Poker in the News — Weekly Round-up for March 16, 2018

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Mar 16, 2018

$10 Million In Guarantees Across 27 Events In New Poker Tournament

PokerStars High Roller series returns next week

PokerStars has announced the return of its High Rollers Series with improved guarantees of $10 million across 27 events, which are scheduled to run from March 18 to 26.

The series will host a mixture of Hold’em and Omaha events, and the minimum buy-in has been dropped from $1,050 to $530, according to the company blog. A range of buy-ins all the way up to $10,300 is offered, making it possible for more players to enter.

Last year, the series hosted 22 events, most of which seeing buy-ins well over the guarantees. The main event winner was ‘Sanderssi’ from Finland who took home $294,658.23 after beating a player pool of 1,134 entrants (833 entries and 302 re-entries).

This year, the Main Event will again feature a $2 million guarantee, along with two other tournaments in the series:

* March 20 at 14:00 ET – $10,300 High Rollers #07 event with $1 million guaranteed

* March 22 at 14:00 ET – $10,300 High Rollers #13 event with $1 million guaranteed

* March 25 at 13:00 ET – $2,100 Main Event #22 event with $2 million guaranteed

Satellites will be running at PokerStars throughout this week, as well as special High Rollers Spin & Go satellites which are awarding seats to the $2 million Main Event for $25. Spin & Go players can also win tickets to a number of satellites running up to the series, as well as cash prizes.

Guarantee Smashed In Pokerstars Turbo Series

By nearly $10 million

The recent PokerStars Turbo Series exceeded its original $15.6 million prize-pool guarantee by nearly $10 million, The Stars Group reported Monday.

The series paid out more than $25 million among the 46,581 unique players who participated in the online poker series from February 18 to March 4, with three events’ prize pools exceeding $1 million.

“We designed the Turbo Series to be inclusive of all players, with buy-ins ranging from $11 to $5,200, so everyone could have the chance to enjoy the fun and fast-paced events no matter their bankroll,” PokerStars Director of Poker Innovation and Operations, Severin Rasset, said. “The series has proved to be a success with our players and we look forward to seeing how the Platinum Pass winners transfer their online skills to the live event tables in paradise next year.”

Upcoming opportunities for players to win a Platinum Pass online include the PSPC Spinball Giveaway All-In Shootout today (Monday), the PokerStars MEGASTACK San Remo scheduled from March 12 to 18, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau from March 14 to 25, and the European Poker Tour Sochi from March 20 to 29.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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