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  1. [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.
  2. [caption width="640"] PokerStarsNJ is back on U.S. soil for the first time since 2011.[/caption] Monday, March 21 will go down as one of the brightest early days in the history of regulated poker in the United States. Sure, the markets are few and far between and this new world of online poker is in its infancy, but when PokerStars, after nearly a five-year hiatus from dealing real money poker in the United States, made its return, people got excited. The day, which PocketFives covered live, featured a number of important firsts. First tournament win. First time over 500 seated players. First time over 1,000 seated players. First set of nightly tournaments. While there was probably some celebration in PokerStars’ offices in New Jersey and Isle of Man, there are probably also multiple whiteboards and legal pads filled with notes on things that worked and things that didn’t on Day 1. While nobody from PokerStars is likely to share the content of those whiteboards or notepads, watching the day unfold from the outside looking provided a unique perspective as the day unfolded. Here is What We Learned. People still love PokerStars Black Friday was over 1,800 days ago. That was the last time that PokerStars dealt real money poker in the United States, so its return to the market comes after a lengthy absence. There was probably very good reason to assume people would be excited about the return, but even the most optimistic soul probably didn’t think PokerStars would find itself over 1,000 seated players for a good chunk of prime time on Monday night. While recent events with the rest-of-world product have turned some high-stakes regulars against the company, the general reaction from New Jersey players on Monday was one of pure excitement. Following the social media chatter throughout the day, there were very few complaints or messages of disappointment about what was happening in New Jersey. Spin & Gos are hot; Sit & Gos are not When PokerStars dealt its last hand of real money poker in the U.S., sit & gos were one of the most popular products the company had. Recreational players – those without a six-hour window to dedicate to playing a multi-table tournament – were more than happy to play a sit & go and, good or bad, be done in an hour. In 2014, the company introduced a new concept: the Spin & Go. Played three-handed, the Spin & Gos are a hyper-turbo tournament where, instead of playing for the buy-ins of all players, the prize pool is determined by a pre-tournament spin of a wheel. Players end up playing for between 2X and 10,000X the buy-in amount. The PokerStarsNJ launch gave Americans their first taste of this new product and they proved to be extremely popular. On the other hand, those sit & gos that were once a staple of the overall experience struggled to find traction. Watching all lobbies throughout the day on Monday, the SNG lobby looked and felt like a bit of a ghost town. Those recreational players, the ones who originally flocked to them, seem more keen on gambling it up a little bit to find a big prize pool to play for in a Spin & Go than grinding out a smaller payday in a standard sit & go. PokerStars enjoyed a late-mover advantage When the New Jersey market first opened up, there were a number of hurdles that operators and players faced. While most players were expecting and hoping for an experience identical to the one they had pre-regulation, the reality was a lot different. The sign-up process was different, more personal information (including Social Security Number) was required, credit card companies were slow to differentiate between regulated, legal online gaming operations and offshore gray market sites and depositing wasn’t easy. One of the biggest issues was geo-location. NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement regulations require operators to limit their offering to people within the Garden State. Geo-location software was supposed to make this an easy process, but players were often met with confusing situations, including being told they weren’t in New Jersey even though they were attempting to play from that operator’s Atlantic City casino. But while partypoker, 888, WSOP.com and the now-defunct Ultimate Poker suffered through those early hassles and made their own share of mistakes along the way, PokerStars sat back and were able to observe and be ready for any potential problems. GeoComply, a third-party company that is now the standard-bearer for the gaming industry, solved the geo-location issue. Credit card processing still isn’t perfect (some players reported issues depositing with VISA on Monday), but it’s a lot further developed than it was. The initial guarantees weren’t all that aggressive PokerStars developed a reputation years ago of being the site for tournaments. When they announced their PokerStarsNJ tournament schedule last week, it was met with a shoulder shrug or two and considered pretty standard for the state. To be fair, the New Jersey market isn’t big and there are already a couple of operators with market share. That being said, PokerStarsNJ had no trouble at all making the guarantees on Day 1. A snapshot of some of the regular schedule and how they did against the guarantee. The Big $5: $500 guarantee, $759.85 prize pool The Big $10: $1,000 guarantee, $1,274 prize pool The Big $20: $1,000 guarantee, $1,601.60 prize pool The Big $50: $1,500 guarantee, $3,594.50 prize pool The Nightly Stars $100: $10,000 Guarantee, $12,943.80 There were a few smaller events that did have an overlay and a lot of this early success can be chalked up to the overall buzz and excitement about PokerStars being back in action, but should these numbers continue to be better than the guarantees, it seems likely that PokerStars will come up with bigger guarantees quickly to maintain this momentum. Not all the news was good on Monday PokerStars is a mammoth operation and the New Jersey market represents a fraction of its player base and revenue. So while that state, and a lot of the other U.S. markets, were celebrating Monday, the company managed to drop a bombshell on the rest of its player base. The price of poker was going up. Just after Noon ET, the company announced an increase in rake that averages out, according to PokerStars, to 4%, but "PokerStars will still have the lowest overall pricing (known as 'rake') of any major online poker operator." The increase comes just a few short months after the dramatic altering of the PokerStars VIP program that led to player strikes and meetings between high-profile players and company executives. The announcement, which did not impact the PokerStarsNJ rake, was not received well. The timing could have been a coincidence, but it still felt like a dark cloud on what was otherwise a day of rainbows and sunshine. While New Jersey players were happily clicking away at flush draws and making hero calls for the first time in five years, regular players in other markets were again taking to social media to express their frustration, anger and disappointment with the way in which PokerStars is conducting business. Rather than enjoy a day or two or seven of mostly positive coverage, the company found itself swimming in a sea of negative energy.
