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PokerStars Rolls out Early Payout Tournaments

PokerStars continues to tweak its offerings, popping the cork on a new tournament feature. And when I say tweak, I mean just a little tweak. The new feature is the “Early Payout Tournament,” which is exactly what it appears to be from the name. In an Early Payout Tournament, every player remaining in the contest receives the minimum cash amount as soon as the money bubble bursts. The tournament then proceeds as normal and when players are knocked out, they receive the difference between the minimum payout and their total payout amount. That is, they get the remainder of the payment that they are due. PokerStars displays a pop-up message at the table to remind the players that they have received the min-cash. Funds are immediately deposited in players’ accounts. While nice, I guess, the Early Payout Tournament feature is clearly not a big deal in the slightest. Everyone is

PokerStars Announces 2018 SCOOP Schedule

Not content in topping its rivals, PokerStars keeps wanting to top itself. Case in point: the 2018 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). This year’s edition of the exceedingly popular online poker series will feature $ 65 million in guaranteed prize pools, $ 10 million more than the guarantees from last year. Running May 6th through May 21st, the schedule is comprised of 61 events, four more than last year. And since this is SCOOP, that means that each event has three buy-in levels, so that’s 183 tournaments in total. As PokerStars rightly boasts, every day of the 2018 SCOOP will have at least one tournament with a $ 1 million guaranteed prize pool. Four of the days will have multiple $ 1 million guarantees. The highlight, of course, is the No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, which will be at 2:00pm server time on Sunday, May 20th. The $ 109 buy-in

PokerStars Introduces Split Hold’em

PokerStars, not known for being shy about introducing new games, has given players yet another novel offering. So if you sit down at a Split Hold’em cash game table, don’t freak out thinking there is a glitch. What you are seeing is completely normal. Split Hold’em plays just like regular Texas Hold’em except for one very key difference: two sets of community cards are dealt simultaneously. That means there are two flops, two turns, and two rivers. Each player is dealt just one pair of hole cards, though. Betting is just like it is in any Hold’em game, but players must keep track of what’s going on with two sets of board cards. If a hand goes all the way to a showdown in Split Hold’em, players must make the best hand with both sets of community cards to scoop the entire pot. Think of it like needing to win

Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier Latest Team PokerStars Pro to End Sponsorship

Continuing the exodus from the world’s number one online poker room, poker professional Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier announced yesterday that he was ending his association with PokerStars and its Team PokerStars Pro stable. In a Twitter announcement yesterday, Grospellier issued his decision to his fans and the poker community. “After 11.5 years of a great partnership, it is time to move on for PokerStars and I,” Grospellier began. “We had a wonderful journey together and I am glad for all the great people it gave me the chance to work with and befriend…2017 showed it was time to stop and open a new chapter.” “Team Pro used to be a core part of their (PokerStars’) strategy,” Grospellier continued. “It has become evident this was not the case anymore, during the last few years. I respect that. On my side, I am happy to have been involved – except those last few

Jason Mercier Leaves Team PokerStars Pro

Another American poker pro has left Team PokerStars, as Jason Mercier has announced his departure from his role as a site ambassador. As with fellow pro Vanessa Selbst, Mercier’s stint with PokerStars was effective at the end of 2017. In a blog post on PokerStars’ website, Mercier explained that the reason for his decision – his contract with PokerStars was up at the end of 2017 and he had to think about what to do about renewal – revolved completely around his family and his newborn child. His son, Marco Henry, was born three months ago. As any parent knows, having a child changes one’s life and priorities immediately. Said Mercier: After my son was born, I knew things were going to be different. One of the major things to address was my relationship with PokerStars. My contract was set to expire at the end of 2017, and I wasn’t