There will be Sunday Majors in NJ this weekend (and more)
Approaching the end of the first week of online poker in New Jersey for some time, it almost feels normal. Work behind the scenes to get PokerStars back in the United States had been so central to the company that now we're finally there it feels like we never left - although a few behind the scenes staff, exhausted, might think differently.
But that does mean we can say this for the first time since 2010: there will be Sunday Majors in the United States this weekend.
That felt pretty good.
Obviously they might be a bit smaller than their foreign cousins - and let's not forget that there are 56 tournaments running every day - but one step at a time. What does that schedule look like?
16:00 ET: $50 Sunday Warm-Up ($10,000 Gtd)
17:00 ET: $10 Sunday Storm ($5,000 Gtd)
18:00 ET: $200 Sunday Special ($50,000 Gtd)
19:00 ET: $500 Sunday High Roller ($15,000 Gtd)
22:00 ET: $75 Sunday Supersonic ($5,000 Gtd)
Get all the details on the PokerStars NJ homepage.
While that kicks off a new era of online poker in the United States, it's business as usual elsewhere with the usual roster of weekend majors, capped off with the Sunday Million.
Last weekend was the Tenth Anniversary edition, won by a.urli who dominated the final table to take away a first prize of $970,000 after a four-way deal. You can read Martin Harris's report from the final table here.
That was last week. What can you expect from this long Easter weekend?
Our new promotion is now under way. We wrote about it earlier this week so it's best if you check out that post for how it works, because I'm not sure I could get it right a second time. Suffice to say you can win up to $5,000 each day for the duration of the promotion by winnings with particular hole cards that match a 16-20 piece puzzle that you'll find in your challenge window. Match them all and win money immediately. Check out all the details on the CardHunt homepage.
EPT Not Live
The latest episode is now available. We'll let the team introduce it...
"Joe continues to enjoy the LA lifestyle, although he's starting to feel the pinch (as revealed in an impromptu game of 'How Much Does It Cost?'). Jason Mercier joins the boys to talk about his deep run in last year's EPT Grand Final - as documented in the latest TV episode - and his experience of playing on PokerStars in New Jersey. James is shocked (in a good way) at how many people have qualified for Monaco via Spin & Gos. Joe has some great stories about Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Hellmuth from a recent TV shoot in Las Vegas. And, after listening to this week's edition of 'Superfan vs Stapes', you'll probably conclude that Sam Worger from Sheffield regrets choosing 'Friends' as his specialist subject! James and Joe are taking a short Easter break. The next episode of #EPTNotLive will be released on Thursday 7th April 2016."
As we announced this week there's $4 million up for grabs during the Mountain Series which starts next month. The ten-event series takes place over four days between April 7-10, 2016, each with increased buy-ins from Mount Sugarloaf ($11) all the way through to Everest ($2,100).
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Then there's the new UKIPT season, the sixth, which starts in London next month. Satellites are already under way, but you can get all the details of this new festival by reading our post from this week. The Hippodrome Casino plays host once more. It should prove venue for the first festival of the year.
That's everything. Play well on PokerStars this weekend, whether you're in New Jersey or anywhere else. As always send any thoughts and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.