another 1 hour and 40 minutes, there are 30 players registered, meaning they've raised exactly $1,500 so far. However, unlike in other markets around the world, the buy-in of $50 is inclusive of fees, so the buy-in for this event is actually $45.50 + $4.50. This leaves the net overlay currently at $135. 5:43 PM: Six full days before their first "Sunday Major", PokerStarsNJ has a player registered for their marquee Sunday event, the Sunday Special. 'RevelOwner', who has been active on the site during throughout the day, signed up for the $200 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed event. The full PokerStarsNJ tournament schedule includes regular daily events with buy-in from $5 to $100 and guarantees as high as $10,000. 5:37 PM: Heading into the busier part of the nightly tournament schedule, PokerStarsNJ broke through the 500-player mark with four tables of $5/$10 Six Max NLHE running, two full tables of $2.50/$5 Six Max NLHE and a full lineup of NLHE games from $0.05/$0.10 and up. 4:22 PM: Chris Moneymaker is known for winning the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, but he's not just a one trick pony. Moneymaker, playing under the screen name 'Money800NJ', is currently playing $1/$2 Pot Limit Triple Draw. And he's making hands like a boss. 3:41 PM: Jason Somerville, a Team PokerStars Pro, is in New Jersey and started streaming on Twitch.tv/jcarverpoker just after 3 PM. Somerville, playing as 'jcarverNJ', currently has just over 5,000 people watching him play a $20 deepstack NLHE event. 3:01 PM: Just after the clock struck three o'clock, PokerStarsNJ hit another milestone, topping the 400-player mark for the first time. As the afternoon approaches and more of the 9-5 bridge-and-tunnel crowd make their way home, this number should see a bigger jump. 2:50 PM: The PokerStars media event at Resorts Casino & Hotel has all of the big name Team Pros on hand to show off the new PokerStars NJ product. One of those players is Jason Mercier and he even managed to bring along his dog, marshmallow. 1:00 PM: It appears that at least on Day 1, PokerStars is quickly becoming the top site. A look at the lobby of competing sites shows PokerStars as the leader. PokerStars: 283 connected players WSOP.com: 110 cash game players* partypoker: 189 connected players *data from PokerScout.com 12:16 PM: Mainstream media is starting to pick up on the scent. The Associated Press just released a story about the re-launch of PokerStars in New Jersey and mentions the possibility that the Garden State might need to start working with other states for this thing to really take off. New Jersey has been seeking reciprocal compacts with other states and even other countries to offer Internet gambling with larger combined prize pools, but so far it has only succeeded in taking small steps toward that goal. 11:29 AM: The excitement of PokerStars being in just one state is spilling over to surrounding states - even if the play isn't. Players in the Pennsylvania Poker Community are talking about making the trip into New Jersey to play - one player did so during Soft Launch and was pretty impressed by the product, calling the software "by far the best offered in NJ right now". 11:00 AM: A new high in number of connected players of 169. There were three full $0.25/$0.50 Six Max NLHE tables and two tables of $2.50/$5 Six Max NLHE for the first time. 10:34 AM: The first official tournament now has a winner with 'Pandemicz' taking down the $15 No Limit Hold’em (Six Max, Turbo, Progressive SuperKO). 'Pandemicz' beat out PocketFives members 'Mrs. Baskets' and 'LennyCappy' to win $82.03 plus $50.57 in bounties. 10:23 AM: While the cash games are picking up and multiple tournaments are now running, there are still no ZOOM tables running. 10:15 AM: Check out our PokerStarsNJ FAQ for many of the answers to questions you might have about the return of PokerStars to the United States. 9:57 AM: New Jersey native Vanessa Selbst is apparently contemplating moving back to her home state. 9:45 AM: Traffic has peaked with 91 active players. Most players are playing $1/$2 Six Max NLHE and $0.25/$0.50 Six Max NLHE. There is also a single table of $0.50/$1 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha running. 9:30 AM: Registration is closed on the first official tournament on PokerStarsNJ. The $15 No Limit Hold’em (Six Max, Turbo, Progressive SuperKO) got 27 entries, pushing the total prize pool to $364.50 - well past the $250 guarantee. There were two other tournaments scheduled for earlier in the day, but both were cancelled after not making the minimum number of players. 8:33 AM: More and more players are finding their way to the site. Lobby shows 62 players playing and two full $1/$2 Six Max NLHE tables. The first guaranteed tournament of the day is set for a 9 AM start and has three players currently registered. 7:57 AM: It's no surprise that PokerStars has put the full weight of their Team Pros behind the launch. While Jason Somerville is scheduled to stream from New Jersey later on Monday, another Team Pro is making his way there now. [CCODE] [/CCODE] 7:41 AM: PocketFives member Steven Madara, the #17 ranked player in New Jersey, is up early and playing. Madara, playing under the screenname 'FadeOrHoldz', is seated at a $1/$2 Six Max NLHE table. 7:30 AM: A little over an hour into the day and there are 32 active players on the site. The most popular tables are $0.05/$0.10 Six Max NLHE where three tables were running. 6:13 AM: PokerStars issues a press release announcing they have passed all New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement soft launch requirements and are now 100% live in the Garden State. "We could not be more proud to bring PokerStars to New Jersey. Working with our partner, Resorts Casino Hotel, we look forward to providing the most exciting, innovative and secure gaming experience to New Jersey," said David Baazov, Chairman and CEO of Amaya, PokerStars' parent company.
  3. The inaugural PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker kicked off with a bang last week and has so far proven a big success, beating nearly every one of its guarantees. While 19 events have been checked off the schedule so far, players still have plenty more chances to get in on the action. That includes the festival’s much-anticipated $500 buy-in, $200,000 No Limit Hold‘em Main Event, which plays out on October 30-31. ‘FIGHT_4_F00D’ took the honor of winning the very first NJCOOP title after besting a field of 176 in the $100 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Warm-Up. The New Jersey grinder banked a $4,637 score after taking down David 'Supadphat' Cheng in heads-up play. A total of 70 players bought-in to the Event #2, $200 No Limit Hold‘em Turbo tournament, pumping up the prize pool to $14,880. ‘ShrimplyPibs’ went home with the title and a $4,092 payday after defeating Keith 'Donnysack' Donovan and Daniel 'AvaGray' Lupo at the final table. Event #4, the $250 No Limit Hold‘em Sunday Special, attracted 287 entrants who made 162 re-entries. The extra buy-ins were enough to push the prize pool to just over its $100,000 guarantee. ‘BOnEheAd109’ took the top spot, along with nearly $20,000 for his first-place finish, after dispatching opponents ‘Cass N Hoes’ ($14,646) and ‘MrA.Iverson3’ ($10,723). Monday’s Pot Limit Omaha Highroller Six Max tournament garnered 51 players, creating a prize pool of $39,010. ‘iFoldN0T’ prevailed in the $500 buy-in event, beating out ‘Poppie3333’ to take home a $10,630 payday. 'ShrimplyPibs' was back on top in the $100 No Limit Hold‘em 1R1A event, winning his second first-place title of the series. The tournament’s 139 entrants made 94 rebuys and 24 add-ons, edging up the prize pool to $23,592, just over its $20,000 guarantee. For his latest victory, ShrimplyPibs added an extra $5,426 to his bankroll, leaving opponent ‘BBQbill7’ to take the $3,774 runner-up prize. The Event #11, $20,000 guaranteed No Limit Hold‘em Heads-Up CAP 128 tournament boasted a field of 87 runners, and paid out $24,360 to the top 8 places. When all was said and done, ‘Ken Kratz’ took the title and banked an $8,526 payday after taking out ‘Superflu0us1’, who took $4,872 for his second place finish. Thursday’s $500 Eight-Game Six Max event was one of only two tournaments to not meet its guarantee. New Jersey grinder Daniel 'AvaGray' Lupo was the biggest beneficiary of the overlay, taking home an $8,000 payday for his first-place finish. Event #18 was a No Limit Hold‘em, Deepstack Eight Max tournament with a $15,000 guarantee. A total of 250 entrants made 73 re-entries, smashing the guarantee with a $22,950 prize pool. ‘Gay4Tray’ expertly navigated the field, taking the title and a $4,647 payout after besting ‘BigAl07094’. Event #1: $100 No Limit Hold’em NJCOOP Warm-Up 176 entries (71 re-entries), $22,674.60 paying 36 places FIGHT_4_F00D - $4,637.15 David 'Supadphat' Cheng - $3,401.19 Joseph 'B3ndTheKnee' Liberta - $2,562.22 (j_liberta17) Maynardsdik – $1,927.34 Pokerphace77 - $1,315.12 Iquitonce - $1,020.35 Cass N Hoes - $793.61 Richp10 - $566.86 AAAHustla – $430.81 Event #2: $200 No Limit Hold'em Turbo NJCOOP Warm-Up 70 entries (10 re-entries), $14,880.00 paying 12 places ShrimplyPibs - $4,092.00 Keith 'Donnysack' Donovan - $2,752.80 Daniel 'AvaGray' Lupo - $2,083.20 rimmer27 - $1,413.60 (rimmer27) BADBEATSBYME - $1,041.60 PureWizardry - $781.20 Rafo 'Hyerolla777' Jan - $632.40 Hubbiee - $520.80 FlawlessBINK - $446.40 Event #4: $250 No Limit Hold‘em Sunday Special SE ($100,000 Guaranteed) 287 entries (162 re-entries), $104,617 paying 63 places BOnEheAd109 – $19.877.51 Cass N Hoes - $14,646.38 MrA.Iverson3 - $10,723.24 Asremb - $8,160.12 Justcuz77 - $5,753.93 S3lfreliance - $4,446.22 ClownUpGuy - $3,400.05 Scamfest – $2,353.88 Michael 'Systematuk' Matuk - $1,736.64 Event #9: $500 Pot Limit Omaha Highroller Six Max ($30,000 Guaranteed) 51 entries (32 re-entries), $39,010 paying 12 places iFoldN0T - $10,630.25 Poppie3333 – $7,119.32 76ersaregood - $5,461.40 LookAtMyDabx - $3,705.95 FIGHT_4_F00D - $2,730.70 Handledd - $2,048.02 Event #10: $100 No Limit Hold‘em 1R1A ($20,000 Guaranteed) 139 entries (94 rebuys, 24 add-ons), $23,592.60 paying to 18 places ShrimplyPibs - $5,426.37 BBQbill7 - $3,774.81 OldmoneyD - $2,866.50 Coles93 - $2,123.33 Chr0meKing - $1,415.55 Shadyrant04 - $1,179.63 Cjdstable123 - $9,43.70 CReinhold - $770.77 ForTheThr1ll - $589.81 Event #11: $300 No Limit Hold‘em Heads-Up, CAP 128 ($20,000 Guaranteed) 87 entries, $24,360 paying to 8 places Ken Kratz - $8,526 Superflu0us1 - $4,872 T1111111111M - $2,436 chipperrrrr - $2,436 BOnEheAd109- $1,522.50 TeethOfBags - $1,522.50 Moose4life - $1,522.50 hagz2richez - $1,522.50 Event #14: $500 Eight-Game Six Max ($20,000 guaranteed) 42 entries (7 reentries), $20,000 paid to 5 places Daniel 'AvaGray' Lupo - $8,000 mrblonde2020 - $5,400 supadphat - $3,000 FunkyJesus - $2,000 loxonbagel - $1,600 Event #18: No Limit Hold‘em Deepstack Eight Max ($15,000 Guaranteed) 250 entries (73 re-entries), $22,950 paying to 32 places Gate4Tray - $4647.42 BigAl07094 - $3557.25 Tclark828 - $2639.25 Heart Tree - $1950.75 Chris31488 - $1262.25 eliozica - $1032.75 T1111111111M - $803.25 Brikhappy - $631.12
  4. [caption width="640"] Jason Somerville is bringing the Run It Up show back to Atlantic City as part of the PokerStars Live Festival.[/caption] The world’s largest poker site is back with a live tournament series on United States soil for the first time in years. Starting on October 29, PokerStars Festival New Jersey kicks off with 40 events to be played in a weeklong span at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. As part of this series, PokerStars is partnering with Team Pro Jason Somerville and Run It Up for what will be an exciting collection of tournaments that are aiming to build off of his previous Run It Up series held in Reno, NV. One of the elements that separates Somerville and his Run It Up events from other festivals is the availability of mixed game events that are not usually as prominently featured at other tournament series. Known for his popular Twitch stream, Somerville has leveraged that viewership into promoting non-Hold‘em games on his stream and in the live setting. “I’ve been playing poker for a decade and after a while, Hold‘em can get boring. There’s a fun in playing many different games,” Somerville said about his interest in new forms of poker. Somerville said he first noticed that playing mixed games appealed to a large audience when 27,000 viewers tuned in to watch him compete in a PokerStars WCOOP Stud Hi-Lo event in September 2015, one of the largest totals at that time in the history of Twitch. Since then, Somerville has incorporated a variety of mixed game events into his Run It Up series and is now bringing that atmosphere to New Jersey. “Mixed games tend to elicit more conversation at the table and elicits a camaraderie among players. They draw a different type of crowd that is there to have more fun and to create a fun atmosphere,” Somerville said. In addition to the mixed game events, there will be some celebrities in attendance at the festival highlighted by Tyson Apostol and ‘Boston Rob’ Mariano, both of Survivor fame. Somerville has come to know both quite well over the years and notes, “fans like hanging out with them and they are the perfect people to bring to New Jersey.” When planning the inaugural “Run It Up Reno” series, Somerville envisioned the series being centered on the best possible playing experience for those attending. Survivor was in season at that time, which worked out well for Somerville’s design. “Who better to watch Survivor with than actual survivors?” Somerville exclaimed. Despite his reality show fandom, Somerville has no intention to step into the wilderness in the near future. “There’s not really time for adventure in my life. I’m happy to be on the couch, for the most part. I’ve spent almost 1,100 hours streaming this year and am focused on that for now,” said Somerville. With his nightly stream still going strong as ever, Somerville doesn’t plan on putting the brakes on anytime soon and perhaps venture toward more live poker. “I love streaming, it’s easy for me to do. Every day I wake up and I go to bed and satisfied. Live events are way more tiring. [They] are major party gatherings that build the community and personal relationships that we can’t do more of online,” said Somerville. The PokerStars Festival New Jersey will be an especially busy one for Somerville as he plans on playing live events while also streaming with a few special guests scheduled to appear. Somerville says he will be streaming PokerStars team pros Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Selbst and Jason Mercier all individually during the weeklong festival. On Saturday, November 5, Somerville will host “Run It Up Day” which is set to include events like a poker seminar to be presented by Somerville, a Q&A and the $300 buy-in Run It Up 8 Game Championship. Somerville says he loves interacting with his fans and doing Q&As noting how much enjoys the open conversation element. With a laugh, Somerville said, “I must answer more questions than anyone on the planet.” With a full week of great events and activities lined up, PokerStars Festival New Jersey will look to set the pace for future PokerStars events to be held in the United States. “People are going to be there to have a good time and will have the chance to meet PokerStars pros. This is an experience rather than just a normal poker tournament,” said Somerville.
