New Jersey online poker fans have an extra reason to huddle up inside and escape the cold December weather over the next week thanks to the World Series of Poker WINter Wonderland tournament series at WSOP NJ.
It’s an ideal way for microstakes tournament players to get some extra cash, bonus value and maybe even some free WSOP.com swag, this week of tournaments could see you win your share of $1,000 in prizes and more besides!
Exclusive freeroll and a free cap at WSOP NJ
If you play in all of the WINter Wonderland events from Dec.11 through Dec. 17, you’ll receive a ticket to an exclusive $100 guaranteed freeroll event. This is only open to players who have played in each WINter Wonderland event.
Can’t make all seven events? No worries – if you can play in just four of the WINter Wonderland events, you’ll receive a free WSOP.com hat.
WSOP NJ tournament schedule
The seven WINter Wonderland events take place across one week, with a different format each day. A $5 rebuy event kicks things off, with all tournaments guaranteeing between $100 and $300 each night.
Plus, on Dec. 19, the exclusive WINter Wonderland Freeroll for those who played in all seven events takes place.
- December 11: $300 GTD WINter Wonderland #1 [rebuys] – $5
- December 12: $100 GTD WINter Wonderland #2 [rebuys] – $3
- December 13: $100 GTD WINter Wonderland #3 [rebuys] – $2
- December 14: $100 GTD WINter Wonderland #4 [6-max pot-limit Omaha w/ rebuys] – $3
- December 15: $100 GTD WINter Wonderland #5 – $2
- December 16: $100 GTD WINter Wonderland #6 [6-max knockout] – $2
- December 17: $200 GTD WINter Wonderland #7 [rebuys] – $3
All tournaments begin at 6 pm.
And there’s more: New Jersey Winter Bonus
As if that weren’t enough value for tournament fans at WSOP.com, you can opt in to the Winter Bonus promotion at WSOP New Jersey and receive up to $40 in free tournament tickets throughout the month of December.
Simply play your favorite tournament schedule as usual in December and receive free tournament tickets for your play. There’s up to $40 in free tickets to get your hands on, though freerolls and single-table tournaments do not count for the Winter Bonus.
Christmas has come early for online slots players in New Jersey, thanks to the addition of another group of slots from award-winning game developers.
These games are available at some of the best NJ gambling websites, so let’s check them out.
Mythic Maiden (Caesars)
- 30 paylines
- Free spins
- Multipliers up to 10x
Despite this online slot taking place in the depths of a dark and spooky medieval dungeon — complete with the eponymous spike-lined sarcophagus — the playing experience on this 30-payline NetEnt game is anything but torturous. You can find it at Caesars.
As you play, the iron maiden will loom menacingly over the reels, only to burst open and award a set of free spins. You’ll get a fantastic feature round here, netting up to 30 free spins with a win multiplier up to 10x your free spins winnings!
50 Lions (Golden Nugget)
- Free games
- Extra wilds
- 50 paylines
Take a trip from New Jersey to the depths of the African plains with 50 Lions, an awesome 50-payline slot from Aristocrat Gaming, which is available at Golden Nugget. Like Toto, you’ll be blessing the rains down in Africa when this game makes it rain on your bankroll with a set of big wins.
The main bonus possibility in the game is the Free Games feature, triggered by landing three flower scatter symbols. You’ll receive 10 free spins, with an additional wild symbol added to four of the reels during the free spins. On top of that, you can re-trigger the feature to land another five free spins!
Fantasini: Master Of Mystery (Caesars)
- Fantastic NetEnt game
- 243 ways to win
- Linked Reels
You don’t need a glamorous assistant to play this great slot from NetEnt at Caesars. You’ll be spellbound by the number of winning combinations you can hit, as this game is a far cry from the usual 20-payline affairs you find in the world of online slots.
Fantasini: Master of Mystery has 243 ways to win, as any three matching symbols in any position on adjacent reels from left to right will award a winning payout.
The standout feature of this game, however, has to be the Linked Reels system. As if by magic, each spin will begin with two adjacent reels linked together to display identical symbols. As you spin, the reels may expand to cover three, four or even all five reels – the latter, of course, guarantees huge wins.
But now, for the first time, the bill may actually gain traction.
When could the ban occur?
During the current lame duck session, Congress could pass legislation to “restore” the 1961 Wire Act, effectively halting states from legalizing online casinos and potentially ending the already booming online gambling industries in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware.
A spending bill that Congress could vote on by the first of the year is a potential vehicle to insert an online gambling prohibition, much like the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) was added to the SAFE Port Act which otherwise regulated port security.
Why the online gambling prohibition has a chance
Adelson has given incredible sums of money (nine figures) to Republican campaigns. Proponents of regulated online gaming fear that legislation to prohibit online casino games would serve as “payback” for Adelson’s generosity.
Adelson has stated that online casinos have hurt the brick-and-mortar casino industry and in 2013 said that he would “spend whatever it takes” to enact a ban on online gaming.
Last month, a group wrote to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, urging him to consider the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), which would, by all intents and purposes, ban online gambling in United States.
The letter was signed by 10 attorneys general who opposed online gaming.
What is being done to stop this legislation?
Although Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt was one of the 10 attorneys general who co-signed the letter, Nevada State Representative Dina Titus sent a letter to both President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence to urge them to resist such a ban.
“The letter submitted by the attorneys general contains several inaccuracies and unfair allegations,” Titus told Fox News. “I encourage you (Trump) to carefully study this issue before making any decisions that would infringe on state’s rights or eliminate jobs in the gaming industry.”
Standalone legislation to ban online gaming has been unsuccessful in the past, and a similar bill was shot down last year, but now with several Republican congressmen such as Mike Lee, Charlie Dent, Tom Cotton, Jason Chaffetz and Lindsey Graham on board, the prohibition could become a reality.
What would happen to iGaming?
Tom Cotton, who is the junior United States senator from Arkansas, introduced the latest standalone RAWA bill in September, and although the details are muddled at this time, its purpose is clear.
The legislation strives to “ensure the integrity of laws enacted to prevent the use of financial instruments for funding or operating online casinos are not undermined by legal opinions not carrying the force of law issued by federal government lawyers.”
The future of legalized online gambling
Although online gaming is currently only legal in three states, Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware; several other states are looking to legalize online gambling in the near future.
If Adelson is unable to pass a federal ban on online gaming, Pennsylvania, Michigan, California, New York and Massachusetts could all have legal online casinos by 2020 resulting in an industry worth upwards of $4 billion.