PokerStars NJ ready to Run It Up at Resorts Casino Hotel

April 20, 2016

PokerStars returned to New Jersey last month so it’s about time we had an official welcome party. We want you to share the moment with us. And because it’s a big deal we want to make it a memorable day for all involved.

So we’re teaming up with Jason Somerville for the Run It Up Resorts Rumble, a chance for fans to meet some of the most famous players in the game at the Resorts Casino Hotel on May 14, 2016.

It’ll be a day full of activity. There’s online poker to be played, some great giveaways, and a chance to meet some of the best poker players in the game.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

* The day kicks off with a breakfast “Meet & Greet” session featuring various members of Team PokerStars Pro.

* That’s followed by the PokerStars Run It Up Resorts Rumble featuring a $30 buy-in no-limit hold’em event on, which is only for those on-site at Resorts,

* There will also be a New Jersey-wide $10 buy-in tournament for those who want to celebrate all across the state on

* Saturday night will feature one of the brand’s signature PokerStars VIP Club Live events including beachside drinks, food and entertainment at The Landshark Bar & Grille Restaurant.

There will also be various games and activities along the way with Team Pros, including a chess simulation with Jennifer Shahade. It will all be a great way to play and celebrate a return to US soil.

“We’re very proud of PokerStars’ initial success in New Jersey and looking forward to seeing our fans in person as we celebrate at Resorts,” said Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Amaya. “Bringing JCarver and his band of merry poker fans to New Jersey will create even more excitement and interest in the New Jersey online gaming market.”

True to form Somerville will be streaming live on Twitch throughout the weekend, and will take part in the Q & A, games, and giveaways with fellow Team Pros.

“I’m incredibly excited to host our first one-day Run it Up festival on the east coast with two great partners in PokerStars and Resorts,” said Jason Somerville, PokerStars Pro and host of Run it Up. “It’s been so much fun playing and streaming on PokerStars New Jersey this month and I can’t wait to hang out with all of our awesome Run it Up fans in person. It’ll totally be worth putting on pants.”

Want to come help us celebrate? Get a ticket to this exclusive occasion in one of two ways.

First you can win a ticket in advance in a special “Run It Up: Resorts with VIP Club Live” freeroll on May 1.

Alternatively you can simply buy a ticket for $10, the money raised going to Autism Speaks.

That entitles you to a wristband granting you access to all the daytime activities and the VIP Club Live party in the evening. However you get there you’re in for a great day.

For more information about the event and the launch of PokerStars in New Jersey’s online gaming market, please visit


Run It Up Resorts Rumble FAQ

Q: When and where is the event?

A: Saturday, May 14th at the Resorts Casino/Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. Registration starts at 9:00am and the activities (and a light breakfast) begin at 10:00am in Resorts’ Atlantic Ballroom.

Q: Who will be there?

A: You! Along with Chris Moneymaker, Jen Shahade, Vanessa Selbst, Barry Greenstein, Liv Boeree, and of course, your host Jason “JCarver” Somerville.

Q: What are the activities?

A: Hard to keep track:

  • Breakfast meet and greet with Team PokerStars
  • $30 online tournament on PokerStars NJ, limited to people who are physically at the event. That’s because we’re going to play the final table online, but live around a physical table. If you’re not in the room, you will be disqualified from the tournament.
  • A $10 online tournament for anybody who is in the state of New Jersey, just to celebrate PokerStars, VIP Club Live and Run It Up coming together in New Jersey.
  • Battleship stations so you can play heads up against your favorite PokerStars celebrities.
  • Q and A sessions with PokerStars Team Pros.
  • Tables where people can sit and play their favorite poker games online on PokerStars NJ, while chatting (i.e. trash-talking) their table-mates live. We call it “onlive” poker.
  • Play chess against grandmaster Jen Shahade, who will also be doing a chess “simul”, where she plays games against multiple opponents simultaneously.

Q: What is the schedule for the day?

