Both the World Poker Tour and PokerStars Championship have upcoming highlight events in Europe and crossed company lines to create the PokerStars Championship WPT Montedam Swing. The PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo runs April 25-May 5 and WPT Amsterdam picks up May 5-13 and players have four events to qualify for nearly €20,000 in additional prizes.
The collaboration between two of the world’s top tours comes a week after the WPT wrapped their most successful season to date. “For many years, PokerStars and the World Poker Tour have collaborated behind the scenes to ensure the scheduling of our major events is done in the best interest of the players,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “We are proud to take the collaboration a step further with the creation of the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing, and we welcome all players to kick off a spectacular three weeks of poker by attending PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo starting April 25.”
PokerStars top brass echoed Pliska’s emphasis on players. “Both PokerStars and the World Poker Tour are committed to growing the game of poker, and the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing was developed to benefit players competing at both PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo and WPT Amsterdam,” said Edgar Stuchly, PokerStars Director of Live Events. “This exciting partnership allows players a natural transition from one world-class festival to another, and we encourage our players to head to WPT Amsterdam following their time in Monte Carlo.”
Players competing in four selected events earn points for the cross-brand event. To be eligible players must finish in the money in both locations. They are:
– €1,100 PokerStars National Championship Monte Carlo – April 26 – 30
– €5,300 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event – April 29 – May 5
– €1,500 WPTDeepstacks Amsterdam – May 5 – 8
– €3,300 WPT Amsterdam Main Event – May 9 – 13
Every player that participate in at least one PokerStars tournament in Monte Carlo and one WPT tournament in Amesterdam receive a ticket for a $30,000 freeroll on PokerStars. Players that enter both main events earn a $300 voucher for the 2017 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker.
The top five finishers in the points race earn:
1st – PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event Package ( €7,500 value)
2nd – WPT Main Event* package ( €6,000 value)
3rd – WPTDeepStacks* package €3,000 value)
4th – PokerStars National Championship Barcelona buy-in and Hotel €1,600 value)
5th – WPTDeepStacks* buy-in €1,500 value)
* denotes WPT and WPTDeepStacks prizes apply only to European events