  3. [caption width="640"] Mike 'lav519' Lavenburg pushed his way into the top five this month in the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings. (Will O'Connor photo)[/caption] While the addition of PokerStars in the marketplace might have changed the landscape of online poker in New Jersey over the last month, the changes to the PocketFives New Jersey Online Poker Rankings have not been as drastic. The same three players have remained at the top, albeit with a new leader as the first real month of spring begins. Keith ‘donnysack’ Donovan was one of the more consistent and successful winners through the second half of last month’s Garden State Super Series, and that run has Donovan sitting atop the rankings heading into April. Since the end of the GSSS, he’s seen some of his biggest scores come in PokerStarsNJ events, including a runner-up finish in last week’s $15,000 GTD High Roller for just over $6,000. High Roller events seem to have been Donovan’s bread and butter over the last few weeks, though, as he ended the GSSS with one of the single biggest scores from that $1,000,000 guaranteed series. That came in the $1,000 buy-in High Roller, good for his sixth win of the month and $17,000. Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon also recorded six wins in March, enough to keep him second in the current rankings. Daniel ‘RedsoxNets5’ Sewnig holds his spot in the top three, and the newest name to the top half of the leaderboard is Mike ‘Lav519’ Lavenburg. The partypoker $10,000 Nightly Major was where Lavenburg did most of his damage, winning the event twice to end the month, while also adding victories in the $500 buy-in Mega Tuesday on partypoker and the $30,000 BIG Deal on WSOP.com. The WSOP.com victory was Lavenburg’s biggest single score from March, weighing in at just under $12,500. He now finds himself just a dozen PLB points behind Sewnig for a spot on the New Jersey podium, while there is a bit of a separation between the top four compared to the rest of the top ten. That group is led by Michael ‘JohnnyDrama’ Haberman, but he’s just ahead of some of the bigger names and more experienced players that New Jersey online poker has to offer. Daniel ‘wildman75’ Buzgon and Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano and each opened last month with sizable four-figure wins. Buzgon’s biggest score came in the GSSS Mega Tuesday event, where he turned a $500 buy-in into a nearly $8,000 score, while Gagliano opened his GSSS account early with a $5,000 cash in a $15,000 GTD event. The rest of the top ten remains relatively unchanged, with Steven ‘7douche’ Madara, Mike ‘Mikey Casino’ Azzaro and Jake ‘jtsnakes’ Perry rounding out the top ten. As it stands, the Garden State’s top ten is listed below: donnysack - 3,224.71 ykwon17 - 2,889.32 RedsoxNets5 - 2,724.91 Lav519 - 2712.39 JohnnyDrama - 2,592.62 wildman75 - 2,556.60 Gags30 - 2,514.31 7douche - 2,425.42 MikeyCasino - 2,385.57 jtsnakes - 2,330.12
  4. [caption width="640"] Just days before their full launch, PokerStars NJ announced their tournament schedule.[/caption] After a long and hard-fought battle, PokerStars New Jersey officially began dealing legal, real money poker hands in New Jersey on Wednesday, kicking off a five-day "soft launch" phase mandated by state regulators. The excitement was palpable amongst the New Jersey poker community, which was happy to see the familiar PokerStars software client once again available in the Garden State. On Thursday, the online poker giant gave players even more to look forward to by announcing the recurring daily and Sunday Major tournament schedule. Since the site is ring-fenced and limited to the players in state of New Jersey, the events on the schedule offer just a fraction of the guarantees available to PokerStars players in other parts of the world. Even so, when the site ends its soft launch period and opens up to the entire state, or potentially pools players with other US states, there is plenty of room for growth. Daily Tournaments The daily tournaments are broken down into six categories: The Daily Bigs, The Hot Turbos, KO Fever, Nightly Stars, Change-Up and Moonlight Express. Here’s more: The Daily Bigs are freezeout tourneys running daily running from 4 PM-7 PM that feature 10,000 chip stacks with 8-12 minute blind levels. Buy-ins for the four events on offer start at $5 and max out at $50. The $50 tournament boasts a $1,500 guarantee, the highest of the group. The Hot Turbos feature fast-paced action, with players starting with 10,000 chips and blind levels increasing every five minutes. Tournaments run from 8 PM-12 AM with buy-ins going as high as $50. KO Fever is comprised of four Super Knockout or Progressive Super Knockout tournaments which start at 1:30 PM and run until 10:30 PM. The $50 entry tournament is the highest on offer for the group and guarantees $3,000. Nightly Stars is a $100 nightly tournament beginning at 7 PM, which boasts a $10,000 guarantee, the biggest of all the daily events. Change-Up is made up of three tournaments with buy-ins of $5, $15 and $20. As the name implies, these events shake things up by offering Omaha Hi-Lo, Omaha and Stud. Moonlight Express is a $20 buy-in late-night tournament which kicks off at 11 PM. It features a Hyper-Turbo structure and a $1,000 guarantee. Sunday Majors New Jersey players will also able to enjoy the five following Sunday tournaments: Sunday Warm-Up kicks off the big Sunday tournaments at 4 PM with a $50 buy-in and a $10,000 guarantee. Sunday Storm is a $5,000 guaranteed tournament which starts at 5 PM and, at $10, features the lowest buy-in of all the Sunday Majors. Sunday Special boasts a $50,000 guarantee, the biggest of the day, with a $200 buy-in. Qualifiers will be running and give players the opportunity to enter for a fraction of the price. Sunday High Roller begins at 7 PM and boasts a $500 buy-in with a $15,000 guarantee. The buy-in is the biggest of the day. Sunday Supersonic is the last tournament of the day and features a speedy Hyper-Turbo structure with a $75 buy-in and $5,000 guaranteed. This schedule kicks in on Monday, March 21 when the "soft-launch" phase is officially over. The first PokerStars NJ Sunday Majors will run March 27. Sign-up for PokerStars New Jersey now from anywhere in the United States and be ready to play the second you're in New Jersey.
