NJ Winter Poker Series Winner Takes Home Nearly $21,500

NJ Winter Poker Series Winner Takes Home Nearly $21,500
By Lou Monaco

Hosted by PokerStars and FOX Bet, the Winter Series for New Jersey online poker players has come to a close.

The series guarantee increased from $265,000 to $565,000 in prizes across 40 events, which is just over double that of last year. Buy-ins ranged from $20 to $750. The schedule featured a $300 buy-in Main Event with $100,000 guaranteed and the $50 Mini Main Event with $20,000.

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New Jersey poker players qualified for the Winter Series via Second Chance Freerolls, Depositor Freerolls and Spin & Go’s.

The total prize pool for the 40 Garden State online poker events came in at $677,511 with 6,723 entries.

The main event on Jan. 31 ($300 buy-in with $100,000 guaranteed) had a prize pool of $119,280 with 299 entries and 127 re-entries with the winner — Daniel ‘loxonbagel’ Buzgon — taking home the first-place prize of $21,417.99.

The 36-year-old man from Marlton, New Jersey, won his way into the main event from a $30 satellite tournament. Buzgon, who has won multiple NJSCOOP/NJCOOP events, finished runner-up in the 2020 NJSCOOP Main Event High.

In one other notable event, ‘pegleg87’ won the $50 Mini Main Event taking home a first-place prize of $4,141.57, outlasting 510 other entries.

Bounty Builder Series Next

At least $600,000 in guaranteed prizes will be up for grabs in the third edition of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series in New Jersey from Feb. 20-March 8.

There will be a 58-event schedule, with buy-ins also starting at $10. The $300 buy-in Main Event on March 7 features a guarantee of $75,000 and players can qualify for less via special $3 Spin & Go’s.

The PokerStars community in New Jersey will be able to win Bounty Builder Championship Belts in special Championship events throughout the series. In addition, there is a $16,000 KO Leader Board where N.J. players who knock out the most Bounty Builder Series players will win $4,000 prize each.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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