PokerStars Live releases schedule for the first part of the year

Earlier on this year, PokerStars announced that all their live offerings will be absorbed into either the Pokerstars Festival and the PokerStars Championship. The community really wasn’t sure how this would pan out but PokerStars has now released the schedule for the first part of the year.

PokerStars Live Macau (Photo Kenneth Lim, Courtesy of PokerStars)

More: PokerStars announces a complete makeover of its live tournament offerings

The Schedule is as follows:
– PokerStars Championship Bahamas, January 6-14
– PokerStars Festival London, January 22-29
– PokerStars Festival Rozvadov, March 2-13
– PokerStars Championship Panama, March 10-20
– PokerStars Championship Macau, March 30–April 9
– PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino, April 25-May 5
– PokerStars Championship Barcelona, August 15-27

PokerStars’ Director of Live Events, Edgar Stuchly, has said, “PokerStars has an incredibly rich live events heritage, having hosted more than 560 tournament series, attracted more than 800,000 entries and awarded more than $1.5 billion in prize money. The PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival events are an enhancement of the existing PokerStars sponsored live events, helping to take our vision for live poker to a whole new level.”

The Asian community will be happy to know that the Macau stop is included for the first half of the year’s schedule. PokerStars Championship Macau will be an 11-day Festival hosted at the City of Dreams and will have the following highlights:

– PokerStars National Championship: March 30-April 3 – HKD8,800
– No Limit Hold’em: March 30-April 2 – HKD82,400
– PokerStars Cup: March 31-April 3 – HKD3,300
– PokerStars Championship Super High Roller: April 1-3 – HKD400,000
– No Limit Hold’em: April 1-2 – HKD16,500
– PokerStars Championship Main Event: April 3-9 – HKD42,400
– No Limit Hold’em: April 4 – HKD206,000
– PokerStars Championship PLO High Roller: April 5-6 – HKD82,400
– PokerStars Championship High Roller: April 7-9 – HKD 103,000
– PokerStars Open: April 7-9 – HKD2,200

It should also be noted that the new payout system will be implemented during all live tournament events for the coming year of 2017.

– All events of €/$/£10,000 or more will retain the previous 12%-15% payout structure.
– All other events will payout an expanded 17%-20% of the field, but adhere to a 20%
– For the expanded payouts, a min-cash will be about 1.5x the buy-in of the event.

No announcements have been made regarding the other stops of the former Asian Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) – namely, Australia, Philippines and Korea but the community can still hold their breaths in the hopes of it being included for the schedule of the 2nd half of the year which is still to be announced.

Article by Gabrielle Barredo



Tournament highlights:

  • PokerStars Super Deep Re-Entry: January 23-25 – £275
  • PokerStars Festival High Roller: January 24-25 – £2,200
  • PokerStars Festival Main Event: January 25-29 – £990
  • PokerStars Cup: January 28-29 – £330
  • NL Hold’em Ladies Event: January 29 – £170

Full tournament schedule at:


Schedule highlights:

  • PokerStars Deepstack Open: March 2-6 – €275
  • PokerStars Super Deep: March 5-8 – €550
  • Kings High Roller: March 8-9 – €5,300
  • PokerStars Cup: March 11-13 – €330
  • PokerStars Festival High Roller: March 12-13 – €2,200
  • PokerStars Festival Main Event: March 9-13 – €1,100

Full tournament schedule at:


Key events:

  • PokerStars Open: March 10-14 – $220
  • PokerStars Cup: March 15-19 – $440
  • PokerStars National Championship: March 11-14 – $1,100
  • PokerStars Championship Main Event: March 14-20 – $5,300
  • PokerStars Championship High Roller: March 18-20 – $10,300
  • PokerStars Championship Super High Roller: March 11-14 – $50,000

Full tournament schedule at:


Key dates :

  • PokerStars Open: May 3-5 – €220 
  • PokerStars Cup: April 26-29 – €440 
  • PokerStars National Championship: April 26-30 – €1,100 
  • PokerStars National High Roller: April 28-29 – €2,200 
  • PokerStars Championship Main Event: April 29-May 5 – €5,300 
  • Opening NLH: April 25-27 – €10,300 
  • PLO: May 1-3 – €10,300 
  • PokerStars Championship High Roller: May 3-5 – €25,750 
  • Single day NLH: April 30 – €50,000 
  • PokerStars Championship Super High Roller: April 27-29 – €100,000


Louis Hartwell

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