  5. [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.
  6. [caption width="640"] Jason Somerville is giving PokerStarsNJ a chance to get up close and personal with him and his Team PokerStars Pro friends. (Neil Stoddart photo)[/caption] Jason Somerville is ready to rumble. The Team PokerStars Pro will be hosting a special Run It Up event at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City on May 14 and he’s bringing along a bunch of his Team Pro friends. Run It Up, Somerville’s Twitch stream, is the most popular poker channel on the streaming site and regularly draws 10,000+ viewers. Somerville has been streaming from New Jersey for the past 31 days. Vanessa Selbst, Barry Greenstein, Jen Shahade, Chris Moneymakerand Liv Boeree will all be on-hand for the Run It Up Resorts Rumble that includes a breakfast, meet-and-greet sessions, online tournaments and a party. "I'm incredibly excited to host our first one-day Run it Up festival on the East Coast with two great partners in PokerStars and Resorts," said Somerville. "It's been so much fun playing and streaming on PokerStars New Jersey this month and I can't wait to hang out with all of our awesome Run it Up fans in person. It'll totally be worth putting on pants." Somerville will be live streaming on his Twitch channel throughout the day. Players on site will be able to participate in an exclusive $30 buy-in event on PokerStarsNJ. Garden State players not in attendance can play a $10 buy-in event as part of the festivities. The final table of the $30 event will be played "battleship style" with the final nine players positioned at a poker table with their laptop or mobile device. In the afternoon, attendees will have a Q&A with Somerville before the festivities move to Landshark Bar & Grill for a party that includes an open bar, food and live music. PokerStarsNJ is hosting a special freeroll event on May 1 that awards 50 pairs of tickets to the Rumble, including five VIP packages which come with two nights’ accommodation at Resorts Hotel & Casino, a pair of entry tickets to the VIP party and $200 spending money. Tickets can also be earned by simply completing one of two challenges on the PokerStarsNJ client before midnight on April 30. The first is to play a single real money hand in a cash game at any stake level. The second is to enter any real money tournament. Players that don’t qualify via the freeroll or challenges can make a minimum $10 deposit using the bonus code ‘VIPCLUBNJ’ before midnight on April 30 to claim a free ticket. Tickets can also be purchased on site for just $10, with all proceeds going to Autism Speaks. For more information on the Run It Up Rumble, visit pokerstarsnj.com/vip/live/.
  7. [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."
  8. [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.
  9. [caption width="640"] PokerStarsNJ how has Zoom Poker and a new Card Hunt bonus program.[/caption] While PokerStars’ ring-fenced New Jersey player base amounts to just a fraction of its total traffic, that hasn’t stopped it from rolling out features in the Garden State normally reserved for its main global network. This week, the company brought the New Jersey site even more into the fold, announcing the launch of Zoom games and tournaments, along with an innovative promotion called CardHunt, in which players can win up to $1,000 a day. After acquiring Full Tilt Poker following Black Friday, PokerStars quickly moved to rework the site’s fast-fold variant, Rush Poker, into what became Zoom. The sometimes-frantic game keeps players engaged by whisking them away to a new table immediately after they fold a hand. Zoom tables are available to New Jersey players now across Hold‘em cash games and tournaments and seem to be identical to those offered in the global PokerStars client. The launch marks the first time that the game will be offered in the US. Sign-up for PokerStars New Jersey and get a 100% bonus up to $600. CardHunt CardHunt, which rewards players who complete a daily puzzle with cash prizes, was introduced to the PokerStars worldwide network in March. Proving popular, the site has now decided to run a slightly smaller version of the promo in New Jersey. From May 31 to June 19, players can bank up to $1,000 in cash each day if they complete the day’s puzzle. To win, players need to acquire between 16 and 20 puzzle pieces, each of which represents a card in a normal 52 card deck. If you win a hand and one of your hole cards (not community cards) matches your puzzle, you’ll collect that piece. Acquire all pieces in your puzzle and you’ll receive a random award of $1 to $1,000. Only hands at Zoom or cash games tables at limits of $0.05/$0.10 or above are eligible. There is a 70% chance you’ll receive either $1 or $2.50 as your reward. You’ll take home a $5 payday 21.86% of the time, and a $10 score 5% of the time. There’s just a .04% chance that you’ll bank that sweet $1,000 top prize. It’s easy to see the how this clever promo could serve to increase action by encouraging loose play. Players might think twice about folding if one or two of their cards match their puzzle pieces. Bluffs will certainly increase as well, as players try to win hands with hole cards that match their puzzle. A new puzzle starts each day at 12 AM ET. To opt in, players must hit the ‘Start’ button in their Challenge Window.
