A pickle jar full of PokerStars stories including PokerStars Caribbean Adventure online satellite news, a live podcast celebration, Dublin & Uruguay Festival news, and more charitable work, this time for Hurricane relief in Florida.
PokerStars has reacted well to player feedback in recent months. The top brass pulled the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) brand out of the trash, dusted it off, and gave it a fresh lick of paint. Now they are working on the complaint that Stars has forgotten the importance of providing tributaries to the bigger events for the recreational players.
The Road to Bahamas ultra satellites will send 200 qualifiers to the PCA in January 2018. On Oct 15 & Nov 5, PokerStars will offer punters six different ways to qualify for the $10,300 PCA Main Event, distributing $3m in prizes over the two days.
Here are the six routes:
1. More than a million squid in PCA satellite tickets will leap out of Stars Rewards Chests from Sep 25 to Nov 5.
2. Cash Game Daily Challenges where the winning players will be put into an All-In Shootout event sending people to the Bahamas.
3-4. Spin & Go tournaments, and weekly challenges.
5. Sit & Go on Demand, special 18-player $55 buy-in Sit & Go satellites.
6. $55 buy-in MTT satellites
Players can also buy-in directly for the $530 buy-in PCA satellites. Players win a $15,855 PCA package consisting of a $10,300 Main Event seat, nine night’s accommodation, $1k in cash credits added in your Stars account and $1k resort credit to spend at Atlantis.
PokerStars Podcast Goes Live
Two people who have already booked their flight tickets to the Bahamas are James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton, and the pair will be performing live at the Hippodrome Casino in London, Tuesday, Sep 26 September.
The couple will be celebrating the 100th episode of the PokerStars’ Poker in the Ear podcast, where some secret celebrities will join them, and the couple will also release a unique password for a $5k freeroll taking place Sunday 1 October.
Tickets for the live event have sold out.
You can listen to the episode via iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or PokerStars on Thursday 28 September.
The Celebrities Turn Out For PokerStars Festival Dublin
Talking of celebrities, PokerStars has invited former Chelsea footballers Wayne Bridge and Michael Duberry to compete in the €1,100 PokerStars Festival Dublin Main Event.
The pair will join the seven-time World Snooker Champion, and PokerStars & BetStars Ambassador Stephen Hendry, who will also be involved in the action.
PokerStars Festival Dublin takes place Sep 15 to Oct 1. There will be 15 tournaments, including the €1,100 MEGASTACK event, €330 PokerStars Cup, and €2,200 High Roller. There is €750,000 in guaranteed prize money.
Both Bridge and Hendry recently appeared in BetStars #CallIt social media campaign.
Julio Belluscio Wins Uruguay Event
Sticking with the PokerStars Festival theme and Julio Belluscio defeated a field of 169 entrants to take the $66,748 first prize at the inaugural PokerStars Festival Uruguay.
Belluscio ruled the final table with an iron fist eliminating all eight of his final table opponents. It’s his largest win since besting a field of 297 entrants in a €1,00 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo event as part of the 2014 European Poker Tour (EPT) in Barcelona.
Final Table Results
1. Julio Belluscio – $66,748
2. Julio Arocena – $60,027
3. Hector Barua – $37,020
4. Ernesto Panno – $29,880
5. Osvaldo Naves – $23,440
6. Juan Perez – $17,740
7. Alejandro Garcia- $13,020
8. Renan Toniolo – $9,560
9. Juan Guillenea – $7,940
PokerStars Helping Out With Another Charity
Finally, PokerStars has partnered with the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Florida to raise funds for the charity: Feeding South Florida’s, hurricane relief efforts.
The two corporations will put on a special poker night Tuesday, October 3. The action begins at 6 pm with a player’s party and silent auction. The $300 buy-in event starts at 7 pm. A re-entry period lasts for two-hours.
Competing players will receive more than $50k in prizes including a $20k PCA package and $15k in Seminole Hard Rock poker events. PokerStars has said they will match anything the players contribute up to a ceiling of $100,000.
PokerStars Team Pros Jason Mercier, Jeff Gross, and Jennifer Shahade will compete in the event.