[toc]Online poker players can get into a festive mood without leaving the house thanks to the PokerStars NJ Christmas Festival.
The festival at a glance
The month-long event got underway on Nov. 28 and will continue through Dec 28. The festival includes promotions in every facet of the site. That includes plenty of promotional money being given away to cash players and tournament regulars.
Everyone on PokerStars NJ can take advantage of the Mega Cash Bonus promotion. Every deposit of $30 or more during the festival — along with the bonus code ‘CASHMEGA‘ — will generate a cash reward in players’ accounts for anywhere from $5 to $10,000.
Participants can deposit each week of the festival and earn the cash rewards. That means there are up to four opportunities for players to possibly win five figures.
For PokerStars NJ cash games
PokerStars has a history of celebrating milestone hands played on the site. In that spirit, as well as the Christmas one, cash game players will be rewarded if they are part of every 5,000th hand played on the site during the festival period.
Everyone involved in a milestone hand earns $30 in their account. The site expects around 40 milestone cash game hands per day.[i15-table tableid="11721"]
Tournament action at PokerStars NJ
The primary focus on the festival is on tournaments. There are several opportunities to take advantage of during the month.
There will be a weekly freeroll each Sunday at 8 pm, with a $15,000 prize pool and a $2,500 first-place prize. Players earn their way into the freeroll by accruing ten VIP Player Points (VPP) at the cash tables or in real-money tournaments on the site. Players must earn ten VPPs each period in order to qualify for all four of the freerolls.
The Carnival of Tournaments series will continue through Dec 18. Regular tournaments like the nightly events will feature added milestone money. There will also be a series of non-hold’em tournaments hosted on the site.
On Sunday, Dec. 18, the Main Event will feature a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. The buy-in for the event is $200. There will be satellites for the tournament running for as low as $1 throughout the month.
A full rundown of the tournament offerings during the festival period is available on the PokerStarsNJ official site.
Sunday action moves to Monday
The only Sunday in December that will not be action-packed on PokerStarsNJ is Dec. 25. Because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, the site is moving all the big buy-in regular Sunday tournaments to Monday. That way, no one has to choose between multi-table tournament action and holiday festivities.
The Christmas Festival is already underway. Players in New Jersey simply need to log in to get in on the action and the holiday spirit.