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PokerStars NJ Gets Its Own Christmas Festival

 PokerStars NJ Gets Its Own Christmas Festival

Last, the flagship “dot com” PokerStars site launched its Christmas Festival promotion, so this week, it was PokerStars New Jersey’s turn to start the holiday giveaway season. The PokerStars NJ Christmas Festival will run November 28th through December 28th, split into five parts.

All-In Shootout Freerolls

Each Sunday through Christmas, PokerStars will host an All-In Shootout Freeroll at 20:00 ET, featuring a $ 15,000 prize pool. These types of tournaments are actually pretty stupid, as they are just lottery tickets wrapped in a poker tournament package, but hey, they are free and you can win money, so go for it.

To qualify, players must play in any real money poker games and earn 10 VIP Player Points (VPPs). Both cash games and tournaments count. When the challenge has been completed, the player will automatically be registered in the next All-In Shootout Freeroll.

For those who have never played an all-in shootout tournament before, you literally don’t have to do anything. You don’t even have to be logged in. In one of these tournaments, the software automatically puts everyone all-in pre-flop on every hand. Since it’s a shootout, each table will play until one player remains (which will probably take one to three hands). Once one player is left at each table, they will combine into new tables and so on and so forth until the tournament is over.

Mega Cash Bonus

At first I thought this was going to be lame, like a normal, old bonus, but this is actually pretty nice. Once per week during the promo, anyone who deposits $ 30 or more using the bonus code “CASHMEGA” (no quotes) will receive cash free and clear. No playthrough requirements, no waiting to get the money. Most of the time, the bonus will only be $ 5, but that’s still a free $ 20 if you do it all four weeks, and the bonus could be as high as $ 10,000.

The probabilities of the bonuses (bonii?) are as follows:

$ 10,000 – 0.040%
$ 5,000 – 0.060%
$ 1,000 – 0.120%
$ 100 – 0.500%
$ 20 – 2.500%
$ 10 – 26.78%
$ 5 – 70.00%

Carnival of Tournaments

This is a bunch of tournaments. From December 5th through December 18th, the Daily Bigs and the Hot Turbos on the regular PokerStars schedule will have their guaranteed prize pools increased by 25 percent Monday through Friday, 50 percent on Saturdays, and 100 percent on Sundays. Also during that same period, there will be Carnival Variety tournaments added to the schedule.

During the daily Nightly Stars tournaments December 5th through December 18th, the poker room will randomly drop a total $ 10,000 in tournament tickets on players.

At the end of this tourney period will be the $ 200 buy-in, $ 100,000 guaranteed Carnival of Tournaments Main Event.

Milestone Hands

The promo that has always stuffed the tables full on, PokerStars NJ will rev up a Milestone Hand promotion from December 19th through December 28th. Every 5,000th cash game hand (not counting Zoom and heads-up), all players dealt into the hand will win $ 30 cash.

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Sorel Mizzi Cheats Online Again, Gets Banned from PokerStars

 Sorel Mizzi Cheats Online Again, Gets Banned from PokerStars

According to a report from, professional poker player Sorel “Imper1um” Mizzi has once again been banned from PokerStars, this time for playing on the site from the United States on other player’s account.

The story of Mizzi’s rules violation dates back to February 2016, when a poster went on Two Plus Two and alleged that Mizzi played in the (September) 2015 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event, making the final table, while sitting in his apartment in the United States. PokerStars does not permit players in the U.S. to play on

A friend of Mizzi’s, Rory Brown, had also made the final table and allegedly spoke with Mizzi about strategy before the final table, telling him the reads he had on each of the players. One of those players, “bindernutnut,” was Mizzi, though Brown did not know it.

In July, Mizzi admitted to the rules violation while on Joey Ingram’s podcast. He said that he really wanted to play in the WCOOP Main Event, so he used someone else’s account to do so (with a virtual private network that would fake his location). He understands that it was not the right thing to do, saying, amongst other things, “I was being sneaky and I got caught and it sucks.”

“Do I feel terribly guilty about doing this?” Mizzi added. “To be honest, no not really.”

He clarified that he was not trying to cheat his friend or anyone else, saying he actually tried to contact Brown when fewer than 20 players remained in the tournament to both a) offer to swap action with him and b) let him know who he was at the table, but Brown didn’t answer his texts or calls at the time.

Now, according to PokerFuse, Mizzi has been banned from PokerStars for quite some time.

“I can’t play on [PokerStars] for a couple years,” he said.

Mizzi is an extremely accomplished poker player, with $ 3.6 million in online tournament winnings (recorded winnings) and $ 11.2 million in live tournament winnings, but he also has an awful reputation in the poker world as someone who is more than willing to skirt the rules while at the same time not feeling particularly bad about it.

His first notable transgression was back in 2007, when Mizzi purchased the Full Tilt account of Bluff Magazine’s then-Managing Editor, Chris Vaughn, while Vaughn was deep in a $ 1 million guaranteed tournament. Mizzi won the tournament, but was eventually found out and banned for life. The winnings were taken away and given to other players.

In 2008, he was back at it, multi-accounting on PokerStars. That time, he was suspended on the site for three months.

He was allegedly more brazen in 2011, as John Racener accused Mizzi of bottom dealing in a live, heads-up game of open-face Chinese poker. Mizzi claims the story is not true.

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