Many of you might be disappointed that the major live tournaments like the WSOP events in Las Vegas that you were hoping to play in this month have been postponed. But the good news is that NJ players can still find plenty of action in the form of online poker tournaments.
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Meanwhile, the postponement might actually work to your advantage. It gives you lots of extra time to practice and hone your skills online before you contemplate shelling out big bucks.
Maybe you’ll realize you have a far better chance of winning online and scratch the idea of going to Vegas. But if you ultimately choose to go ahead and fearlessly enter a lion’s den filled with sharks, at least you’ll be better prepared–even if your name isn’t Moneymaker!
WSOP, PokerStars & PartyPoker Lead The Way
Do you want to know where the big money is in poker this May?
WSOP.com, PokerStars.com, and PartyPoker.com will be offering a plethora of poker tournaments for their registered players all month long. On each site, the scheduled events are geared to a very wide range of players.
So whatever your skill level, bankroll, and playing style might be, you can find an online tournament seat on a NJ gambling website with your name on it. The following is just a small sample.
Top Online Poker Tournaments at WSOP.com
$100K Daily Guaranteed Tournaments
This WSOP promotion started on May 5. The site is offering a $100,000 guaranteed tournament at 5 p.m. daily. However, the tournaments will only continue for as long as a minimum of 500 players have registered for that day’s event. On the first day that the tournament fails to attract 500 players, this promotion will cease.
To make participation more worthwhile, each successive day that WSOP.com gets the minimum number of players, it will add $5K to the prize pool for a freeroll that will take place after the $100K Daily Guaranteed Tournaments end. The prize pool for the freeroll starts at $10K but can go all the way up to $100K.
Daily $100K Guaranteed Tournaments Info.
- Time: 5 p.m.
- Minimum no. of players: 500
- Buy-in: $215
- Payouts: Top 20% of the field
The Daily $100K Guaranteed Tournaments might not last all month, but whether they do or don’t, every Sunday in May, WSOP.com poker players get another chance to try to win a share of $100K.
$100K Sunday Tournament Info.
- Date and time: Every Sunday in May at 6 p.m.
- Buy-in $320*
*Alternatively, players can try to win their way in via freerolls and satellites.
Player Appreciation Tournament: $100 for $100K
If the Daily and Sunday $100K Guaranteed Tournaments are too expensive for you, don’t worry. You will find many cheaper tournaments on the WSOP.com website.
WSOP.com will also hold two Player Appreciation Tournaments in May, so be sure to mark your calendar.
- Dates and times: May 17 and May 24 at 4 pm.
- Buy-in: $100
- Prize pool: $100K
- Payouts: Top 20% of the field
These events will also include a random drawing within seven days later in which 20 lucky players will win cash regardless of how they finished in the tournament.
- Six players will win $500.
- Four players will win $250.
- 10 players will win $100.
Top Tournaments at PokerStars NJ
PokerStars NJ offers plenty of action every day, but Sunday is the biggest day by far. See the PokerStars website for starting times, buy-ins, and prize pools for each of the five tournaments that comprise the Sunday Majors.
All of the Sunday tournaments come with large guaranteed prize pools. But the Sunday Storm is especially recommended for players who prefer a low buy-in tournament while the more expensive Sunday Special and Sunday High Roller with blockbuster prize pools attract the site’s top players.
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World Poker Tour
This year, for the first time ever, the World Poker Tour (WPT) will take place on the virtual felt, and PartyPoker has the privilege of being the first stop on the first online series of the WPT.
A total of 40 events have been scheduled. With everything from mini-tournaments to high stakes competitions, the WPT offers something for everyone.
WPT Online Series Info.
- Dates: Sun., May 3 – Wed., May 20
- Guaranteed Prize Pool: $30M
- Buy-ins: $55 – $25,500
PartyPoker.com also offers you a chance to win a WPT seat via either satellite or a special edition of SPIN—a fast-paced Sit & Go game. See the PartyPoker website for details.
The site is also running an exclusive $50K leaderboard with additional prizes.
You can check the complete schedule on the PartyPoker website and follow all of the action of this thrilling tournament series live on partypoker.tv.