PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker room, is gearing up to launch the All Star Showdown, its largest showdown ever, giving 8 talented poker players the chance to win a large first prize of $550,000 after playing poker against one another for 7 days. The All Star Showdown is a $100k buy-in event.

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The All Star Showdown will be launched this weekend. Eight highly talented Heads Up NL players will battle against one another in a single elimination tournament that will finally see the last player standing adding over half a million to his/her bankroll.

Isaac Haxton, the poker pro who recently became member of PokerStars Team Online, has already signed up to take part in the event. The names of all the 8 players who will be taking part in the event have not yet been confirmed, but six players have definitely registered for the event. They are Alexander “Sussie Smith” Roumeliotis, Alexander “Kanu7” Millar, Benjamin “Sauce123” Sulsky, Tobias “KTPOKP” Kuder, Phil “mrSweets28” Galfond, and Isaac “Ike Haxton” Haxton.

The All Star Showdown will bear a striking similarity to the SuperStar Showdown, which enjoyed a great deal of popularity in the recent past. The poker stalwarts who are taking part in the event will first play a heads up match simultaneously on four tables. Although the matches used to last for 2,500 hands in the past, these heads up matches will continue till one of the players loses everything. All the players will start playing with one thousand big blinds, and if the heads up match doesn’t get over within 3000 hands, the blinds will be doubled.

This challenging event is expected to begin on Sunday and will continue throughout Nov 4, Sunday. One match will be held daily except on Oct 30 and Nov 1. The match will start at 12:00 noon ET or 18:00 CET. The schedule will be finalized and published on Friday.

Poker players are now busy guessing the identities of the other two players who will be taking part in this exciting event. PokerStars has already asked its players to communicate their guesses to @PokerStarsBlog, PokerStars’ Twitter account.

Meanwhile, PokerStars has already announced in one of its blog posts that it will be holding Snowfest from Dec 16 to Dec 22 in Alpine Card Casino. Players looking forward to a week of poker, fun, and snow can try winning a prize package worth €2,700 at PokerStars.

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