With the PokerStars Championship events in the Bahamas, Panama, Macau and Monte Carlo on the books, and PokerStars Championship Sochi currently underway, PokerStars today announced some more details about the tour's inaugural year.
The PokerStars Championship Barcelona has been featured on the website ever since the inception of the tour, but now details about the guarantees have emerged. On top of that, PokerStars today officially announced the PokerStars Championship Prague.
PokerStars Championship Barcelona
The Barcelona leg of the PokerStars Championship has been a fixture on the schedule ever since the tour was announced late last year. The Barcelona stop of the European Poker Tour has always been one of the most popular ones, and few people doubted the event would return as part of the new tour.
The PokerStars Championship Barcelona runs Aug. 15 through 27, with a slate of big events. Today, the world's biggest online poker site announced guarantees for the PokerStars National Championship, the PokerStars National High Roller, the PokerStars Championship Main Event and the PokerStars Open.
The biggest guarantee, €7,000,000, is reserved for the €5,300 buy-in Main Event. If recent years are any indication, it's unlikely PokerStars will have to add something to the prize pool.
Last year, when Polish player Sebastian Malec took down the event for €1,122,800, the 1,785 unique players made for a total prize pool of €8,657,250.
In total, Europe's biggest poker festival has a combined guaranteed prize pool of €13.1 million. More information about the event can be found on pokerstarslive.com/championship/events/barcelona/, the full PokerStars Championship Barcelona schedule can be found here.
Key dates and event information PSC Barcelona:
|Aug. 16-18||No Limit Hold’em||€10,300|
|Aug. 16-21||PokerStars National Championship||€1,100||€4,000,000|
|Aug. 18-21||PokerStars Cup||€330|
|Aug. 19-21||PokerStars Championship Super High Roller||€50,000|
|Aug. 20-22||PokerStars National High Roller||€2,200||€2,000,000|
|Aug. 21-27||PokerStars Championship Main Event||€5,300||€7,000,000|
|Aug. 22||No Limit Hold’em Single Day||€25,500|
|Aug. 23-24||PokerStars Championship PLO High Roller||€10,300|
|Aug. 25-27||PokerStars Championship High Roller||€10,300|
|Aug. 25-27||PokerStars Open||€220||€100,000|
PokerStars Championship Prague
Besides announcing the guarantees for the PokerStars Championship Barcelona, PokerStars today also announced the PokerStars Championship Prague. In the EPT days, the Prague leg was a fixture in December. With the tour now operating under the PokerStars Championship monicker, that hasn't changed. The event runs Dec. 8 through 19.
The poker festival has a total of €7,000,000 in guaranteed prizes, with the lion share of that going to the €5,000,000 guaranteed Main Event. Last year, when Dutchman Jasper Meijer van Putten won the event for €699,300, the event had a combined prize pool of €5,781,200.
PokerStars has set aside a guaranteed €2,000,000 for the PokerStars National Championship this year. More information about the event can be found here.
Key dates and event information PSC Prague:
|Dec. 8-10||NL Hold’em Shot Clock||€10,300|
|Dec. 8-13||PokerStars Cup||€330|
|Dec. 9-13||PokerStars National Championship||€1,100||€2,000,000|
|Dec. 11-13||PokerStars Championship Super High Roller Shot Clock||€50,000|
|Dec. 12-14||PokerStars National High Roller||€2,200|
|Dec. 13-19||PokerStars Championship Main Event||€5,300||€5,000,000|
|Dec. 14||NL Hold’em Single Day Shot Clock||€25,500|
|Dec. 15-16||PokerStars Championship PLO High Roller Shot Clock||€10,300|
|Dec. 16||NL Hold’em Single Day Shot Clock||€25,500|
|Dec. 17-19||PokerStars Championship High Roller Shot Clock||€10,000|
|Dec. 17-19||PokerStars Open||€200|
|Dec. 18-19||NL Hold’em Shot Clock||€10,200|