PokerStars have announced plans to sponsor their first-ever Blackjack tournament as part of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January, and it carries a $100,000 guarantee.
Is there someone within the hierarchy of PokerStars who has a penchant for romance novels?
Melissa Welborn (pen name Lily Bishop) once wrote a romance novel about a character called Lindsey Todd who ‘perfected a system that helps her win big at every hand’ when playing Blackjack, and is then entered into a high roller Blackjack tournament in the Bahamas (my mother told me about the book :))
Well, the largest online poker room in the world, have announced plans to host a Blackjack tournament as part of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in that same archipelago.
It’s another move that cements the notion that PokerStars is far more than an Online Poker room. The $100,000 guaranteed tournament is the first Blackjack tournament to feature in the PCA. It won’t be the last.
The event will take place at 2 pm (local time) on Jan 8, 2016, and will feature a $500 buy-in. The Atlantis Casino will organise the event. PokerStars will sponsor it. A $10,000 PCA Main Event package awaits the winner.
The tournament will be a shootout format. Six players will compete for 15 blackjack hands per table. The player seated with the most chips at the end of the round will progress to the next rung of the ladder. There are three rounds in total. The tournament has a maximum ceiling of 216 players.
“We are very excited to host our first ever live blackjack tournament,” said Edgar Stuchly, PokerStars Director of Live Events. “Blackjack players are used to pitting themselves against the house, but they will now be able to pit themselves against other players in a $100,000 guaranteed blackjack tournament.”
The PCA will feature 104 poker events during Jan 6-14, 2016 culminating in the $5,300 PCA Main Event.
In Nov 2014, long standing PokerStars Team Pro, Vicky Coren, resigned from her position, after her employer announced plans to expand into the online casino business.
Her vision is coming true as casino and poker merges in one of the most prominent festivals of the year.