Stars Rewards 2.0 Launched in New Jersey

The revamped Stars Rewards program is now live in all the PokerStars markets.

On Monday, PokerStars rolled out its revamped Stars Rewards program in the New Jersey market—the only market which had yet to transition to the improved Stars Rewards.

Under this revamped Stars Rewards program, the value of each of the Chests tiers has been modified. The value of these Chests have increased by more than three times, but the requirements to move to a higher Chest has also increased. Payouts are now less top-heavy. Red and Platinum Chests are gone, instead, they have been replaced with Diamond and Black Chests.

According to the room, the new Stars Rewards has been designed with the aim to simplify the rewards program and improve the experience of opening Chests to make it more meaningful.

With this rollout, PokerStars has successfully overhauled its loyalty program to all its online poker markets.

PokerStars is accompanying the new-look Stars Rewards program with a special promotion called “Jackpot Chests” where players can win up to $1000 in extra bonuses. The promotion runs until July 7.


Shaun Deeb Calls Out WSOP for a “Bad Ruling”

2018 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb, looks to win his 5th WSOP gold bracelet despite what he called a “bad ruling” by WSOP tournament director Jack Effel.

PokerNews’ Sarah Herring gets Deeb to tell the story about why the Final Table of the $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed (Event #35) was paused Sunday night and continued on Monday.

At the time of writing, the tournament is down to heads up with Deeb pitted against Adam Friedman for the gold.

You can watch Deeb tell the story and decide for yourself if the right call was made.


The PokerStars Sunday Storm Offers a $1 Million Prize Pool for an $11 Buy-In This Sunday

Don’t miss the special 8th Anniversary Edition of the Sunday Storm

This Sunday marks the 8th Anniversary special edition of the PokerStars Sunday Storm.

In celebration, PokerStars has added a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million, still with an $11 buy-in. The tournament kicks off June 16 at 14:00 ET.

Satellites are still running for those that wish to try and win their way into the tourney. Daily $2.20 Mega Satellites are one way, and special Spin & Go tournaments (available for a $0.75 buy-in) offer another path to the Sunday Storm with direct entry prizes and satellite tickets as well.

The iconic Sunday staple first appeared just weeks before Black Friday back in 2011. PokerStars put together the following infographic to commemorate the occasion.

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UK Player Becomes First partypoker SPINS Millionaire

James turned his $5 investment to a staggering $1 million top prize.

On June 11, partypoker SPINS millionaire hit its highest multiplier ever in a $5 tournament triggering a massive $1.2 million prize pool.

James “James23C” Carmichael from the United Kingdom, “elielalbiter” from Mexico and “nilverlobo” from Peru were the lucky players to hit the massive 240,000x multiplier.

After a few minutes of intense play, James took down the three-handed tournament for a life-changing prize of $1 million.

Second and third place ended up with an impressive $100,000 payday for their efforts.

“My life will never be the same again,” James said. “When I realised I was playing for the million I thought, what is going on?!”

The odds of hitting such a huge multiplier is 1 in 1,000,000. The room took only four months to hit its first seven-figure top prize pool.

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Here’s How One Poker Twitch Streamer

Reacted to Receiving a $2400 Donation on Twitch

Anon viewer makes it rain for PokerStars’ new Team Pro.

Talking about running good.

Twitch poker favorite Arlie Shaban, not six months on from shipping a Platinum Pass and playing in a $25k buy-in event, barely one month after getting signed up as a PokerStars ambassador, has completed the streamer triple crown: Hitting the donation jackpot from one lucky benefactor to the tune of $2420.

Here’s the moment in all its glory (warning: profanity abounds!)

The generous donator, yanksfan420, wanted him to play 20 $100 Spin and Go Max’s—and gave him the money to do so. It is by far his biggest donation to date.

Naturally, the PokerStars blog itself picked up the story, and apparently said the money was earmarking the gift for him to play in the Spin & Go 20 challenge on PokerStars. (that’s not clear from the Twitch clip shared, but the fact that it’s 20 spin and go max tickets gifted some seem to suggest a connection here)

What is Spin & Go 20? PokerStars is glad you asked—it’s a new promotion where your results from your first 20 spins of the day (including but limited to Spin and Go Max) count towards a leaderboard with $16,000 prizes given away each day. Arlie’s gift gives him all the buy-ins he needs to compete for a top tier prize one day.

Now the cynic in you might wonder if in fact yanksfan420 is a PokerStars stooge and this is a way of promoting the new games. But Arlie’s reaction certainly seems genuine, so we can say with confidence that, even if that is the case, he wasn’t in on it.

And let’s be honest, I doubt he cares too much, and those 20 high stakes sit and gos will certainly provide some great entertainment for his viewers.

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