A Quick summary of Poker Stars in New Jersey.
This will be shorter than I'd like... I'm in the hospital and people are coming in and out jabbing
and poking me as well as asking me all kinds of questions and listening to my lungs.
At about 14:00 EST there were 357 users logged in when I signed in.
It's been a few years since I've played on PS, but the user interface looked somewhat familiar and wasn't hard to figure out al all.
My biggest impression was the variety of cash games they spread. It's been a while, and here is NJ the last 2 years, the sites basically spread NLH and PLO. Not much else... pretty boring and bland.
Here is the list of the cash games spread:
8 - Game
Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
PL 2-7 Triple Draw
NL 2-7 Single Draw
Limit 5 Card Draw
PL 5 Card Draw
Limit Stud H/L
Limit Omaha H/L
NLH (of course)
Forgive me for not having the buyins. When I get a chance I'll try and add them later. But after the drought here in the States the last 5 years or so this was like Heaven.
They had a tab for something called ZOOM. But there were "No games of this type available at the moment." I have no clue what this is supposed to be. Perhaps someone else can be of help.
There is a tab for "Spin & Gos" which I've heard about but never played until today. They spread 4 buy-ins of NLH
$1 to win up to $1K
$2 to win up to $2K
$5 to win up to $5K
$10 to win up to $10K
I played a few $2 games. They are 3 handed and the $2 started with 500 chips. I don't know if there is any difference at the other levels. My crappy run from years ago continued and I lost each one in typical suck out fashion. (Didn't care.)
They also have SNGs. I'll be back with more detail later.
Their MTTs covered a pretty good variety of games, NLH, PLO, Stud. And there as a nice range of buy-ins from freerolls and tickets and $0.10 up to $500 for the Sunday Majors.
Their Sunday Majors looked to be equal to the other NJ sites in buy-ins and Prize pools. But I'm a micro stakes donkey so I really don't play those.
It was really good to see PS back in the USofA. The spread of cash games alone put a smile on my face.
My playing while here will be limited. I have an iPad and a Surface Pro 4 to use. The Surface Pro 4 is useless to play with. I can login to the site, but after about 15 minutes, it tells me that they cannot determine that I'm in New Jersey and kicks me off. I've had this issue with the other sites in NJ, so it's not just Poker Stars. I don't know if it is Windows 10 or something to do with the Surface Pro or the combination, but it sucks. That leaves me to play using the App for the iPad. I can stay connected wit it, but the interface is extremely limited compared to the full blown model.
When I get home and fire up my Mac, I'll be looking forward to spending more time playing the cash games and some tournaments.
In short... a truly welcome return to the US and New Jersey. I'll probably be spending most of my poker time on PS when I get back home. My only minor disappointment is that they no longer allow player to player money transfers. No more 180 man SNG barrages. Oh well...