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First WSOP Bracelet Won by Online Player in New Jersey, Two More On the Way

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First WSOP Bracelet Won by Online Player in New Jersey, Two More On the Way

It has been a summer of firsts for online poker in New Jersey. State poker players joined Nevada and Delaware in player pool sharing; the WSOP launched its first online bracelet events, and for the first time ever a player won a WSOP bracelet without ever leaving New Jersey.

About that online WSOP bracelet event, there are two more on the way. Coming up this weekend on June 29 and 30 New Jersey and Delaware players can once again play to win a bracelet without ever visiting Las Vegas.

Matt Mendez of New Jersey became the first New Jersey player ever to win a bracelet online last week when he won the WSOP $565 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $135,000. For all the players and regulators waiting to see the fruits of interstate poker liquidity, this was a juicy example.

Meanwhile, New Jersey’s other online operator is struggling to compete. Borgata is working hard to capture some of the traditionally slow summertime traffic by offering bigger tournaments, satellites into the Borgata Summer Poker Open in July, and various loyalty incentives.

PokerStars had a New Jersey online poker first this summer, slipping to the No. 2 spot in the market for the first time. The operator has yet to launch their counterattack, posting no significant changes, new tournaments, structural changes to their prize pools, and does not currently have an upcoming online or live event to promote.

PokerStars could be waiting until after the action in Las Vegas subsides, and lightens up its satellite and special tournament load to begin trying to win back players.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.

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