Atlantic City, New Jersey, will host the first-ever PokerStars Festival this autumn bringing a world class poker experience to Resorts Casino Hotel for poker enthusiasts and pros alike. The debut Festival will run from October 29 until November 6, and feature over 50 gaming events, sponsored by PokerStars.

New Jersey is the first stop of the new re-designed global live tours from the world's most popular online poker site. PokerStars Festival New Jersey kicks off hot on the heels of the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP), a two-week online series taking place at PokerStarsNJ.com making New Jersey a hotbed of gaming action for over three weeks this autumn. PokerStars Championship will stop at the Atlantis Resort, Nassau in January for its debut.

PokerStars’ Director of Live Events, Edgar Stuchly said: “We are thrilled to bring the first-ever PokerStars Festival to New Jersey. This will be the first live event we have sponsored in the United States since PokerStarsNJ.com launched in 2016 and we look forward to seeing everyone at PokerStars Festival New Jersey for an action-packed poker vacation at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City from October 29 to November 6.”

Mark Giannantonio, President and CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel said: “We are excited to host the first-ever PokerStars Festival, which is designed to deliver the best poker experience for players of all levels. This action-packed poker event will be an unforgettable gaming experience that is sure to impress guests from all over the world.”

THE ULTIMATE GAMING EXPERIENCE

Players can experience the innovation and expertise that comes with a PokerStars-sponsored live event: new formats, the best-known professional players, packed schedules, high quality staff and a variety of ways to qualify. The PokerStars Festival New Jersey will also feature some exciting extras, headlined by a casino festival with daily jackpot prizes, special activities for VIP casino players and will include blackjack, video poker, slots and roulette tournaments.

Among Team PokerStars Pros attending will be Twitch poker sensation Jason Somerville, who will be headlining a special Run it Up event on November 5, which will feature a series of Run it Up themed mixed events, including a Dealer’s Choice Stud Club event. Jason will also host a poker seminar and a Q&A session for fans.  Some of Jason’s poker-loving friends will also be in attendance, including reality TV stars Tyson Apostol and ‘Boston Rob’ Mariano of ‘Survivor’ fame.
Other Team PokerStars Pros set to compete in the PokerStars Festival New Jersey include Daniel Negreanu, Fatima Moreira De Melo, Barry Greenstein, Jason Mercier, Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Selbst and Randy Lew.

For action away from the tables there will be a StarsFun skills zone from October 31 to November 4, which will involve five days of competition across non-poker related games, including miniature golf, arcade basketball and pinball, among others.

ONLINE ROUTE TO LIVE POKER AT ATLANTIC CITY

A wide range of satellites and qualifiers are running daily so everyone has a chance to win their way to the Main Event.  To further celebrate the PokerStars Festival New Jersey, PokerStars is giving NJCOOP players the chance to win one of 20 PokerStars Festival New Jersey 2016 Main Event seats, each worth $1,100. All players who take part in five special NJCOOP events will receive a ticket to register to an All-in Shootout at 20:00 ET on the following day.  Each of the five All-in Shootouts will award four $1,100 Main Event seats.

PokerStars is also giving players plenty of alternative chances to win their Main Event seat to the debut Festival from October 3-17 through various promotions including the PokerStars Festival All-in Shootout; where players complete a poker challenge or just make a deposit to be registered into an All-in Shootout on October 17 with 10 Main Event seats added; the PokerStars Festival New Jersey Freerolls running daily at 20:00 ET from October 3-8 and October 10-15 with 4 Main Event seats added in two Freeroll Finals; the PokerStars Festival New Jersey Mega Qualifier on October 9 with 20 Main Event seats guaranteed and the PokerStars Festival New Jersey VIP Bash on October 15 with 15 Main Event seats guaranteed. For further information on these promotions please see: http://psta.rs/2df7r4N.

KEY DATES

The PokerStars Festival New Jersey highlights will be as follows:

·         October 30-31, 2016, $340 PokerStars Cup

·         November 1-5, 2016, $1,100 PokerStars Festival Main Event

·         November 4-5, 2016, $2,200 PokerStars Festival High Roller

·         November 4-6, 2016, $230 PokerStars Open

·         October 31 - November 4, 2016, StarsFun Skills Zone

·         October 30 - November 6, 2016, StarsFun Casino Festival

For further details about PokerStars Festival New Jersey, please visit: http://psta.rs/2dAJB54.