  10. Nearly five years after they left the United States entirely, PokerStars is back for real money in New Jersey and comes complete with all the features that made them the world’s largest online poker site. Whether you love cash games, multitable tournaments or sit n gos, PokerStarsNJ has what you’ve been missing. They’ve even added a few new features that poker players around the world have taken to. Sign-up here for PokerStarsNJ and get in on the action with the world's largest online poker site. Multitable Tournaments No matter what you’re type of tournaments you’re looking for, PokerStarsNJ has you covered. They’ve created a daily tournament schedule with six different categories and have buy-ins from $1 on up. The Daily Bigs are freezeout tourneys running daily running from 4 PM - 7 PM that feature 10,000 chip stacks with 8-12 minute blind levels. Buy-ins for the four events on offer start at $5 and max out at $50. The $50 tournament boasts a $1,500 guarantee, the highest of the group. The Hot Turbos feature fast-paced action, with players starting with 10,000 chips and blind levels increasing every five minutes. Tournaments run from 8 PM-12 AM with buy-ins going as high as $50. KO Fever is comprised of four Super Knockout or Progressive Super Knockout tournaments which start at 1:30 PM and run until 10:30 PM. The $50 entry tournament is the highest on offer for the group and guarantees $3,000. Nightly Stars is a $100 nightly tournament beginning at 7 PM, which boasts a $10,000 guarantee, the biggest of all the daily events. Change-Up is made up of three tournaments with buy-ins of $5, $15 and $20. As the name implies, these events shake things up by offering Omaha Hi-Lo, Omaha and Stud. Moonlight Express is a $20 buy-in late-night tournament which kicks off at 11 PM. It features a Hyper-Turbo structure and a $1,000 guarantee. Check out the PokerStarsNJ Tournament Schedule including all the information on the marquee events, the Sunday Majors. Spin n Gos One of the latest innovations from PokerStars is the Spin n Go tournament. These three-handed events allow you to win up a massive prize each time out, as long as the pre-tournament spin of the wheel goes your way. Each tournament has a randomly assigned prize pool ranging from 2X to 3000X the buy-in that you won't know about until you buy-in. Zoom Poker Similar to Full Tilt Poker’s Rush Poker, Zoom is a fast-paced game that means never having to wait for another hand. As soon you as fold your hold (or choose fold as a pre-selected action) you’re moved to a new table and dealt another hand. The game moves quickly and makes sure there is never a dull moment. It’s currently available for both No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Check out our PokerStars NJ FAQ for answers to any questions you may have.
  11. [caption width="640"] Matt 'mattybuns1' Laverty (left), Jason Somerville and Daniel ‘RedsoxNets5’ Sewnig after the Run It Up: Resorts Rumble[/caption] Over 125 members of the Run It Up Legion - along with their fearless leader Jason Somerville and a handful of other Team PokerStars pros - took over a ballroom at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday for the first live event held by PokerStars since the company launched their product in the Garden State a few months back. The Run It Up: Resorts event wasn’t just a poker tournament though. The event was designed to give attendees, all of whom made a $10 donation to Autism Speaks as admission, face-to-face time with Somerville, Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Selbst, Barry Greenstein, Liv Boeree and Jennifer Shahade. Players were treated to breakfast before the $30 buy-un Run It Up Resorts: Rumble kicked off. Instead of having a room full of dealers, the event was played on PokerStarsNJ.com with only attendees being allowed to play. When play reached the final table, the tournament was paused to allow those players to sit at the same table in the ballroom and play down to a winner. For Daniel ‘RedsoxNets5’ Sewnig, the sixth-ranked player in New Jersey, the event ended about as perfectly as possible. He beat out the other 123 players to take the top prize of $778.67. Not bad considering he won his way into the event in a PokerStars freeroll. “It was a 50 StarsCoin rebuy - so I got into this for a buck and half - 150 StarsCoins,” said Sewnig. “The package that I won, the way they did it, the top 15 got the $10 to come here whereas the top three got $200 cash, the ticket to come here and two nights stay here and I got the top three so I came in last night.” Run It Up: Resorts Rumble Final Table Results monkeyman067 - $778.67 Matt 'mattybuns1' Laverty - $541.53 s.l. halper - $411.30 casperskulls - $304.66 DomBagz - $203.11 Mr.Shipawitz - $169.26 umasspoker11 - $135.40 gruemoon - $101.55 jpinyan - $84.63 Somerville, who also played the tournament and was in contention until busting on the bubble, streamed throughout the day on his Twitch channel. Just 24 hours earlier he had been in Canada, streaming his playing in the PokerStars.com Spring Championship of Online Poker. He made a final table Thursday before making his way to New Jersey where he got the chance to connect with a number of his fans. “t’s just great to see people not only here in person, being energetic, enthusiastic and passionate but wearing Run It Up gear, telling me that they watch the stream every day, that they love the stream,” said Somerville, who headed back to Canada Sunday to resume SCOOP play. “It’s always great for me to leave the dirty basement every once in a while just to interact with the fans face-to-face and it it really reinvigorates my passion for both streaming and for poker really.” Some of those in attendance had come from out of state, including surrounding states New York and Pennsylvania, but one player had driven in from Indiana - a 13-hour drive. The timing of the event also allowed players coming to New Jersey to play NJSCOOP, which kicked off Sunday, to come in a day early. “Somerville has been streaming the first half of global SCOOP and I finally got my bankroll up in a cash game where I could set aside some funds to commit,” said Colin Byerly, who came from Harrisburg, PA to play. “So I can take a little bit of focus off of my main job and really commit to excelling my game and maybe getting a couple of good deep runs, building my stack a little more and maybe make a good go of it. After the tournament was over fans were able to ask the Team Pros in attendance questions in an open Q&A session. Even with some of the brightest minds in poker up on stage, most of the questions focused on the future of online poker in the United States, and not strategy or game theory. Greenstein, who actually busted out of the Rumble on the very first hand, admitted to being excited about seeing where legislation was going in the near future. “(New Jersey) is first domino for PokerStars. Where I live is the big domino, which is California,” said Greenstein. “Hopefully after that everybody will want to compact with California and, eventually the world.”
