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  1. [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 t
  2. [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 ‘oldm
  3. The inaugural PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker kicked off with a bang last week and has so far proven a big success, beating nearly every one of its guarantees. While 19 events have been checked off the schedule so far, players still have plenty more chances to get in on the action. That includes the festival’s much-anticipated $500 buy-in, $200,000 No Limit Hold‘em Main Event, which plays out on October 30-31. ‘FIGHT_4_F00D’ took the honor of winning the very first NJCOOP title after besting a field of 176 in the $100 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Warm-Up. The New Jersey gri
  4. On Friday, the transactional waiverallowing Amaya to operate in New Jersey was published. The waiver outlines several terms Amaya must adhere to before launching. It is not known when the Amaya brands PokerStars and Full Tilt will begin operating in New Jersey, where their land-based partner is Resorts. Six Months or Bust The waiver is good for six months "subject to final approval of the Regulated Gaming System and each game by the Division's Technical Services Bureau." During this time period, PokerStars will undergo plenty of testing to ensure it can geo-locate players and address
  5. Online poker giant PokerStars has returned to New Jersey. Since it has been five years since PokerStars offered real money play to American players, PocketFives has constructed this Frequently Asked Questions page to help answer any questions that may come up. Do you have to be a New Jersey resident to play on PokerStars New Jersey? While you don't need to call the state of New Jersey home to play for real money, you do need to be in the state of New Jersey while playing. Players visiting New Jersey can play on the site as long as they pass the Geo Location test. What is Geo Location?
  6. [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
  7. In September of last year, New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak hinted that PokerStars' approval to operate in the Garden State was imminent. But as the months pass by, many are wondering just what, exactly, is holding up the process. Speaking to Business Insider, several political insiders place the blame squarely on the shoulders of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (pictured). "Christie put a stop to it," said Lesniak. "With a high degree of confidence, it's apparent that's exactly what has happened." The entry of PokerStars into the market coul
  8. In case you're wondering why PokerStarshas not been approved for a license in New Jersey, the reason is that the site is in "time out," according to internet gambling advocate and State Senator Raymond Lesniak. Yes, PokerStars is in the same state my two-year-old son is in when he throws blocks at the television. The reason PokerStars is off the grid right now in the Garden State: Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, of course. Lesniak posted on Twitter: Lesniak was kind enough to answer several follow-up questions to his Tweet and said that the cause of PokerStars being in time o
  9. In recent days, PokerStarshas been reaching out to former New Jersey VIP players and meeting with them via a series of summits in Jersey City and Atlantic City. The site, which Amaya Gaming purchased along with Full Tilt Poker three months ago, appears on track to enter the New Jersey market by the end of the year and perhaps as soon as next month. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to li
  10. According to State Senator Raymond Lesniak (pictured), PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, will launch in New Jersey in March. Now that the so-called "lame duck" session of Congress in the US is behind us and lawmakers around the country have taken their posts, the focus in New Jersey may now shift to PokerStars being licensed. Longtime industry pro and Online Poker Report front man Chris Grove Tweeted to Lesniak on Saturday, "What about PokerStars - how's that appeal going?" Lesniak responded, "March 2015." You can follow Grove on Twitter at @OPReport. You can follow Lesniak
  11. As reported in PocketFives' New Jersey poker community, PokerStarshas begun contacting New Jersey players with outstanding balances ahead of offering real money games in the state. Why? New Jersey regulators mandated that the site dispose of outstanding balances to Garden State players in order to receive a license. New Jersey players with unclaimed funds, seemingly regardless of the amount, were sent an e-mail in recent days that read in part, "As we recently have received approval in New Jersey and anticipate beginning to offer real-money online gaming soon, we wanted to provide you with
  12. The biggest news story last week was the licensure of PokerStars in New Jersey. When the site will launch isn't clear, but what we do know is the world's largest online poker room returning to the US for the first time since Black Friday will have major ramifications for the industry. The Snowball Effect One of the major effects of New Jersey officials licensing PokerStars has to do with the prospects of the site getting licensed in other states, current or future, that will allow online gambling. As PokerNews' Chad Holloway put it on Twitter, "Going to be hard for opponents & legislat
