For the first time in over a decade, PokerStars is running a promotion directly connected to the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Cash game players at PokerStars LIVE, the operator’s premier live venue located at The Hippodrome Casino in London, get the chance to secure a package for the upcoming WSOP live festival in Las Vegas.
WSOP PACKAGE VALUED AT $7,500
The massive giveaway is part of an in-house loyalty race run for the upcoming PokerStars London Series scheduled for February and March 2022. The loyalty race is house-funded and it’s unlike any other, according to Kerryjane Craigie, Director of Poker at PokerStars Live. Players are not asked to contribute anything. They’ll win the package for free as a complimentary offering from the casino.
The package, which will likely be worth around $7,500, will cover tournament buy-ins, accommodation expenses, as well as access to exclusive parties. The exact tournaments to be covered have yet to be announced, but definitely, the Main Event won’t be one of them considering the expected value of the package.
Nevertheless, the promotion provides a rare opportunity for players to fly to Vegas, take part in the prestigious series, and potentially transform the package into a life-changing score.
POKERSTARS REKINDLES RELATIONSHIP WITH WSOP
While this marks the first time that PokerStars is running a WSOP-themed promotion in more than a decade, the operator has previous links with the world’s longest-running poker festival.
Prior to Black Friday, PokerStars played host to WSOP online qualifiers, sending hundreds of players to the Las Vegas series via satellites. One of them was Chris Moneymaker who won his way into the 2003 WSOP Main Event through an $86 satellite. Moneymaker, then an amateur player working as an accountant in Tennessee, went on to win the tournament for $2.5 million, outclassing poker veteran Sam Farha.
Moneymaker’s 2003 WSOP Main Event victory was widely credited for the poker boom of the 2000s. He was the first poker player to win a championship title after qualifying at an online poker site.
After Moneymaker’s momentous win, PokerStars continued to write numerous Cinderella stories which ended when Black Friday happened in 2011 during which the operator was forced to withdraw from the US market, officially terminating its ties with the WSOP. 888poker took its place as the festival’s online partner until 2021, the year GGPoker established a partnership with the WSOP.
GGPoker is the new home of WSOP online satellites and their alliance is expected to continue in the years ahead, given the massive success that the partnership has achieved. The other operator who has also worked with the WSOP is French-facing site Winamax which also hosted online qualifiers for the live festival.
The latest promotion will allow PokerStars to once again send players to the WSOP in Vegas and provide them with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Moneymaker and many others who were able to turn their satellite tickets into massive winnings.
For a chance to win the Las Vegas package, players only need to play cash games at The Hippodrome. For every two hours of play monthly, players earn one point. The top 40 point earners will earn a seat into the loyalty tournament taking place at the end of the month. The WSOP package will be awarded in spin-the-wheel style. The top eight finishers of the loyalty tournament get the chance to spin the wheel and only one player will win the coveted package.
Craigie said their latest loyalty race run offers an “aspirational” prize for players, giving them the opportunity to write their own success story.
The 2022 WSOP gets underway on May 31, running through July 19 at Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip which will be rebranded to Horseshoe just in time for the festival.