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The New Jersey Online Poker Briefing: PokerStars In, Yong "LuckySpewy" Kwon Wins Big

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  • PokerStars and Full Tilt approved to offer online gaming services in New Jersey.

  • The partypoker NJ/BorgataPoker.com $50,000 Guarantee transformed itself into a re-entry event.

  • Yong "LuckySpewy" Kwon ships the partypoker NJ/BorgataPoker.com $50,000 GTD for for $11,113.

It was a huge week in New Jersey this week as poker players are celebrating that both PokerStars and Full Tilt have been approved by the state's gaming regulator, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE), to offer online gaming services throughout the Garden State.

Amaya Gaming, the parent company of both online gaming sites, is obviously thrilled that after almost two years since the launch of regulated online gaming in New Jersey and over four years since Black Friday they will be able to offer gaming service to players in New Jersey.

Chairman and CEO of Amaya David Baazov commented on the PokerStars Blog that, "I want to thank the DGE for their thorough and fair review of our business. We look forward to bringing our popular brands, innovative technology, marketing prowess and world-class security and game integrity to the growing New Jersey online gaming market. We anticipate providing additional details of our launch plans in the near future."

It was also a big week on the felts, as the partypoker NJ/BorgataPoker.com $50,000 Guarantee transformed itself from a regular freezeout into a reentry event. The new format proved to be a huge success as for the first time in recent memory, this tournament surpassed the $50,000 guarantee with 297 entrants generating a $59,400 prize pool.

Yong "LuckySpewy" Kwon was the first player to take full advantage of the new format, taking home the top prize of $11,113. Kwon is currently ranked in ninth place on the PocketFives.com New Jersey Online Poker Rankings, and he is bound to move up after this win, along with two others on Friday hosted on WSOP.com NJ and 888poker NJ in the $10,000 GTD Nightly [R&A] for $3,862 and in the $2,500 GNTD - NJ High-Rollers for $1,474.

New Jersey's "Donate_here" snagged $7,674 for finishing in second place in this tournament. This player took down this tournament less than three months ago, when on July 19, 2015, he outlasted a field of 272 players to win $10,064.

As usually the case, the weekend's second biggest winner came in the WSOP.com/888poker NJ Sunday $30,000 Guarantee when "mdubsdeezee" finished on top of a 188-player field to claim the first-place prize of $9,391. The second-place finisher in that tournament, "Beejay", banked a solid consolation prize of $4,725.

In other news, the long-anticipated Garden State Super Series III (GSSS) kicks off its exciting 43-event schedule with $800,000 in guaranteed prize pools on Sunday, Oct. 11, at partypoker NJ and BorgataPoker.com.

Here's a full look at the New Jersey weekend results on partypoker NJ, BorgataPoker.com, WSOP.com NJ, and 888poker NJ:


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Daily $10K

Buy-inDateEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+9Oct. 392$10,000
PlacePlayerPrize
1Charlie "seedload" Zimmerman$3,000
2brownmagic$1,680
3jimlarry$1,320
4mrdadio488$1,110
5Nate-Dogg-42$920
6sansara52$740
7Jtheace2$570
8JokerAA$400
9mixedfish$260

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Daily $10K

Buy-inDateEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+9Oct. 4127$12,700
PlacePlayerPrize
1Anthony "Flawlessbinkage" Maio$3,495
2treetrap$2,321
3Misssfire$1,625
4Pokageis$1,079
5Dozer22$793
6smoothhustler$635
7ThreeBetYou$508
8Jamie "JamieKerstetter" Kerstetter$400
9ZEEETart$317

The New Jersey Online Poker Briefing: PokerStars In, Yong "LuckySpewy" Kwon Wins Big 103

$50,000 Guarantee

Buy-inDateEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+15Oct. 4297$59,400
PlacePlayerPrize
1Yong "LuckySpewy" Kwon$11,113
2Donate_here$7,674
3TENAFLY_BILL$5,464
4numbnuts$4,514
5pink17$3,861
6Michael "RyansWorld" Ryan$3,267
7pokeraddict81$2,673
8ill_advised$2,079
9youngkoi$1,485

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$10,000 GTD Nightly [R&A]

Buy-inDateEntrantsPrize Pool
$27.50+2.50Oct. 3144$10,128
PlacePlayerPrize
1Cajun_Turk$2,785
2Steven "stevenmadara" Madara$1,621
3SickBastard$922
4Tommygotcha$719
5brownmagic$618
6Brian "Deusexmachin" Willis$517
7Tom "Tommyshiff77" Shiffler$395
8Atsashame$253
9jmadey$182

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$30,000 GTD Weekly Sunday

Buy-inDateEntrantsPrize Pool
$185+15Oct. 4188$34,780
PlacePlayerPrize
1mdubsdeezee$9,391
2Beejay$5,478
3James "nigock" Nadolski$3,130
4Moose4Life$2,435
5TimmyKGB$2,087
6Basile28$1,739
7Fred "BiggDaddy" Ferrell$1,322
8CeeLos86$835
9JingboSlice$591

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$10,000 GTD Weekly Sunday

Buy-inDateEntrantsPrize Pool
$91+9Oct. 4132$12,012
PlacePlayerPrize
1Baruch "gamblegamble" Krieger$3,303
2Chris "c.m.e" Ebbe$1,922
3Geno "acesfull32" Raman$1,093
4Michael "LeftSid3" Haberman Jr$853
5Ted "olmuggins" Ely$733
6Paul "easymoney82" Silva$613
7KevDurant35$469
8Jake "schaf4206" Schafer$300
9Patrick "Pr3mium" Kilburn$216

If you play regulated online poker tournaments in New Jersey and would like your real name appearing in future articles, please contact this editor at jason.glatzer@pokernews.com.

*Special thanks to PocketFives.com for some of the data in this article.

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