PokerStars NJ Soft Launch Goes Smoothly; Tourney Lineup Promising
And the cap of 500 players kept the return of PokerStars to the United States yesterday to a dull roar.
But those who did take a spin at playing on PokerStars NJ seemed to be very pleased with what they found, and signs seem promising for a surge in online poker interest in the Garden State.
Lots of Variety, Sunday Majors, Improved Software
Starting at 4 pm ET the servers opened up for play and the impact of the world's biggest poker site returning to the market was clearly evident. Games filled pretty quickly and as the evening progressed more and more curious poker players got in on the action.
Given the 500-player cap a very reasonable selection of games opened up, from 1c/2c to $5/$10 cash games to $1-$10 Spin & Gos to turbo tournaments at a wide range of buy-ins and even the fast-fold Zoom Poker.
Action was centred around No-Limit Hold'em and PLO but a range of different games is expected to be found. Initial player reaction online seemed to be mostly positive, although software bugs and customization options were an issue for some.
What players seemed most excited about, despite New Jersey not getting access to the worldwide PokerStars player pool, was the tournament schedule and the potential fields after Monday's full launch.
To begin with there will be 17 daily tournaments under six umbrellas: Daily Bigs, Hot Turbos, KO Fever, Nightly Stars, Change-Up and Moonlight Express. Buy-ins range from $5-$100 with guarantees from $500-$10,000. The biggest daily event is the $100 Nightly with a $10k guarantee.
Also returning, to the delight of new Jersey players, are PokerStars' famous Sunday Majors, albeit at a much lower scale than the global events.
PokerStars.NJ Sunday Major Schedule
- Start time: 16:00
- Buy-in: $50
- Guarantee: $10,000
- Start Time: 17:00
- Buy-In: $10
- Guarantee: $5,000
- Start Time: 18:00
- Buy-In: $200
- Guarantee: $50,000
Sunday High Roller
- Start Time: 19:00
- Buy-In: $500
- Guarantee: $15,000
- Start Time: 22:00
- Buy-In: $75
- Guarantee: $5,000
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