Mar 4

Garden State Super Series Recap: Leinad takes down GSSS #12

GSSS 2016Garden State Super Series IV was a big success over the last two nights, with the final prize pools of all guaranteed tournaments eclipsing what was guaranteed.

Monday night featured several GSSS IV events, including GSSS #12, the Mega Tuesday 500 with $20,000 in guaranteed prize money. The tournament title went to online poker player leinad, who has racked up $147,705 in tournaments alone. The New Jersey poker player also won the Mega Tuesday 500 back on February 24th and he’s amassed several other 1st place and final table finishes over the last few years.

On Tuesday, GSSS #13, a $20,000 GTD NLH, saw a final prize pool of $24,500, with first place winner JroNMint2722 conquering the tourney for $4,900.

GSSS #14, a $7,500 GTD NLH, featured $10,500 in prize money, with Jenger420 winning $2,000 after besting a field of 210 entries. This has been a successful series for Jenger420. He most recently cashed for $532 in GSSS #6 on March 1st.

In GSSS #15, 235 entries fueled the $10K prize pool to $10,926. ManBearPig finished first to secure over $1,803.

There’s more Garden State Super Series action tonight and every night until March 13th, so join us and make your way into the next GSSS IV recap.

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Mar 3

The American Poker Awards

American Poker AwardsAlthough there have been European Poker Awards since 2001 to recognize the accomplishments of both players and organizers in the poker industry, we had nothing similar in the US until recently despite the fact that the roots of the 2003 poker boom took place right here in the US. That changed last year when the Global Poker Index began hosting the American Poker Awards.

While I thought it was cool that poker was finally going to have an awards ceremony on this side of the pond after all these years, I honestly never expected to be nominated for an award unless I went on some insane heater, especially since there wasn’t a charity category in the European Poker Awards before then. So I was surprised, honored and excited when the Charity Series of Poker (CSOP) was nominated for one of the inaugural American Poker Awards last year in the Charitable Initiative of the Year category.

I was also, however, pretty disappointed when we didn’t win the award to be perfectly honest. I used that disappointment in the most productive way I could. In much the same way, I tried to use my 2nd and 3rd place finishes in major events as motivation to keep improving my game in preparation for the next opportunity.  I tried even harder in year two of operation than I did in year one, and the results followed.

The CSOP inaugural event at Planet Hollywood in Vegas raised nearly $15K for Three Square Food Bank which wasn’t bad, but was nothing compared to the $42K the event raised at the same price point in Season 2.  Our event at Seminole Hard Rock in Florida went from $15K to $34K raised for Habitat for Humanity of Broward County, and our most recent Borgata event was also on the uptick from $8K to over $13K raised for Habitat for Humanity of Atlantic County and the Community FoodBank of NJ.

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Mar 2 Online Poker Tournament Leaderboard Standings (February ’16 Final)

Players earned Tournament Leaderboard Points for participating in qualifying online tournaments during the month of February and earned Tournament Leaderboard Bonus Points based on cash placed finished, buy-in amount and total number of tournament entries. Congratulations! The top 30 place finishers won monthly leaderboard prizes, and the top 500 place finishers for the February 2016 Tournament…

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Feb 29

Over $150K Paid Out on Opening Day of GSSS IV

GSSS 2016Garden State Super Series IV is now underway and it’s proving to pay off massively for poker players in New Jersey.  All five tournaments on Sunday’s opening day schedule featured more prize pools exceeding all guarantees.

Here’s a look at what happened in last night’s five big tournaments:

  • GSSS #1 featured a final prize pool of $14,100, eclipsing the $7,500 that had been guaranteed.  The NLH Slow Grind saw PunisherPete claim the first place prize of $2,820.
  • GSSS #2, our biggest tournament of the night with $75,000 guaranteed, paid out an impressive $94,400.  A four-way final table deal distributed $43,829 among ninjaG0 ($11K), ABH70 ($11K), floppynuts ($11K) and jakep474 ($10,829).
    If the name ninjaG0 sounds familiar, it’s because he’s found significant success in a number of tournaments, including several Sunday $50k Guaranteed tournaments and Daily $10K Guaranteed events.  His total earnings prior to last night’s big win approached $18,000.
  • GSSS #3 saw a final prize pool of $32,500, well above the $20,000 that was promised. A final table deal saw Big_Daddy and treetrap split $10,643 almost down the middle.
  • GSSS #4, a $7,500 guarantee, got fairly close to doubling its guaranteed prize pool, paying out $13,750.  Deezer took first place, adding $2,675 to his bankroll.
  • GSSS #5 paid out $16,000—that’s $6,000 above the $10,000 that was guaranteed.  Congrats to jmzit2u on his first place finish.

