PokerStars surprised the gaming community earlier this year when it announced that it would be making major changes to its tournaments and scheduling in 2017. One of the biggest changes was PokerStars decision to stop the popular European Poker Tour (EPT) and replace it with the new PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festivals.
The company launched its first PokerStars festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey in November and hosted it at the Resorts casino. The festival was not very well received as the attendance was less than expected. PokerStars management acknowledged the low turnout but it put down to a marketing campaign that wasn’t very well strategized. The online poker giant also confirmed that it will be hosting its first PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas in January 2017 in place of the popular PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
PokerStars recently released more information with regards to locations and dates for more Championship and Festivals that are scheduled for 2017. The PokerStars Championship Bahamas is scheduled to take place between Jan. 6-14; it will be followed by the PokerStars Festival in London which takes place between Jan. 22-29. There are no events tournaments or festivals scheduled for February but three have been scheduled for March.
The PokerStars Festival in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic will take place at the Kings’s Casino between March 2-13; the PokerStars Championship in Panama will take place between March 10-20 and the PokerStars Championship Macau will take place between March 30-April 9. There will also be a PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino during April 25 to May 5 and a PokerStars Championship in Barcelona Spain between Aug 15 to27.
In a statement, PokerStars said “The first PokerStars Festival event of 2017 will take place in the heart of London’s West End from January 22-29, at The Hippodrome Casino. The event boasts an eight-day schedule of 22 tournaments, including the flagship £400,000 guaranteed, £990 PokerStars Festival London Main Event, old favourites such as the £2,200 High Roller, as well as exciting new tournament formats such as the PokerStars Super Deep re-entry event that begins on January 23. Players can satellite into the PokerStars Festival London Main Event from November 27 on PokerStars.com.”
The PokerStars Championship events come across as being more suitable for professional poker players as they tend to include a number of high roller and super high roller events with high buy-ins. The PokerStars Festivals are a lot friendlier for recreational poker players and the buy-ins are a lot more affordable. PokerStars is expected to release more dates in the near future for additional Championship and Festival events.