  12. [caption width="640"] The Run It Up Resorts Rumble is the first live event PokerStars is hosting in New Jersey.[/caption] Run It Up Legion is invading Atlantic City this weekend and we’re not just talking about the New Jersey chapter. Poker players and fans of Jason Somerville’s wildy popular Twitch stream are travelling from all over the Northeast for Saturday’s Run It Up Resorts Rumble at the Resorts Casino - the first live event PokerStars has hosted since returning to New Jersey. And while Somerville is hosting the event but he’s bringing along a number of other Team PokerStars Pros to join in the festivities. Chris Moneymaker, Barry Greenstein, Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree and Jen Shahade will all be in attendance. The schedule for the Rumble includes a breakfast with the pros, a Team PokerStars Q&A session, an "onlive" event where players play on PokerStarsNJ from their laptop or mobile device while seated in the same room and of course a party at the end of the evening to wrap everything up. Somerville will be streaming on his RunItUp Twitch channel during the tournament. For some attendees, the opportunity to rub elbows with some of poker’s biggest names is a pilgrimage they just had to make. "I really wanted to make run it up Reno but I'm doing the WSOP this year so I went with that," said Adam Taormina, from Lock Haven, PA. "Then I heard of a close Run It Up event I could attend and didn't want to pass up the opportunity to celebrate PokerStars in New Jersey and meet some poker pros." Philip Neiman, a 33 year old Queens native, has one simple reason for heading to Atlantic City this weekend. “Has to be meeting Jason, the guy has brought my game to a new level by just watching his streams,” said Neiman. He’s not the only one. Chris Kusha, a 29 year old from Staten Island, is making the trip after learning that two his poker heros would be involved. "I’ve always heard how fun these VIP parties are and couldn't not jump at the opportunity to go to one nearby," said Kusha. "I’m most looking forward to getting to meet the players who were very influential to me coming up in poker, particularly Vanessa Selbst and Jason Somerville." Somerville, who will travel from Canada where he is streaming Spring Championship of Online Poker action, seems excited about the wardrobe change the event requires. "I'm incredibly excited to host our first one-day Run it Up festival on the East Coast with two great partners in PokerStars and Resorts," said Somerville. "I can't wait to hang out with all of our awesome Run it Up fans in person. It'll totally be worth putting on pants." The Schedule Breakfast with the Pros - 10:00 am Attendees can mingle with Team PokerStars Pros and enjoy a light breakfast and conversation. The Run It Up Resorts Rumble - 11:30 am The $30 buy-in ‘onlive’ tournament gets underway and is available only to those in attendance. The Run It Up Resorts Rumble Final Table - 3:00 pm With just nine players remaining the Run It Up Resorts Rumble is paused so players can be set up at a single poker table to finish the tournament using the “Battleship style”. Team PokerStars Q&A - 4:00 pm Players will be able to ask their favorite Team PokerStars Pros any questions about the world of poker. VIP Club Live: NJ - 7:30 pm Hosted by the Landshark Bar & Grill at Resorts, the party comes complete with food, games and entertainment and, of course, an open bar. Players were able to earn tickets to the event through PokerStarsNJ freerolls, by completing a series of challenges on the site, or by making a real money deposit using a special bonus code. For those that failed to qualify on PokerStarsNJ.com, tickets can be purchased on site for just $10, with all proceeds going to Autism Speaks. For more information check out www.pokerstarsnj.com/vip/live/resorts/
  13. [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 $38,220 first place prize.
  14. [caption width="640"] Jesse ‘Rou$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
  15. [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.
  16. 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
  17. [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
  18. [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
  19. [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
  20. [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
  21. [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
  22. [caption width="640"] Jesse 'No_Xcape' Elliott has NJCOOP in his rearview mirror as he chases down the PokerStars Festival New Jersey Main Event title[/caption] Earlier this week Jesse ‘No_Xcape’ Elliott, the #10-ranked online poker player in New Jersey, thought he had put the exclamation point on an impressive run of poker when he took down the first ever PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event for $38,380. Eight days before that he won his first NJCOOP title when he won the $350 buy-in Sunday Special Special Edition for $19,299. Sandwiched in between those two wins were two other NJCOOP final tables; an eighth place finish and a third place that came after a chop. The rarity of putting up two big wins in such a short time span isn’t lost on Elliott. “What can I say? Back to back? What are the chances of that happening? And in one of the biggest weekends in New Jersey online poker history,” said Elliott. “To win a $100K and a $200K (guarantee) and then chop (another one) and get to play it out with Chris Moneymaker? That doesn’t happen.” While the two wins were great for the bankroll and a real confidence booster, Elliott looks back at the one he chopped and has some regrets - something he chalks up to not having a killer instinct because of a moral dilemma poker gives him. “I ended up getting screwed on the deal. I chopped for third place money by like two bucks. I should have won it,” said Elliott. “Sometimes I’m too nice and chop instead, because poker is kind of weird for me because I don’t like taking other people’s money but that’s the nature of what you have to do, to hurt, to beat them. It’s kind of like a Catch 22 for me.” Now he’s on to Day 3 of the PokerStars Festival New Jersey with just 23 players remaining. He’s got the fifth shortest stack after losing a big pot late on Day 2, but considering it’s an event he almost didn’t play for a couple of reason, having a shot at the $38,220 first place prize money is basically a bonus. “I almost didn’t come but the two wins and then I told my buddy Justin ‘pocketprofits’ Wong ‘If I win big money (Tuesday night) I have to go. I have to ride it out’ and I chopped the Borgata $10K so here we are,” said Elliott. That’s right, a day after winning nearly $40K in the NJCOOP Main Event he posted another big score online and that’s when he decided to make the one hour drive from his home in Sewell, NJ to play the $1,000 buy-in PokerStars Festival Main Event. There’s also another reason he