  5. [caption width="640"] The PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Takes Over the New Jersey ONline Poker scene for the next 16 days.[/caption] The PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker is going to fill up the calendars of New Jersey online poker players over the next couple of weeks. NJCOOP runs October 15 - 31 and includes a total of 43 events and a total of $1.2 million in guaranteed prize pools. This marks the second COOP series to run in New Jersey. The first was in May when the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker had 52 events spread across two weeks. NJCOOP Schedule HighlightsEverything gets underway Saturday, October 15 with two warm-up events and then gets real on Sunday, October 16 with five events in one day. The marquee event that day is the $250 buy-in Sunday Special Special Edition which comes with a $100,000 guarantee. Just six of the 43 events on the schedule are Pot Limit Omaha, but the tournaments offered should offer enough value to keep the biggest PLO junkie happy. The first PLO event is Event #6, on Tuesday, October 6, and the $100 buy-in tournament has a $15,000 guarantee. There is also a $100 buy-in PLO Heads Up event on Wednesday, October 26. The second event on the calendar that comes with a six-figure guarantee is Event #28, the $1,000 buy-in Six Max High Roller. That goes Tuesday, October 25 at 6 pm. And that’s just a prelude to the Main Event. Sign-up now for PokerStarsNJ.com and get a free NBA Swingman jersey. Details here.NJCOOP Main EventThe $500 buy-in Main Event is set to run over two days beginning Saturday, October 30 and it comes with the biggest guarantee of all, $200,000. The Saturday start is designed to allow more recreational players who would otherwise be working on Monday the chance to play the two-day event without fear of having to make arrangements on Day 2. For comparison, the Main Event of the first event PokerStarsNJ Spring Championship of Online Poker last May had a buy-in of $500 and a $200,000 guarantee and drew 392 players to just meet out on the guarantee. The LeaderboardIt wouldn’t be a PokerStars COOP series without a leaderboard. Players who finish in the top 15 for the NJCOOP Leaderboard will earn their share of $10,000 in tournament dollars, with the best performer earning T$2,000. 2016 PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Schedule Start TimeEvent #TournamentGuarantee Saturday, October 15 6:00 PM1$100 Nightly Stars - NJCOOP Warm-Up$15,000 8:00 PM2$200 NL Hold'em (Turbo) - NJCOOP Warm-Up$10,000 Sunday, October 16 3:30 PM3$150 NL Hold'em (Progressive Super KO)$30,000 5:00 PM4$250 Sunday Special SE$100,000 7:00 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1A)$50,000 8:00 PM6$100 PL Omaha (8-max)$15,000 10:00 PM7$150 Sunday SuperSonic SE (Hyper)$15,000 Monday, October 17 6:30 PM8$100 NL Hold'em (Speed-Down)$20,000 7:30 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1B)$50,000 8:00 PM9$500 PL Omaha High Roller (6-max)$30,000 Tuesday, October 18 6:30 PM10$100 NL Hold'em 1R1A$20,000 7:30 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1C)$50,000 8:30 PM11$300 NL Hold'em (Heads-Up)$20,000 Wednesday, October 19R] 6:30 PM12$100 NL Hold'em (Progressive Super-KO)$20,000 7:30 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1D)$50,000 8:00 PM13$200 Limit Hold'em (6-max)$10,000 Thursday, October 20 6:30 PM14$500 8-Game (6-max)$20,000 7:30 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1E)$50,000 8:00 PM15$50+R NL Hold'em$20,000 Friday, October 21 7:00 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1F)$50,000 8:00 PM16$200 TRiple Stud$10,000 9:30 PM17$50+R NL Hold'em (3-Max, Hyper, Rebuy)$7,500 Saturday, October 22 5:00 PM18$100 NL Hold'em (Deepstack, 8-max)$15,000 7:00 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1G)$50,000 8:00 PM19$200 NL Hold'em (Ante-Up)$10,000 Sunday, October 23 2:00 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1H)$50,000 3:30 PM20$100 Mixed NLHE/PLO (6-max)$15,000 5:00 PM21$350 Sunday Special SE$75,000 7:00 PM22$200 NL Hold'em (Progressive SuperKO)$35,000 8:00 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 2)$50,000 9:00 PM23$100 NL Hold'em (Shootout, 6-Max, Turbo)$10,000 9:30 PM24$150 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 1A)$35,000 Monday, October 24 6:00 PM25$300 NL Hold'em (4-max)$30,000 8:00 PM26$75+R PL Omaha Hi/Lo (Rebuy, 8-max)$10,000 9:30 PM24$150 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 1B)$35,000 Tuesday, October 25 6:00 PM27$150 NL Hold'em (1R1A)$25,000 7:00 PM28$1,000 NL Hold'em (High Roller, 6-max)$100,000 8:00 PM29$100 FL Omaha Hi/Lo (8-max)$5,000 9:30 PM24$150 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 1C)$35,000 Wednesday, October 26 6:00 PM30$25+R NL Hold'em (Rebuy)$20,000 8:00 PM31$100 PL Omaha HU$5,000 9:30 PM24$150 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 1D)$35,000 Thursday, October 27 6:30 PM24$150 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 1E, Turbo)$35,000 7:30 PM32$100 NL Hold'em (Day 1A)$50,000 8:30 PM24$150 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 2)$35,000 8:00 PM33$50+R PL Omaha (6-Max, Rebuy)$10,000 9:00 PM34$150 NL Hold'em (Turbo)$20,000 Friday, October 28 7:00 PM32$100 NL Hold'em (Day 1B)$50,000 8:00 PM35$100 PL 5-Card Omaha (8-max)$7,500 9:00 PM36$200 NL Hold'em (Deep, Hyper)$15,000 Saturday, October 29 6:00 PM37$300 NL Hold'em (6-max)$30,000 7:00 PM32$100 NL Hold'em (Day 1C)$50,000 9:00 PM38$75 NL Hold'em (Zoom)$15,000 Sunday, October 30 2:00 PM39$100 NL Hold'em (Big Antes)$15,000 5:00 PM40$500 NL Hold'em Main Event (Day 1)$200,000 7:00 PM32$100 NL Hold'em (Day 1D)$50,000 8:00 PM41$15+R NL Hold'em (6-max, Turbo, Rebuy)$10,000 10:00 PM42$75 Sunday Supersonic SE (Hyper)$10,000 Monday, October 31 6:00 PM40$500 NL Hold'em Main Event (Day 2)$200,000 6:00 PM32$100 NL Hold'em (Day 1E, Turbo)$50,000 8:00 PM32$100 NL Hold'em (Day 2)$50,000 9:00 PM43$150 NL Hold'em (Deep-Hyper, 6-Max)$15,000
  6. [caption width="640"] Jesse ‘Rou$ey’ Elliott wrapped up 2016 NJCOOP by winning the Main Event, his second win of the series (Borgata photo)[/caption] The first ever PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker finished up this week after over two weeks of exciting action. In total, 43 events were played with over $1,200,000 in guarantees up for grabs. The action culminated on October 31 when Jesse ‘Rou$ey’ Elliott took down the $500 buy-in, $200,000 Guarantee No Limit Hold‘em Main Event for $38,380. Elliott earned the title after defeating a final table that included Darren ‘oldmoneyD’ Elias and PokerStars Team Pro Victor Ramdin. The event drew 425 players, leaving a slight overlay to the guarantee. That win marked Elliot’s second of NJCOOP as he shipped the Event 21 $350 No Limit Hold'em “Sunday Special.” After agreeing to a deal with PokerStars Team Pro Chris Moneymaker, Elliot walked away with $17,817.72 while Moneymaker took home $15,942,72 The highest buy-in event of NJCOOP saw 115 players enter the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller. ‘babooshk’ found his way to the top of the final table mountain and $25,011.89 richer after beating ‘HoodP0PE’ to ship the event. While most of the mixed game events took place during the first week of the series, the $100 No Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha Six Max started the second week off strong with 210 entries creating a prizepool of just under $20,000. In the end it was ‘icrackstick’ winning the event along with $4,434.05 Following five starting flights, Day 2 of the $150 No Limit Hold‘em Six Max kicked off on Thursday, October 27 with 32 players remaining from the 307 who entered across the opening flights. It was a “Who’s who” of PocketFivers at the final table as Jeremy ‘FunkyJesus’ Danger, Fred ‘ScoobyD0O’ Ferrell, Matt ‘el binko’ Iles and Joshua ‘YogaGrandma’ Berardi were among those who made it to the final six. In the end, Danger defeated Ferrell heads-up to win the title and the $9,467.40 first place prize. The $300 No Limit Hold‘em Four Max drew a field of 179 players that ended in a three-way deal. Kevin ‘sofcknsickk’ Campbell and Steve ‘7douche’ Madara were among those in the deal with Madara winning first place and $9,322.18 while Campbell took second and $9,329.53. ‘HoodP0PE’ took third place and $11,352.65. The final event of NJCOOP was a $150 No Limit Hold’em Hyper-Turbo Six Max which drew 164 entries. First place was $5,420, which was won by ‘Three6Latvia.’ With this series now in the books, the official leaderboard has been netted out. Players battled it out looking to earn their share of a $10,000 prize pool. Finishing on top and the recipient of $T2,000 is ‘Ken Kratz’ who finished just a few points ahead of Jeremy ‘FunkyJesus’ Danger. For his finish, Danger earns $T1,500. A listing of the top five finishers on the NJCOOP series leaderboard is below. Ken Kratz - 595 Points - $T2,000 Jeremy ‘FunkyJesus’ Danger - 545 Points - $T1,500 David ‘supadphat’ Cheng - 485 Points - $T1,000 Daniel ‘AvaGray’ Lupo - 455 Points - $T900 loxonbagel - 440 Points - $T800 Event #20: $100 Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha ($15,000 Guaranteed) 123 entries (87 re-entries), $22,674.60 paying 36 places icrackstick - $4,434.05 GUUUULP - $3,084.48 SlaynEryDay - $3,084.48 HowieWelper - $1,542.24 BBQBill7 - $1,156.68 Gay4Tray - $790.39 Event #21 : $350 No Limit Hold'em “Sunday Special” ($75,000 Guaranteed) 194 entries (111 re-entries), $99,735 paying 45 places Jesse ‘Rou$ey’ Elliott - $17,872.72 Chris ‘Money800NJ’ Moneymaker - $15,942.72 Skrelnick - $10,970.85 HowieWelper - $8,228.13 skeemer1 - $5,684.89 Matt ‘el binko’ Iles - $4,388.34 (papamat25) David ‘coles93’ Coleman - $3,390.93 (dehhhhh) Hangman4444 - $2,393.64 WoAtSnJoEs11 - $1,745.36 Event #24: $150 No Limit Hold’em Six Max ($35,000 Guaranteed) 309 entries, $42,549.30 paying 32 places Jeremy ‘FunkyJesus’ Danger - $9,467.40 Fred ‘ScoobyD0O’ Ferrell - $6,807.88 CiceBru - $5,156.97 Matt ‘El binko’ Iles - $3,510,31 Joshua ‘YogaGrandma’ Berardi - $$2,680.60 3betsolight - $1,808.34 Event #25: $300 No Limit Hold‘em Four Max ($30,000 guaranteed) 97 entries (82 re-entries), $50,100 paid to 24 places Steve ‘FadeOrHolz’ Madara - $9,322.18 Kevin ‘T1111111111M’ Campbell - $9329.50 HoodP0PE - $11,352.65 MacheteSpray - $3,181.11 Event #28: $1,000 No Limit Hold‘em Highroller ($100,000 Guaranteed) 68 entries (47 re-entries), $109,250 paying 18 places Babooshk - $25,011.89 HoodP0PE - $22,511.89 Rimmer27 - $14,202.50 7Mickey - $9,826.25 TheChosen175 - $7,101.25 Craig ‘YourPetCat’ Rubinstein - $4,916.25 (craigruby) Event #40: $500 No Limit Hold‘em Main Event, ($200,000 Guaranteed) 314 entries, (111 re-entries) $200,000 paying to 54 places Jesse ‘Rou$ey’ Elliott - $38,380 (No_Xcape) LookAtMyDabx - $28,500 TheBurrSir - $21,000 WoAtSnJoEs11 - $16,000 AnteUpPlease - $11,200 BOnEheAd109 - $8,500 jimmyk99 - $6,500 VRamdinNJ - $4,500 Darren ‘oldmoneyD’ Elias - $3,320 Event #43: $150 No Limit Hold’em Hyper-Turbo Six Max ($15,000 Guaranteed) 68 entries (53 re-entries), $22,582.80 paying to 24 places Three6Latvia - $5420.00 theman_mot - $3737.45 Mr.A.Iverson3 - $2,822.85 finest021 - $1919.53 1234 fifffff - $1467.80 BOnEheAd109 - $1016.22
  7. [caption width="640"] Peter Smyth came all the way from England to play the PokerStars Festival New Jersey after winning an online qualifier (PokerStars photo / Joe Giron)[/caption] Every time PokerStars hosts a live event, whether it’s the European Poker Tour, the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour or the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, there’s always a slew of players who have made their way to the tournament by qualifying online. With the rebranding of all of their live tournaments under the PokerStars Live umbrella that didn’t change and as the first PokerStars Live Festival event plays down to a champion Friday night, two players remained who had a shot at turning a small online buy-in into a five-figure live score. And that’s basically where the similarities end. Peter Smyth is a 60-year-old British retiree who plays on PokerStars.com more as a hobby than as a means of making any money. He does okay - he’s a SuperNova - but playing poker for him is all about having some fun and taking advantage of his math, statistics and gambling background. “When it comes to mathematics and gambling, everybody is good at something and that just happens to be my thing. I’m certainly not a professional, there’s much better players than me, I’m very pragmatic and realistic about that. It’s the mathematical challenge, I’m not great at reading people, which is part of the reason I prefer to play online, I think I play a lot tighter live, maybe a bit frightened to make a fool of myself or something,” said Smyth, a former trading director for one of Britain’s largest gambling companies. Smyth was playing on PokerStars.com from his home in England and noticed the satellite in the tournament lobby. “(The buy-in) was like $200 and I just happened to notice, I was playing in a couple of other tournaments at the time, and it looked like there might possibly be an overlay,” said Smyth. “I haven’t played live for maybe five or six years, just the traveling and stuff, and I thought well it looks like value. I think there were three packages and there were just 12 players and you could re-enter once. And I thought well why not and I got through okay, so that was fine.” Next thing he knew he was booking airfare on his way to Atlantic City. [caption width="640"] Michael Gagliano is one of New Jersey's most respected online pros (PokerStars photo / Joe Giron)[/caption] Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano is a professional poker and the #8-ranked poker player in his home state of New Jersey. He makes his living playing on the regulated poker sites his state has to offer and the surrounding live tournament scene in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He also won his first World Series of Poker bracelet this summer. Gagliano qualified in a $109 buy-in satellite that guaranteed 25 seats. Being a pro in one of the only three states to offer regulated online poker means being able to take advantage of low buy-in qualifiers for some of the bigger land-based events that fill the calendar. ‘I knew they had satellites for this. There was a few that ran during the week that only had one seat. So I played a couple. I was pretty sure I was going to come to this anyway, but once I won a seat, obviously I had to come,” said Gagliano. “I play all of the satellites. I played all of the satellites for this, all of the satellites for Borgata. Anything that runs that’s going to be in the area, I definitely play a satellite for it.” Smyth eventually busted in eighth place, turning his $200 investment into a $4,455 payday. He had dreams of turning his satellite win into top three money and sticking around the East Coast in hopes of running it up, but it wasn’t meant to be. “If I finish in the top three I might well stay and play next week in the Borgata, possibly,” said Smyth before he was eliminated. “If I finish seventh or eighth I’m back on the plane, back to England and back in front of the screen again.” Gagliano, as he’s done for most of the tournament, is still hovering near the chip lead with seven players remaining in the hunt for the $38,220 first place prize.
  8. [caption width="640"] Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. wins first-ever PocketFives Triple Crown on New Jersey regulated sites[/caption] Over the past 11 years, there have been over 1,000 PocketFives Triple Crowns awarded, but never one on New Jersey regulated online poker rooms. History is meant to be changed. Earlier this month, Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. etched his name into PocketFives history by becoming the first person to nail down a Triple Crown solely on New Jersey regulated online poker sites. It's been two-and-a-half years since regulated online poker launched in New Jersey. In the early days of the regulated online poker scene in New Jersey, it was possible, although extremely difficult, to win a Triple Crown with players having access to just three networks: partypoker/BorgataPoker, 888poker/WSOP and UltimatePoker, which eventually closed. PokerStars launched in New Jersey earlier this year giving players a new place to play and making the Triple Crown possible again. To make things even more challenging, not every site offered a tournament every day that met the requirements necessary to win one leg of the Triple Crown. To win a Triple Crown, players must win three tournaments tracked by PocketFives with at least 100 players and at least a $10,000 prize pool on three different networks within seven days. Haberman, who held the number one spot in the New Jersey PocketFives Online Rankings for a couple of months earlier in the year, might be modest when claiming luck was the key element to winning the first-ever Triple Crown in New Jersey. "It was pretty cool, it's a difficult task in New Jersey when you only have one tournament a day excluding Sundays meeting the requirements on each site," said Haberman. "I definitely ran well in order to get it." Haberman's path to the Triple Crown began on June 3 when he outlasted a field of 119 players to win the $10,000 Guaranteed Nightly on WSOP.com to bank $2,800. A few days later, he followed this up by finishing on top of the PokerStars Nightly Stars $100, $10,000 Guaranteed for $2,500. While Haberman admitted that before this point he wasn't aiming for a Triple Crown, his mindset changed after his first two wins. "I wasn't particularly aiming for a Triple Crown, but once I had the first two wins on WSOP and PokerStars with a few days to spare, it was on my radar," Haberman said. On June 7, Haberman accomplished what many New Jersey players have been dreaming of by nailing down his third win and the first ever PocketFives Triple Crown on New Jersey regulated online poker rooms when he took down the partypoker Daily $10,000 for $2,936. This tournament just met the Triple Crown requirements with 101 players, or one more than the 100 players needed for it to qualify. Haberman is one of the more accomplished online poker players in New Jersey with almost $520,000 in cashes tracked by PocketFives on regulated sites. This figure is even more impressive when considering he has only one five-digit cash when he won the Sunday $50K for $10,500 on May 24, 2014. While enjoying success in New Jersey, Haberman believes regulated online poker in his state can even be better if one day soon it will be regulated in a neighboring state and be allowed to share liquidity with the sites in the Garden State. "I enjoy New Jersey poker, and its nice to see New York beginning the process, I can only hope they would want to link up with New Jersey and really give a huge boost to US regulated online poker, which is awesome already," said Haberman. The success of New Jersey players in the WSOP, lead by Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano shipping a World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,500 WSOP No Limit Hold'em event for $448,463, might mean Haberman hits Sin City this summer. "I'm not really sure what I'll be doing for the rest of the summer," Haberman said. "I may end up in Vegas for a week or two, and I may go down to Florida to visit some family and play some SHRPO events."
