Richest Tournament Series In NJ Online Poker History Underway

Running through May 3, the Spring Online Championships offer huge guarantees at a time when NJ players are flocking to online poker.
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Hot on the heels of the very successful Online Circuit Super Series, the World Series of Poker/888poker network is back offering its customers another major online poker series — and this time WSOP is breaking records.

The 2020 Spring Online Championships is already underway with events running every day through May 3. The schedule has more than 100 events, with buy-ins ranging from as little as $10 up through $1,000. The series has reached new heights by guaranteeing $4 million in total prize money, making it the largest online tournament series offered in the era of regulated online poker in the United States.

The schedule is packed with no-limit hold’em events, with a number of pot-limit Omaha events thrown in for good measure. There are at least three events featured every day, with variations including short-handed tournaments, Deepstacks, Knockouts, Freezeouts, and Rebuys.

The series concludes on May 3 with the $525 Main Event and its $300,000 guarantee. The winner of the Main Event will not only walk away with what will likely be a six-figure score, but also an actual championship belt to strap around his or her waist.

Plenty of giant guarantees

The massive $4 million series guarantee is anchored by a handful of tournaments that carry a guarantee of $100,000 or more.

The Main Event is the biggest of them all, but players looking to take shots at some of the biggest money the series has to offer can also find value in the April 26 no-limit hold’em Sunday Special with a $320 buy-in and a $150,000 guarantee.

April 5NLH Sunday Special Edition [Re-entry]$215$100,000
April 12NLH Sunday Special Edition [Re-entry]$320$100,000
April 14NLH High Roller [Re-entry, 6-Max]$1,000$100,000
April 19NLH Sunday Special Edition [Re-entry]$215$100,000
April 26Player Appreciation with Added Prizes [Re-entry]$100$100,000
April 26NLH Sunday Special Edition [Re-entry]$320$150,000
April 28NLH High Roller [Re-entry, 6-Max]$1,000$125,000
May 3Player Appreciation with Added Prizes [Re-entry]$100$100,000
May 3NLH Main Event [Re-entry]$525$300,000

The Spring Online Championships definitely aims to keep high rollers happy. There are six tournaments priced at $1,000, all of which are no-limit hold’em re-entry tournaments. There are also three $500 Special Tuesday Showdown tournaments with $75,000 guarantees spread throughout the month of April (with the exception of the 14th).

The lone PLO High Roller takes place on the final day of the series and comes with a $500 buy-in.

That’s not to say that recreational players are shut out of taking down a Spring Championship event. Forty of the scheduled events come with a price tag of $50 or less. Players not looking to play terribly high can target events like the $11 no-limit hold’em R&A with a $22,222 guarantee that takes place on April 12 and 26.

Player appreciation event

At the end of the series, is offering a pair of “Player Appreciation with Added Prizes” events. 

Taking place on Sunday, April 26 and Sunday, May 3, the $100 buy-in tournaments each have $100,000 guarantees with the online site adding an additional $6,000 worth of total prizes.

In each tournament, two random players will be awarded a $500 bonus prize, four other players will be given $250, and 10 more will be gifted $100 apiece.

Interstate pooling props up prizes

All signs point to being able to easily handle the $4 million guarantee over the course of the series. 

First off, is currently the biggest online poker operator in the Garden State, thanks to the ability to share the player pool across state lines with Nevada and Delaware. The entire 888poker network, including players from all three states, will be participating in the series.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, there is the current situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus that is keeping many people “sheltering in place.” One side effect of this is that people have turned their attention to online poker. 

Take for example the aforementioned Online Circuit Super Series that wrapped up at the end of March. It was originally announced with 18 events and a $1.24 million guarantee. The series soared in popularity and more than tripled the advertised guarantee, ending up with a total series prize pool of $3.948 million.

There will be, however, some serious competition in the month of April for the attention of poker players in New Jersey. PokerStars is rolling out its annual New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP) from April 11-27, with $1.2 million in guarantees. Also, PartyPoker is getting in on the action by hosting the online version of the Borgata Spring Poker Open from April 5-12 with $400,000 in total guarantees.

The complete WSOP Spring Online Championships schedule can be found here.

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