While most sports and activities have put their calendars on hold, April is a hot month for online poker in the Garden State with NJSCOOP.
In addition to the sharp increase in play from the coronavirus pandemic, the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker opened last weekend.
This year features a busier schedule for players, with two flights of buy-ins totaling 48 events, up from 41 in 2019. $1.2 million is up for grabs in prize money in Omaha, Hold Em, and Stud games, both pot limit and no limit.
NJSCOOP Buy-In June 2020
PokerStars has ramped up opportunities for players to get – and stay – involved all month. The Low buy-in flight features $5-30 entries throughout the schedule.
There’s even a freeroll tournament for all depositors on April 26 to win a seat at the $100,000 main event the following day. Those who get knocked out of any tournament without winning money will qualify for a Second Chance freeroll tournament the following day.
One event that did not make it from last year was the Mixed NLH/PLO game. However, there is a new $10/100 Phased event for this year, with flights running throughout the tournament to feed into the final Day 2 on April 27, the series’ final day.
Another wrinkle is the lower prize pools for the Main Event tournaments. On the Low tier, the guaranteed money is down to $30,000 with a $50 buy-in price. The High Limit dropped the entry from $500 to $300 but the pool is down from $130,000 to just $100,000.
While the coronavirus pandemic has meant more focus on online play, there’s one major element of the event that could be missing. PokerStars has not confirmed if the event will offer any Platinum Passes to the August tournament in breathtaking Barcelona. Of course, the continuing shutdown in Spain and most of Europe keeps that event in limbo.
It’s been a nice return to prominence for the company many recall from the online poker boom of the Aughts (I had an account in college). After partnering with Mount Airy Casino to resume business in the Keystone State, the PASCOOP is also planning big things for players across the Delaware River.
If so inclined, take a look at the schedule for more information. Best of luck.