  9. [caption width="640"] The New Jersey Championship of Online Poker runs for 16 days in October.[/caption] While the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker winds down for the site’s global player base, New Jersey poker players will soon have a championship tournament series of their own to look forward to. The Isle of Man-based gaming giant announced the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, which plays out from October 15-31 and feature 43 events with buy-ins ranging from $15 to $1,000. The 16-day series, which is only available to players physically located in New Jersey, culminates with the $500 buy-in, $200,000 No Limit Hold‘em Main Event on October 30-31. PokerStars bills NJCOOP as New Jersey’s richest ever online poker tournament series, and highlights the event as proof of its commitment to growing online poker in the Garden State. The schedule features an array of poker variants, including Pot Limit Omaha, Eight Game and Triple Stud, to be played in a variety of structures and formats. Players can also look forward to a $100,000 guaranteed No Limit Hold‘em High Roller event with a $1,000 buy-in, and a PLO High Roller tournament with a $500 entry fee. Team PokerStars Pro and poker streaming pioneer Jason Somerville played several events in this year’s WCOOP while outside the US and broadcast all of his play on his popular Twitch channel. For NJCOOP he will be back in New Jersey hoping to win even more cash during some of his marathon streams. “I’m so excited that PokerStars is bringing the Championship of Online Poker to New Jersey,” Somerville said. “It’s great that players in the region can experience playing in this prestigious festival and the buzz that comes with chasing big prize money and major tournament titles. I’m looking forward to playing and streaming NJCOOP on Twitch in my hunt to win a title in its debut year.” Daily online qualifiers to all NJCOOP events are already running on PokerStarsNJ.com, with satellite tournaments to the larger buy-in event starting at just $1. Players can also take part in special $2.50 Spin & Go tournaments from September 26 to October 30, which award $500 Main Event tickets and cash prizes. Player of the Series Leaderboard Top performers at this year’s NJCOOP can win even more cash and prizes through the Player of the Series Leaderboard. Up to $10,000 in prizes will be given away to the site’s most consistently successful players, with the overall winner taking home $2,000 in tournament dollars. What’s more, PokerStars is also giving NJCOOP players the opportunity to win one of 20 PokerStars Festival New Jersey 2016 Main Event seats worth $1,100. Players who take part in the five NJCOOP events below will be entered into an All-in Shootout freeroll the following day to try and win their seat. 01 $100 Nightly Stars 04 $250 Sunday Special SE 08 $100 NL Hold'em [Speed-Down] 12 $100 NL Hold'em [Progressive Super-KO] 21 $350 Sunday Special SE
  10. [caption width="640"] Resorts Atlantic City is hosting a PokerStarsLive Festival this November.[/caption] Just two weeks ago PokerStars made one of the biggest announcements in their history regarding their live tournament schedule and branding. Live events now fall under two categories, the PokerStars Championship and the PokerStars Festival, with events being held worldwide. While the Championship schedule, which should boast tournament options similar to those currently offered at European Poker Tour stops, doesn’t officially kick off until the start of 2017, the first Festival event takes place in New Jersey in just a few weeks. The series begins October 30 and continues through November 6 at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. The PokerStars Festival New Jersey features a $1,000 + $100 Main Event, running November 1-5 and a $2,000 + $200 National High Roller, which runs November 4 and 5. The Festival opens with the $300 buy-in PokerStars Cup though, which boasts three starting flights and awards the first American PokerStars ‘Spades’ trophy since 2011. Along with those three headlining events, a $2,000 buy-in six-handed event, a $1,000 Super Knockout event, $5,000 eight-handed event spanning two days, as well as a $3,000 single re-entry Deep Stack event at the end of the Festival. PokerStars is also running series-long StarsFun activities to build off the past success from other live worldwide events with the StarsFun Skills Zone. The Skills Zone runs through the first five days of the series but the action really kicks up on Saturday, November 5. That’s when Team PokerStars Pro Jason Somerville and his Run It Up Warriors take center stage for a series of events, a poker seminar and a Q&A session with poker players and fans. In total, there are 40 events and plenty of other activities throughout the week-long series, with a wide range of buy-ins and tournament structures offered to make PokerStars’ long awaited return to US soil a can’t miss event. Players in New Jersey will have some opportunities to punch their tickets to the PokerStars Festival New Jersey Main Event even before the summer ends. Online qualifiers started last week and run throughout the next two months to give players a chance to win their seat for a fraction of the price. $10 Round 1 Qualifiers run twice a day, with one $100 seat guaranteed per qualifier. That $100 seat then enters player into a PokerStars Festival New Jersey Main Event satellite, which guarantees one $1,100 seat per qualifier. DATETIME#EVENTBUY INFEE Oct 3010 AM1PokerStars Cup - Flight 1A$300$40 12 PM2NL Hold'em - Six Handed$2,000$200 4 PM3No Limit Hold'Em - Flipout - Double Elimination$100$20 430 PM4No Limit Hold'Em - Flipout - Double Elimination$100$20 5 PM5No Limit Hold'Em - Flipout - Double Elimination$100$20 6 PM1PokerStars Cup - Flight 1B$300$40 8 PM6PL Omaha - Turbo - Hi/Lo$500$60 Oct 3110 AM1PokerStars Cup - Flight 1C$300$40 11 AM7Main Event Super Satellite (Turbo)$100$20 2 PM8Limit - Omaha Hi/Lo & Stud Hi/Lo$200$30 7 PM9Main Event Super Satellite (Turbo)$200$30 8 PM10No Limit Hold'em (Turbo)$1,000$100 Nov 110 AM11Main Event Super Satellite (Turbo)$200$30 11 AM12PokerStars Festival Main Event - Flight 1A$1,000$100 12 PM13Omaha Hi-Lo$200$30 2 PM14No Limit Hold'em (Turbo)$200$30 5 PM15No Limit Hold'em$300$40 7 PM16Main Event Super Satellite (Turbo)$200$30 8 PM17No Limit Hold'em - $1,000 Super KO - 8 Handed (Turbo)$1,000 + $1,000$200 Nov 211 AM12PokerStars Festival Main Event - Flight 1B$1,000$100 2 PM18Limit - Super Stud Hi/Lo - 7 Handed$200$30 5 PM19PL Omaha - Hi/Lo$200$30 6 PM20NL Hold'em - $100 Knockouts$200 + $100$40 8 PM21NL Hold'em - 8 Handed$5,000$300 Nov 312 PM22Senior's Event (50+)$200$30 1 PM23Pot Limit Omaha$500$60 2 PM24HORSE$200$30 4 PM25No Limit Hold'em - Win the Button$500$60 6 PM26No Limit Super Hold'em (Turbo)$200$30 8 PM27Super Satellite to High Roller (Turbo)$300$40 Nov 411 AM28PokerStars Open - Flight 1A$200$30 12 PM29High Roller - 8 Handed$2,000$200 2 PM30HOSE$200$30 6 PM31Women's Event$200$30 7 PM28PokerStars Open - Flight 1B$200$30 Nov 511 AM28PokerStars Open - Flight 1C$200$30 12 PM32Super Satellite to Event #35 (Turbo)$300$40 1 PM33Run It Up - 8 Game Championship - Six Handed$300$40 6 PM34Run It Up - No Limit Hold'em - $3,000 Survivor$300$40 7 PM28PokerStars Open - Flight 1D$200$30 8 PM35Deep Stack - Single Re-Entry$3,000$300 Nov 611 AM36No Limit Hold'em (Deep Stack)$200$30 12 PM37No Limit Hold'em - $500 Super KO$500 + $500$100 2 PM38Chess and NLHE Mixed$100$20 4 PM39Pot Limit Omaha (Big O)$300$40 5 PM40No Limit Hold'em (Turbo)$1,000$100
  11. [caption width="640"] Jeremy ' Jermz' Danger passed Keith 'donnysack' Donovan for top spot in the New Jersey rankings in August.[/caption] Over the last four summer months, the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings top ten has undergone some serious reconstruction. At the start of the summer, some of New Jersey’s top players, Mike ‘Lav519’ Lavenburg and Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano to name a few, headed to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker and thus, saw their Garden State stock drop and drop quickly. It was then the loyal local grinders that ascended, with those opting to stay in New Jersey moving themselves up the leaderboard. Since the midway point of July though, order has been restored, with everyone home from their summer vacations, some for business, others for pleasure. Keith ‘donnysack’ Donovan was New Jersey’s #1 ranked player since Memorial Day, fighting off charges from players that fit both the traveling and local categorizations above. Unfortunately for Donovan, he couldn’t hold that spot until Labor Day, as his wire-to-wire summer run came up a week short. That’s because Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger claimed fifteen outright wins through the month of August, including four in daily $10,000 GTD events on both BorgataPoker.com and PokerStarsNJ Danger now sits atop the New Jersey top ten, after having to settle for the monthly runner-up over the last two Online Poker Rankings updates. While ‘Jermz’ moved up one spot to take control of the New Jersey lead, Fred ‘BiggDaddy’ Ferrell saw the biggest jump over the last month. He now sits second, after ending in the bottom half of the top ten. 56 total cashes in the span of a month will do that, with Ferrell logging one of the most consistent month’s that New Jersey has seen since the start of the year. Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon retook his spot in the top four, where he started 2016, thanks to some big wins on PokerStarsNJ. He won a $8,000 GTD Nightly Stars event during the first week of August and then notched two sizable wins through the final ten days of the month. The first of those was in the $500 Sunday ‘High Roller’, with the victory good for over $9,000, and the second was a repeat victory in the $8,000 GTD Nightly Stars. The point difference between Donovan and Kwon is minimal, with close to 30 points separating third and fourtth place. The differences towards the second half of the leaderboard are much greater, with over 200 points keeping ‘Gags30’ and ‘Mergulas’ ahead of Dan ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo. Lupo might be off the pace of the top five but since joining the leaderboard last month, he’s continued to climb. That’s thanks to two $10,000 GTD wins, on both WSOP.com and PokerStarsNJ, to push himself over $500,000 in career New Jersey online tournament earnings. If Lupo and the rest of the ‘second half’ keep up their charge, there could continue to be some serious movement through the last few months of 2016. The New Jersey Rankings Top 10 Jermz - 3,236 BiggDaddy - 3,176 donnysack - 2,994 ykwon17 - 2,962 JohnnyDrama - 2,837 Gags30 - 2,836 Mergulas - 2,758 centrfieldr - 2,537 phatchoy888 - 2,443 Lav519 - 2,426
  12. Poker talent grows across the United States within players who hone their craft online. How an online player might perform live during the summer is anyone's guess. American PocketFivers did well last summer, headlined by Scott 'Sblum2711' Blumstein's win in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Blumstein's run came as a surprise to many and he likely would not have been on a "top-5" list for a similar preview at this time last year. The five players below are all qualified in their own right. Repeating Blumstein's performance might be a lofty goal but expect to see all of these American PocketFivers on a few Day 3 leaderboards this summer. Ali 'ali23imsirovic' Imsirovic A dominator on the non-regulated sites, Imsirovic crushes live poker as well. Imsirovic topped a tough field in April at the Borgata Spring Poker Open Main Event to win his major event along with $246,066. At only 23-years-old, Imsirovic is already playing $25,000 High Rollers on a consistent basis including the U.S. Poker Open and the recent Bellagio High Roller. A Sunday Million win this March plays a large role in Imsirovic's standing as the #1 American PocketFiver. Imsirovic awaits his breakout score on poker's biggest stage and is expected to play most of the major No Limit events both at the Rio and around The Strip. Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano It almost feels like cheating to put Gagliano on a 'player to watch' list but his consistent online success makes him tough to ignore. Gagliano topped the New Jersey Online Rankings for most of 2018 and won an NJSCOOP title in May. On the live side, Gagliano only has two cashes in 2018. Recent summers in Las Vegas suggest Gagliano is due to turn that trend around. In 2016, Gagliano won his first career bracelet in the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event. The next year, he followed up that performance with a $1,500 NLHE final table and a third-place finish in the $3,000 Six-Max. A loaded summer schedule for Gagliano makes him a favorite to notch at least one memorable run this year. Jed 'JCHAK' Hoffman Hoffman stands as one of the most elite players in the history of Nevada online. A browse through the WSOP Nevada lobby on Sundays equals the familiar sight of Hoffman's simple and striking screenname. The Reno resident is making a name for himself in the mid-major events on the West Coast. Hoffman locked up a seat in the WSOP Circuit Global Championship thanks in large part to assertive performances in two Circuit Main Events. November's Lake Tahoe Main Event equaled fourth-place for Hoffman and he preceded that run with a fifth-place ribbon at Thunder Valley in September. Hoffman's best finish last summer was 12th in the $3,333 Online High Roller. He also owns a WSOP $1,500 NLHE final table dating back to 2013. David 'dehhhhh' Coleman The feared name of 'Coles93' on PokerStarsNJ is over the $1.1 million mark in career online tournament earnings. Coleman is slowly building a live portfolio for himself with a cash in the 2017 WSOP Main Event as the highlight so far. $80,600 is where Coleman's live winnings stand thanks to cashes in the Borgata Winter and Spring Poker Open Main Events along with March's Parx 1500. Coleman's schedule this summer is undetermined but he is the most likely of the New Jersey grinders to strike big thanks to the experience of 156 online wins. Kou 'ktyven' Vang Consistent is the best way to describe Vang. The Minnesota native has over $1.3 million in earnings with a high score of $78,421. Vang's location prevents him from playing regulated online poker but he is up to #5 in the United States. The Venetian hosted a win for Vang last summer in the $1,100 Bounty event worth $68,300. Vang awaits his first six-figure score and is a favorite to play the majority of what is available at any property this summer.
  13. [caption width="640"] The PokerStarsNJ NJSCCOP schedule is officially released with 35 events on the calendar.[/caption] It seems like PokerStars owns the month of May in the online poker world, and now that includes New Jersey. After opening PokerStarsNJ shop last March, the site quickly unveiled the NJ Spring Championship of Online Poker to great adoration from those within the state and the temporary transplants who made their way in from the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast regions. Now in its second year, the 2017 NJSCOOP schedule has been released and contains more than $1,200,000 in guarantees in 35 events running from May 6-22. Similar to the three buy-in tiers of its worldwide big brother SCOOP, NJSCOOP offers a High and Low variety for each event on the schedule. Players have asked for a variety of games to be offered and have been granted their wish. Outside of the many, No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha MTTs that line the calendar, HORSE, Eight Game, Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Stud Hi-Lo, and Five Card PLO are all available for mixed game lovers. The NJSCOOP Main Event, as with all NJCOOP finales, is a two-day event with both a High and Low option. The High variation is a $500 buy-in $200,000 guaranteed event while the Low is offered at $50 with a $30,000 guarantee. Both main events start on May 21 and conclude on May 22. Satellites are already underway on PokerStarsNJ for the main event with Spin & Gos also awarding seats starting at just $4. Among some of the highest buy-in and guaranteed events on the schedule are the $300 buy in $20,000 guaranteed NLHE Heads Up event, $300 buy in $40,000 guaranteed NLHE Four Max on May 15, and the $1,000 buy in $85,000 guaranteed NLHE Six Max on May 16. Additionally, there are two Sunday Specials in play, both with guarantees knocking on the door of six figures. The first one is running on May 7 with a $300 buy-in and $85,000 guarantee with the next one in the air on May 14 with a $350 buy-in and $65,000 guarantee. Once the series gets started, PocketFives will provide recaps of all major events along with updates to the New Jersey rankings that are sure to be shaken up during the series. Check out the complete 2017 NJSCOOP schedule.
