The Pokerstars Championship is a brand new tournament series recently launched by online poker giant Pokerstars. Announced in August of 2016, the tour kicked off the first of its six inaugural stops in January of 2017. The buy-ins for each event range from $5,000-$6,000 USD, mainly fluctuating due to exchange rates in the host countries. The target buy-in currently looks to be right around the $5,000 USD mark, though, it’s possible these get raised in future years.
The Pokerstars Championship was born out of the closing of several other poker tours run by Pokerstars including probably the most prominent, the European Poker Tour which saw a beautiful and prestigious 13 season run. The move is viewed in the industry as a consolidation technique to bring together the smaller tours to make one bigger tour to rival the other industry giants including the World Poker Tour, the Aussie Millions, and the World Series of Poker.
The series does not currently have a Championship Event, but we’d anticipate one being added as well as more stops in years to come. As with any poker series, the first year is smaller, and things usually expand in the following years/seasons. With the online sites to back the expansion, we’d expect to see this series quickly grow into one of the biggest in the industry.
There are currently six stops slated for the 2017 season. First prize in the initial stops has been between $290,000 and around $500,000 USD. We’d expect this to grow as the tour continues to grow.
The inaugural year stops include:
|The Bahamas||Atlantis Resort||$5,000|
|Macau||City of Dreams, Cotai||HKD42,400|
|Monte Carlo||Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel||£5,300|
|Sochi||Casino Sochi||RUB 318,000|