Online poker players in New Jersey have been waiting for a long time for PokerStars, the biggest online poker website in the world to launch in the garden state. The online poker giant secured a license for the New Jersey market after battling long and hard and announced earlier this year that it would go live on the 21st of March.
However earlier this month PokerStars surprised online poker players in New Jersey by informing them that it would roll out a soft launch 5 days before the official launch. There were a number of stipulations imposed during the soft launch limiting the number of players for the first couple of days and also the amount of time the site would be live. This was done in order to test the waters and get feedback from players before the official launch.
Players who have accessed and played on the New Jersey PokerStars platform during the soft launch and have good things to say about their experience on the site. The first couple of days during the soft launch limited the number of online poker players to just 500 but allowed them access to almost the entire portfolio of PokerStars offerings. While there were a few issues with the performance of the software, players did not face any downtime or problems with geo-location failures.
Online poker players who accessed the site were also able to gain detailed information on the list of tournaments that PokerStars plans to roll out in New Jersey including the popular Sunday events. PokerStars will continue to offer some of its flagship Sunday tournaments such as its Sunday Supersonic, Sunday Special, Sunday Storm, Sunday Warm-Up and Sunday High Roller but the guarantees for these events will be comparatively lower due to the smaller size of the New Jersey market.
Michael Haberman Jr who once held the rank of being the number one online poker player in New Jersey was pleased with the performance of the software and stated that the Spin & Gos ran quite often and had no issues. Michael Gagliano, a Cardrunners instructor and BorgataPoker.com pro also had a great experience during the soft launch.
In a statement, Gagliano said “Everyone seems pretty excited that PokerStars is here, and that’s translating to other sites and just poker as a whole. Since the PokerStars announcement, I’ve been seeing players on BorgataPoker and WSOP that I haven’t’ seen in quite a while. So it seems the PokerStars return to NJ has rejuvenated everyone’s interest in poker and it should be interesting to see what’s to come.”