The World Series of Poker will host the first ever online circuit tournament in New Jersey at the Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. The tournament comes on the heels of a wildly successful online circuit ring event in Nevada, the first in that state’s history. Now the fun is headed to the Garden State and anyone with online access who is old enough to play has the opportunity to score a unique prize!
According to WSOP.com players will have the rare chance to win an official WSOP Circuit Championship Ring from anywhere in New Jersey starting March 18 at 6:30 pm. Participants can buy-in directly to the contest for $365 dollars or compete to win a seat for as little as $5 by playing the daily satellite tournaments starting March 4.
That’s right. Anyone can take home a stunning piece of poker hardware from the comfort of their own home or anywhere they in the Garden State they may have access to the internet. The top online poker sites in NJ are all looking for ways to capitalize on the state's recent media spotlight thanks to their battle over leglized sports betting.
Along with the main tournament there will be a 3-seat GTD satellite on March 11 at 6 pm which will grant players entry into a $365 WSOP Online Ring Event Freeroll which will take place on March 17 at 6 pm. Players on WSOP.com who make their next deposit from March 4-16 and use the code “ARCING” will receive one of three mystery offers:
Those interested in playing at the Online Circuit Main Event can take part in satellites running from March 11 through 16. Players can by in directly for $30 or take their chances on a daily super satellite for the low price of $3. Players can win multiple seats for the $1,675 Main Event.
They can then use the additional seats to re-enter or receive WSOP.com tournament tickets worth $1,675. The Online Circuit event qualifies players to gain points towards competing at the mother of all poker events, the 2018 World Series of Poker Global Casino Championship.
In other poker news, any participants in the upcoming Ring Event would be wise to employ the kind of careful, brilliant thinking poker pro Ian Steinman turned in on a stunning fold Tuesday. While David Larson took home all the chips for a $300,000 prize at the 2018 World Poker Tour stop at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort just outside Sacramento, it was Steinman who pulled off a spectacular headlines-making move.
In the immortal words of Kenny Rogers, “You’ve got to know when to fold ‘em,” and Steinman made the best of what would be a less than desirable situation for any player by putting plenty of time into his decision and ultimately guessing right to avoid falling into the expert-level trap laid by his opponent Joe McKeehan.
With Steinman as chip leader with $5,345,000 in chips and McKeehan in second place with $3,310,000, Steinman was dealt Cowboys (pocket Kings) a desirable hand that any experienced player would get excited for. McKeehan, no slouch in his own right paid to see the flop and was granted a long shot opportunity for a straight having been dealt a Queen Ten and seeing an Ace on the table.
McKeehan boldly continued to call his opponent’s attempts to maximize on his deadly pair until the river (a King to complete his straight) turned the odds from 5 percent to 100 percent in his favor. That King would have caused most players with Cowboys to jump for joy internally as three-of-a-kind on the river would in most minds cement a victory in that situation.
But Ian Steinman is not most poker players and he proved it over the next five minutes as he painstakingly weighed all possibilities after McKeehan shoved all-in. In what would have been a tremendous double-up that would’ve captured the lead, McKeehan thought he had Steinman right where he wanted him, but to the shock of all watching, Steinman threw away his trip Kings having almost predicted his opponents’ hand.
While potential online poker players of course have the benefit of not having to subject themselves to such intense in-person stare-downs that would make even experienced pros nervous, the lessons learned from this one meticulous decision by a true professional could pay dividends for any aspiring player. Whether on the biggest of World Poker Tour stages or an online WSOP ring satellite tournament, it’s never too late to count your losses and stay alive when the time is right.
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