New Jersey PokerStars Players Can Celebrate New Year’s Day With Michiganders

New Jersey PokerStars players have a chance to win $150,000 in two online poker tournaments along with Michiganders on New Year’s Day. That’s because today, the online poker site announced the player pools are linked on the app. The new feature will go live on Jan. 1.

At 9:56 a.m. today, @PokerStarsUSA announced on Twitter:

New Jersey and Michigan. Game on.

Registration for the inaugural multi-state PokerStars tournaments begins on Tuesday.

The union is obviously more meaningful than the first day’s tournaments. Shared liquidity of this scale has been a long time coming.

Currently, New Jersey online poker players can only join multi-state player pools on the WSOP app. That unites traffic in Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey. The Caesars Entertainment brand also has the advantage of being linked with the World Series of Poker, because its players can venture online for a chance at a WSOP Gold Bracelet or WSOP Circuit Ring.

Immediate Advantage for New Jersey PokerStars Players

At 6 p.m. EST on Jan. 1, New Jersey PokerStars players can join Michiganders in the first multi-state online poker tournament on the app. (Yes, Garden Staters, Michigan is on Eastern Time.)

That tournament offers a $100,000 prize pool.

Then at 6:30 p.m., online poker players can try to win a share of $50,000.

PokerStars offered these details in its announcement today:

To celebrate the coming together of Michigan and New Jersey tables, and to ring in the New Year, players are invited to kick off the shared action with two special tournaments, with a total of $150,000 guaranteed. On January 1, 2023, on 18:00 ET, PokerStars will have its debut Michigan and New Jersey online tournament with a buy-in of $100, and featuring $100,000 on the line.

This will be followed by a special $50,000 guaranteed tournament with a buy-in of only $10, starting at 18:30 ET, guaranteed to provide massive value for those taking part. Players can register on December 27 for both events.

Long-Term Advantage for New Jersey PokerStars Players

Online poker revenue is on the decline in New Jersey. If New Jersey PokerStars players regain interest in the game with shared liquidity due to the Michigan addition, it may help the game regain traction in the Garden State.

During November, New Jersey online poker rooms generated $2.1 million in gross gaming revenue (GGR), according to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE). That same month, online casino sites pulled in $144 million in GGR.

Right now, WSOP gathers more GGR in New Jersey than PokerStars.

This is partly because WSOP was already taking advantage of multi-state player pool opportunities through the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA). In New Jersey, WSOP players can compete with gamblers in Delaware and Nevada.

However, PokerStars is so far the only app to add Michiganders, whose state joined MSIGA on April 6.

WSOP is live in Michigan, as well. However, that app isn’t yet integrated with its site in other states.

Unsurprisingly, Pennsylvania online poker players took to Twitter today to ask their regulators why the Keystone State isn’t yet part of MSIGA.

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Heather Fletcher

Heather Fletcher is the lead writer at NJ Gambling Sites, concentrating on online casino coverage. In March 2021, Fletcher began writing about online casino gambling as the lead writer for Online Poker Report. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University, as well as a master's degree in journalism from New York University, and has now shifted to NJ Gambling Sites to lend her expertise.