The Garden State Super Series IV runs through March 13th with several tournaments on the schedule each day.  Head to the GSSS IV tournament page for all the info and discover which events you’ll conquer next.  Remember, there is over $1 million in guaranteed prize pools for GSSS IV events!

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Feb 26

Big Money on Tap this Weekend as GSSS IV Kicks Off

GSSS 2016Who says you have to go big or go home? For the next 15 days, you’re invited to go big from home. Garden State Super Series IV kicks off this Sunday with $120,000 in guaranteed prize money on the table. And that’s just the beginning of our schedule of big guaranteed tournaments.

The online tournament series, which guarantees over $1 million, features five big events on the schedule this Sunday alone:

4:00pm -> GSSS #1 – $7,500 GTD NLH Slow Grind – $50+5 Buy-in

5:00pm -> GSSS #2 – $75,000 GTD NLH (Re-entry) – $200+15 Buy-in

7:00pm -> GSSS #3 – $20,000 GTD NLH (Re-entry) – $100+9 Buy-in

7:30pm -> GSSS #4 – $7,500 GTD NLH (Re-entry) – $50+5 Buy-in

8:00pm -> GSSS #5 – $10,000 GTD NLH Turbo (Re-entry) – $100+9 Buy-in

The action continues daily until March 13th with between three and five big events on the schedule every day. You’ll find satellites into your favorites in the software right now, so join the rest of the Garden State in the biggest poker series around.

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Feb 22

Qualifiers for Garden State Super Series IV are Now Live

GSSS 2016Practice your mad bluffing skills because the one you’ve been waiting for is almost here. We’re just under one week away from the next installment of New Jersey’s biggest online poker tournament series.

Garden State Super Series IV gets underway on February 28th at and jam-packs over $1 million in guaranteed prize pool money into two weeks of serious poker action.

The series kicks off in bold fashion with a massive $75,000 NLH tournament on Day 1. The following Sunday, there’s a $100K guarantee. And on the final Sunday of the series, you can look forward to the $150K Guaranteed Main Event.

Sandwiched in between those hallmark events are tournaments with hundreds of thousands in prize money. Throughout the schedule you’ll find all your favorites —No Limit Hold’em, PLO8, Fixed Limit Hold’em, High Rollers, Slow Grinds, Turbos, and more.

While the series doesn’t kick off until February 28th, satellites for many of the big tournaments are already live. You can check out the full tournament schedule on our promotions page, or open the software to find a qualifier for your favorite events.

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Feb 19

Calling the Clock

Matt Stout“Who called the clock?”

Anyone who has played poker before has heard this question asked before, usually rhetorically.  It’s the first step in a series of disdainful comments made by a player who is offended that someone would call the clock on them.  It can lead to awkward confrontations, especially when the player who had the clock called on him just lost a big pot.

I’m here to tell you that the person who is out of line is probably the one who had the clock called on him, not the clock caller.  Although the ability to call the clock on another player, after which a player has one minute to act, has been a rule in poker for decades, it seems that in the “old days” of poker it was somewhat taboo to do so.  Well, it’s a new day, especially in tournaments where the blinds are constantly going up and there’s a lot more pressure to increase your stack than in a cash game.

Tanking has become an epidemic in poker tournaments and is very bad for the game.  Not only does it make the game more boring and less enjoyable when you have to sit through 2 to 4 minute decisions throughout 8 to 10 minute hands, but it also makes everybody at the table a little less likely to win the event.  Per-hand edges are small – the less hands you play per hour, the harder it is for you to accumulate chips and give yourself a chance to win the tournament.

