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Formula 1 Returns to Las Vegas from 2023

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For the first time since 1982, Formula 1 (F1) racing returns to fabulous Las Vegas in a ten-year deal that begins in November 2023.

The previous Las Vegas Grand Prix all took place in the Caesars Palace car park, whereas the upcoming races will be contested on the city's main strip.

The Grand Prix, which is due to take place at night, will see poker's most famous destination transformed into a 3.8-mile (6.1km) track, which weaves through all the famous Las Vegas landmarks. The race itself will last for 50-laps and will see the drivers reach speeds of up to 212 mph.

The decade long partnership is rumoured to be worth a staggering £1 billion for F1 and would make it the largest deal in the sports history.

F1 has been trying to break into the US market for quite some time and the Las Vegas Grand Prix becomes the third regular fixture to take place on American soil. The Miami Grand Prix is a fresh addition to the F1 season and makes its debut in May 2022 while the Austin, Texas Grand Prix keeps its October time slot.

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F1 Drivers and Poker

Another iconic brand returning to the Las Vegas strip is the 2022 World Series of Poker. Although it never left Sin City, the biggest poker festival in the world returns to its roots at Bally's Las Vegas (soon to be The Horseshoe Casino).

While it is unlikely that any F1 drivers will be present at the series, there are a handful of F1 gearheads who love to tangle on the felt. Lewis Hamilton made a pit-stop on GGPoker in 2020 while recently retired Kimi Raikonnen was seen playing a couple of hands in Texas in one of Wolfgang Poker's vlogs.

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PokerStars Joins Forces With Oracle Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing and PokerStars

The world of F1 and poker has become closer in recent months, highlighted by the recent team-up between PokerStars and Oracle Red Bull Racing. PokerStars' iconic spadie branding will feature on the RB18 racecars as well as the drivers' suits.

To celebrate the partnership, PokerStars has recently launched its Red Spade Pass which offers players the chance to win some incredible prizes.

The first two Red Spade passes will be awarded on April 2, and you can get your hands on one by playing one of the two special edition freerolls. There is one freeroll that is dedicated to PokerStars France players and kicks off on April 2 at 8 p.m. CET. The second freeroll is open to anyone who has access to and takes place on the same day and kicks off at 8:02 p.m. CET

The freerolls are password protected and you can find out the password in the tweet below.

The winner of each Red Spade Freeroll gets their hands on the following package:

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McLaren Racing Partners With partypoker and PartyCasino

McLaren Racing partypoker

However, PokerStars were not the first online poker room to be associated with a Forumla 1. In May 2021, A multiyear partnership was announced between Entain Plc and McLaren Racing, which saw partypoker and PartyCasino branding on the F1 team's cars as well as the helmet of driver Daniel Ricciardo.

partypoker also saw F1-themed promotions appear on the platform, including all-expenses-paid trips to Grand Prix.

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