PokerStars Summer Stacks Festival Begins June 12 In New Jersey

PokerStars Summer Stacks Festival Begins June 12 In New Jersey
By Bill Ordine

PokerStars, which hosted a spring series in New Jersey that exceeded expectations, is back again for a summer online poker series in New Jersey and two other states.

The Summer Stacks Festival will be held June 12-28 in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan and, with relatively modest buy-ins, should appeal to more casual players. Still, each state series will be capped off by a Main Event that will offer players a hefty payday.

The Summer Stacks comes on the heels of PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) that also ran in those three states.

New Jersey’s summer event will give recreational online poker players various opportunities because of low buy-ins and convenient formats. There will be 100 events featuring buy-ins of $100 or less and the series will also feature shorter events, such as turbos. In addition, there will be chances to participate for free.

The total guaranteed prize pool in New Jersey for the summer series will be $500,000.

New Jersey Main Events

The Summer Stacks Festival in New Jersey has a two-day Main Event tournament with a $100 buy-in. It will start June 27. The Main Event guaranteed prize pool for New Jersey will be $50,000.

There will also be a PokerStars giveaway of $10,000 worth of Main Event tickets in a daily Depositor Freeroll. To receive a freeroll ticket, players must deposit $30 with bonus code SUMMER21. And if a player gets knocked out of any Summer Stacks tournament before reaching the money, they can get back into the action through daily Second Chance Freerolls, where a total of $10,000 worth of Summer Stacks tournament tickets will be awarded.

NJSCOOP A Big Success

In New Jersey, the spring series had more than 26,000 entries and about $1.36 million in prizes paid out cross 163 tournaments. The original prize pool had been $1.2 million guaranteed.

The Main Event in New Jersey had 391 entries with a prize pool of $109,480. "TrashNinja00" won first place and $18,183.19. Steven "FadeOrHoldz" Madera finished as the runner-up and Sridhar "sri100k" Sangannagari finished third, both collecting more than $10,000.

Four players — 09123459, AvaGray, Barney889 and TopDogCD — each won four online poker events during the series.

Ten players — cncly1314, evanb004, IllbILLYmAC, loxonbagel, mikeyeager, monkeyman067, nuttedd, thewholefunk, TitledHard and troutray — each won three events.

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A longtime reporter and editor who began writing on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened, Bill covered the world Series of Poker and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for a decade.

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