“Lee Jones Expresses Optimism for PokerStars New Jersey”
PokerStars dipped into the New Jersey market in the spring of 2016 and made its presence known. The largest online poker operator in the world had no trouble garnering a solid following, which allowed its NJSCOOP in the spring to become the new standard for New Jersey online poker tournament series.
As PokerStars remained in contention for the top spot in the burgeoning market, it planned a double-header for October and November. The NJCOOP was to run from October 14-31 with $1.2 million in guarantees, the highest yet for any New Jersey series, and that was to overlap with the first-ever PokerStars Live Festival. The Resorts Casino in Atlantic City was transformed into poker heaven for players from October 29 to November 6 with live poker tournaments, arcade-style games, and even a charity event.
While NJCOOP performed quite well, the players did not go to Resorts in person for the Festival. Despite the wide array of activities offered and the presence of Team PokerStars Pros from around the world, many events were cancelled due to a lack of buy-ins. Even the Main Event only garnered 208 players and a prize pool barely exceeding $200K.
PokerStars did everything to roll out the red carpet for players, and they simply did not show up.
But leave it to the ever-optimistic Lee Jones, Head of Poker Communications at PokerStars, to look at the positives of the event and think about the future. In fact, he is confident that there will be another event in New Jersey in the “relatively near future.”