Tournament directors and organizers have gone so far as to consider instituting a “shot clock” in poker tournaments and providing Tournament Directors the ability to call the clock rather than relying on players to do it.  I personally stood up at the Poker Tournament Directors’ Association’s (“TDA”) most recent summit while they discussed this idea and told them that while I appreciate their efforts, I think the onus is on us as players to speak up when someone’s tanking habits are out of line.  While I think a shot clock would combat the tanking epidemic effectively – and I initially liked the idea – I’ve realized that it would probably be bad for poker in the long run.

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Feb 12

Charity Series of Poker at Borgata

Matt StoutOn January 30th, 2016 the Borgata hosted their second Charity Series of Poker (CSOP) event and the CSOP’s sixth event overall.  The tournament drew 105 entries which generated a prize pool of $18,370 and, more importantly, raised a grand total of $13,275 for Habitat for Humanity of Atlantic County and Community FoodBank of New Jersey. That’s a 74% increase over the $7,638 we raised for the same charities at our first CSOP Borgata event!

The CSOP would like to thank The Doc’s Place restaurant, ProCaliber Poker, and Great Shot Golf for their generous support along with the featured pros and celebrities who took the time to promote and attend the event.  We were joined by film critic and Good Day Chicago host Richard Roeper, WSOP bracelet winners Jeff Madsen and Vanessa Selbst, 3-time WPT champion Anthony Zinno, One Drop champion Tony Gregg, and 2015 Borgata WPT champion Asher Conniff. We’d also like to thank all of the other players who came out for an evening of poker for a good cause and of course Borgata for agreeing to host the event as well as making their own donation to the charities!

Recent November Niner and fedora aficionado Neil Blumenfield earned a $1,000 bonus for holding the chip lead when registration closed and Borgata favorite Esther Taylor-Brady grabbed the other $1,000 bonus for the most re-entries. New Jersey poker pro Jamie Kerstetter was the last player to arrive but was also the last player standing and earned a CSOP Borgata title!  She picked the first place prize of $5,512, the glass Borgata trophy, and a $500 gift certificate from ProCaliber Poker.

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Feb 11

The World Tour

World Poker TourI really wish I had more to report from WSOP 2015, I really do. I wish I had epic stories of success and swings and high stakes action.

The truth of the matter, however, is I had a fairly irrelevant summer, poker-wise.  I cashed in just enough events to not take a financial bath while I was out in Las Vegas, and I also played less than I had in previous years due to the freedom afforded me by my Borgata wins.  The definite highlight of my summer was watching my close friend Justin Liberto win the $2500 6-Max for his first bracelet!  As you could imagine, we had a good time afterwards!

Shortly thereafter, I made my first-ever trip to Europe.  My first stop was in Berlin, for WSOP Europe.  I had a great time there, cashing three events and making my first ever WSOP final table.  After two summers of relative disappointment at the WSOP, it was nice to have a good showing, even if it was in Europe!  Also, Berlin is a phenomenal city.  I was able to check out their annual Festival of Lights while I was there, which is something you have to see to understand the beauty of – I’ve attached pictures of the event to give you an idea.

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Feb 2

February Tournament Events in the Borgata Poker Room

February Poker PromotionsWhile the Borgata Winter Poker Open is in full swing—running events until February 5—the Borgata Poker Room hasn’t forgotten the rest of the month and we’ve put together a great line-up of tournament events and promotions.

First up is a $250,000 Guaranteed Borgata Almighty Stack tournament set for February 13 – February 16. Spend your Valentine’s Day weekend with a 100K stack and some poker love. The tournament is a $400 + $50 two-day event in Borgata’s Signature Room with four starting sessions.

Day 1A: Saturday, February 13 – 11AM

Day 1B: Sunday, February 14 – 11AM

Day 1C: Monday, February 15 – 11AM

Day 1D: Monday, February 15 – 6PM

Day 2: Tuesday, February 16 – 12PM

From February 19 – February 27, the Borgata Poker Room presents another Deepstacks Challenge series, comprised on nine separate tournament events.

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