  14. [caption width="400" align="alignleft"] Josh Rothberg won two Sunday Majors in the span of a few hours on April 9 and has his goals set even higher for the rest of 2017.[/caption] Winning a Sunday Major in New Jersey is usually the highlight of any player's weekend. Given the week and online series taking place, anywhere from 5-10 majors with five-figure guarantees are up for grabs on New Jersey’s three websites with PokerStarsNJ offering some of the highest prize pools to fight over. Sunday, April 9 started like an ordinary day for Josh ‘thejberg’ Rothberg as he opened a dozen or so windows to commence his weekend grind. The 24-year-old Rothberg crossed over the $100,000 mark in 2016 for online earnings and as had a few quality results to his name, including a major victory on partypokerNJ last September. As the windows gradually started to close, Rothberg found himself deep in two majors on PokerStarsNJ, the $200 buy in $50,000 guaranteed Sunday Special and the $500 buy in $15,000 guaranteed Six Max High Roller. By the time his grind ended at 2:00 am, Rothberg was victorious in both MTTs for a combined haul of $18,849. Rothberg says he didn’t fully register how much money he had won until a few days later but work the next day for the New York City tech sales rep was anything but normal. “I was really tired going to work the next day. There was a lot of adrenaline from winning and making a deep run. I got three hours of sleep and was up at 7:00 am to head into the office.” The wins are the product of hard work and diligence to the craft for Rothberg, who sought out Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano as a coach on a consistent basis about six months ago. The player-coach relationship for the two has been immensely positive for Rothberg as he calls Gagliano a “mentor” and notes how the many sessions they have shared together all clicked when it mattered most. “We have gone over specific situations late in the game and realized I used to be too tight in opening. I had the chip lead at both final tables and needed to hammer away. I’ve been playing a lot more and am more comfortable doing it and taking initiative. It was way easier than it should have been. I was locked in and felt confident.” It almost wasn’t meant to be for Rothberg as his computer stopped cooperating as he gained the chip lead in both events. As his computer charge waned, Rothberg was able to borrow one a laptop from one of his Hoboken roommates to continue his nighttime grind. Even though both final tables were playing out simultaneously, Rothberg maintained firm concentration on each as he navigated through the highest equity spots of his online career. Rothberg says he felt prepared for this exact scenario due to Gagliano’s coaching, which taught him how to balance action on multiple tables; the exact mindset needed for grinding a New Jersey Sunday. Rothberg’s poker goal coming into 2017 was to become a top-25 player in the United States and to make a live final table, and so far he’s achieved one of those by virtue of his current ranking of #24. The second part of that list might be on the horizon for Rothberg, who is currently in Atlantic City for the first weekend of the Spring Poker Open at the Borgata. Rothberg notched a top-100 finish in last year’s World Series of Poker Monster Stack and will be back in Las Vegas this summer for the Main Event. The variance in winning Sunday Majors is volatile but for a magical couple of hours, Rothberg harnessed the magic needed to wrap up two wins and potentially propel him to the next level of success he is chasing.
  15. [caption width="640"] Michael Gagliano is ending the year on a high note with his ascension to #1 in NJ[/caption] The two-man race between Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon and David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman for #1 in the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings is at end. Following a consistent stint in the top-10 during the better part of the year, Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano is now in pole position in his home state. Gagliano is the only player in New Jersey with over 4,000 PLB points. In November, Gagliano achieved five wins with a win in the $500 PokerStarsNJ High Roller serving as the highwater mark. That score earned Gagliano $7,708 and he also collected a win in the 888poker NJ New Jersey Poker Classic series. Gagliano was #4 in the previous rankings and will look to stay on top for at least another month. Kwon is #2 in New Jersey after notching eight wins. All of Kwon’s wins were for under $2,000 but he reversed that trend to start December. On December 3, Kwon won the Half Price Sunday High Roller on PokerStarsNJ for $7,754. He will be playing the WPT Bellagio Five Diamond event this week and for now, Coleman sits in third place. Coleman won a seat on PlayMGM and will attempt to add to his three wins from November once he returns from Las Vegas. Close behind Coleman by less than 50 PLB points is Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo. As a result of the rise of Gagliano, Lupo goes from #3 in the rankings to #4. One of the largest scores of November belonged to Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger, who claimed victory in the November 5 Sunday Special on PokerStarsNJ. The victory earned Danger almost $10,000 and he is up to #5 in the NJ rankings. John ‘Selurznug’ Cosgrove has been putting in infinite volume over the recent months since he first entered the top-10 and did so again in November. Cosgrove entered the winner’s circle eight times and made 14 additional trips to the podium. In seventh place for the second straight month is Freddy ‘BiggDaddy’ Ferrell, who won two sizable events. Ferrell shipped the PokerStarsNJ Sunday High Roller on November 26 for $7,614 and won NJPC Event #33 (Sunday Funday $25,000 GTD) for $9,894 more. Michael ‘JohnnnyDrama’ Haberman and Andrew ‘Mergulas’ Glauberg are back in the top-10 and #8 and #9, respectively. Haberman shipped two NJPC events and Glauberg took down one of his own. Rounding up the group is Keith ‘donnysack’ Donovan. Donovan moved into the top-10 last month and collected seven top-three finishes in order to keep himself there. New Jersey Online Poker Ranking Top 10 Gags307– 4,331.93 (+3) ykwon17 – 3,950.78 (-1) dehhhhh– 3,694.36 (-1) centrfieldr – 3,652.15 (-1) Jermz – 3,451.14 (+1) Selurznug – 3,218.69 (-1) BiggDaddy – 3,217.58 (-) JohnnnyDrama – 2,940.52 (NR) Mergulas – 2,843.31 (NR) donnysack – 2,797.74 (-1) Dropped Out of Top 10 – papmat25, Lav519 Just Missed – mjpaol (#11), hags021 (#12), thejberg (#13)
  16. [caption width="640"] 888poker.com's New Jersey Poker Classic Series starts on November 10[/caption] 888poker.com is making waves in the New Jersey market with the upcoming New Jersey Poker Classic Series. The online festival runs from November 10-20 and features 38 events with $500,000 in guaranteed prize pools. Recent numbers in the PokerStarsNJ NJCOOP series and partypokerNJ Garden State Super Series suggest the state has a market that can support multiple major events and 888poker.com is putting that to the test this month. The largest guarantee on the schedule is the $500 buy-in $100,000 guaranteed Main Event. 888poker.com has put a Championship Beltup for grabs to the winner of the event. Also on the schedule is a $1,000 Six-Max event with a $50,000 guarantee. This tournament runs on November 14 and should feature some of New Jersey’s best battling at the final table. As is expected, the Sunday schedule is jam-packed with major events and large prize pool warranties. The Sunday Biggy on November 12 is just that event with a $320 buy-in putting a $65,000 minimum prize pool to battle over in Event 7. Also on November 12 is Event 8, a $4,500 guaranteed Six-Max featuring a small buy-in of $20. This event is likely to attract one of the largest fields in the New Jersey Poker Classic Series. The majority of the NJPCS schedule is comprised of No Limit Hold’em events. The exception to the rule is Event 10 and 21, which are Pot Limit Omaha tournaments. Event 10 is a $100 8-Max $8,000 guarantee. Event 21 is a $50 buy-in with an add-on option and rebuy availability. Satellites are currently running for all events on the schedule, with freeroll qualifiers in play every day of the series. At least five seats are awarded each day to an event running the following day. In total, over $8,000 in freeroll seats are being given away through the freerolls. The freeroll satellites run through November 19 and start at 6:00 pm ET. EVENTDATETIMEBUY-INGUARANTEE #1 - The Deep$tack [Re-entry]10/11/20177:00 PM$75$6,000 #2 - NJPC Warmup [Re-entry]10/11/20178:00 PM$150$10,000 #3 - The Super Addon [R&A]10/11/20179:00 PM$20$6,000 #4 - The Classic Freezeout11/11/20177:00 PM$50$3,000 #5 - 8 Max at 8 [Re-entry]11/11/20178:00 PM$250$15,000 #6 - Saturday's Turbo [R&A]11/11/20179:00 PM$75$6,000 #7 - Sunday Biggy [Re-entry]12/11/20175:00 PM$320$65,000 #8 - 6 Max at 6 [R&A]12/11/20176:00 PM$20$4,500 #9 - Sunday Spectacular [Re-entry]12/11/20177:00 PM$500$30,000 #10 - The Omaha 100 [Re-entry, 8 Max]12/11/20178:00 PM$100$8,000 #11 - Turbo Deep$tack [Re-entry]12/11/20179:00 PM$100$8,000 #12 - The Classic 50 [R&A]13/11/20176:00 PM$50$4,000 #13 - The Classic 100 [Re-entry, 8 Max]13/11/20177:00 PM$100$8,000 #14 - Little Monday [R&A]13/11/20178:00 PM$30$7,000 #15 - Knock 'em Out14/11/20176:00 PM$75$2,500 #16 - NJPC High Roller [Re-entry, 6 Max]14/11/20177:00 PM$1,000$50,000 #17 - Tuesday Throwdown [Re-entry]14/11/20178:00 PM$250$15,000 #18 - The Show Me [R&A]15/11/20176:00 PM$10$1,000 #19 - The Deep$tack II [R&A]15/11/20177:00 PM$75$6,000 #20 - Wednesday 2AND115/11/20178:00 PM$50$5,000 #21 - The Omaha 50 [R&A, 8 Max]15/11/20179:00 PM$50$3,000 #22 - The Deep$tack III [R&A]16/11/20176:00 PM$20$3,000 #23 - Thursday 2AND116/11/20177:00 PM$30$2,500 #24 - For The Win [4 Max, R&A]16/11/20178:00 PM$50$5,000 #25 - Turbo Deep$tack II [Re-entry]17/11/20176:00 PM$50$4,000 #26 - Knock 'em Out II17/11/20177:00 PM$150$5,000 #27 - The Classic 100 II [Re-entry]17/11/20179:00 PM$100$8,000 #28 - Deep$tack & Super Addon [R&A]18/11/20177:00 PM$50$8,000 #29 - Saturday's Best [Re-entry]18/11/20178:00 PM$320$25,000 #30 - Saturday's 6 Max [Re-entry]18/11/20179:00 PM$150$10,000 #31 - The Main Event [Re-entry]19/11/20175:00 PM$500$100,000 #32 - Just 30 [R&A]19/11/20176:00 PM$30$7,500 #33 - The Sunday Funday [Re-entry]19/11/20177:00 PM$250$25,000 #34 - The Classic 100 III [1R1A]19/11/20178:00 PM$100$10,000 #35 - Sunday's Late [Re-entry, Turbo]19/11/201710:00 PM$75$5,000 #36 - The Last 100 [1R1A]20/11/20177:00 PM$100$10,000 #37 - Monday's 6 Max [R]20/11/20178:00 PM$50$4,000 #38 - Fast and Last [Re-entry, Super Turbo]20/11/20179:00 PM$75$5,000 When the series gets started on Friday, New Jersey’s online community will be attempting to get their hands on a piece of the $500,000 in play over the span of two weeks.
