3: Barrels of a PokerStars flavour including new guarantees for PokerStars Championship events in Macau and Monte Carlo; PokerStars Festival Rozvadov update; and there is a million buck Sunday Storm coming your way.
A trio of PokerStars related stories, and we begin with their flagship live product: PokerStars Championship and news of some hefty guarantees in Macau and Monte Carlo.
PokerStars Championship Macau
PokerStars take the Championship model to Macau for the first time March 30 – April 9. The City of Dreams will play host, and the biggest guns in poker are letting rip with some jabs and hooks.
The PokerStars National Championship will be an HK$2m (approx. $258k) Guaranteed Event, and the PokerStars Asia Open will be an HK$1m (approx. $129k) Guaranteed event.
The tournament organisers will also introduce a shot clock into a PokerStars event in Asia for the first time.
The full schedule of events can be found right here.
PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo
PokerStars are putting out all the stops in their attempts to make the Monte Carlo event even bigger than ever. The PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo takes place April 25 – May 5, 2017, and we now know the following guarantees:
• The PokerStars Cup will have one entry per flight available and have a €200,000 guarantee.
• The €2,000 buy-in event will have a single re-entry and a €500,000 guarantee
• The €1,000 buy-in event will also have a single re-entry and a €250,000 guarantee
• The two-day Weekend Deepstack has a single re-entry and €50,000 guarantee
• The PokerStars Open will allow one entry per flight and have a €50,000 Guarantee
• The turbo edition of Pokerstars Championship Main Event will be a single re-entry event with a €50,000 Guarantee
Also, the team has announced even more ways to qualify for the big boy events with the PokerStars National Championship hosting a 50-seat guaranteed satellite to get into the €1m Guaranteed event. If you bust out, you have a second chance with a new turbo re-entry flight. There will also be a live mega-satellite guaranteeing 30 seats for the PokerStars Championship Main Event.
Fabian Gumz Wins PokerStars Open Event, Rozvadov
The PokerStars festival in Rozvadov has gotten off to an auspicious beginning. 740 entrants made sure the €100,000 Guarantee in the €275 buy-in PokerStars Open was smashed.
Fabian Gumz took the first prize of €23,770 after defeating Andrej Desset in heads-up action. It was Gumz largest score to date by a considerable margin. He did well to beat Desset. Last month, the Slovakian beat 332 entrants to win the €440 buy-in Israeli Poker Championships in Vienna earning €20,240.
— PokerStars (@PokerStars) March 7, 2017
Final Table Results
1. Fabian Gumz – €23,770
2. Andrej Desset – €14,500
3. Matthieu Kecke – €14,500
4. Rastislav Paleta – €14,500
5. Anil Ozdemir – €7,370
6. Said Nadjem – €5,660
7. Chikmagalore Thilak – €4,030
8. Jochen Wien – €2,960
The €5,300 King’s High Roller takes place March 8-9, the €2,200 PokerStars festival High Roller takes place March 12-13, and the €1,100 PokerStars Festival Main Event takes place March 9-13.
PokerStars Million Dollar Sunday Storm
It’s not just in the live arena that PokerStars are going to value town, the online realm is also on fire.
The $11 buy-in Sunday Storm celebrates its sixth birthday on Sunday, March 19 and to celebrate PokerStars is slapping a $1m guarantee on the tin with $100,000 reserved for the winner.
That’s $100,000 for a $11 stake – 9,000 times the entry fee, which is insane if you can manage to find the luck needed to wade through a field of 20k+ people. The event also allows you to re-enter once at any time before late registration ends.
Look on the bright side, at least you will have a great excuse to miss work on the following Monday if you do win it.
In the last six years, 1.2 million people have played the Sunday Storm generating 10 million entries.