PokerStars Returns to Live US Poker Events with PokerStars Festival New Jersey

Updated: August 30th, 2016 by Dev Ops

Global online-poker giant has announced its return to the live US tournament-poker market with this fall’s PokerStars Festival New Jersey.  The series will be held at Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel; the property and casino are also partnered with PokerStars’ online-poker services for New Jersey (US) residents.

pokerstars-spadePokerStars Festival New Jersey will be held October 29 – November 6, 2016, and is the debut event on PokerStars’ new “Festival” lineup.  Just last week, PokerStars announced its pending retirement of several different Stars-sponsored tours that catered to specific markets around the world.  The largest and most prominent of those PokerStars-sponsored tours is the European Poker Tour [EPT], and includes several other well-known poker series such as the Latin American Poker Tour [LAPT] and Asia Pacific Poker Tour [APPT].

The retirement of those prior tour structures is being done to allow PokerStars to realign its various live-poker event offerings according to size and status, rather than location.  Instead of the old tours such as the EPT, all future Stars-signed events will be conducted under the “PokerStars Championship” and “PokerStars Festival” banners.

The “PokerStars Championship” series will include the true headline events, such as the PCA [PokerStars Caribbean Adventure] in the Bahamas in January, or such bellwether events as EPT Barcelona and Monte Carlo, which will now be retitled under the “Championship” banner.

That leaves the “Festival” lineup, which will consist of numerous global events that are a little bit smaller, are in new (or renewed) markets, or otherwise aren’t quite ready to be part of the Championship series.  This fall’s series in Atlantic City is the first PokerStars live event in the US since 2010’s NAPT [North American Poker Tour] tourney at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

The new “Festival” series includes more than just poker, however.  PokerStars and parent company Amaya are reworking these offerings as the centerpiece of a new lifestyle / fun event, with sideline entertainment modeled on the show that now surrounds such events as the Super Bowl, whose fan-based activities and festivities stretch far behind the actual game.

Also taking a page from Atlantic City’s famed boardwalk atmosphere, here’s some of the extra “Festival” entertainment in store:

STARSFUN

Building on the success of StarsFun activities hosted at previous live events worldwide, we’re taking things to the next level in New Jersey with the addition of our StarsFun Skills Zone, inside the Atlantic Ballroom, October 31-November 4.

Headline events include our Miniature Golf Hole-in-One Progressive, Hoops Fever Progressive and Pinball Progressive, each carrying cash prize pools. We’ll also have a selection of free-play games on hand including table tennis, air hockey, foosball, cornhole and darts.

Feeling lucky? Festival attendees will also get a first look at our brand new PokerStars Casino Festival events, featuring an innovative take on traditional blackjack, roulette, video poker and slot tournaments. …

As for the poker itself, here’s the complete schedule of events for the first-ever PokerStars Festival New Jersey:

TIME # EVENT BUY IN

Saturday, October 29, 2016
19:00 Welcome cocktails and early PSLive card sign-up

Sunday, October 30, 2016
10:00 1 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Cup – One Entry per Flight – Flight 1A $300
12:00 2 NL Hold’em – 6 Handed – Day 1 $2,000
16:00 3 NL Hold’em – Flipout – 36 Player Cap – Double Elimination $100
16:30 4 NL Hold’em – Flipout – 36 Player Cap – Double Elimination $100
17:00 5 NL Hold’em – Flipout – 36 Player Cap – Double Elimination $100
18:00 1 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Cup – One Entry per Flight – Flight 1B $300
20:00 6 PL Omaha – Turbo – Hi/Lo $500

Monday, October 31, 2016
10:00 1 NL Hold’em – Turbo – PokerStars Cup – One Entry per Flight – Flight 1C $300
11:00 7 NL Hold’em – Turbo – Super Satellite to PokerStars Festival Main Event $100
12:00 2 NL Hold’em – 6 Handed – Final Day $2,000
14:00 8 Limit – Omaha Hi/Lo & Stud Hi/Lo $200
18:00 1 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Cup – Day 2 $300
19:00 9 NL Hold’em – Turbo – Super Satellite to PokerStars Festival Main Event $200
20:00 10 NL Hold’em – Turbo $1,000

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
10:00 11 NL Hold’em – Turbo – Super Sat to PokerStars Festival Main Event $200
11:00 12 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Festival Main Event – Flight 1A $1,000
12:00 13 Limit – Omaha Hi/Lo $200
14:00 14 NL Hold’em – Turbo $200
17:00 15 NL Hold’em $300
19:00 16 NL Hold’em – Turbo – Super Satellite to PokerStars Festival Main Event $200
20:00 17 NL Hold’em – Turbo – $1,000 Super Knockout – 8 Handed $1,000 + $1,000

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
11:00 12 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Festival Main Event – Flight 1B $1,000
14:00 18 Limit – Super Stud Hi/Lo – 7 Handed $200
17:00 19 PL Omaha – Hi/Lo $200
18:00 20 NL Hold’em – $100 Knockouts $200 + $100
20:00 21 NL Hold’em – 8 Handed – Day 1 $5,000

Thursday, November 3, 2016
11:00 12 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Festival Main Event – Day 2 $1,000
12:00 21 NL Hold’em – 8 Handed – Day 2 $5,000
12:00 22 NL Hold’em – Senior’s Event – Must be 50 years or older to play $200
13:00 23 PL Omaha – Day 1 $500
14:00 24 Limit – HORSE $200
16:00 25 NL Hold’em – Win the Button – Day 1 $500
18:00 26 NL Super Hold’em – Turbo $200
20:00 27 NL Hold’em – Turbo – Super Satellite to PokerStars Festival High Roller $300

Friday, November 4, 2016
11:00 28 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Open – One Entry per Flight – Flight 1A $200
11:00 12 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Festival Main Event – Day 3 $1,000
12:00 23 PL Omaha – Day 2 $500
12:00 25 NL Hold’em – Win the Button – Day 2 $500
12:00 29 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Festival High Roller – 8 Handed – Day 1 $2,000
14:00 30 Limit – HOSE $200
18:00 31 NL Hold’em – Women’s Event $200
19:00 28 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Open – One Entry per Flight – Flight 1B $200

Saturday, November 5, 2016
11:00 28 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Open – One Entry per Flight – Flight 1C $200
12:00 32 NL Hold’em – Turbo – Super Satellite to Event #35 – NLH Deep Stack $300
12:00 12 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Festival Main Event – Final Day $1,000
12:00 29 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Festival High Roller – 8 Handed – Day 2 $2,000
13:00 33 Run It Up – 8 Game Championship – 6 Handed $300
18:00 34 Run It Up – NL Hold’em – $3,000 Survivor $300
19:00 28 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Open – One Entry per Flight – Flight 1D $200
20:00 35 NL Hold’em – Deep Stack – Single Re-Entry – Day 1 $3,000

Sunday, November 6, 2016
11:00 36 NL Hold’em – Deep Stack $200
12:00 28 NL Hold’em – PokerStars Open – Final Day $200
12:00 35 NL Hold’em – Deep Stack – Single Re-Entry – Final Day $3,000
12:00 37 NL Hold’em – $500 Super Knockout $500 + $500
14:00 38 Chess and NL – Hold’em – Mixed Tournament (100 player cap) – 2,000 additional chips for each Chess game victory (5 matches) $100
16:00 39 PL Omaha – Big O $300
17:00 40 NL Hold’em – Turbo $1,000

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