Ten Years of PokerStars

November 9, 2011

PokerStars has lots to celebrate this year… surviving Black Friday after both Absolute Poker and Full Tilt Poker did not, dealing out its 70 billionth hand, and its 10-year anniversary. Next month will mark the site’s 10th year offering online poker games, as it first launched in December 2001. To reward their loyal players, a series of online promotional events will be offered, revealed in stages.

First offered is the 10th Anniversary Giveaway with 100 prize packages up for grabs throughout the next month featuring the legendary 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, aka the PCA. Qualify via daily freerolls, 10₵ tourneys, and 10-FPP tourneys. Top finishers in all qualifiers will move on to one of the two weekly finals where 100 players will win a PCA prize package.

The daily freerolls run every 10 minutes and the top 10 finishers move on. The 10₵ tourneys run once per hour at five minutes past the hour, and the 10-FPP qualifiers run at 35 minutes past every hour. Top 20 finishers from these two formats will move on to the weekly finals. Weekly finals run in pairs on Sundays beginning November 13th through December 11th. The top 1,000 finishers in each will earn a piece of the $10,000 cash prize purse, and 10 will win a PCA package valued at more than $15K with the $10K buy-in, hotel expenses, and extra travel money.

The 10th Anniversary $10 Million Sunday Million will take place on December 18th, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. ET with a $215 buy-in. The prize pool, which is typically only $1 million, is guaranteed at at least $10 million, and is likely to exceed that. First place will receive roughly $2 million guaranteed. Sunday Million qualifiers are offered with a range of buy-ins. The $11 Sunday Million Mega Satellite will start one hour prior to the Sunday Million and guarantees at least 1,000 players will move on to the $10 Million Sunday Million.

Finally, the 10th Anniversary World Record Tournament will take place on December 4th when PokerStars attempts to break its own record for a $1 buy-in tourney with a $250K prize pool guaranteed prize pool with $50K going to first place. The first record was set by PokerStars in 2009 with 149,196 players registered. PokerStars wants at least 150,000 playing simultaneously this December 4th.

Seven more promotions have yet to be revealed…


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