A: Hour by hour:

  • 9:00am – Registration opens
  • 9:45am – Breakfast is served
  • 10:00am – Breakfast and meet and greet with the pros
  • 10:30am – Opening speech from Jason Somerville
  • 11:00am – Run It Up Resorts Rumble – $30 tournament played onlive at Resorts.
  • 11:00am – Onlive cash games kick off. Find a physical table, get everybody at that table playing the same online cash game on PokerStars NJ – and you have onlive poker!
  • 11:30am – Online tournament for all of NJ to celebrate the event. $10 buy-in
  • 12:00pm – Liv Boeree hosts some silly competition for people who have busted from the tournament(s). Players can win PokerStars NJ giveaways.
  • 1:45pm – Lunch. Turkey burgers, sweet potato fries, tossed salad, Mac ‘n Cheese, and frozen yogurt. $10 per person.
  • 2:00pm – Q & A with Liv Boeree.
  • 3:00pm – Final table of the RIU Resorts Rumble, played onlive around a table. Celebrity hosts, or failing that, Lee Jones to host.
  • 4:00pm – Q&A session. Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Selbst, Barry Greenstein, and/or others.
  • 5:00pm – Jason Somerville Q&A session.
  • 7:30pm – VIP Club Live party kicks off at Landshark Bar and Grill.

Q: How can I attend?

A: There are many ways to get a ticket:

  • Play the ‘Run It Up: Resorts with VIP Club Live’ Freeroll on May 1, 2016 at 17:00 ET which will give away 50 pairs of tickets, including a VIP Package for the top five players. The freeroll will also have $2,500 in added prize money. Here is how you can secure your ticket for the Freeroll:
    • By starting and completing a simple Challenge: – play ONE real money hand at any stake level or ONE real money tournament of any buy-in from 10:00 ET on April 18 to 23:59 ET on April 30.
    • Or claim your freeroll ticket by making a deposit of $10 or more using bonus code ‘VIPCLUBNJ’** from 10:00 ET on April 18 to 23:59 ET on April 30.
  • SilverStar+ VIPs can purchase tickets in VIP Store with StarsCoin for 1,000 StarsCoin for a pair of tickets.
  • Play Weekly StarsCoin satellites leading up to the party for VIP Packages
  • Follow PokerStars on Facebook to enter competitions for ticket giveaways
  • Tune into Jason “JCarver” Somerville’s Run It Up Twitch stream ( for ways to win a ticket
  • Register the day of the event. Tickets will be available at the venue on the day for a $10 donation to our charitable partner in New Jersey, Autism Speaks. Your donation gets you access to all the day’s events, and entry into the VIP Club Live party that evening at the Landshark Bar and Grill.

Q: What about the VIP Club Live party that evening?

A: Glad you asked. PokerStars will be hosting one of its legendary VIP Club Live parties at the Landshark Bar and Grill, a 30-second walk from the Resorts Casino/Hotel. That event begins at 7:30pm and runs until midnight. It will feature an open bar, food, and entertainment. Registration into the Run It Up Resorts Rumble gets you entry into the party as well. You can read more about that here.

Q: How old do I have to be to participate?

A: At least 21 years of age. Even if you don’t intend to play any of the poker events, you must be 21. That goes for the VIP Club Live event as well.

Q: Will there be any live poker?

A: No. All poker played at this event will be “onlive” – that is, you are playing online poker, at a brick and mortar venue. With all your friends and poker buddies sitting around you.

Q: Do I have to bring my own laptop, tablet, or smartphone?

A: Yes. Please have your own device for playing the onlive tournaments and cash games. We will have power strips available but please bring your own power cord or phone/tablet charger.

Q: Are there hotel rooms available for the event?

A: Yes. Resorts has set up special rates for the event, as follows:

  • Book all three nights, May 13th-May 15th – the rate is $147.14/night
  • Book two nights, May 13th and May 14th – the rate is $194.32/night
  • Book just one night Saturday May 14th – the rates are $266.49

To get these rates, you need to go to:

to book your room.




Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.


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