  17. [caption width="640"] Online poker players in New Jersey should be making plans for NJCOOP in early October.[/caption] Just as soon PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker is wrapping up, the world’s largest online poker site is all set to fire up a new poker series and this time...it's all for you, New Jersey. The New Jersey Championship of Online Poker returns September 30 - October 16 and they are bringing with it an all-encompassing 46-events spread out over 17 days and $1.2 million in guarantees. The New Jersey series, like the WCOOP before it, aims to provide a variety of tournaments to suit every type of poker enthusiast. Of course, there’s a healthy dose of No Limit Hold’em, but also plenty of poker variants are spread throughout the schedule. Pot Limit Omaha, Triple Stud, Eight Game Mixed and Limit Hold’em all have NJCOOP titles up for grabs. Additionally, all of the popular formats are blended into the mix as well - Progressive KO, Six Max, Turbos, Hypers and Deepstack - so no matter what you enjoy, there’s a title on the line for you to take a shot at. The buy-ins for the championship series range from $50 up to the $1,000 High Roller. While you can, of course, buy your way directly into any contest you choose, there are plenty of satellites to help you punch your ticket for less. Standard satellites, which you can jump into right now, start for as little as $1. PokerStars is also offering special edition $4 Spin & Go’s where you could find yourself awarded entry to the $500 NJCOOP Main Event on October 15. Members of Team PokerStars are also planning on being out in force to support the Garden State. According to PokerStars, Chris Moneymaker, Jason Somerville, Jennifer Shahade and one of the newest Team PokerStars Online Pros, Jeff Gross, are all set to jump in the action. Look for both Somerville and Gross to stream much of the action on Twitch. NJCOOP will also include daily Second Chance Freerolls. Players who don't make the money in any given tournament are going to get a little something extra to pick their spirits up. In any NJCOOP tournament when a player fails to cash, that will get awarded an entry into the daily Second Chance Freeroll which awards tickets into satellites or even direct entry into another NJCOOP event. While there will be plenty of money to be won online, PokerStars will be doubling down in New Jersey in October when they run the PokerStars MEGASTACK mini-series at the Resorts Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City. From October 6-8, PokerStars is putting on a pair of live No Limit Hold'em tournaments (the $220 Sunday Special and the $120 Cheap And Deep) that, combined, will have $120,000 in guaranteed prize pools. Whether you play poker online, live or both PokerStars is bringing the action to NJ and all you need to do in order to participate is simply find yourself located in New Jersey. Start DateStart Time (ET)Event #TournamentGuaranteed Prize Pool 9/3018:0001$100 Nightly Stars - NJCOOP Warm-Up$20,000 9/3020:0002$200 NL Hold'em [Turbo] - NJCOOP Warm-Up$10,000 10/114:0003$200 NL Hold'em [Progressive Super KO]$30,000 10/115:3004$150 NL Hold'em [Deepstack, 8-max]$25,000 10/117:0005$250 NL Hold'em [Sunday Special SE]$85,000 10/120:0006$100 PL Omaha [8-max]$15,000 10/122:0007$150 Sunday SuperSonic SE [Hyper]$15,000 10/218:3008$100 NL Hold'em [Speed-Down]$20,000 10/220:0009$75+R PL Omaha Hi/Lo [8-max]$15,000 10/319:0010$250 NL Hold'em [Super Tuesday SE]$30,000 10/320:0011$300 NL Hold'em [Heads-Up]$20,000 10/321:3012$100 NL Hold'em [Bubble Rush]$10,000 10/418:3013$100 NL Hold'em [Progressive Super-KO]$20,000 10/420:0014$200 Limit Hold'em [6-max]$10,000 10/518:3015$300 8-Game [6-max]$10,000 10/520:0016$50+R NL Hold'em$20,000 10/521:3017$100 NL Hold'em [Turbo]$10,000 10/620:0018$200 Triple Stud$10,000 10/621:3019$50+R NL Hold'em [3-Max, Hyper, Rebuy]$10,000 10/717:0020$100 NL Hold'em [Deepstack, 8-max]$20,000 10/720:0021$200 NL Hold'em [Bigstack, Turbo]$15,000 10/814:0022$100 Mixed NLHE/PLO [6-max]$15,000 10/815:3023$150 NL Hold'em [Win the Button]$20,000 10/817:0024$350 NL Hold'em [Sunday Special SE]$80,000 10/819:0025$200 NL Hold'em [Progressive SuperKO]$35,000 10/821:0026$100 NL Hold'em - No Late Reg! [Shootout, 6-max, Turbo, CAP 216]$10,000 10/918:0027$300 NL Hold'em [4-max]$40,000 10/920:0028$500 PL Omaha [High Roller, 6-max]$30,000 10/1018:0029$150 NL Hold'em [1R1A]$20,000 10/1019:0030$1,000 NL Hold'em [High Roller]$80,000 10/1020:0031$100 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [8-max]$10,000 10/1118:0032$25+R NL Hold'em [Rebuy]$15,000 10/1119:0033$200 NL Hold'em [Win the Button]$20,000 10/1220:0034$50+R PL Omaha [6-Max, Rebuy]$10,000 10/1221:0035$150 NL Hold'em [Turbo]$20,000 10/1320:0036$100 PL 5-Card Omaha [8-max]$10,000 10/1321:0037$200 NL Hold'em [Deep, Hyper]$15,000 10/1418:0038$300 NL Hold'em [6-max]$30,000 10/1421:0039$75 NL Hold'em [Zoom]$15,000 10/1514:0040$100 NL Hold'em [Big Antes]$15,000 10/1517:0041$500 NL Hold'em Main Event [Day 1]$200,000 10/1518:0042$50 NL Hold'em [Main Event Structure]$35,000 10/1520:0043$100 NL Hold'em [Win the Button]$15,000 10/1522:0044$75 NL Hold'em Sunday Supersonic SE [Hyper]$15,000 10/1619:0041$500 NL Hold'em Main Event [Day 2]$200,000 10/1619:0045$150 NL Hold'em [Nightly Stars SE - NJCOOP Wrap-Up]$20,000 10/1621:0046$100 NL Hold'em [Deep-Hyper, 6-Max]$10,000
  18. [caption width="640"] Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon is #1 in New Jersey for the second consecutive month. (Will OC photo)[/caption] Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon reclaimed his place at #1 in the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings in July, maintaining his hold over David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman for the second straight month. Kwon’s volume was down in August but he managed to collect a first, second, and third place finish with a $5,650 cash in the $50,000 guaranteed PokerStarsNJ Sunday Special marking his best result. Coleman finished the past month with seven victories, including a win in the PokerStarsNJ Super Tuesday. Additionally, Coleman crossed over the $700,000 mark in career online earnings. Coming into September, less than 70 PLB points separate Kwon and Coleman with a gap of 400 points standing between Coleman and #3 Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo. Lupo moved up from #5 in August by virtue of his five wins during the month. On August 20, Lupo won the Sunday Special for $10,225 and moved his career online earnings over $1,000,000 as a result. Holding steady at #4 is John ‘Selurznug’ Cosgrove, who put in maximum volume over the course of August and finished the month with 11 victories. Mike ‘Lav519’ Lavenburg went from #3 to #5 but made up for his fall with a major live score. Lavenburg finished second in the Parx Big Stax 1500 in a three-way deal and earned $90,000 for his performance. Former NJ #1 Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger comes in at sixth place with his online earnings all the way up to $1,350,000, keeping him as the all-time highest earner in the history of NJ online poker. Josh ‘thejberg’ Rothberg cashed only four times in August but managed to hang inside the top-10 at #7. The two newcomers to the rankings this month are Daniel ‘RedsoxNets5’ Sewnig at #8 and Andrew ‘Mergulas’ Glauberg in 10th position. After falling out of the rankings, Fred ‘BiggDaddy’ Ferrell is back in at #9. New Jersey Online Poker Ranking Top 10 ykwon17 – 3,794.06 (-) dehhhhh – 3,725.50 (-) centrfieldr– 3,319.79 (+2) Selurznug – 3,270.38 (+4) Lav519 – 3,063.81 (+2) Jermz – 2,945.67 (+1) therealjberg – 2,833.03 (-1) RedsoxNets5 – 2,793.88 (NR) BiggDaddy – 2,765.99 (NR) Mergulas – 2,761.88 (NR) Dropped Out of Top 10 – wildman75, papamat25, sri100k Just Missed – wildman75 (#11), Gags30 (#12), mjpaol (#13)
  19. [caption width="650"] David 'dehhhhh' Coleman regained the top spot in New Jersey with NJCOOP underway.[/caption] Following a few months away from the top of the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings, David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman is back into first place. With theNew Jersey Championship of Online Poker off and running in the garden state, Coleman could add more points to his lead before the end of October. Coleman played his share of live tournaments during the Borgata Poker Open but when he hit the online streets, he won 13 tournaments. The largest win for Coleman came in the PokerStarsNJ Sunday Special on September 17, where he won $10,460. He’s in first place no longer but Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon still had a productive month. Kwon won three events and reached the podium a few additional times. Already in October, Kwon has a NJCOOP title in Event #6 ($100 PLO Eight Max) For the second straight month, Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo and John ‘Selurznug’ Cosgrove are in third and fourth place, respectively. Lupo came away with two wins, including a win in the first event of NJCOOP ($100 Nightly Stars) for $5,645. Cosgrove picked up 10 wins and pushed his online tournament earnings to over $500,000. The theme of consistency held true with Mike ‘Lav519’ Lavenburg finishing up September in fifth place. Lavenburg cashed only twice but made the most of it with a win in the partypokerNJ Sunday $40,000 guaranteed worth $9,080. Jumping up from #12 to #6 was Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano. The majority of Gagliano’s cashes came in Sunday High Roller events where he picked up five qualifying cashes for just over 523 PLB points. Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger falls one spot in the rankings to 7th place. Danger won 14 events and is on the verge of reaching $1,400,000 in career earnings.
  20. [caption width="650"] David 'dehhhhh' Coleman went back-to-back to finish #1 in New Jersey for the second consecutive month.[/caption] PokerStarsNJ NJSCOOP dominated the New Jersey online poker landscape in May and the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings were shaken up as a result. The one thing that did not change, though, is the #1 ranked player in the state, as David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman retained his top spot among New Jersey’s finest. Coleman cashed 15 times during NJSCOOP and saved his best result for the biggest event of the series. The $500 buy in $200,000 guaranteed NJSCOOP Main Event drew 435 total entrants and Coleman came up just shy of besting them all and finished second. The $27,218 Coleman earned for his finish is his largest career online score. Making a big leap from seventh all the way up to second is Mike ‘Lav519’ Lavenburg. Lavenburg notched six NJSCOOP in-the-money finishes and also claimed 12 first place victories. The largest of those wins came at the start of the month when Lavenburg won the WSOP.com $500 Big Deal for $9,600. As a result of Lavenburg’s ascension, former NJ Online #1 Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon drops to third. Kwon became the second player in New Jersey history to break the $1,000,000 mark in career earnings in May. Additionally, Kwon won eight events including the WSOP.com Spring Poker Series Main Event for $12,950. Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo and Daniel ‘wildman75’ Buzgon flip-flopped the fourth and fifth place spot, respectively. Lupo earned an NJSCOOP win in the $200 HORSE event for $3,801. Buzgon had an excellent NJSCOOP that was highlighted by two victories on May 10. Buzgon won the $200 Bubble Rush and the $50 8-Game event effectively simultaneously for a combined $5,800. Overall, Buzgon cashed a whopping 25 times in NJSCOOP. Moving down from third to sixth is Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger. The first player to hit the $1,000,000 mark in New Jersey, Danger put in his standard high volume and picked up six wins in the month of May. In seventh place is Craig ‘craigruby’ Rubenstein, who cashed nine times in NJSCOOP and won Event 27-H: $100 No Limit Hold’em $15,000 guaranteed for $5,130. For the second straight month, Mike ‘MikeyCasino’ Azzaro and Fred ‘BiggDaddy’ Ferrell. Azzaro spent most of the month playing non-New Jersey sites and Ferrell won a solid 17 events. Both players are currently in Las Vegas for the time being and will be back to New Jersey soon to return to the online grind. Jason ‘JLaw’ Lawhun rounds out the top-10. Lawhun won the NJSCOOP Heads Up High event for $7,000, the largest of his six wins in May. New Jersey Online Poker Ranking Top 10 dehhhhh – 4,273.06 (-) Lav519 – 3,777.44 (+5) ykwon17– 3,692.76 (-1) centrfieldr – 3,692.76 (+1) wildman75 – 3,388.44 (-1) Jermz – 3,311.27(-3) craigruby – 3,178.60 (-1) MikeyCasino – 3,011.63 (-) Biggdaddy – 2,985.02 (-) JLaw – 2,930.35 (-) Dropped Out of Top 10 – N/A Just Missed – shipthesherb (#11), sri100k (#12), donnysack (#13)
  21. The #9-ranked player in New Jersey picked up a big title on Tuesday night and came oh-so-close to a second. Jon 'toddchipman' Borenstein won Event #31 ($1,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller) for $16,207.03 after coming to terms on a chop with eventual runner-up 'You Are Tim' who pocketed $14,667.97. Third place finisher Ricky 'ratedGTO' Quan earned $9,262.50. The event drew 65 entries. That wasn't Borenstein's only heads-up chop of the night though. Daniel 'AvaGray' Lupo and Borenstein made a heads-up deal in Event #30 ($150 No Limit Hold'em [1 rebuy/1 add-on]). Lupo topped the 62-player field to win $4,630.27 while Borenstein had to settle for $4,000 as runner-up. 'Tilt-Donkeyy' ended up with $2,251.39 for finishing third. The final event, and largest field, on Tuesday's schedule, was Event #32 ($100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo) and 'SnashuaJ' beat 'SaucyPaws' heads-up to win $2,631.51. A total of 117 players entered the event to create a prize pool of $10,740.60. It's yet another second place finish for 'SaucyPaws'. Last week he finished second to Jason ‘jayriv’ Rivkin in Event #18 ($100 NLHE Turbo). Matthew 'MattEMenz' Mendez wound up third for $1,396.27. Event #30: $150 No Limit Hold'em (1 rebuy/1 add-on) Entries: 62 Prize pool: $15,009.30 AvaGray - $4,630.37* toddchipman - $4,000* Tilt-Donkeyy - $2,251.39 supremetny - $1,500.93 TobogganM.D. - $1,125.69 loxonbagel - $825.51 iFoldN0T - $675.41 Event #31: $1,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 65 Prizepool: $61,750 toddchipman - $16,207.03* You Are Tim - $14,667.97* ratedGTO - $9,262.50 J3tBl@ckP0pe - $6,175 AvaGray - $4,631.25 $gt. Tibbs - $3,396.25 SaucyPaws - $2,470 laura33188 - $2,470 HuySmakuy - $2,470 Event #32: $100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Entries: 117 Prize pool: $10,740.60 SnashuaJ - $2,631.51 SaucyPaws - $1,825.90 MattEMenz - $1,396.27 OrganicHG - $966.65 dogtag - $698.13 aad0906 - $537.03 Trojan526 - $429.62 $gt. Tibbs - $322.21
  22. [caption width="640"] New Jersey players now have another online series to look forward to with PokerStars NJ SCOOP.[/caption] PokerStars is wasting no time making its presence known in New Jersey, announcing the first ever New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker. With $1.1 million in guaranteed prize money, the series promises to be the biggest one ever held since the state regulated online gaming. The inaugural championship will take place from May 15-29 and feature 27 events, run in both high-stakes and low-stakes formats, for a grand total of 54 tournaments. The two-week schedule will culminate with a $50 (low) and $500 (high) No Limit Hold'em Main Event, offering $30,000 and $200,000 in guaranteed cash, respectively. The series offers myriad tournament formats and variants, including Three-Max Hypers, Six-Max Turbos, Ultra Knockouts and Progressive Super Knockouts, among others. Buy-ins start as low as $10 and go all the way up to $1,000 for the No Limit Hold'em High Roller tournament on Tuesday, May 24. Other standout tournaments include: $150 buy-in No Limit Hold'em, $30,000 guarantee (Sunday, May 15) $250 buy-in No Limit Hold'em, $100,000 guarantee (Sunday, May 15) $300 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Turbo (Sunday, May 15) $100 buy-in No Limit Hold'em [1R1A] (Monday, May 16) $100 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Zoom (Wednesday, May 25) "The global PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is one of the must-play poker events of the year," said 2003 WSOP Main Event champ and Team PokerStars pro Chris Moneymaker. "It's awesome that it’s coming to New Jersey so that players in the region can experience the exciting tournament structures and the thrill that comes with chasing a major tournament title and big prize money." "I can’t wait to play in the first NJSCOOP and I plan to stream most of my play live on Twitch. I would love to win a title in its debut year," said Moneymaker. Player of the Series Leaderboard Consistent series winners will have a chance to win even more prizes by placing on the Player of the Series Leaderboard. Each time a player cashes in an event, they’ll receive points awarded on a sliding scale. The top earners, for both the low and high-stakes tiers, will share in $10,000 in prizes, with the overall winner taking home a trophy and $2,000 cash. Also up for grabs are two spots on Team USA for the Americas Cup of Poker live event, which will be played out at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City from June 24-25. There, players will compete for at least $100,000 in guaranteed cash. PokerStars received its license to operate in New Jersey late last year after undergoing heavy scrutiny by New Jersey regulators. The site decided to delay its launch, however, until last month. With its $1.1 million in NJSCOOP guarantees, the online poker giant narrowly eclipses partypoker’s Garden State Super Series, which gave away $1 million in prizes in its event last year. If you don't already have a PokerStarsNJ account you can sign up here and get yourself some of the $1.1 million in guaranteed NJSCOOP prizes.