  13. [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 w
  14. [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 t
  15. [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
  16. If you're an avid reader of PocketFives, then you probably already know that PokerStars, the largest online poker site in the world, was recently licensed in New Jersey to offer real money games. The site is expected to launch sometime in the beginning of 2016 following a short test period. Players in our New Jersey pokercommunity have been buzzing about the prospects of PokerStars launching despite a strike against its worldwide dot-com site that's entering its third and final day. Recently, several PocketFivers reported that PokerStars was actively surveying players, which is not the firs
  17. PokerStars has endured setback after setback in its long road to becoming licensed in the US iGaming market. On Wednesday, the company's persistence paid off, as the gaming giant was granted a transactional waiver to open its doors in New Jersey. It's partnering with Resorts Casino Hotel, which also runs ResortsCasino.com. Poker pro Greg Merson(pictured) was one of the first to offer congratulations to the Isle of Man-based company. "Dear PokerStars, we here in NJ would like to welcome you with open arms! #murica," he Tweeted. PokerStars pro Liv Boeree broke the news to her 108,000 Twitt
  18. According to iGaming Businessand other outlets, the seemingly lengthy delay of PokerStarsgetting licensed in New Jersey has to do with a "thorough, comprehensive review" by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over
  19. [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 announc
  20. [caption width="640"] Poker players are counting down the days until PokerStars returns to U.S. soil.[/caption] For the first time in nearly five years, players in the United States will be able to play on PokerStars for real money beginning Wednesday, March 16 - but only those who are actually in New Jersey. With the official launch of PokerStars' New Jersey product set for March 21, the online poker giant has decided to "soft-launch" on March 16. Soft launches are required under New Jersey gaming regulations to allow the operator and regulators to review and correct any potential issu
  21. It might have taken longer than expected, but the Amaya Gaming brands PokerStarsand Full Tilthave been authorized to operate in New Jersey, according to an Amaya press release. In what could result in a domino effect of sorts in other states debating whether to allow PokerStars and Full Tilt to operate, New Jersey gaming officials approved both brands, which have a land-based partner in Resorts Casino Hotel, which also operates ResortsCasino.com. David Baazov, Chairman and CEO of Amaya, commented in the same press release, "We are very pleased to add New Jersey to the long list of regulat
  22. The long-awaited return of the PokerStarsbrand to the US market is here… almost. Amid the hoopla of the ongoing Global Poker League draft, which is taking place in Los Angeles, officials from Amaya Gaming's headquarters in Montreal dropped a bombshell. PokerStars will launch in New Jersey on March 21, allowing New Jersey players to compete with other New Jersey players using PokerStars' software at PokerStarsNJ.com. PokerStars is teaming with Resorts Casino Hotel, located in Atlantic City, and several promotions, tournaments, and features have already been announced. "PokerStars is the
  23. The holiday season is officially upon us and PokerStars New Jersey is ready to brighten everyone’s spirits with the PokerStarsNJ Christmas Festival including freerolls, deposit bonuses and a $100,000 guaranteed main event. $60,000 is in play as part of the All-in Shootout Freerolls, which are running every Sunday this month. Players are able to qualify for these shootouts by completing a poker challenge that can be found in the Challenges window of the PokerStarsNJ client. $15,000 will be awarded each week in these freerolls. Additionally, any player who deposits $30 using the pro
  24. Launched to the delight of New Jersey poker players in March, the PokerStarsNJ.com offering has been steadily building its player base with innovative promotions like Card Hunt, and events like the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker. The site is keeping its players busy this summer with a new promo, the $50,000 Summer Daily Challenge, during which players can compete for a share of the five-figure prize pool through $1,000 value-added events. Up until July 17, PokerStarsNJ players can win their free entry into daily All-in Shootouts by completing one of the following th
  25. The proposed deal between Amaya Gaming and the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStarsand Full Tilt Poker, has brought the world's largest online poker room back into the discussions for New Jersey's online gaming industry. In response, an ally of Sheldon Adelson's (pictured) Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling has penned an op/ed for the Newark Star-Ledger that advocates for the PokerStars licensing process to be done under public scrutiny. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major s

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