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  1. The Summer of 2020 will go down in online poker's history books as the craziest ever. With the 2020 World Series of Poker live events postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, online operators have stepped up to fill the void. On Monday, PokerStars threw their hat into the ring with the Stadium Series, a four-week series guaranteeing $50 million. Running July 5 – August 2, the Stadium Series includes 102 events across three buy-in levels; Low, Medium, and High. These dates give PokerStars a two-week headstart on the competition. The GGPoker World Series of Poker Online Bracelet events begin July 17 and the partypoker World Poker Tour World Online Championships get underway on July 18. The Stadium Series buy-ins and guarantees will increase each week throughout the series culminating in the $5,200 buy-in Grand Final with a $5 million guarantee on August 2. Buy-ins across the three tiers will range from $5.50 up to $10,300. Poker enthusiasts around the world will be able to watch cards up coverage of the Stadium Series beginning on July 13 with the familiar faces of James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton hosting the coverage. This marks the first time that PokerStars has offered players at home the chance to watch online events with each player's hole cards visible. “It’s a unique summer and we know many of our players like ourselves miss live poker. So we wanted to bring the entertainment and flair of a live event with our cards-up coverage and really put our players at the heart of all the action. There’s truly something for everyone with Stadium Series: big opportunities, mega thrills, and incredible value. We’re very excited about seeing this one unfold," said Severin Rasset, Managing Director & Commercial Officer, Poker, Product and Innovation. PokerStars will award more than $2 million in free Stadium Series entries throughout the summer across all events. For each of the three buy-in levels, players can play in a special Heat tournament that will have Sunday Final tickets add to those prize pools. The Sunday Final will have Grand Final tickets, valued at $5,200, added to their prize pool. Players will also be able to win free Grand Final entries via a Fast Track promotion in conjunction with special Stars Rewards Spin & Go's or daily freerolls. PokerStars.it and PokerStars.eu will each have their own Stadium Series running concurrent to the PokerStars.com series. Each schedule runs July 5-26 with €3 million guaranteed in Italy and €5 million for PokerStars.eu, which serves the combined player pools of Portugal, France, and Spain. For those events, buy-ins will go from €5 on the low end to €250 on the high end and there will be €250,000 in free tournament entries awarded to players in each market. The Grand Final on PokerStars.it will guarantee €500,000 with a €250 buy-in while the PokerStars.eu version has the same buy-in with €1 million guaranteed. A full Stadium Series schedule is expected to be released soon.
  2. [caption width="680"] PokerStars is out to find the best cash game players in a monthlong competition this spring. (PokerStars file photo)[/caption] Are you the best online cash game player in the world]? Are you looking for a way to prove yourself in a rake-free arena with $100,000 in prizes up for grabs? Then look no further than the “PokerStars All Stars” - the latest promotion from the online poker giant. Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations for PokerStars, laid out the plan and mission by of this challenge. “From speaking with players, reading forums and player emails, and hearing what players say to our staff at live events, it is clear that the games at mid and high stakes are getting tougher. Mistakes are smaller and edges are getting thinner,” said Rasset. “This diagnosis led to a simple idea: what about giving our best players the opportunity to compete in a rake-free environment, with the focus being on the skill difference between players, in order to acknowledge who the best online cash game players are?” Based on this prognosis, Rasset and PokerStars have created an environment where the best players will be able to find and an edge and be able to maximize without having to worry about beating any form of rake. The criteria for the All Stars is as follows: one month of competition among the stakes of NL 200 (Masters) and NL2000 (All Stars) in No Limit Hold’em. In order to qualify among the respective levels, players must have earnings in the last 12 months of at least $10,000 by playing NL100-400 to qualify for Masters, and at least $25,000 playing NL500 and up for All Stars. In order to alleviate any confusion about who is eligible to play in All Stars, there are firm ground rules about how players will be notified of their place in the game. “There will be no other way to get access to this competition; only the best of the best fighting for the top spot and the prizes. In the coming weeks, eligible players will receive an email announcing their selection and all the details as we are planning to run this event during April-May,” Rasset said. Rasset is hopeful that player attendance is enough to justify a Season 2 of All Stars, should Season 1 be a hit. “If Season 1 is a success and we gather good feedback, we are already committed to looking into a Season 2, and will consider additions such as expanding into new games and formats, and further invitations to players. I hope that our players will engage with this format and give it a shot, and we will take all feedback into consideration.”
  3. For online poker giant PokerStars, there was a time when the ability to mass multi-table online poker was a major part of their marketing plan. On Tuesday, a large part of that came to an end. PokerStars has announced that they are dropping the ring game table cap from 24 down to 4 tables at a time. According to a post on the PokerStars blog, the change is being made in an effort to maintain "a healthy poker ecosystem" and "ensure that every poker player has a safe and enjoyable poker experience." According to the post written by The Stars Group Managing Director Severin Rasset, PokerStars notes that the majority of their players play on one table at a time. “Without careful management, we risk ending up with an environment where the majority of players find themselves at tables disproportionately populated by multi-tabling players,” the post reads. “This can lead to a difficult playing experience. Action at the table can be regularly interrupted, and many players can feel outmatched and that their chances of winning are diminished.” With an eye on protecting their recreational players, PokerStars tested a 6-table cap in their ringfenced cash games in Italy. After reviewing the data the company has moved to cap the cash games at 4 tables effective immediately. This effects the worldwide client as well as all of their country-specific clients (.be, .bg, .com, .desh, .dk, .ee, .eu, .uk, .ro, .cz, .se, .fr, .es, .pt, .it). “We want to maintain a sustainable poker ecosystem and a platform that players of all abilities are excited to play on well into the future. Attracting and retaining new poker players is crucial to the future of the game.” The post outlines that the change will lead to a reduction of multi-table grinders across the cash games giving “more casual one-table players” the ability to last longer in the games and experience more a community by meeting players like themselves. All the while the strongest players at these tables should continue to have high win-rates. Overall, PokerStars feels that the games will have a longer life as players have a greater chance of booking a win. “We’re poker players ourselves,” Rasset writes. “We understand that this change will have a very real impact on many players, particularly those of you who rely on multi-tabling as professionals. We haven’t taken this decision lightly, and we are confident that is the right thing to do for the future of the game." To read the PokerStars post in its entirety, click here.

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