Fifty-seven tournaments, 17 days of action, and at least $800,000 in prize money can only mean one thing: It’s time for the 888 Poker New Jersey Poker Classic Series.
With the inaugural festival proving a huge success in 2017, the organizers have ensured this year’s series is even more impressive.
Naturally, when you’ve found a winning recipe it’s unwise to tinker with it too much. After proving a hit last time around, the tournament team has decided to keep the $100,000 main event on the latest schedule.
When the virtual registration desks closed on 2017’s marquee MTT, 156 entries and 108 rebuys pushed the prize pool to a heady $123,288. This year, the organizers expect more of the same thanks to a glittering roster of preliminary events.
As we’ve said, the New Jersey Poker Classic Series II will host 57 tournaments between Feb. 9 and Feb. 25. To run through the entire list of options would be cumbersome and, if we’re honest, a bit boring.
For those that want to check out the full schedule, the easiest thing to do is follow our link to 888 Poker, open an account (or login) and find the NJPC II listings. For those that want a quick overview of the highlights and the tournaments that hold the most potential value, stick with us.
NJ Poker Classic Series highlights: Where to find the most value
Although we can’t promise that are predictions will come true, we’ve been around the block enough times to know a solid MTT when we see one at an NJ online casino. So, with this in mind, here are some highlights from the 2018 incarnation of 888poker’s $800,000 New Jersey Poker Classic.
Friday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. ET: NJPC II #1 – $8,000 NLH, $30 Kick-off [R&A]
Opening events are always well attended and this one has the added bonus that it’s a rebuy + add-on affair. One of the reasons opening events are always great value is that grinders like to get off to a good start. With 57 events to play, it’s no surprise that it will cost a few bucks to play the entire series. Because of that, a positive start is always desirable.
In the pursuit of a positive start, regular players are often willing to invest a lot in rebuys and add-ons. In their minds, investing $150 to win $1,500 is a good deal. If you’re a casual or small stakes player, this is great news.
Although you might have to negotiate a veritable minefield in the early rounds, it will be worth it. Play tight, be patient, and this tournament could get you off to a fantastic start.
Sunday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m. ET: NJPC II #8 – $8,000 NLH, $50 Short-Handed Sunday [R&A, 4 Max]
Another rebuy and add-on event, this one is great if you’re an action junkie. Four-handed poker tournaments are possibly the most fun you can have online.
Sure, if you’re a player that doesn’t like to bet, raise and re-raise, this isn’t the MTT for you. However, if you’re adept at short-handed poker, know how to read players and understand the fundamentals of position, this is great value.
Another benefit to this tournament is that it’s a rebuy. Because everyone is playing fast and loose, all-ins are common and that will force people to rebuy.
So, like the opening event, there is likely to be a lot of spare cash floating around in this one. Of course, if you want to disregard all of that and go in and have some fun, look for the satellites or keep $50 aside for Event #8.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. ET: NJPC II #54 – $11,111 NLH, $11 Sunday One Day [R&A]
Sundays are always a big day in the online poker world, and this tasty tournament is one you can’t miss. With at least $11,111 up for grabs and a buy-in of just $11, we really don’t need to sell this one.
The main thing to keep in mind when Event #54 gets underway is that it will be packed. Trying to blast your way through the field in an hour or two isn’t going to work.
However, if you settle in and prepare for a steady pace, you could really do yourself some good in this one. What’s more, if we’re honest, you won’t need to play like Phil Ivey to win this one.
Although we can’t give you a tournament lesson now, a tight start, a loose middle where you abuse the bubble, and carefully planned attacks at the end will help you clinch an NJPC II title.
Win some free cash at 888 Poker NJ
In addition to the above picks and the $100,000 main event (which gets underway on Feb. 25), 888 Poker is running a selection of freerolls.
To play for a share of $500 in freeroll cash, you can ante-up every night from 8 p.m. ET. For a shot at a $1,000 prizepool, extra freerolls take place every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. Finally, to cap off the series, a $2,500 NJPC freeroll will take place at 7:30 p.m. ET for VIP players.
All in all, 888poker’s latest festival is a winner. Whether you’re a newbie or a pro, there’s plenty of action and even more value to be had. As long as you’re signed up and have an active balance before Feb. 9, you can take part in the latest New Jersey Poker Classic, its satellites, and everything the series has to offer.