  23. This week the New Jersey Sunday Majors featured the conclusion of the Spring edition of the partypokerNJ Garden State Super Series on top of the standard Sunday schedule. Event #10 of the GSSS was the $325 NL Hold'em Main Event event, which broke the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. 'Tiger15' won the event outright for $19,623 along with a $2,700 main event seat to the Borgata Spring Poker Open. Event 10 was a $1,060 NL Hold'em tournament that narrowly missed the $50,000 guarantee as a heads-up deal was struck with Josh 'WilfordBrimley' Berarditaking the title and $10,385 and 'Mr._Robot' taking home $10,365. Event #9 of the GSSS was the $109 Six Max $10,000 guarantee, which 'Skonny' won outright for just under $3,500. PokerStars wrapped up their NJ City Series on Sunday with a $400 buy in $50,000 guaranteed Main Event. A three-way deal was made with'801108','iheartjlaw', and 'supremetny' all coming away with more than$9,500. '801108' took the victory and the $11,474 first place prize, as a result of the deal. The $200 Progressive Six Max KO event carried a $44,082 prize pool and a host of PocketFivers at the final table. Jeremy 'FunkyJesus' Danger took the title for $5,289 with Mike 'MartinChatwn' Lavenburg finishing second and Michael 'J3tBl@ckP0pe' Gagliano placing fifth. Over at WSOP NJ/888poker it was 'BluffaloBob' winning the Opening Strike, earning almost $3,500 for his win. Taking down the $50,000 guaranteed Ultimate Warrior was 'wolfof5thst' earning $13,500. 'mickyred777' claimed the Fierce Warrior title for over $3,838 while 'tydonkman' finished out the night in the Lightning Warrior turbo for $1,465. Below are the full final table results from Sunday's major online events on the regulated sites in New Jersey. partypoker NJ/Borgata Poker Garden State Spring Series Event 10: $325 NLHE Main Event RE $100,000 GTD 363 total entries, $108,900 paid to 54 places Tiger915 - $19,623.78 Lakad - $13,906.53 WillAtkinson - $9,801 pd55473 - $8,058.60 romet05 - $6,915.15 StuUngar - $5,826.15 FepsFan10 - $4,737.15 cwinks78987 - $3,648.15 catfoodcritic - $2,570.04 partypoker NJ/Borgata Poker Garden State Spring Series Event 11: $1,060 NLHE High Roller RE $50,000 GTD 49 total entries, $50,000 paid to 8 places WilfordBrimley - $10,385.01* (jaminonfaces) Mr._Robot - $10,365.00* Mazz10 - $7,500.00 RackCityB1tch - $6,000.00 POKERDEGAN23 - $5,000.00 KingsWin - $4,000.00 Skip_2_My_Lou - $3,750.00 TheKing411 - $3,500.00 *Reflects deal made heads up partypoker NJ/Borgata Poker Garden State Spring Series Event 9: $109 Six Max NLHE RE $10,000 GTD 135 total entries, $13,500 paid to 18 places skonny - $3,476.25 Unaware - $2,301.75 ayitdown08 - $1,485 zekearchie -$1,147.50 MistyTheDog - $843.75 JudgeBen - $675 partypoker NJ/Borgata Poker Sunday Seconds $10,000 GTD ($162 NLHE RE) 77 total entries, $11,550 paid to 9 places KINGKONG88 - $3,407.27 Ni - hand2014- $2,165.62 TheKing411- $1,617 MattStout- $1,155 empire1430 - $924 Mike 'pay4medsch00l' Lavenburg - 779.62 (Lav519) Jeremy 'Jermz' Danger- $635.25 (Jermz) stringerbell24 - $490.87 johnnykran- 357.37 partypoker NJ/Borgata Poker Daily $10,000 GTD ($109 NLHE RE) 126 total entries, $12,600 paid to 15 places Jtheace2 - $3,528 Mike 'pay4medsch00l' Lavenburg - $2,229.50 (Lav519) Yong 'OWNEDLOLUMAD' Kwon - $1,512 (ykwon17) brownmagic - $1,012.50 kusterd396 - $787.50 KINGKONG88 - $630 iLikeTo4betU - $504 Anthony 'Flawlessbinkage' Maio - $409.50 (tonydatiger) roystalin - $315 PokerStars NJ NJ City Series 10 $50,000 GTD Main Event ($400 NLHE RE) 112 entries (61 re-entries), $64,875 paid to 20 places 801108 - $11,474.61* iheartjlaw - $9,672.33* supremetny - $9,755.58 Jackiedo67 - $5,969.41 Jeremy 'FunkyJesus' Danger - $4,596.02 JohnnyMania - $3,538.60 Daniel 'loxonbagel' Buzgon - $2,724.47 Norman 'ADMSnackBar' Michalek - $2,097.64 (slystyle012) CoonG23 - $1,615.04 *Reflects deal made three-handed PokerStars NJ NJ City Series 9 $25,000 GTD Progressive KO Six Max ($200 NLHE RE) 172 entries (65 re-entries), $22,041 paid to 24 places Jeremy 'FunkJesus' Danger - $5,289.96 Mike 'MartinChawtn' Lavenburg - $3,647.78 moledaddy - $2,755.12 Ryan 'ISlowRollYou' Hohner - $1,873.48 (shipthesherb) Michael 'J3tBl@ckP0pe' Gagliano - $1,432.66 (Gags30) saulg000dman - $991.84 PokerStars NJ Nightly Stars $12,000 GTD ($100 NLHE RE) 123 entries (53 re-entries), $16,516.80 paid to 27 entries HuySmakuy - $3,473.83 DangerFloof - $2,504.30 (i shall Prevail) KeytarBear - $1,898.42 FlawlessBINK - $1,413.72 SapofPine - $969.40 (Sapofpine) skonnybobo - $807.84 (skonn) Spence1225 - $646.27 (nas1225) Centralbs - $484.70 Ryan 'hagz2richez' Hagerty - $323.13 (hags021) PokerStars NJ Sunday Supersonic $5,000 GTD ($75 NLHE RE HyperTurbo) 62 entries (24 re-entries), $6,063 paid to 12 places Fred 'Scooby-D0O' Ferrell - $1,667.37 MiBender - $1,121.65 JohnnyMania - $848.82 Mike 'MartinChatwn' Lavenburg - $575.98 zootsuit101 - $424.41 Robbyud2020 - $318.30 philsfan858 - $257.67 CrazylKilla - $212.20 WheresDurrr? - $181.89 PokerStars NJ Sunday Warm-Up $10,000 GTD ($50 NLHE RE) 172 entries (79 re-entries), $11,420.50 paid to 36 places teplo2224- $2,335.67 winnickster - $1,713.07 zddibevad - $1,290.51 sruffpuff - $970.74 supremetny - $662.38 ninjaG0 - $513,92 (ninjaGO) BananaHanger - $399.71 lilglassy63 - $285.51 zBeanHeadz - $216.98 WSOP.com NJ/888poker NJ $10,000 GTD Warriors' Opening Strike ($50 NLHE RE) 194 entries (88 re-entries), $12,831 paid to 30 places BluffaloBob - $3,464.37 pixelpuhser - $2,020.88 JaminOnFaces - $1,153.79 TeddyKGB77 - $898.17 whynot38 - $769.86 StacksGrande - $641.55 KINGDONK99 - $487.57 zcpu009 - $307.94 Anna 'JewJon' Antimony - $218.21 WSOP.com NJ/888poker NJ $50,000 GTD Ultimate Warrior ($215 NLHE RE) 170 entries (60 rebuys), $50,000 paid to 30 places wolfof5thst - $13,500.00 mickyred777 - $7,875.00 JingboSlice - $4,500.00 FATDAN44 - $3,500.00 notmejack - $3,000.00 juice - $2,500.00 SLHalper - $1,900.00 Michael 'itWasthatOr0' Gagliano - $1,200.00 myGAME - $850.00 WSOP.com NJ/888poker NJ $10,000 GTD Fierce Warrior ($100 NLHE RE) 92 entries (56 rebuys), $13,468 paid to 15 places mickyred777 - $3,838.38 youdontknow - $2,222.22 Jason 'LuckDuck' Lawhun - $1,346.80 Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon - $1,077.44 RUA11 - $929.29 Lpete096- $794.61 juice - $659.93 Bigcakes1 - $457.91 (Lav519) Fred 'BigDaddy' Ferrell - $363.63 WSOP.com NJ/888poker NJ 5,000 GTD Lightning Warrior ($50 NLHE RE) 88 entries (25 rebuys), $5,141.50 paid to 15 places tydonkaman- $1,465.32 Jeremy 'Jermz' Danger - $848.34 stewchains - $514.15 jmzit2u - $411.32 Black9 - $354.76 aintnojoke - $303.34 QIGONG - $251.93 AC_indahouse - $174.81 adversity45 - $138.82
  24. The biggest name in online poker and New Jersey online released the schedule for the largest series to date in the Garden State. PokerStarsNJ announced $1.3 million in guarantees across 80 tournaments (40 High and 40 Low events) that run from April 14-30 for the 2018 New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP). The 80 events are up from 70 in 2017. Platinum Pass Comes to New Jersey The highlight point of the schedule is the two coveted Platinum Passes awarded to the NJSCOOP Main Event winners. Both the High ($500) and Low ($50) Main Event champions earn a $30,000 Platinum Pass to the 2019 Poker Player's No Limit Hold'em Championship at the PokerStars Carribean Adventure. The High Main Event features a $200,000 guarantee and the Low is a minimum prize pool of $40,000. Other major guarantees include the $80,000 Sunday Special on April 22 and the $30,000 Super Tuesday on April 17. Mixed Menu of Offerings No Limit Hold'em is a strong feature on the schedule with most events comprising the two card game. Available NLHE variants include 8-Max, Progressive Knockout, 6-Max, Bubble Rush, and Win The Button. Mixed games have their place on the calendar as well. Pot Limit Omaha has five events with all either in the 6-Max or 8-Max variety. Other mixed games on the calendar include 8-Game, Stud Hi-Lo, HORSE, No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo. The largest buy-in mixed game event is the $500 8-Game on Wednesday, April 18. The MTT features a $15,000 guarantee. Events range on the High scale from $100 all the way up to the $1,000 6-Max High Roller $65,000 guaranteed. PokerStarsNJ offers satellites for every event starting at just $0.50. Players can also win Main Event seats in Spin & Go's starting at $4. The NJSCOOP series opens on Saturday, April 14 with the $100/$10 NJSCOOP Warm Up and concludes on Monday, April 30 with the $150/$15 Wrap Up Hyper-Turbo. Complete PokerStarsNJ NJSCOOP Event Schedule table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Date Event Level Name Time (ET) Buy-in Guarantee April 14 1 High NLHE [Nightly Stars - NJSCOOP Warm-Up] 6:30 PM $100 $18,000 April 14 1 Low NLHE [NJSCOOP Warm-Up] 6:30 PM $10 $5,000 April 15 2 High NLHE [Deepstack, 8-Max] 2:00 PM $200 $20,000 April 15 2 Low NLHE [Deepstack, 8-Max] 2:00 PM $20 $7,500 April 15 3 High NLHE [Progressive KO] 3:30 PM $150 $25,000 April 15 3 Low NLHE [Progressive KO] 3:30 PM $15 $5,000 April 15 4 High NLHE [Sunday Special SE] 5:00 PM $300 $75,000 April 15 4 Low NLHE [Mini Sunday Special] 5:00 PM $30 $16,000 April 15 5 High PL Omaha [6-Max] 7:00 PM $100 $12,000 April 15 5 Low PL Omaha [6-Max] 7:00 PM $10 $2,500 April 15 6 High NLHE [Sunday Supersonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] 10:00 PM $150 $16,000 April 15 6 Low NLHE [Mini Supersonic, Hyper-Turbo] 10:00 PM $15 $4,000 April 16 7 High NLHE [Win The Button] 6:30 PM $200 $20,000 April 16 7 Low NLHE [Win The Button] 6:30 PM $20 $5,000 April 16 8 High NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO] 8:00 PM $100 $15,000 April 16 8 Low NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO] 8:00 PM $10 $4,000 April 17 9 High NLHE [Super Tuesday SE] 6:30 PM $250 $30,000 April 17 9 Low NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday] 6:30 PM $25 $10,000 April 17 10 High NLHE [Escalating Antes] 8:00 PM $150 $15,000 April 17 10 Low NLHE [Escalating Antes] 8:00 PM $15 $5,000 April 18 11 High 8-Game [6-Max] 6:30 PM $500 $15,000 April 18 11 Low 8-Game [6-Max] 6:30 PM $50 $7,500 April 18 12 High NLHE [Bubble Rush] 8:00 PM $200 $12,000 April 18 12 Low NLHE [Bubble Rush] 8:00 PM $20 $4,000 April 19 13 High NLHE [Thursday Thrill SE] 6:30 PM $250 $25,000 April 19 13 Low NLHE [Mini Thrill] 6:30 PM $25 $10,000 April 19 14 High PL Omaha [8-max, Win The Button] 7:00 PM $200 $15,000 April 19 14 Low PL Omaha [8-max, Win The Button] 7:00 PM $25 $3,000 April 20 15 High NLHE [Deep Hyper-Turbo] 9:00 PM $200 $15,000 April 20 15 Low NLHE [Deep Hyper-Turbo] 9:00 PM $20 $4,000 April 21 16 High NLHE [Deepstack, 6-Max] 5:00 PM $100 $18,000 April 21 16 Low NLHE [Deepstack, 6-Max] 5:00 PM $10 $5,000 April 21 17 High HORSE 7:00 PM $200 $10,000 April 21 17 Low HORSE 7:00 PM $20 $2,500 April 21 18 High NLHE [3-Max, Turbo, Zoom, Progressive KO] 9:00 PM $100 $12,000 April 21 18 Low NLHE [3-Max, Turbo, Zoom, Progressive KO] 9:00 PM $10 $3,000 April 22 19 High NLHE [Marathon] 1:00 PM $100 $16,000 April 22 19 Low NLHE [Marathon] 1:00 PM $10 $5,000 April 22 20 High NLHE [Progressive KO] 3:30 PM $150 $20,000 April 22 20 Low NLHE [Progressive KO] 3:30 PM $15 $5,000 April 22 21 High NLHE [Sunday Special SE] 5:00 PM $350 $80,000 April 22 21 Low NLHE 5:00 PM $50 $14,000 April 22 22 High PL 5-Card Omaha [8-Max] 7:30 PM $100 $10,000 April 22 22 Low PL 5-Card Omaha [8-Max] 7:30 PM $10 $3,000 April 22 23 High NLHE [6-Max, Turbo] 10:00 PM $300 $25,000 April 22 23 Low NLHE [6-Max, Turbo] 10:00 PM $30 $7,500 April 23 24 High NLHE [4-Max] 6:30 PM $300 $35,000 April 23 24 Low NLHE [4-Max] 6:30 PM $30 $10,000 April 23 25 High NLO8 [Rebuy, 8-Max] 8:00 PM $100 $10,000 April 23 25 Low NLO8 [Rebuy, 8-Max] 8:00 PM $10 $4,000 April 24 26 High NLHE [Progressive KO, Win The Button] 6:30 PM $200 $22,000 April 24 26 Low NLHE [Progressive KO, Win The Button] 6:30 PM $20 $6,000 April 24 27 High NLHE High Roller [6-Max] 7:00 PM $1,000 $65,000 April 24 27 Low NLHE High Roller [6-Max] 7:00 PM $100 $30,000 April 25 28 High NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] 6:30 PM $200 $22,000 April 25 28 Low NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] 6:30 PM $20 $6,000 April 25 29 High NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] 8:00 PM $100 $10,000 April 25 29 Low NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] 8:00 PM $10 $4,000 April 26 30 High PL Omaha [8-Max, Progressive KO] 6:30 PM $150 $10,000 April 26 30 Low PL Omaha [8-Max, Progressive KO] 6:30 PM $15 $3,000 April 26 31 High NLHE [Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom] 8:00 PM $300 $15,000 April 26 31 Low NLHE [Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom] 8:00 PM $30 $4,000 April 27 32 High NLHE [BigStack Turbo] 8:00 PM $150 $15,000 April 27 32 Low NLHE [BigStack Turbo] 8:00 PM $15 $5,000 April 28 33 High NLHE [Final Weekend Kickoff] 6:00 PM $200 $20,000 April 28 33 Low NLHE [Final Weekend Kickoff] 6:00 PM $20 $7,500 April 28 34 High Stud Hi/Lo [8-Max] 7:00 PM $200 $7,500 April 28 34 Low Stud Hi/Lo [8-Max] 7:00 PM $20 $2,500 April 28 35 High NLHE [3-Max, Hyper, Rebuy] 9:00 PM $50 $10,000 April 28 35 Low NLHE [3-Max, Hyper, Rebuy] 9:00 PM $5 $3,000 April 29 36 High Mixed NLHE/PLO [Progressive KO] 2:30 PM $200 $16,000 April 29 36 Low Mixed NLHE/PLO [Progressive KO] 2:30 PM $20 $4,000 April 29 37 High NLHE [Main Event, 2-Day Event] 5:00 PM $500 $200,000 April 29 37 Low NLHE [Main Event, 2-Day Event] 5:00 PM $50 $40,000 April 29 38 High PL Omaha [6-Max] 8:00 PM $150 $15,000 April 29 38 Low PL Omaha [6-Max] 8:00 PM $15 $3,000 April 29 39 High NLHE [Sunday Supersonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] 10:00 PM $100 $15,000 April 29 39 Low NLHE [Hyper-Turbo] 10:00 PM $10 $3,000 April 30 40 High NLHE [Wrap-up - Deep, Hyper-Turbo] 9:00 PM $150 $16,000 April 30 40 Low NLHE [Wrap-up - Deep, Hyper-Turbo] 9:00 PM $15 $5,000
  25. [caption width="639"] Andrew 'Mergulas Glauberg became the second person to earn a PocketFives Triple Crown on New Jersey regulated online poker sites (Borgata photo).[/caption] Back in June, Michael ‘JohnnnyDrama’ Haberman Jr. became the first player to win a PocketFives Triple Crown solely on regulated online poker sites in New Jersey. Earlier this month, Andrew ‘Mergulas’ Glauberg joined this exclusive club to become just the second person to earn this honor. When regulated online poker was launched in November 2013, it was possible, although very difficult, for players to win a Triple Crown with only three licensed networks: partypoker/BorgataPoker, 888poker/WSOP, and Ultimate Poker. To win a Triple Crown, players must win three tournaments tracked by PocketFives with at least 100 players and at least a $10,000 prize pool on three different networks within seven days. Less than a year later, Ultimate Poker permanently closed its doors making it impossible for almost two years for any player to win a Triple Crown solely on New Jersey regulated networks. Unlike players around the world, many players in New Jersey for the past few years didn’t have winning a Triple Crown on their radar. This all changed when PokerStars launched in the Garden State in March 2016, giving players hope of winning one of online poker’s most exclusive accolades. “Winning a Triple Crown wasn’t something that was actually possible until PokerStars came to New Jersey and I didn’t really think about it until then,” Glauberg said. Glauberg began his path to his first Triple Crown with two wins on August 1 by outlasting a field of 121 players in the Nightly Stars on PokerStars to win $2,555 and also finishing on top of the 142-player field in the $10,000 Guaranteed Nightly on WSOP to haul in $2,750. At that point, Glauberg posted on the New Jersey local community with many believing he was calling his shot. However, Glauberg shared his motivation for posting was different. “I won two of them in one day. I wanted to make sure they both qualified and realized I had about six chances left to win on BorgataPoker,” Glauberg said. Less than one week later, Glauberg got his biggest win of the three by shipping the BorgatPoker Daily $10,000 for $3,248. At the same time as winning a Triple Crown, Glauberg also passed the $1 million mark in online tournament cashes as tracked by PocketFives. However, Glauberg says that winning a Triple Crown was more important than the milestone number. “One million is a cool number, but I think a Triple Crown is more difficult to achieve in New Jersey. You don’t have to be profitable to get to one million,” said Glauberg, who has been playing poker before the start of the decade getting his start while studying accounting in college and decided to pursue the game professionally after graduation. “I play for a living since I graduated college seven years ago,” said Glauberg. “I was playing online during college and I really liked it. I graduated with an accounting major, and I didn’t really enjoy that as much as I enjoyed poker. So I decided to give online poker a shot. I just kept going and never looked back.” One might think Glauberg got the majority of his cashes before regulated online poker came to New Jersey. However, despite the fact that he achieved Supernova Elite status on PokerStars in 2010 and 2011, this isn't the case. Out of Glauberg’s over $1 million in online winnings, more than $700,000 were earned on New Jersey regulated poker sites. This puts him on top of the list of most cashes by any member of the PocketFives community on New Jersey regulated sites. Glauberg maintains a considerable lead on the New Jersey all-time online tournament cashes list with a cushion of almost $70,000 against his nearest competitor, Jeremy 'Jermz' Danger, and is over $160,000 ahead of third on the list, Haberman Jr. PocketFives All-Time Online Cashes on NJ Networks Andrew 'Mergulas' Glauberg - $716,385 Jeremy 'Jermz' Danger - $647,533 Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. - $553,998 David 'phatchoy888' Cheng - $542,981 Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon - $528,741 Anthony 'Thatgood45' Pagan - $484,416 Fred 'BiggDaddy' Farrell - $482,235 Anthony 'tonydatiger' Maio - $439,617 Keith 'donnysack' Donovan - $422,749 Jake 'schaf4206' Schafer - $394,696

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