PokerStars Debuts First Land-Based Poker Tournament in Years

Atlantic City offers a wide range of gaming options including poker. For decades, players have visited Atlantic City and enjoy poker tournaments and special events. Residents in the state have had access to the gaming option for decades now and for the past few years, online poker gaming has been added to the mix. Players have been able to log online and enjoy poker tournaments, promotions and more, which makes poker playing fun.

This year, PokerStars was able to get back in action in the United States by being approved for online gaming in the state of New Jersey. On top of that, the brand can now work with their land based partner, Resorts Casino Hotel, to host live events. Starting today, PokerStars will be kicking off the very first PokerStars Festival which will mark the first time that the brand will be back in the states for the first time in close to six years.

On Saturday, the Festival kicked off with a cocktail reception and a freeroll which had a $5,500 prize pool. During the freeroll, five seats to the Main Event, worth $1,100, were provided. The full tournament began yesterday with the first flights of the PokerStars Cup with a buy-in of $340. The first big event on the schedule however did not kick off until today, with the Six Max No Limit Hold’em tournament. This event had a buy-in of $2,200.

PokerStars is hoping that players will hit the poker tables in high numbers and so far, the beginning events have seen light entry numbers. However, PokerStars is more interested in seeing players have fun rather than be fully concerned as to how many players register for events. Because this is the first PokerStars Festival, it can be assumed that the events will not see huge player turnouts until players are able to see just what the Festival has to offer. Word of mouth goes a long way with such events as players will come to take part after they hear about it from others.

Neil Johnson is the Head of Live Poker Operations for PokerStars, who stated that the brand just wants to see players have fun. Johnson pointed out that it is common to hear people say that fun is missing from poker and they want to change that. PokerStars is focusing on offering a poker tournament that will be different from the standard offering which is where players are silent at the tables with hoodies and headphones.

For more fun, PokerStars is offering up more than just poker. Yesterday, the Festival saw several other tournament options starting up, this time with slots, video poker, blackjack and roulette. Today will kick off the StarsFun Skills Zone which will feature Hoops Fever Progressive, Golf Hole-in-One Progressive and Pinball Progressive tournaments. These tournaments will have prize pools and free play with darts, cornhole, air hockey, table tennis and foosball.

Players can also take part in a charity event on the 3rd of November with the 3rd Annual Chad Brown Memorial Poker Tournament. Daniel Negreanu will be hosting this event and with a $200 buy-in, the tournament is quite affordable and helps a good cause. Reentries are unlimited and cost only $100. 50% of the prize pool will go towards the TJ Martell Foundation.

Players who have the option to spend more cash will find that Resorts and PokerStars will be offering high roller tournaments. Buy-ins of these events will begin at $200 and go as high as $5,000. The Main Event of this level will have a buy-in of $1,100 and start tomorrow, running until the 5th.