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European Deepstack Poker Championships Sold Out, Pokerstars Sponsor Snooker Event

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European Deepstack Poker Championships Sell Out
More than a month in advance, the European Deepstack Poker Championships in Dublin have already sold out there full allocation of 400 seats. Even the alternates list is full for this €550 event with a 50,000 starting stack and slow clock, meaning that the only way to get there now is to qualify online on iPoker at sites like Poker770.

The event is without doubt one of the most fun tournaments on the European Calendar, with the most generous structure and starting stack in live poker. This year the buyin was reduced from €1500 to €550 in a clear reaction to the recession and the changing climate of live poker. We spoke to organiser Mike Lacey on why there has been such a big response:

“The deepstack does make a difference but we also changed the blind structure and times of the levels from the last events. When you combine that with the fact that the buy in is now affordable for more to buy in it makes a winning formula. Also I think players recognise that we do listen to them and are trying to create an event that is for them. Not everyone likes the massively deepstacks but the majority think it is great as this response has proven.”

They have also confirmed that next year there will be capacity for 1000+ players to meet demand:

“We have not really been able to promote this event has hard as we would like to for various reasons so to sell out so early is extra special. I am confident we will break 1000 players next year and push the IPO close.”[/I]

Pokerstars Sponsor Wembley Masters Snooker
Another high profile sporting sponsorship from Industry giants Pokerstars now, as they have announced a one year deal with the Wembley Masters Snooker Tournament. This was a last minute move by Matchroom promoter Barry Hearn, who has been drafted in as the Chairman of the World Snooker Board to renew interest in the game. He commented:

Barry Hearn
Barry Hearn

"There’s been a lot of gloom around snooker so it’s a relief to have a sponsorship deal done. The Masters didn’t have a sponsor on it, so thankfully someone has come in at the last minute. Pokerstars are a major company and the biggest online operator in the poker industry. It’s potentially a good partnership for World Snooker, and although it’s only a one-year deal, we’ve got a credible brand name on board.”

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