- A draft schedule of the upcoming Garden State Super Series was released on the Two Plus Two forums last week in an effort to receive feedback from the community.
- The GSSS is currently scheduled to run from September 7-21 which would sandwich the WPT Borgata Poker Open which is scheduled from September 14 – 19.
A partypoker New Jersey representative released a draft schedule of the upcoming Garden State Super Series on the Two Plus Two forums last week in an effort to receive feedback from the community.
The GSSS is currently scheduled to run from September 7-21 which would sandwich the WPT Borgata Poker Open which is scheduled from September 14 – 19.
The more than 60 proposed online poker tournaments that make up the GSSS offer a total guarantee of $1 million.
The $200 buy-in Main Event is set to run on Sunday, September 14 and award a guaranteed $200,000 prize pool to players who finish in the money.
Proposed tournament start times vary from 3:00pm to 8:00pm Eastern Time in order to cater to the New Jersey market.
Three Tier Buy-in Structure and Game Variety
Aside from being the most ambitious online tournament series in the regulated New Jersey market to date, the offering from BorgataPoker and partypoker New Jersey is considering a three tier buy-in system to attract players of all bankroll levels.
Tournament entry fees ranging from $5 to $1,000 have been proposed—with a wide variety of poker formats including No Limit Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 6-max, bounty, and rebuy tournaments making their way into the two-week draft schedule.
The online tournaments will coincide with the brick and mortar WPT Borgata Poker Open, which offers a guaranteed $6.5 million prize pool to live players.
So far much of the feedback received has been positive and players seem to be excited for the series.
From gauging the responses of community members that posted their ideas on Two Plus Two, the variety of non-Hold’em games on the schedule is a welcome sight; however, one format that the schedule is lacking is a heads-up tournament.
One member would like to see the buy-in for the Main Event raised. Gags30 suggested that a $200 buy-in does not separate it from the normal weekly tournaments run on the site.
“Main events are supposed to be special and big and awesome,” he suggests. “Make it $300, $250 even would be better. You’re not going to turn people away, and just will wind up with a much bigger prize pool.” Other players agreed.
Much Larger Than the NJCOP
September’s Garden State Super Series is slated to guarantee $400,000 more in prize pool money than the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker held earlier this year.
However, this year’s NJCOP series guarantee was raised from $500,000 to $600,000 after receiving community feedback on its draft schedule.
Cash game traffic and revenues for the BorgataPoker.com/partypoker New Jersey partnership have declined since the NJCOP due to a seasonal downward trend.
However, the duo will count on the popularity of Borgata’s live tournament series along with the allure of a seven-figure guarantee in its September online offerings to boost traffic next month.