Players to Compete for Additional Prizing Across PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo and WPT Amsterdam
Los Angeles, CA (April 14, 2017) – Leading global gaming brands World Poker Tour® and PokerStars have joined forces to create the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing™. The first-ever PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing begins with PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® taking place from April 25-May 5 and concludes with WPT® Amsterdam from May 5-13.
“For many years, PokerStars and the World Poker Tour have collaborated behind the scenes to ensure the scheduling of our major events is done in the best interest of the players,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “We are proud to take the collaboration a step further with the creation of the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing, and we welcome all players to kick off a spectacular three weeks of poker by attending PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo starting April 25.”
In addition to competing in two world-class poker events, with a total of €32.5 million in anticipated prize pools across both, players will now be eligible to earn additional prizes from the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing. The four qualifying events are:
– €1,100 buy-in PokerStars National Championship Monte Carlo – April 26-30
– €5,300 buy-in PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event – April 29-May 5
– €1,500 buy-in WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam – May 5-8
– €3,300 buy-in WPT Amsterdam Main Event – May 9-13
Following the completion of WPT Amsterdam, the leaderboard’s top five finishers will earn the following prizes:
– 1st place: PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event package (worth €7,500)
– 2nd place: WPT Main Event* package (worth €6,000)
– 3rd place: WPTDeepStacks* package (worth €3,000)
– 4th place: PokerStars National Championship Barcelona Buy-in (€1,100) + Barcelona hotel voucher (€500)
– 5th place: WPTDeepStacks* Buy-in (€1,500)
*WPT and WPTDeepStacks prizes only apply to events in Europe.
To be eligible to win a prize, a player must finish in the money in both PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing locations. PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo takes place at Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and WPT Amsterdam takes place at Holland Casino in Amsterdam, Holland.
In addition, all players who participate in at least one PokerStars tournament in Monte Carlo and one WPT tournament in Amsterdam will receive an online ticket to take part in a freeroll at PokerStars, with a prize pool of $30,000. Players who compete in both Main Events will receive a $300 voucher towards buy-ins for the 2017 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker.
“Both PokerStars and the World Poker Tour are committed to growing the game of poker, and the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing was developed to benefit players competing at both PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo and WPT Amsterdam,” said Edgar Stuchly, PokerStars Director of Live Events. “This exciting partnership allows players a natural transition from one world-class festival to another, and we encourage our players to head to WPT Amsterdam following their time in Monte Carlo.”
Players attending PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo and WPT Amsterdam can compete in more than 80 events, with a wide range of buy-ins and game formats.
The €1,100 buy-in PokerStars National Championship Monte Carlo features a €1 million guarantee, three starting flights, and a 30,000-chip starting stack. The third starting flight is a turbo reentry flight, giving players another opportunity to advance in this big event.
The €5,300 buy-in PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event is also anticipating an enormous turnout. PokerStars’ last €5,300 Main Event in Monte Carlo attracted 1,098 entries and generated a prize pool of more than €5.3 million, of which €961,800 went to first place.
For more information regarding PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo, click here.
The €1,500 buy-in WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam debuts the expansion of the WPT’s mid-major offering to the European market, with the winner receiving a ticket to the WPTDeepStacks Europe season-ending event, plus €500 travel. WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam will also be the first qualifying event for determining the 2017 WPTDeepStacks European Player of the Year, with the winner receiving €15,000 in buy-ins to WPT Main Tour events in Europe and a €5,000 WPTDeepStacks sponsorship package.
The WPT Amsterdam €3,300 Main Event is the second WPT Main Tour event of Season XVI, and the champion of the event will earn a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.
For more information regarding WPT Amsterdam featuring WPTDeepStacks, click here.
Further PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing details and rules will be published next week.
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About PokerStars Championship & PokerStars Festival
The PokerStars Championship, sponsored by PokerStars, is the world’s biggest poker tour. Bringing together some of the world’s most exciting and prestigious poker tournaments, the PokerStars Championship incorporates some events previously part of the European Poker Tour, North American Poker Tour, Latin American Poker Tour and Asia-Pacific Poker Tour. Collectively, these events have paid out well over $1 billion in tournament prize pools globally on five continents since 2004. Confirmed PokerStars Championship sponsored live events for 2017 include the Bahamas, Panama, Macau, Monte-Carlo, Sochi and Barcelona, with more events to be announced in the coming months.
PokerStars Festival events, sponsored by PokerStars, are mainly tailored for recreational players and incorporate some events previously part of the UK & Ireland Poker Tour, France Poker Series, Italian Poker Tour, Estrellas, Eureka, Asia-Pacific Poker Tour and Latin American Poker Tour. Confirmed 2017 PokerStars Festival sponsored live events are Rozvadov, Korea, Chile, Marbella, Manila and Uruguay with more events to be announced.
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