PokerStars NJ’s mission to establish itself as the leading poker provider in New Jersey took another step forward recently after the operator announced details of the next Americas Cup of Poker.
Since returning to the US and launching a new platform in New Jersey, PokerStars has quickly become the busiest site in the state with a 24-hour peak traffic flow of 411 players according to PokerScout.com.
That figure puts PokerStars marginally ahead of 888Poker NJ, but it will be looking to extend that lead in the coming months thanks to announcement that live final of The Americas Cup of Poker will take place in Atlantic City.
According to the official press release, the 18th edition of the competition will see players from 12 regions compete in a series of online events in a bid to represent their country in the live final.
Encompassing poker playing countries across North and South America, including Canada, Argentina, Brazil and the US, the tournament will crown a winning team between June 23 and June 27 inside PokerStars’ official casino partner in Atlantic City, Resorts Casino Hotel.
For those located in New Jersey, the national representatives will be chosen from the best performing players in the forthcoming NJ Spring Championship of Online Poker as well as special freeroll on May 29.
Being the host nation, Team USA will automatically qualify for the live final, but the remaining 12 teams will compete in a series of qualifiers over a four week period to become one of the other five finalists.
Divided into three groups of four teams, the qualification rounds will see players from each region compete in freerolls and tournaments costing as little as $0.11.
Each player will receive points based on their finishing position and the top five performers from each country will win the chance to represent their country in the live final in Atlantic City.
In 2015 the live final in Chile saw Brazil top the leaderboard after beating Uruguay on the final day.
Despite Mexico starting the event as defending champions and favorites for the trophy, an early slip resulted in a sixth place finish worth $1,000 per player.
In contrast, Brazil powered through the preliminary matches to start the final with 36 points; which was just one less than Peru.
Following a series of heads-up matches, Andre Akkari’s Brazil managed to overtake Team Peru in the final rounds to clinch the title and a total prize worth $32,500.
This year there will be $100,000 up for grabs for the six teams who make it to the final of the 2016 Americas Cup of Poker.