US poker player Tim Vance wants PokerStars back. The 53-year-old recreational poker player and contractor from St. Louis in Missouri qualified for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015 Main Event through a $550 buy-in satellite held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
In 2006, Vance had qualified for the WSOP Main Event by taking part in a Frequent Player Points (FPP) satellite held on PokerStars.com. Before Black Friday, Vance used to consistently qualify for live poker tournaments at PokerStars. He had qualified for events such as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in the Bahamas, the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) in London, the Russian Poker Tour in Latvia, and the Chile and Argentina legs of the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT).
In 2008, he qualified for the main event of the Copenhagen leg of the EPT, which was held in Denmark, without spending anything worth talking about on buy-ins. He won the event and took home a large prize of $1,224,988.
He said that he would like to live this type of life once again. He said: “I miss PokerStars. I loved playing for those trips. It’s all I did. I had been telling my daughter ever since she was old enough to understand me that I was going to go on TV one day and win a major poker tournament. Thanks to PokerStars, I was able to do it. It’s a shame that in the land of the free, we’re no longer free to play on PokerStars and do that.”
On his first two days at the WSOP Main Event, he visited the PokerStars Playhouse Suite to interact with PokerStars pros and talk about the glorious days of poker in the US.
Lee Jones, PokerStars’ poker communications head, said that PokerStars is still enjoying glorious days in the rest of the world, where players are getting qualified for events such as the APPT, LAPT, and EPT.
Rebecca McAdam, PokerStars’ public relations senior manager, said: “We want people to know we’re back and we’re doing everything we can to bring online poker back to the United States. A lot of people have come into the suite and told us how much they miss PokerStars.”
After the WSOP, PokerStars brand ambassadors Chris Moneymaker, Daniel Negreanu, and others will visit card rooms all over West California to push for online poker legalization in the country in an initiative called Let California Play.