The World Poker Tour is giving players a chance at a new, major prize at the top online poker sites in New Jersey.
The first WPT Online Poker Open is June 28, with a guaranteed $300,000 with a $400 buy-in. Players don’t have to stay in New Jersey to compete but at the time of the tournament they will be within the boundaries of the state.
For the WPT event, players may use BetMGMPoker.com, NJ.PartyPoker.com, or BorgataPoker.com.
Qualifying tournaments start June 21 for buy-ins of as little as $5. U.S. players joining from home in New Jersey can participate in qualifying events and satellite rounds of No-Limit Hold’Em with multiple events taking place daily leading up to the main event.
According to a WPT news release, the grand prize winner will get a World Poker Tour VIP experience worth $11,000 in Las Vegas. That package includes buying-in to the Bellagio’s WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic.
The tournament’s official name is the WPT Online Poker Open which is powered by partypoker US Network.
Partypoker US Network director of poker Ray Stefanelli said: “We continually strive to offer opportunities for players to enjoy the game they love on a safe, secure and hassle-free network.
“We are excited to combine the prestige of WPT with the offering of our poker network to provide a championship-caliber trophy event to players in New Jersey.”
The news this week is part of a growing pattern with major poker tournaments switching from the large casinos ‘felt tables to the comforts with players’ homes.
The World Series of Poker Global Casino Championships is amongst the legal online poker opportunities.
The festival was initially planned to take place Aug. 11-13 in Cherokee, North Carolina but was turned into an online-only festival to be held on September 13. Players will compete in the main event in New Jersey as well as in Nevada; qualifiers are already under way.
Furthermore, the 2020 World Series of Poker will be played for the first time online, beginning July 1.