New Jersey online poker players are mere days away from seeing their potential player pool grow by the thousands as PokerStars will be bringing Michigan players to the table.
Until now, New Jersey players have been limited to play with poker players in Nevada and Delaware as part of the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement, and WSOP.com has been the only site making use of the pooling. With the addition of Michigan by PokerStars on Jan. 1, it is widely expected that site’s prize pools will grow.
“Michigan and New Jersey joining forces is great news for our players in these two states, and poker, more generally, as it promises a better experience and even more value, all with the confidence provided by a trusted, licensed operator,” PokerStars US Managing Director Severin Rasset said in a press release announcing the news.
“Our community will experience more breadth and depth of games, more tournaments with bigger prizes to win, amped-up promotions, and more choice. To kick start, we are offering generous guarantees on our debut multi-state tournaments, that will no doubt provide lots of value for those who take to the tables. We worked closely with the regulators of New Jersey and Michigan, and we hope that more will follow this great example.”
The first big tournament featuring players from both states will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, with $100,000 in guaranteed prize money. The tournament will be a $100 buy-in.
Then at 6:30 p.m., a second, $50,000 tournament will kick off, this one with a buy-in of $10.
Registration is now open for both tournaments.
Pennsylvania, the other major state where online poker is legal, has yet to formalize any involvement with the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement.