PokerStars Festival New Jersey underway

Five and half years. That's how long it has been since the PokerStars Blog last covered an official PokerStars live tournament in the United States.

Tomorrow, we start again.

This weekend, the PokerStars Festival here in Atlantic City New Jersey officially kicked off a slate of events that over the next week will see 40 individual tourneys, including a wide array of poker, casino, and skill-based events here at the Resorts Hotel and Casino.

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This marks the first stop of PokerStars' new global live tours. This week, we will see the $1,100, $2,000 High Roller, and a $3,000 deepstack event. The PokerStars Festival New Jersey will also feature a casino festival with daily jackpot prizes and special activities for VIP casino players.

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Jason Somerville is here, and on November 5 will host a series of Run It Up themed events, a Q&A, and reality TV stars Tyson Apostol and 'Boston Rob' Mariano of 'Survivor' fame.

We're also expecting to see the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Fatima Moreira De Melo, Barry Greenstein, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, Randy Lew, Andre Akkari, Felipe 'Mojave' Ramos, Jennifer Shahade, Jaime Staples, Kevin Martin, and Chris Moneymaker.

Speaking of Moneymaker, he didn't take long to pick up a trophy here. Earlier he won the $560 PL Omaha Hi/Lo Turbo.

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As we mentioned earlier, the 3rd Annual Chad Brown Memorial tournament has moved to the East Coast and will give us a the chance to honor the late Team Pro who grew up not to far from here.

Beginning tomorrow, the PokerStars Blog will have live coverage of the Main Event beginning at 11am ET. Stay with us for all the action from PokerStars first live event in the US since 2011.

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is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis.

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