almost didn’t bother to come to Atlantic City this week. His three year old daughter, one of three kids, isn’t a big fan of daddy leaving the house to work. “I almost didn’t even come to this because I hate it when she says ‘Daddy stay”. and I say I gotta go to work. ‘Oh, okay, I’ll go up to work with you in the office”’, because she’ll lay on the floor while i’m playing online,” said Elliott. “Me and her are inseparable because I had a really rough upbringing with my father, so I try to over the top with stuff like that.” The NJCOOP Main Event win almost didn’t happen for a couple of reasons. The two-day event started on Sunday, the same day as partypoker was having massive geolocation issues right at the height of its Garden State Super Series Main Event. Elliott was playing that too but just like a number of players that kept getting disconnected from the party software. “Because of what was going on with Party/Borgata that day, I was actually blinding out of the (PokerStars) Main because I kept restarting my computer, thinking that the geo-problem was on my end,” said Elliott. “And I thought it was weird because it wasn’t happening on Stars but it was happening on Party, so I kept restarting. I restarted twice and I lost like 7,000 in the Main on Stars.” That was on his second entry in the event, which also almost didn’t happen. “I actually satellited twice, thankfully, into the Main through PokerStars. If I didn’t get that second satellite win and have the 500 tournament dollars sitting there, I don’t know if I would have re-bought,” said Elliott. “I do this for a living, I know it’s a huge prizepool, but I have a mortgage. You have to protect your money or you’re going to be gone. You hear horror stories of a lot of these guys going busto. I have three kids. But thank god I won that second one or that would have been a $38,000 mistake.”
  23. [caption width="640"] Despite a history of winning at almost any game he tries, Randy Lew wasn't able to make any magic on the foosball table[/caption] Over the last 12 years or so, Team PokerStars Pro Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew has developed a real reputation for taking on any nearly game and learning how to crush it. First it was fighting video games, as Lew, a student at UC-Davis in Northern California, became one of the worlds best at Marvel vs. Capcom 2 at a time when eSports wasn’t something anybody really thought much about. He eventually transitioned to poker, where he became one of the world’s most prodigious multi-tablers, eventually setting the Guinness World Record for the most hands played during an eight-hour session. So when PokerStars announced that the inaugural PokerStars Live Festival event in Atlantic City would have a StarsFun zone, filled with games like pinball, corn hole and table tennis, it felt like it was a place built for Lew to show off some of his non-poker talents. Challenging Lew to a best-of-three contest at a selection of the games on hand might not have been the best idea, but PocketFives Editor in Chief Lance Bradley did it anyway. Game 1: PacMan Battle Royale A classic take on the old school arcade classic, PacMan Battle Royale puts both players into the PacMan map at the same time. The only twist is instead of clearing each map and moving on to the next one, players win by eating their opponent or having one of the ghosts do the work. Each “match” is a best-of-three of its own. Given his history with arcade games, Lew was a natural favorite here. With neither Lew nor Bradley being overly familiar with this version of the game, the early action was more about eating dots in an attempt to clear the map. The dots continuously reappear however and after a few minutes of stumbling through the game, Bradley won the first of three matches by cornering Lew’s PacMan. Throughout the match Lew talked about his hectic schedule and how it keeps him on his toes. Lew flew to Atlantic City from Australia where he had been playing and streaming on Twitch. “I’m still on Australia time right now,” Lew said. “So getting adjusted wherever I travel is always hard.” Not hard enough to prevent him from winning the second game, capturing one of the power pellets and chasing Bradley across the screen at double-time to set up a rubber match. “I’m heading back to Macau after this for the 2016 Asia Championship of Poker,” Lew said. The third match took longer than the first two combined with both Bradley and Lew chomping up pellets and avoiding each other altogether. The game took a sudden turn when Bradley went on the offensive after grabbing another power pellet and eating Lew’s PacMan to end the match. Bradley won the match 2-1, but the game also kept track of the total number of pellets each player accumulated and Lew came out well ahead. “So it’s kind of a push, right?,” joked Lew. Result: Bradley wins the PacMan Battle Royale 2-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three. Game 2: Pop a Shot Basketball You’ve likely played this game before or seen it in some bar. Each player gets 60 seconds to hit as many shots as possible. While Bradley and Lew were waiting to take their turn, a fan approached Lew and told him he was the reason he started playing poker. “It was just your old videos and stuff, maybe five years,” the fan said. “Always wanted to meet you.” The pair posed for a photograph and Bradley played the role of photographer. Lew, who has developed a loyal following on Twitch, enjoys the opportunity to engage with fans at live events. “It’s a big part of what I do. People come up to me all the time and say hi or ask me a question,” said Lew. “It’s fun. I don’t mind it all.” The StarsFun Zone has been running daily high score progressive contests with the best score so far being 104. It was clear just seconds in to the Bradley vs. Lew match that the record was in no danger. Bradley missed his first 12 shots, some not even reaching the rim, finally hitting one to get on the board. Lew had already put up 18 points. Lew continued to build his score while Bradley flailed away in a desperate attempt to catch up in the last ten seconds when made shots were suddenly worth three points. It didn’t matter. Result: Lew wins easily, 35-21 to tie the best-of-three match at one win apiece. Game 3: Foosball “So, uh, you foos?,” Bradley asked Lew. “I mean, I’ve played before, yeah,” said Lew. “Cool, let’s make that the third game,” said Bradley. Lew didn’t know what was coming. “I’m just a super competitive person. When I get into something, I do everything I can to become the best at it,” said Lew. “So when I decided I wanted to play more live tournaments, it wasn’t about anything but wanting to get better and better at it.” Bradley opened up a 4-0 lead before Lew realized what was happening. The next few minutes were a bit of a blur for the Team PokerStars Online Pro. Five nothing. Six nothing. “I need to at least get one goal here,” said Lew. Lew’s first live poker tournament win came over five years in Macau as he outlasted 574 other players to win the HK$30,000 ($3,865 US) buy-in Asia-Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event. He’s shifted more of his attention to live tournaments that allow him to also stream online play, so Macau and Australia are popular choices. “Sometimes the schedule is a little tough,” said Lew. “The PokerStars tournament schedule is more focused on the European and Canadian time zones so sometimes I’m getting up at 1 am to play an online schedule. It’s not always easy.” Probably easier than this foosball match. Seven nothing. Bradley scored the next three goals to shut out Lew and take the third and final match. Final score: Bradley 10, Lew 0. Bradley wins the best-of-three 2-1. Lew’s pain – if there was any – didn’t last long. He immediately went on to take on fellow streamer Jonathan Little in a first-to-five sit-n-go match streamed on Twitch. Lew ended up winning that 5-1 to finish his day off on a winning note.
