PokerStars has allowed itself only a two-week hiatus between the PokerStars Championship Macau, which was completed on April 9, and the next Championship event on its schedule.
The next festival of the poker operator’s new live tournament era will be held at Monte-Carlo Casino in Monte Carlo between April 25 and May 5, a reminiscence of the EPT times when the venue played host to the live tournament series’ Grand Final each season.
As it can be seen, PokerStars may have scrapped its previous live festival formats, but it has not lost its wanderlust and has been traveling around the world for different Festival and Championship events.
Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort will play host to its next Championship on this year’s schedule, just as it had welcomed the EPT. Slated to kick off on April 25, the festival will be opened with a €10,300 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Single Re-Entry – 8-Handed – Shot Clock event as well as with qualifiers for the PokerStars National Championship.
Speaking of the National Championship itself, it is set to begin on the very next day, April 26. A four-day event, it will offer entries a guaranteed prize pool of €1 million. The tournament features a €1,100 buy-in fee.
The PokerStars Cup is yet another highlight event to take place within the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo. The €440 tournament is set for April 26-29 and will feature a guaranteed prize pool of €200,000.
And no PokerStars live festival will be a true PokerStars live festival without a plethora of high roller tournaments. The first such tournament – the €2,200 PokerStars National High Roller – is slated for April 28-29.
A €25,750 PokerStars Championship High Roller with a guaranteed first-place prize of €1 million will take place on May 3-5. The event will be part of the PokerStars Makes Millionaires initiative that offers tournament entries the chance to win a six-figure payday. The €100,000 Super High Roller, set for April 27-29, will also be part of PokerStars’ millionaire-maker promotional effort. That tournament, too, will guarantee €1 million in prize money for the player to be crowned victor. A single-day High Roller with a buy-in fee of €50,000 will be held on April 30.
Last but not least, the €5,300 Main Event will take place over seven days, from April 29 to May 5. It will feature two starting flights and five more days of play.
The last EPT Grand Final Main Event was held precisely a year from what this year’s PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event. The 2016 tournament attracted a massive field of 1,098 entries and Slovakia’s Jan Bendik defeated them all to win a first-place prize of €961,800 from a prize pool of €5,325,300. Hopes are that the EPT Grand Final’s successor will attract at least just as much attention.