PokerStars has greatly diversified its portfolio over the last couple of years, but the online venture still remains the most lucrative niche. As they continue to expand in New Jersey and organize more tournaments in land-based casinos, there are also paying a lot of attention to their online clients. That's why the poker room has announced the soft launch of a new poker client that will be available exclusively to residents of New Jersey.
This is a move of extraordinary magnitude, because it is very likely that PokerStars will follow suit and use the same approach in other American states. As lawmakers contemplate the possibility of legalizing online gambling in general and poker in particular, the competition among major operators is intensifying. For the time being, they industry giant has an advantage over the pack and obvious intentions to consolidate this dominant position.
One way of doing so is by offering the same kind of advantages to its American players as those enjoyed by Europeans and international poker fans. The lineup of Sunday tournaments has expanded, which is quite an achievement since these are the events anxiously waiting for by dedicated players. The combined guaranteed prize pool now exceeds $85,000, which is a lot of money for the American market and there is plenty of room for the prizes to go up.
The tournaments are going to start at 4 PM ET with the Sunday warm-up, a tournament that has a buy-in of $50. Players will be competing for a guaranteed prize pool of $10,000 and if past performance can be an indicator for future results, this amount is going to be surpassed significantly. One hour later, another tournament starts and things go on like this for quite a while, with several events scheduled for Sundays.
By 7 PM Eastern time, competition gets as high as it gets, because this is the time when the $500 Sunday High Roller is scheduled to start. Many players can't afford to make this kind of investment, but those who don't mind spending a three digit amount for the sake of competing for 20 times more, are obviously enthusiastic. The poker room has a guaranteed prize pool for this event as well, which makes perfect sense, since you can't know for sure how players react to highroller competitions.
American players are widely regarded as some of the best in the world, but many regular ones have lost contact with the highly competitive world of online poker. Since PokerStars is just returning to the market, it's important for them to make sure that amateurs and regulars are not overlooked. If you want to learn more about the upcoming Sunday major tournaments, all you need to do is to go over the list below:
4 p.m. Sunday Warm-Up $50 $10,000
5 p.m. Sunday Storm $10 $5,000
6 p.m. Sunday Special $200 $50,000
7 p.m. Sunday High Roller $500 $15,000
10 p.m. Sunday Supersonic $75 $5,000