  24. [caption width="641"] The PokerStars approach to live events, which includes what some label "poker tourism", may help it sell the need for regulated online poker in the United States.[/caption] Last week PokerStars announced it would be rebranding all of its live poker events in an attempt to globalize the company's disparate poker tours. The first of these newly relabeled events, the PokerStars Festival New Jersey 2016 will take place at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City from October 29 - November 6. And beginning in 2017, all PokerStars live events will henceforth be known as PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival events. The upcoming event at Resorts, which happens to be PokerStars partner casino in New Jersey, has the capability to push one of the new talking points for legalization of online poker, the idea of poker tourism, and demonstrate why PokerStars is better positioned than all other online and land-based operators to excel on this front. The latest online poker legislative buzzword: Poker TourismPoker tourism is a new angle on the economic benefits advocates of legal, regulated online gambling have adopted. Basically, poker tourism is the ability to bring in visitors by hosting live poker events at a land-based casino. Poker tourism was on full display at the relatively small-scale Run It Up: Resorts Rumble event in May. The PokerStars branded event was able to fill dozens of hotel rooms that would otherwise have been vacant at the property. These visitors spent money on- and off-property, and left with a great experience, making them more likely to return. This is poker tourism. You might think this is small potatoes, but with revenue from online gambling underwhelming, and online gaming creating fewer jobs than land-based gaming, it's important to be able to explain to lawmakers the indirect ways legal online gaming will bring money into the economy. Poker tourism is a good argument to make, especially if you're PokerStars and you're trying to sell lawmakers on why your particular brand is important to a state. Having solid data showing the impact of a live event in New Jersey would be quite convincing: x number of players booked x room nights at $x/night. x number of players brought a guest with them. These players spent on average $x on amenities and food & beverage during their stays. Resorts had to increase staffing by x number of hours over the course of the week. The economic impact was $x. Poker tourism can also lead to capital investment. Successful live events at Resorts Casino are likely to lead to Resorts and PokerStars investing in a dedicated poker tournament area (or rehabbing existing conference spaces) and perhaps the long-rumored a PokerStars branded brick and mortar poker room. When poker tourism is added together with consumer protection benefits, and the direct economic impact of online gambling -from jobs to tax revenue to bolstering the state's existing land-based casino industry - it's a powerful argument to bring in front of lawmakers. There is money to be had. Jobs will be created as a result of online gambling. And far from being cannibalistic, online gaming will prop up existing casinos.PokerStars is the poker tourism leaderAny casino can host a poker tournament, but a state with legal online gambling, and a land based casino with a committed online poker partner like PokerStars, can pull off these events more often and with better results. Here's why. First, the land-based casino and the online operator are no longer partnered for a single event. They're long-term partners working together in a mutually beneficial way. It's no longer about the success of the tournament series; it's about the success of the casino. As Eric Hollreiser, PokerStars’ director of corporate communications, said in the press release announcing PokerStars Festival New Jersey: “We are committed to growing the poker market in New Jersey and part of this strategy is to help make New Jersey the poker hub of America in November. We invite players from across the globe to pitch up in the Garden State for the best live poker experience available in the world, live and online, with the first ever NJCOOP kicking off ahead of the Festival with plenty of tournaments on offer and big prizes.” Second, as Hollreiser noted, PokerStars can run online satellite tournaments and packages, both in-state and out-of-state in other markets around the globe. This allows PokerStars to pull from a much larger player pool, and bring in more out-of-state tourism dollars. Third, PokerStars has a history of running successful tournament series around the globe. PokerStars gets criticized from some corners for not focusing exclusively on poker anymore, this is an important part of providing the right experience for everyone, not just hardcore poker players. At the PokerStars Festival New Jersey, attendees will find: A dedicated StarsFun skills zone area with table tennis, air hockey, foosball, cornhole and darts, as well as several contests with cash prizes; Miniature Golf Hole-in-One Progressive; Hoops Fever Progressive; Pinball Progressive; RunItUp Day with Team PokerStars Pro and Twitch sensation Jason Somerville. RunItUp Day will include a poker seminar and a Q&A session with Somerville, along with a variety of mixed-game events, including a Dealer’s Choice Stud Club event. $300+$40 Survivor “Immunity” tournament with $3,000 in cash and prizes, with reality TV stars Tyson Apostol and 'Boston Rob' Mariano. All of these events and extracurricular activities seemed aimed at generating tourism dollars during the series, and sending people home with smiles on their faces, and making them more likely to want to return - be it for poker, or for some other reason. Bottom line: PokerStars brings things to the table other online operators don't have the desire or capability to pull off.
  25. [caption width="640"] Jason Acosta grabbed his biggest live score after taking down the PokerStars Live Festival New Jersey (PokerStars photo / Joe Giron)[/caption] Jason Acosta qualified for the PokerStars Live Festival New Jersey Main Event on PokerStarsNJ.com not for $200, not for $109, not for $39 - but for 5,000 StarsCoins. Late Friday night in Atlantic City the 30-year-old from Little Ferry, NJ turned that small investment into a $38,220 score and the PokerStars Festival NJ title after beating out Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano heads-up. Day 3 started with 23 players and a plan to play down to a final table of eight players, but action moved quickly enough that tournament organizers gave the players the option to play it out. Peter Smyth, who also qualified via an online qualifier, was the first player officially eliminated from the final table. With nine players remaining Smyth opened to 30,000, Jovy Ounthongdy moved all in from the button for just over 100,000 an Eli Kim move all in from the big blind and Smyth called all in. Smyth tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"], Ounthongdy had [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] but Kim was ahead of both of them with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"]. The board ran out [poker card="5c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="ah"] to to give Kim an unneeded set of aces and eliminate both Ounthongdy and Smyth at the same time with Smyth taking home eighth place money. It took just over 90 minutes for the next player to be sent packing. Matt Affleck raised to 36,000 before Rocco Dicondina moved all in for 120,000 from the button. Affleck called and tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"] while was ahead with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9c"] flop put Affleck ahead with a pair of nines. The [poker card="9s"] gave Affleck trips and left Dicondina hoping for a jack on the river for a chopped pot, but the [poker card="3d"] was a complete miss and Dicondina was eliminated in seventh. Just 15 minutes later, another player was eliminated. From the hijack, Sridhar Sangannagari raised to 42,000 before Gagliano made it 90,000 from the cutoff. Sangannagari moved all in for just over 170,000 total and Gagliano called. Sangannagari flipped over [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"] and found out he was in rough shape when Gagliano tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Sangannagari some hope and the [poker card="qh"] turn put him ahead, but the [poker card="ks"] river gave Gagliano a rivered full house to eliminate Sangannagari. Despite starting the final table with the chip lead, Affleck couldn’t out run a cold deck. Down to just seven big blinds, Affleck raised all in after Kim opened to 48,000 from UTG. Kim called with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] and found he had Affleck’s [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"] dominated. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] flop left Affleck drawing nearly dead and the [poker card="4d"] on the turn made it official. The river was the [poker card="9s"] and Affleck was out in fifth. Another player who had spent time with the overall chip lead during the course of the tournament was eliminated just 15 minutes later. Action folded to Kim in the small blind and he raised enough to put David Johnston all in from the big blind if he called. Johnston called and tabled [poker card="8s"][poker card="3s"] and found himself out-pipped by Kim’s [poker card="8c"][poker card="4c"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4d"] flop put Kim ahead. The [poker card="9s"] turn gave Johnston a flush draw but the [poker card="7c"] river was a complete brick and he was out in fourth place. Kim had been responsible for a number of Day 3 bustouts and was the big stack early on in the day, but his run ended in third place. Kim raised to 70,000 from the button with [poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"] and Gagliano re-raised to 215,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"]. Kim responded with a four-bet to 650,000 and Gagliano moved all in. Kim called all in. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"] flop put Gagliano ahead and the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="9d"] river kept him there. When heads-up play began Gagliano had 4,410,000 of the 5,025,000 chips in play with Jason Acosta sitting on the short stack. Over the course of the next two hours Acosta closed the gap and flipped the chip counts to leave Gagliano as the short stack. “He’s obviously a much more accomplished player than me, I knew I was at a huge disadvantage,” said Acosta, who plans on going back to work at his trucking company on Monday. “Once I doubled up I knew I had to double up again because he still had me like 3-1, 4-1 in chips.” Acosta did exactly that, in a hand where both players made a straight and Gagliano called with the lower straight. That hand put Acosta ahead for the first time. It took him 90 minutes to finally put away Gagliano and claim the title, his first live win. Gagliano opened all in for 900,000 and Acosta called. Gagliano tabled [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"] and found out he was racing against Acosta’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"] flop gave Acosta even more outs. The [poker card="jh"] turn added even more drama and when the [poker card="9d"] fell on the river, Gagliano’s pair was counterfeited and Acosta was the last player standing. Final Table Payouts Jason Acosta - $38,220 Michael Gagliano - $28,116 Eli Kim - $20,683 David Johnston - $15,215 Matt Affleck - 11,193 Sridhar Sangannagari - $8,234 Rocco Dicondina - $6,057 Peter Smyth - $4,455

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